Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Arrivals, Backlist, What I’ve Read

Starting things off with a non-bookish announcement, but it’s certainly the most exciting and significant new arrival I’d like to talk about this week:


Yes, the biggest news is that we welcomed baby #2 to our family last week. Say hello to Adalyn, my little future girl gamer and bookworm! Needless to say, things have been a bit hectic around here as I adjust to life with an infant again, while also now juggling a toddler at the same time. For the last month and a half I’ve been scheduling posts ahead of time like a mad woman though, so you’ll probably still see plenty of my reviews here at the BiblioSanctum.

Still, my social presence around the interwebz is likely going to take a dip, but I’m definitely going to be around! In fact, I’m counting on having all your awesome blogs and reviews to read during those late night 3am feedings.

Received for Review:

 When The Heavens Fall Defiant Cherry Bomb The Thorn of Dentonhill

Rook Song Evensong King of the Cracksmen

When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner – Physical ARC, with thanks to Tor. This was a surprise arrival, though when I looked it up on Goodreads I had actually marked it last year as a book to watch. Described as “the first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series”, I’m definitely on board.

Defiant by Karina Sumner-Smith – Physical ARC, with thanks to Talos Press. The sequel to Radiant, which I really enjoyed, I didn’t even know ARCs were out already for this so I was psyched when it showed up early last week!

Cherry Bomb by Kathleen Tierney/Caitlín R. KiernanReview copy, with thanks to Roc. One of the few books I actually requested this month, because there’s just no way I could pass up reading the next installment of the Siobhan Quinn series.

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan MarescaReview copy, with thanks to DAW. Requested as well because the book has been on my radar for a while now, and I’m really looking forward to it because seems like it’s been getting some great reviews.

Rook Song by Naomi Foyle – Review copy, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books. The sequel to Astra, I’m really curious about what this book will have in store for the characters.

Evensong by John Love – Review copy, with thanks to Night Shade Books. This and the next book were surprise arrivals, but even though I hadn’t heard of either book before now, the description of Evensong makes it sound pretty amazing. I’ll definitely be making an effort to fit this one into my reading schedule.

King of the Cracksmen by Dennis O’Flaherty – Review copy, with thanks to Night Shade Books. Again, hadn’t heard of this one before it arrived, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Anyone know more information about it?


I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any more books until I’ve read the huge pile I already have — or you know, at least after I’ve made a good dent in my backlist. Looks like I’m already failing spectacularly. To be fair to myself, most of these are ebooks picked up at superb prices as Kindle Daily Deals, and they’re all sequels I need to read.  Digital books are dangerous though; when you don’t actually get to see a physical pile, it feels like you didn’t buy much at all.

The Void Authority The Merchant of Dreams Burned

The Void by J.D. Horn – Ebook. It’s the third installment of the Witching Savannah series, but I’ve read the first book (which was quite enjoyable) already and own book two which I’m hoping to get to soon.

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer – Ebook. Loved the first book Annihilation and I just had to grab book two when I saw the sale on the series last week.

The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle – Ebook. I’m hoping to read the first book The Alchemist of Souls this year towards Worlds Without End’s Women of Genre Fiction challenge, so I definitely wanted to have the second book on hand!

Burned by Karen Marie Moning – Audiobook. Grabbed Burned with an Audible credit. Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this. Paranormal Romance isn’t my usual genre, but I really enjoyed the Fever series and from there I just continued reading.

Back to the Backlist:

Maplecroft War Crimes

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest – Library Audiobook. This one actually hasn’t been on my to-read list for that long (since November 24, 2014, according to Goodreads) but since it was a release last year that I was interested in picking up but never got around to it, it certainly counts as backlist.

War Crimes by Christie Golden – Library Audiobook. On my to-read list since May 1, 2014. My MMORPG of choice at the moment is World of Warcraft, but of course with the new baby I haven’t had a chance to log in for more than a week. If I’m not playing the game, I might as well be reading about it!

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update:

Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks!

