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
Thank you to the publishers and authors 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!
Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong – A surprise arrival, but I knew I had to read it because 1) THAT COVER, I’m in love! and 2) Kelley Armstrong, whose work I vowed I’ll read more of in the coming year. And according to its description, the story is inspired by the urban legend of the disappearing hitchhiker. How awesome is that? Thank you so much to Subterranean Press!
The Adversaries by David Hair – As a fan of David Hair, I was surprised to learn he has a new book out that I hadn’t heard of, but the confusion was cleared when I realized Jo Fletcher Books is reissuing his Return of Ravana series under different titles. This is the sequel to The Pyre, a YA reimagining of the epic Ramayana following a trio of Indian high school students. I enjoyed the first book immensely and would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone looking for YA fantasy with diverse settings and protagonists. My thanks to the publisher.
Also much love to Pyr Books for this incredible trio of goodies: ARCs of Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak and Worldshaker by J.F. Lewis, as well as a beautiful finished copy of Judgement at Verdant Court by M.C. Planck. All three are sequels in series I need to catch up on, so I better get crackin’.
The Dead Seekers by Barb & J.C. Hendee – I’ve wanted so long to read something by the authors, and with this being the first of a new series set in the same fantasy world as their Noble Dead Saga, I figured there’s no better time. My thanks to Ace Books for the review copy.
Tor Books also surprised me last week with the following ARCs, and they happened to be a couple of my most anticipated releases for 2017! Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan will be the final book of the Memoir by Lady Trent series (*cries*) while Soleri by Michael Johnston is the first of an epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear.
Next up, a pair of finished copies: Reaper’s Eye by Richard A. Knaak is the latest in the Pathfinder Tales sequence, and The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica is book three of The Hidden Sea Tales. I wish I’d read the first two books, because this one looks great. Huge thanks to Tor for these lovelies!
Upside Down edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli – I’d also like to thank Apex Publications for sending along this cool anthology of inverted tropes in storytelling. They had several paperbacks that were a little too banged up to sell commercially so earlier this week they put out a call for any US-based bloggers who might be interested in checking them out as review copies. I was more than happy to give this wicked looking collection a new home and put it to good use! Looking forward to reading these stories.
Windwitch by Susan Dennard – While it’s true the first book didn’t exactly sweep me off my feet, I admit I’m curious to see where the story might be heading. I also want to give the sequel a chance, especially since I was presented with the opportunity to review the audio version, thanks to Listening Library.
Ararat by Christopher Golden – Another one of my most anticipated releases for spring 2017, I couldn’t resist requesting this one either. Definitely going to wait until closer to release date to read it though; right now it’s just too damn cold for a story about being trapped on a mountain in the middle of a blizzard. With thanks to St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.
Freeks by Amanda Hocking – Also thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me an invitation to read this YA fantasy about a traveling sideshow circus. Looking forward to checking it out.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs – I first heard of the author when he collaborated with his mother Kathy Reichs on the Virals series (which stars Tory Brennan, great-niece of Temperance Brennan who the show Bones is based on) so my interest was already piqued. But then I saw the tagline: Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies. You’d think by now I’d be immune to book blurbs like that, but nope. Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read, I was also sitting on a boatload of points so I decided to request an ARC.
The Wolf of Allendale by Hannah Spencer – I’ve had this historical paranormal novel on my watch-list for a while now, so when the author contacted me earlier this week to ask if I would be interested in a review copy, I said absolutely! Hoping to read it soon in the new year. With thanks to Hannah Spencer and HarperLegend.
Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan – Hard to believe the second novella of this series is already on the horizon, where has the time gone? Looks like I have some catching up to do with Cold-Forged Flame. Cheers to Tor.com for the e-galley.
Review round-up time! The Mirror’s Truth rises above the rest to seize the top feature spot!
The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher (4.5 of 5 stars)
Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey (4 of 5 stars)
Stranded by Bracken MacLeod (4 of 5 stars)
The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin (4 of 5 stars)
Winter Halo by Keri Arthur (4 of 5 stars)
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (4 of 5 stars)
Fireborn by David Dalglish (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz (3 of 5 stars)
Interviews & Guest Posts
Get ready for even more Manifest Delusions! Big thanks to author Michael R. Fletcher who also stopped by The BiblioSanctum this week to talk the series and his new book.
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
My December catch-up is in full swing (which includes some SPFBO reading as well)! Being continuously sick for the last two weeks has slowed me down some though. Nevertheless, here’s what I’ve reviewed/will be reviewing 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!