Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I round up what I’ve read since the last update and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
Received for Review
The last couple of weeks have been really great! While I’ve not closed myself off from review books all together, I’m happy to chime in with a lighter update today, pretty much ensuring that I can get to everything in my TBR in good time and give myself some wiggle room to read some of the interesting unsolicited arrivals. Speaking of which, I’d definitely like to check out a lot of the books received for review consideration this week. My thanks to the publishers!
The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski – I was really excited to be offered a review copy of this. An urban fantasy/horror about an exorcism gone wrong and the unleashing of demons upon the world? It doesn’t get better than that! My thanks to Roc for the ARC. Be sure to keep an eye out for the review and a giveaway in early April!
Character, Driven by David Lubar – Contemporary YA isn’t my usual genre, but I love Tor Teen and will check out anything they pub. This coming-of-age book sounds like an interesting tale, starring a clever but awkward protagonist surviving high school and girls armed only with his quirky sense of humor. My thanks to the publisher!
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – I’ve already reviewed the audio edition of this marvelous book, but last week this surprise hardcover also showed up in the mail. A big thanks to Orbit for totally making my day! I simply adored this one, so I’m overjoyed to have a finished copy.
Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher – R.S. Belcher is really going places! This week I was excited to receive a finished copy of his newest book, courtesy of Tor. I’ll also be taking part in the coverage for it early next month with a review and a fun giveaway! So stay tuned…
Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak – A finished copy of this book also showed up last week, courtesy of the awesome folks at Pyr. Black City Saint is one of the books I’m hoping to make time for later this month! Really looking forward to checking it out.
Spear of Light by Brenda Cooper – Another surprise arrival, but I am super psyched about this one! Spear of Light is the follow up Cooper’s brilliant Edge of Dark, a book I really enjoyed last year — and I think it’s totally underrated. I’ve been waiting for this sequel for a long, long time. Thank you so much, Pyr Books!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – I should have banned myself from requesting any more eARCs, after my last update which saw my digital review pile explode. But when I saw Rebel of the Sands being offered on Penguin’s First to Read, I just couldn’t help it! It’s on my most anticipated list for this spring, and I’m hoping it’s going to be great.
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – The long awaited conclusion to the Reckoners series is finally here! Audible Studios was so kind as to send me the audiobook for review, which I’ve already finished because I can never wait that long to dive into anything by Brandon Sanderson. The review will be up soon.
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – This one also fills me with curiosity and excitement. I’ve already read more horror in 2016 than I had at this time in 2015, simply because there’s been so many great releases in the genre so far this year. The description of HEX caught my attention from the outset, and the original release in Dutch is already a bestseller garnering a lot of praise. There’s always the question of how well it’ll translate, but I am so looking forward to diving in. My thanks to Tor for sending me a NetGalley invite!
Return of Souls by Andy Remic, A Whisper of Southern Lights by Tim Lebbon, Runtime by S.B. Divya – More e-goodies in my inbox this week, with thanks to Tor.com! All their novellas look amazing, and these ones are no exception. Their stories sound so good, I don’t even know where to start.
Here are all my reviews since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. The YA mini reviews have also been included.
Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (5 of 5 stars)
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky (5 of 5 stars)
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
Morning Star by Pierce Brown (4 of 5 stars)
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg (3.5 of 5 stars)
Starborn by Lucy Hounsom (3.5 of 5 stars)
Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (3.5 of 5 stars)
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (3 of 5 stars)
End of Days by Susan Ee (3 of 5 stars)
The Brimstone Deception (3 of 5 stars)
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (2.5 of 5 stars)
The Winner’s Crime (2.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
I’m hoping to get the reviews of the following books written and posted soon (if they aren’t up already), but I do want to take the time to highlight The Last Days of Magic, which completely blew me away! Other reads that stood out include Dragon Hunters which I enjoyed a lot, more so than the first book. I also read Fire Touched, and to celebrate its release in early March I’ll be taking part in a Reread Blog Tour of the Mercy Thompson series – so watch for my part of that next week, and the special giveaway that will be featured with it! All in all, I’m feeling well on track.
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? Nothing makes me happier than sharing my love for books, so let me know what you plan on checking out. I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Until next time, see you next Roundup! 🙂