Reading Lately: February 2017 Part 1

Since my last Reading Lately, you could say I’ve been on a reading spree. As in, 6 books since then. So I felt the need to do a mid-month Reading Lately too.
Reading Lately: reviews of The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio, God of Internet by Lynn Lipinski, Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Into Aether by L.M. Fry, The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been Reading Lately

The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio: This book is so full of cliches it was almost painful. But, the plot moves quickly and keeps you engaged, even when you are rolling your eyes at all the cliches. Irina is a street magician’s assistant. But when her master is accused of using real magic and wanted for murder, she can’t believe it. As she is pulled into the investigation, she can tell something isn’t right. With her new friends, they have to figure out and capture the murderer before he can finalize the dark magic that he is committing.
3 out of 5 stars 
c/o Netgalley

God of Internet by Lynn Lipinski: This is the kind of fiction book that gets you freaked out about real life. It follows several people as the Islamic Crusade introduces a worm that could wreak havoc on the computer systems throughout the United States. We get POVs from the hacker, a white hat security guy and a woman married to one of the premier online security people. So while this story is really about the lives of the people that we follow, it really freaked me out about how “easy” someone with bad intentions could take down utilities or even banking systems. It really makes you think how much of our lives are connected and ran by computer systems. What would happen if the electric grid or water systems went down? If this sounds interesting, I would also recommend One Second After.
4 out of 5 stars 
c/o Netgalley

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson: I had read the other Reckoners books awhile ago. Somehow I missed the 3rd book in the series. So when I saw my library had the ebook, I requested it right up and dove in. This is a series where some regular humans become Epics (aka super powers). Most are bad dudes. But the main character thinks that there is something that can let Epics keep their humanity. It chronicles his (and his group of friends) battles with Epics and how they try to get to the bottom of what actually makes an Epic. These are fun reads, with Brandon Sanderson’s normal fantastic writing.
4 out of 5 stars 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I was a little worried when I first started this book. It is YA with magic and a love story and has a 4.06 star rating average on Goodreads. So I figured I would either really enjoy it or just be annoyed. Thankfully, I enjoyed it. While there is a slightly annoying love triangle, the plot and world building pulls through. In an effort to save her friend, Aliana releases magic that she didn’t know she had. She is whisked away to the capital to join the other Grisha where she struggles to learn her power and fit in. As she grows into her power, she finds out that the world isn’t what everyone thinks.
4 out of 5 stars 

Into Aether by L.M. Fry: This book has a fascinating Victorian-esque sub-culture that the main character is thrust into. Unfortunately, it is also full of cliches and really bad love story arc.
3 out of 5 stars 
Read my full review

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson: I reviewed the first two books in the series last time. Brandon Sanderson doesn’t disappoint again. I love that this story not only covers serious issues, but also has humorous portions. In this third book, the secondary characters really grew and quite possibly became one of my favorites.
4.5 out of 5 stars

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30 thoughts on “Reading Lately: February 2017 Part 1

  1. Cole Nemeth

    I haven’t read any fiction in so long! I really want to get back into it. These books sure sound interesting, and quite different from the books I usually read 🙂

  2. Lauren Norton

    I haven’t heard of any of these but I’m excited to check them out! Thanks!

    Xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

  3. Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    God Of Internet sounds really interesting, and like a book that would totally freak me out. I’ll have to look into it One Second After as well! I feel like it’s totally something that could happen too, which kind of makes it freakier!

  4. A Mindful Migration

    I’m 99% sure Shadow and Bone is already on my TBR. The cover looks really familiar to me and if it’s not on there, well, it will be! I’m also intrigued by the Sanderson books. I like books that manage to be both serious and humorous and do them both well.

    1. Alison @ Puppies & Pretties

      That was how I was with Shadow and Bone too. I actually started looking at Six of Crows by the same author and decided I should read Shadow and Bone first. Sanderson does a really good job of weaving humor into his books, even if they are serious.

  5. Katie Mitchell

    So many great books!! I hope the TBB book club helps me up my reads! Bookmarking this post and adding some of these to my list!!

  6. Kerri

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Reckoners series, I read them all last year and they were some of my favourite books.

    I have just started the Mistborn trilogy and I have to admit, I’m a little torn. I finished The Final Empire yesterday and I didn’t love it as much as I expected. Never mind, you win some, you lose some. Sanderson will continue to be a favourite of mine. Have you read the Legion series by him? That’s pretty good. So is The Emperor’s Soul. They are short stories but are a lot of fun.

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