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 mailbox saw a varied mix of titles from a lot of different publishers this week, and I’d like to thank them all for the following review copies received. For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier – Aaaaand we’re kicking things off with my number one anticipated book of 2016! This was a surprise arrival, but very welcome. When I opened the package and saw what was inside, I literally let out a whoop. If you haven’t checked out the Blackthorn & Grim series yet, there’s still time to catch up with the first two books before this third installment releases this fall. My thanks to Roc for the ARC.
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva – This debut dystopian thriller only recently found itself onto my radar, but I’ve heard some excellent things. It’s about a survival TV reality show that takes place right before an apocalyptic event, and with the contestants cut off from the world they have no idea what’s real or just part of the game. Sounds intriguing! When the good folks at Ballantine contacted me about reviewing this novel, I was already fully on board to give it a try.
The Hike by Drew Magary – I have this weakness where I can never say no to a book related to video gaming, no matter how tenuous the connection. This one was described to me as a fantasy saga weaving in elements from folk tales and video games, and I’m really looking forward to see how that will work out. Thank you Viking Books for the invitation to review this.
Curioddity by Paul Jenkins – I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, but it wasn’t until I received an email from the publicist about it that I realized the author was THE Paul Jenkins, as in the comic book writer (of Hellblazer, Witchblade, Wolverine: Origin, etc. fame.) I didn’t know he wrote a book! With thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to check out Jenkins’ debut prose novel!
Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle – A surprise arrival, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books and Quercus USA. I actually read this book a few years ago when it was first published in the UK. Glad to see it’s finally coming to the US! The impending destruction of earth by a killer asteroid provides the backdrop for the story, which takes place in South Korea. Recommended if you like dark and twisted gritty sci-fi mystery thrillers, but not for the faint for heart!
Vicarious by Paula Stokes – Courtesy of Tor Teen, which seems to be coming out with a lot of good stuff this year, and I was pretty intrigued when this book landed on my doorstep. It’s about two sisters who grew up in a Korean orphanage before being trafficked into the US, and now they work as digital stunt girls so that their neural impulses can be recorded and used to allow others to live their thrilling experiences vicariously.
Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone – The latest in Gladstone’s The Craft Sequence is here! This series has one of the most amazing fantasy worlds I’ve ever encountered, and I can’t wait to see what this fifth installment has in store. I really need to read it soon! With thanks to Tor Books for the finished copy.
Willful Child: Wrath of Betty by Steven Erikson – Also from Tor, I received this surprise ARC of book two in the Willful Child series, Steven Erikson’s riff on the Star Trek original series. I’ve actually read the first book, which I found to be cheesy, offbeat, and insolent–but I loved it. As far as parodies go, it was pretty funny, and I’m excited to dive into the sequel for some light, fun reading.
Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis – I really enjoyed Burgis’ Masks and Shadows earlier this year, and I’m really glad to see she’ll have another historical fantasy novel out later in the fall. And check out that gorgeous cover! I think it’s one of my favorites of 2016. Much love and thanks to Pyr Books for the ARC!
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter – I confess I’ve never read anything by Faith Hunter, which thankfully is about to change! This book spins off from her Jane Yellowrock books, but it’s also the start of an all new series starring a protagonist who was a side character who was first introduced in a Jane Yellowrock tale so it should be easy to just jump right in. Thank you, Roc Books.
The Reanimatrix by Pete Rawlik – Is 2016 like the year of Lovecraftian horror or Lovecraft-inspired novels or what? Featuring a mashup of Lovecraft and pulp mystery noir fiction, this one looks like so much fun. I’m really excited to read it, with thanks to Night Shade Books for the ARC!
We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson – Okay, this could either turn out really well or be a major disaster, but when I saw a review described this book as literary horror à la “Cannibal Holocaust meets Heart of Darkness”, my curiosity was piqued, so I went ahead and requested it from NetGalley. We’ll see how it goes! With thanks to Scriber.
The Reader by Traci Chee – I’m so wary of hyped YA these days, but I thought this one was definitely worth chancing it if for nothing else because “books about books” happens to be one of my favorite tropes. I was really excited to score an eARC from First to Read.
Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – My goal to read and review all the adult novels in the new Star Wars canon continues! Many thanks to Del Rey for providing me with a review copy!
Bite by K.S. Merbeth and The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins – Audiobooks, with thanks to Hachette Audio. I have more time to “read” via audio these days, so I was really grateful to be offered these books. I actually just started The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold and the humor seems to be working much better for me in this format, so I’m glad I opted to listen to it. By the time this post goes live I should be finished with the book, and so I can dive right into Bite.
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – Also thanks to Tor.com for sending me this e-galley. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about McGuire’s first novella with with them, and it’s awesome to hear they’ll be publishing another one by her soon next year.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the books I’ve purchased or won lately, because in truth, I haven’t been buying much or entering giveaways these days (let’s face it, it’s not like I’ve lacked in things to read.) But here are a few I got from lucky wins earlier in the year, including And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich from a publisher newsletter, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (glad I caught up with the series this year!) from The Reading Room, and The Destructives by Matthew de Abaitua from My Bookish Ways (so sad when they shut down).
Here’s a quick roundup of my reviews since the last update. A lot of 3.5s to 4s this time around, but Dark Matter is rocking it out at the top with the first 5 star rating I’ve given out in two months. Have you read it yet?
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5 of 5 stars)
The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan (4 of 5 stars)
False Hearts by Laura Lam (4 of 5 stars)
The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway (4 of 5 stars)
Imprudence by Gail Carriger (3.5 of 5 stars)
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (3.5 of 5 stars)
Red Right Hand by Levi Black (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (3.5 of 5 stars)
Any Other Name by Emma Newman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay (3 of 5 stars)
Big thanks to Levi Black for stopping by The BiblioSanctum for an interview last week!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
I had family visiting for the last few weeks, so I mostly only had time to listen to audiobooks on the long drives to and from day trips to the beach, etc. I did manage to pad my reading tally with a couple of novellas and shorter books though (heh!) plus one Read-Along book that wrapped up this month. Here are some of the reviews you’ll be seeing at the BiblioSanctum soon, minus those that are already up.
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!