Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Book Haul, Backlist, What I’ve Read
It’s been a very busy couple weeks when it comes new books:
Received For Review:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – From First to Read. Every year there are a ton of Young Adult novels that get a lot of buzz and I honestly can’t keep up with them all. An Ember in the Ashes caught my attention though; it really looks like a special one and I have really high hopes for it.
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible. Rachel Aaron is also known as Rachel Bach, the author of the rollicking Paradox sci-fi trilogy which I had a great time with last year, and Nice Dragons Finish Last looks to be another fun one.
Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy – Review copy, with thanks to Ace/Penguin. The sequel to Night Owls, an urban fantasy series about a book store owner and her Scooby Gang of friends who battle the evil creatures of the night!
Righteous Fury by Markus Heitz – Review copy, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus. Markus Heitz is probably best known for his Dwarves saga which I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet, but I’m very curious and interested in reading his stuff, starting with this!
The Exile by C.T. Adams – Review copy, with thanks to Tor. This unsolicited but very welcome surprise showed up on my doorstep earlier this week. It is on my list of 2015 Most Anticipated SFF by Women Authors! Definitely checking this one out.
The Doll Collection edited by Ellen Datlow – Review copy, with thanks to Tor. Also unsolicited, but I’m going to read this and you know why? Because DOLLS FREAK ME THE HELL OUT. Personally, I believe the whole point of reading Horror fiction is to scare myself, and I’m always on the lookout for a book that’s up to the challenge. I’m also normally not into short stories, but I’m happy to make an exception for this anthology.
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson – From NetGalley. Here I am taking a chance on another Young Adult novel, but I’ve had good luck with steampunk lately and I’m really feeling this one.
Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory – From NetGalley. I’ve actually completed this book already; it was a fast read and a great Lovecraft-inspired novel that was weird-but-not-in-the-way-I-can’t-stand-weird. I rather enjoyed it, to tell the truth.
We Are All Completely Fine – From NetGalley. I enjoyed Harrison Squared so much that I requested another Daryl Gregory title — and as a bonus, I found out that Harrison Squared is actually a prequel to this one!
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – A specially low priced pre-order for the e-version of a brand new book, I just couldn’t resist.
Grimm Mistresses by Various Authors – I’d wanted to accept this anthology for review, but as you can see I was a bit overloaded this week. But hey, doesn’t mean I can’t buy it to read on my own time, and that’s exactly what I did as soon as the ebook was released. Looking forward to checking this out, especially Mercedes M. Yardley’s story as I’ve enjoyed her work in the past.
Back to the Backlist:
Here’s what’s on tap from the backlist bar this week. My reading schedule is getting heavy, I sure hope I’ll be able to fit this one in!
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle – This book has been on my TBR since March 18, 2013 according to my Goodreads shelf. I’m finally going to get to it this year, and I also have Lisa at Tenacious Reader to thank for the encouragement. She’s had great things to say about this book, and I can’t wait to read it.
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update:
Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks! A couple of them are already up.