Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Books, Backlist, What I’ve Been Reading

Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every two weeks where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, what I plan to read soon, and what I’ve finished reading in the last fortnight.

Received for Review

 Price of Valor Where The Fifth Season

The Price of Valor by Django Wexler – Print ARC, with thanks to Roc. Of course we have to kick things off this week with one of my most anticipated epic fantasy sequels of 2015! I was literally jumping up and down with excitement when this arrived and I can’t wait to read it.

Where by Kit Reed – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. Described as “spooky, unsettling speculative fiction” set in a small coastal town, this one just sounded perfect for me.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison – Print ARC, with thanks to Orbit. I was literally speechless when a mystery package arrived from Hachette and I opened it to find this book in it. Unless I manage to fit in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms between now and August, this is gonna be my first book by N.K. Jemisin, you guys! I’m psyched. Plus, now that these are out in the world, it means that release date is final. No more delays for this book, whew.

Gracekeepers Rise of the Automated Aristocrats Corsair

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan – Hardcover, with thanks to Crown Publishing and Blogging for Books. I was a little unsure about this one at first, since magical realism can be hit or miss with me. But the positive buzz and 5-star reviews like this one from Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy have convinced me that I should give it a look!

The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats by Mark Hodder – Print ARC, with thanks to Pyr. An unexpected arrival, I have several books of this series from the publisher but thus far haven’t gotten the chance to read them yet. The covers and the titles for these books though are just so amazingly cool.

Corsair by James Cambias – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible Studios. A futuristic tale about two hackers embroiled in international space piracy, how cool does that sound? This one slipped by me when it was released, so I was very grateful to get the chance to review the audiobook.

 The Pyre Supersymmetry Trial of Intentions

The Pyre by David Hair – Paperback, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books. I love what I’ve read so far of David Hair’s The Moontide Quartet so when I was offered The Pyre for review I immediately said yes. At about 350 pages and categorized as Young Adult, it is certainly a lot less bulky than his epic adult fantasy books.

Supersymmetry by David Walton – Print ARC, with thanks to Pyr. My plans to review the first book Superposition are still on for next month, so even though this was an unexpected arrival, I’m glad to know I’ll have this sequel on hand to jump right in.

The Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor. Like the first book, this one arrived on my doorstep as a surprise, and it is quite a hefty novel! I still need to make time to read The Unremembered, though I heard you can enjoy The Trial of Intentions without having read it. We’ll see, as I really want to read both at some point.

A Murder of Mages The Fold Cocoon

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca – Digital ARC via NetGalley with thanks to DAW. I’m more excited to read this than I thought! I loved The Thorn of Dentonhill and can’t to see what this companion novel has to offer.

The Fold by Peter Clines – Hardcover, with thanks to Random House. I’d gotten an eARC of this already, but a very nice finished copy arrived last week. I’m a big fan of Peter Clines so I am absolutely going to read this one. Very soon.

Cocoon by David Saperstein – Paperback, with thanks to Talos. When this book showed up in the mail last week, it was a surprise on so many levels. Originally published in 1985, this is the latest reprint of the sci-fi novel that inspired the classic movie directed by Ron Howard (which I watched a loooong time ago, and after this book reminded me of it, man do I want to see it again now). I hope I can fit it in this summer; it looks like it could make a good beach read.

Other Shelf Additions

Vostok Blackguards

Vostok by Steve Alten – I won this from the Vostok blog tour giveaway, and after the reviews I’ve seen from Beauty in Ruins, Books Bones & Buffy, Space and Sorcery and others, I have to say I’m mighty curious about this bizarre and crazy sounding book!


Blackguards edited by J.M. Martin – This was an anthology I supported on Kickstarter and a couple weeks ago my hard copy backer reward finally arrived! It’s a ginormous book filled with stories from amazing authors whose books I’ve enjoyed like Michael J. Sullvian, Django Wexler, Carol Berg, Mark Lawrence, Mark Smylie, Anthony Ryan and so many more. As you can see, there are illustrations too and they are gorgeous! I have much love for these collections from Ragnarok Pub — in the past I’ve also backed and received Kaiju Rising as well as the more recent Genius Loci and already I’m excited for the next one they have planned, Mech: Age of Steel.  (OMG A MECH STORY BY M.L. BRENNAN?!?!?! YESSSSSS.)

