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.
I’m back from my trip to Cape Cod, where we got to sneak in some time at the beach on probably what were the last few warm days of the year.
The kids loved it. They had a fun time with their grandmother and I got some nice downtime to relax, catching up with plenty of reading and also getting lots of audiobook listening done during the long stretches of driving. And when I got home, the post office delivered all my held mail and sure enough there were some exciting books waiting upon my return…
Received for Review
Huge thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and for more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J. Birch – Pitched as perfect for fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch, there are certainly some high expectations for this fantasy novel, but I’m looking forward to digging in, probably sometime later this month. My thanks to Simon & Schuster/Simon451 for the finished copy!
Dreadnought by April Daniels – This was an awesome arrival from Diversion Books (and the fact that they send me surprise mystery teas certainly doesn’t hurt!) Not only was I thrilled to learn all about this upcoming novel, it’s also going to be an excellent #WeNeedDiverseBooks title for readers looking for YA titles with LGBTQIA themes. Dreadnought is a superhero story starring a transgender teen facing the confusion of coming out while also struggling to master her powers in order to save the world. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at DB for introducing me to this amazing looking book and I can’t wait to check it out.
The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett – Thank you to Pyr Books for this finished copy! They’re really hitting it out of the park this year with interesting and very unique books, and this Victorian era inspired steampunk is definitely calling out to me. I’m hoping to read it soon.
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst – I just love, love, love the sound of this one, and the tantalizing draw of the mythical forest setting is especially irresistible. Thank you Harper Voyager for the finished copy!
The Dreaming Hunt by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin – The arrival of this one reminded me that I still need to get caught up with the first book. This is a series I’ve been interested in for a long time. With thanks to Tor for the finished copy.
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz – Also courtesy of Tor comes this apocalyptic YA horror novel featuring what looks to be zombies. I didn’t even realize until I saw the finished copy that there are actually a pair of icky, rotten undead hands reaching for the characters at the bottom of the cover! Yikes! I’m going to try very hard to fit this one in for October, because it sounds like a lot of fun.
Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives by Sam Sykes – I’ve been really enjoying these Pathfinder books, but even if I hadn’t been getting into the series I’d like to think this one would have jumped out at me. A Pathfinder novel by the wickedly funny Sam Sykes? Yes, a million times yes, please. Thank you, Tor Books!
Unhonored by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman – One final finished copy from the good folks at Tor, and it is the second book in the Hickmans’ Nightbird series. I am still deciding whether or not to tackle it since I had mixed feelings about book one, but if I have time I’ll probably go for it! My thanks to the publisher.
Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow – This was an unsolicited arrival, but color me intrigued! Being a huge bird nerd, naturally I’m drawn to anything feathery, including the darker side of the avian world. Some of the creepiest, most horrifying stories and movies revolve around birds, which, if you think about it, is actually kind of weird and cool–much like this book. Edited by renowned anthologist Ellen Datlow, this collection features writers of horror and dark fantasy like Paul Tremblay, Seanan McGuire, Alison Littlewood, Stephen Graham Jones, and that’s only a sample of the few names I could remember from my quick gander (heh!) at the author line-up. Huge thanks to Pegasus Books for the ARC.
At the Sign of Triumph by David Weber – This was a surprise arrival, and though I’ve always wanted to read Weber, gah, not sure I could start with book nine of a series! The Safehold saga is one I’ve heard a lot about though, and it’s actually on my list of series I hope to start one day. My thanks to Tor Books for the ARC.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Audiobook, with thanks to Audible Studios. One of the main reasons I decided to go with the audio version over the print is because of the multiple cast production. They’ve brought on eight narrators for this book, and I just adore audiobooks where each POV character has his or her own voice for the chapters. I’m really excited to start listening, and hopefully by the time this post goes live, I will already be well into this.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – This book isn’t out until next spring and it’ll probably be some time before I start reading, but I just could not resist requesting when I saw it pop up on NetGalley. A new Mark Lawrence book always has that effect on me! My thanks to Ace Books!
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop – Another book I could not resist requesting, but I could hardly be blamed for my impulsiveness, right? So what if I’ve essentially destroyed my NetGalley stats this week? This is the final book of The Others series and I am like GIMME NOW. Thank you to Roc Books!
The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher – Well, this is certainly a Bookshelf Roundup full of exciting eARCs, because this week I also received this second novel in the Manifest Delusions series. Beyond Redemption is one of the best grimdark books I have ever read so I was bummed when I heard the publisher wasn’t picking up the sequel. Thankfully the author has decided to self-published, and I was thrilled to be offered a review copy. If you haven’t checked out the first book yet, I highly highly highly recommend it! Do yourself a favor, and go read it now. You can be sure I’ll also be preordering this bad boy as soon as it becomes available.
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages and Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp – More novellas, courtesy of Tor.com! Both of these covers are gorgeous, especially the one for Passing Strange which really captures that nostalgic vibe of the 1940s, which is when this book takes place. Cold Counsel also looks great, because who doesn’t love trolls?
Review roundup time! The Last Days of Jack Sparks is featured as a top read, and if you’re still looking for spine-chilling read this Halloween, I simply cannot think of a more perfect book. The Bloodsworn was also a stunning conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. I highly recommend the series if you enjoy fantasy and adventure mixed with a healthy dose of romance.
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp (5 of 5 stars)
The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey (4.5 of 5 stars)
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 of 5 stars)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 of 5 stars)
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (4 of 5 stars)
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu (3.5 of 5 stars)
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster (3 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
I managed to fit in a lot of reading on my trip, and as you can see I’m also well into my “Read all the horror books” phase to get into the spirit of the season. Some of these books have already been reviewed; stay tuned because the rest will be up soon.
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Let me know what you plan on checking out. Until next time, see you next Roundup!