Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Book Haul, Backlist, What I’ve Read

Another busy fortnight for new books, and I’ve been naughty on NetGalley by requesting three new titles — that’s a lot for me, considering I still have a couple from last month to read:

Received for Review

Sword of the North Day Four Oathkeeper

Sword of the North by Luke Scull – Physical ARC, with thanks to Penguin. This is the sequel to The Grim Companyand also one of my most anticipated books this year. I’m very excited about this one.

Day Four by Sarah Lotz – Physical ARC, with thanks to Little, Brown and Company. Another highly anticipated book of 2015! This is the follow up to The Three, which if you recall was a favorite of mine last year.

Oathkeeper by J.F. Lewis – Physical ARC, with thanks to Pyr. This title was completely new to me, though when it came I looked it up and saw that it is a sequel to another ARC that I have (Grudgekeeper) so it is most definitely going on the considering list.

Grace of Kings Hounacier Joe Steele

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – Review copy, with thanks to Saga Press. Simon and Schuster’s new SFF imprint seems to be off to a running start with some great titles, and not least of all is this first full-length novel by Ken Liu that I can’t wait to dive into.

Hounacier by Seth Skorkowsky – Review copy, with thanks to Ragnarok Publications. The sequel to Damoren, I’m curious to see what’s next in this series about blessed sentient weapons.

Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove – Review copy, with thanks to Penguin. This was an unexpected arrival, and though I like alternate history, I’m not sure if Harry Turtledove is my style. Still, it’s going onto the seriously-considering pile.

Emissary Stories of the Raksura 2 Dangerous Type

Emissary by Betsy Dornbusch – Review copy, with thanks to Night Shade Books. Another unexpected arrival, and I’m not sure if I’ll get to this one since it’s a sequel to a book I’ve not read yet. As it so happens though, Exile is on my to-read list so this might be good motivation to start it. 

Stories of the Raksura Vol. 2 by Martha Wells – Review copy, with thanks to Night Shade Books. I still haven’t started the Raksura books in the actual series yet, but I’m pleased to continue with the short story collections, especially after the good time I had with the first volume.

The Dangerous Type by Loren Rhoads – Review copy, with thanks to Night Shade Books. Very interesting looking novel that seems to be a mix of space opera and military sci-fi.

TheRebirthsOfTao-144dpi The Waterborne Blade Hunt for Valamon

The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu – From NetGalley, with thanks to Angry Robot. The exciting conclusion to the Tao series, and I’d just like to say I actually finished the book earlier this week, and it’s AWESOME. No question about it, my favorite of the trilogy.

The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray – From NetGalley. with thanks to Angry Robot. This was featured as my Waiting on Wednesday last week, so you know I’m looking forward to it!

Hunt for Valamon by D.K. Mok – From NetGalley, with thanks to Spence City Books. This was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter, and I’m glad he did. A superb mix of epic fantasy and light humor.

Back to the Backlist

Here’s what’s on tap from the backlist bar this week:

My Real Children

My Real Children by Jo Walton – I think it’s high time I read something by the renowned Ms. Walton. My Real Children has been on my to-read list January 11, 2014 according to Goodreads. Enough waiting.

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

In the last two weeks, I managed to complete several review books as well as many books in my personal TBR — including a bunch of YA titles thanks to the wonderful audiobook collection at my library. Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks. You can already read my review for The Dragon Conspiracy and Murder of Crows.

Alchemist of Souls Fairest dragon conspiracy_front mech.indd

Hunt for Valamon TheRebirthsOfTao-144dpi The Exile

Red Queen Murder of Crows The Kiss of Deception

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

    • I’m convinced AR stepped up their editing process since their break/sale to a new publisher. The book I read seemed a lot more polished, and I’ve been hearing great things about what’s come out since the new year. I’m glad the Waterborne Blade is starting out well, because I haven’t had the best experience with AR epic fantasies in the past, and I’m hoping this one will change that.


  1. Oh I love all your new books:-) I feel like Night Shade is suddenly everywhere, don’t you? They are really stepping up their marketing . I have some new titles from them too, but not the same ones you do, LOL! Really looking forward to catching up with The Three so I can read Day Four. Oh, and I am really looking forward to reading your review for Red Queen, since it seems to be one of those love it or hate it books!

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    • Well, whatever Nightshade marketing and publicity is doing, it seems to be working! I’ve been seeing their books every now too, and they’re getting my attention. I’m glad though, I know people were really skeptical about the sale to Skyhorse, but they seem know what they’re doing 🙂

      And Red Queen is all right, sort of meh. I don’t know if I hate it, but I definitely don’t love it! I might not even review it, because I just seem to say all the same things for these “typical YA” books. 😛


  2. Some great books and you’ve managed to fit in loads of reading – very impressive!
    Also looking forward to reading Luke Scull. Can’t wait for Four either.
    Lynn 😀


  3. Wow. I love the colors in the Hunt For Valamon cover. I haven’t heard of it before, so I’ll make sure to check out your review when it’s up.

    Also interested to read your thoughts on Red Queen. I’ve been on-and-off the fence about that one. Seems like most of the reviews are either ecstatically enthusiastic or indifferent towards it, with very little in between… which isn’t enough to convince me to check it out.


    • Yeah, I don’t know if I’ll write a full review for Red Queen. It’s becoming more and more frequent that I’ll read a YA and my reaction will be like, “It’s all right, nothing special but I didn’t hate it…” It just seems like I write the same thing in every review for these types of books! “Typical strong female protagonist who tries to be a badass, her people are oppressed in a very typical dystopia, she gets into a typical love triangle relationship, yadda yadda yadda…” I’m feeling like that for Red Queen, probably 3 stars!

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  4. Nice haul (as usual). Oathkeeper looks interesting, and I’m thoroughly enjoying The Grace of Kings so far – can’t wait to see what you think. I’m curious about The Waterborne Blade too, but right now I’m focusing on my physical ARCs. I hate to say it, but I’m noticing an marked increase in enjoyment over e-books, which has me rethinking my NetGalley addiction . . . but we’ll see.


    • I can’t wait to dive into Grace of Kings, glad to hear it’s going strong for you!

      Haha, I’m leaning the opposite way at the moment when it comes to physical ARCs versus digital ARCs. I typically keep a good balance of the two. These days though I’m actually showing a slight preference for ebooks, just because I’m always carrying my newborn and it’s easier to hold an ereader with one hand 😛


  5. So Jealous about The Grace of Kings – definitely one that I am most anticipating! Also a mix of Space Opera and Military Sci Fi sounds very intriguing in Dangerous type. LOTS of good stuff on here!


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