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 Nice Dragons Finish Last Grave Matters

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirFrom 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 The Exile The Doll Collection

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 Harrison Squared We Are All Completely Fine

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!

Purchased:

The Sin Eater's Daughter Faith Grimm Mistresses

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.

Faith by John Love – I recently read Love’s Evensong and enjoyed it so much that when I saw a sale on the ebook of his first novel, I just had to jump on it.

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!

Alchemist of Souls

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.

62fcc-themimeorder The Mechanical California Bones Prudence

Harrison Squared The Autumn Republic 5ff04-voyageofthebasilisk

22 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Book Haul, Backlist, What I’ve Read”

  1. Wow, great pile of books! I also got Harrison Squared and I plan on reading Gregory’s other book at the same time, since it’s so short. I’m dying to read The Exile! I actually read the second book in Anne Lyle’s series and didn’t enjoy it that much because, duh, I didn’t read The Merchant of Dreams first:-D

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    • I really enjoyed Harrison Squared! Now that I know it’s the prequel to WAACF, I’m probably going to read that one real soon too. Like you said, it’s short, and I should read it while the character is still fresh on my mind.

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    • Your review and Nathan’s reviews of Grimm Mistresses have me very excited. Will probably make time for a couple stories in it even if I can’t tackle the whole book right away.

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    • I think I first learned of the book a while ago, probably from a glance of it on another blogger’s site…but I didn’t get a chance to really look into the description and such until recently. It does look very good.

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  2. Oooh, An Ember In The Ashes! That’s going to be my next Waiting On Wednesday. I haven’t seen any reviews on it yet, so I hope it’s as good as the blurb makes it out to be. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it, Mogsy. 😉

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  3. Ya, the C.T. Adams book looks great.

    Faith is a hell of a ride. I despised the ending, but the middle of that is the best space battle in the history of EVER. That includes anything involving Death Stars.

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  4. Hey
    Hope all is good with you and your little crew?
    Oh my giddy aunt – there are some awesome looking books on there. Can’t wait to read your reviews for some of them. And you bought the Grimm anthology – just read Nathan’s review of that – it’s got me intrigued although I’m not a really big fan of short stories I could be tempted by dark fairy!
    I’ve just started The Mechanical and then onto Basilisk – so looking forward to those two.
    Lynn 😀

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    • I ADORED The Mechanical! It was amazing, I can’t wait to see what you think! And Basilisk was a lovely one too. Sounds like you have some great reads ahead of you 🙂

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  5. Lots of really exciting looking books for review! I’ve been eying An Ember in Ashes as well and love the Paradox series so the Aaron looks fun. And a book store owner with a Scooby Gang?? That sounds awesome! I’ve read a fun little paranormal romance book by Shanna Swendsen which was pretty good. And yes, Dolls are SUPER creepy. Happy reading!

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  6. Oooh very excited to hear your thoughts on Prudence! You know how I feel about Gail Carriger (rabid fangirl). I’ve heard lots of great things about Nice Dragons but I don’t think I’ve read a review of it in audio format…if the narration is well done, I will definitely buy an audio copy. Happy reading! 🙂

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