Karen Memory Deadeye Half the World Ancillary Sword

Deadly Spells Cherry Bomb Rebel Spring Seeker

41 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Arrivals, Backlist, What I’ve Read”

  1. Oh congratulation, that’s a wonderful news and she is so beautiful! Plus Adalyn is a really pretty name! We have something in French close to that Adeline, but yours is so much better! As for the books Malecroft intrigues me quite much, I have it on my wishlist. As for Burned I’m quite anxious about it becaise of all the different reviews. Happy reading.


    • Thanks! We played around with the different spellings, and Adeline was one of them before we settled on Adalyn 🙂

      And I’m reading Burned now, still too early for me to get a bead on it though.


  2. Congrats on the new arrival!

    I was lucky enough to get a couple of the same books, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Life is going to be hectic for me for the next couple of weeks, what with moving to a new province tomorrow and then returning to the old apartment after a few days to finish clearing things out and cleaning as much as I can, so I know my blogging’s going to suffer even if my reading doesn’t. Honestly, the parts of this I’m looking forward to the most are the 6 hour bus trips so that I can have some serious uninterrupted reading time!


    • Thanks! And I hear ya, my reading’s probably going to stay the same and hopefully I’m going to keep the blogging up. I did schedule a lot of posts ahead of time and my co-bloggers are also keeping the blog hoppin’ 🙂


  3. Wow! Ok you kept that secret very well:-D What a beauty, and I love her little cap. Congratulations! It’s hard to comment on the books after that! I don’t recognize many of your new review books, except I am looking forward to Cherry Bomb. And I look forward to reading your review of Karen Memory, I just got a copy in the mail.


    • Haha, my pregnancy wasn’t really a secret, though I know I hadn’t exactly broadcasted my pregnancy, just only talked about it if it came up. Thanks, and enjoy Karen Memory, I really enjoyed it 🙂


  4. I showed my wife a picture of the cutie and got an awwww. Keep hoping she will start thinking about how cute they are again…

    Books. We read a lot of the same books, and then each have some outliers. I love it.


  5. So incredibly sweet!! Congratulations 🙂 And on the bookish notes, glad to see Alchemist of Souls on your list to read this year, I really enjoyed the series and it doesn’t get much attention.And I hadn’t really noticed the Thorn of Detonhill before this, but it sounds good, I think I may need to request it and see if I get lucky 🙂


    • Thank you! And yes, Anne Lyle’s book is one of my goals for backlist burndown AND the Women in Genre Fiction challenge.

      I’m reading Thorn of Dentonhill now, it was one of the books I was curious about this winter as well.


  6. Toddler AND infant – you are a brave, brave woman! Congrats, and best wishes to the little one.

    When the Heavens Fall looks like the only new addition we share, but I’m anxious to see some of those pending reviews.


    • Thanks! And toddler is just now starting to become more independent, so I guess it works out pretty well 🙂 Very excited about When the Heavens Fall, I look forward to reading that along with everyone 🙂


  7. Ohh congratulations! 🙂 I hope you’re both well, I know that the first weeks are tough. But you already have one kiddo so you’re practically a veteran 😉 Good luck!


    • Yeah, I remember the sleepless nights of the first month or two! My mom is here to help with my oldest though, I feel like that’s the only way we’ve been holding up 🙂


  8. She’s a cutie! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. 😀

    *gasps* YOU HAVE DEFIANT. *stalks off in jealousy* Seriously, though, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it once you’ve read it.


  9. Congratulations again on the arrival of Bibliosanctum Baby! Adalyn is a beautiful name and she is adorable. I’ve heard that Seeker was not very good…hopefully some of your other books will make up for that. 🙂


  10. Again, congratulations! And I’m really interested to see what you thought of a lot of those books (as well as feeling more motivated to finally get back to the first Witching Savannah book (The Line? or The Source? It’s one of them, anyway). I started reading it back in late summer, and really liked it, but then uber book funk kicked in, and I’ve never gotten back to it.


  11. Oh, Adalyn is beautiful! You are busy with two little ones–but also such a wonderful time. You also got lots of great books. So enjoy your books and enjoy your family. 🙂


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