Back to the Backlist

I already have my book chosen for this month’s Backlist Burndown, but I’m looking ahead to June. I’m thinking an Urban Fantasy is in order, perhaps one of the three following Book 1s from series that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time:

Rosemary and Rue Dead Witch Walking Skinwalker

So what shall it be? Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuireDead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, or Skinwalker by Faith Hunter?

Books I’ve Read Since the Last Update

There’s been lots of activity in the inbox, but of course the outbox is full too. Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks, and you can see my reviews for these books which are up already: The Hanged Man, The Shadow of Elysium, and When the Heavens Fall. 

The Hanged Man Clash of Iron The Shadow Revolution When The Heavens Fall

Where The Shadow of Elysium Corsair Seriously Wicked

Have you heard of or read any of the books featured in this week? What looks interesting to you?

22 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Books, Backlist, What I’ve Been Reading”

  1. Oh, Mogsy, so many pretties…! 🙂
    Wexler, Jemisin and Clines books are ones I am highly anticipating, so I’ll be on the look out for your reviews.
    I started with Jane Yellowrock series just this year and while first book wasn’t instant hook up, series got better and better. I am on #6 right now and enjoying it great deal.


    • I’m reading Clines now and it’s oh so addictive. I’ll probably be done soon, which means I would have devoured it within a day! Wexler and Jemisin I’ll definitely be reading too closer to release date.

      And awesome, thanks for the rec of Jane Yellowrock! It makes me excited to get started.


  2. Oh nice! Have to say I am seeing lots of new to me ones here! But I LOVE Kim Harrison! Her Hollow series was amazing! I hope you enjoy it too!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. So jealous you snagged a print ARC of The Fifth Season – I’ve been waiting for that forever. Mark Hodder’s series looks like fun, but I’ve yet to get started on it either.

    Congrats on the Vostok giveaway!


    • I think we’ve all been waiting on The Fifth Season for what feels like forever, glad there is no more pushing back of release dates. And thanks for your great review of Vostok, I’m very excited for it.


  4. Wow lots this week! We have a few of the same books, I just got a copy of Cocoon too, and I had no idea it was BASED ON THE MOVIE??? Now I’m even more excited! I’ve heard great things about The Fold and Where. I hope you enjoy The Gracekeepers:-D And I vote for Seanan McGuire for your backlist book, since I recently discovered her (in he other persona).


    • I wasn’t sure so I had to look it up and it seems the movie is the one based on the book, or at least inspired by it? LOL, from what I’ve heard though the book and the movie are very different, so I guess we’ll see!

      And looks like Seanan McGuire’s October Daye is in the lead now 🙂


  5. Curious to see what you think of Where. I read the excerpt and have been curious how it ended. 🙂 Also, YAY! For the Fifth Season! I really enjoyed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms am looking forward to this one.


  6. I do love seeing all the books that other bloggers get. Even if I don’t get to read them myself, it’s nice to see what’s going around. (Like a positive disease! XD)


    • Oh I love seeing other’s book haul posts and Stacking the Shelves posts too, not only are other bloggers’ excitement infectious, I always seem to come away learning of new books to put on my radar – if I can also pay it forward and introduce new stuff that looks interesting to others, that would make me glad 🙂


  7. What a great haul of books – it makes me feel overwhelmed dizzy!
    I haven’t read any of the Rosemary and Rue series and it’s one I’m constantly seeing highlighted so I will eventually pick it up. Not heard of the other two but now I really like the look of those as well! I’m not much help with that one I’m afraid as they’re all new to me.
    Lynn 😀


  8. I can’t wait for the Fifth Season. It may be my next read. Didn’t know Hair had a YA book out. What the hell Jo Fletcher?! I thought we were friends!

    I kid. But it does look interesting.


  9. N.K. Jemisin is yet another author I haven’t read yet and really, REALLY want to get to at some point. She’s teaching a world-building session at a literary conference I’m attending at the end of July – and as soon as I saw her on the schedule, I thought, “OMG I CAN’T MISS THAT.”

    Curious to know what your thoughts are on The Gracekeepers once you’ve finished it. I read Tammy’s review as well, and now I’m considering reading it. Another review could seal that deal. 😉


  10. I’m chiming in mega late, but ROSEMARY AND RUE! I think you’d loooove it. Not sure if The Hollows series is one you’d enjoy…the heroine can be a little TSTL sometimes. But somehow I still like her? I don’t know, that series goes a lot more smoothly when you don’t think about it too deeply. Seanan McGuire is where it’s at!


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