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!
And away we go! Kicking us off are a couple of highly anticipated new arrivals from the amazing folks at Orbit: Olympus Bound by Jordanna Max Brodsky is the third and final book of the Greek mythology-inspired Olympus Bound trilogy, and I can’t wait to find out how things end. I’m also very excited for Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker, the sequel to Age of Assassins which I read last year and completely adored.
Also thanks to Saga Press and the team at Wunderkind PR for this ARC of Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel, which sounds absolutely amazing. Gothic horror meets Regency romance in this novel described as a fusion of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein.
Thanks also to Gallery Books for sending me a copy of Apart in the Dark by Ania Ahlborn, an omnibus that collects the author’s horror novellas The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. I’m not a big reader of novellas, but I enjoyed Ahlborn’s The Devil Crept In so much last year that I’ll read anything of hers that I can get my hands on! So far I’m done the first story and about halfway through the second, and I’m enjoying myself (and thoroughly creeped out too).
Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, I also received an ARC of Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope, an epic fantasy of magic and romance. By the way, if the cover looks a tad familiar, that’s because this book was a contestant in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off a couple years ago. More SPFBO books are finding their way to traditional publishers, I love it.
Next up is a surprise arrival, with thanks to Subterranean Press for sending me an ARC of Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong. Seeing something new from the author always puts a smile on my face. I wish I knew more about the book, but at this time all I know is that it’s inspired by Welsh lore and Mallt-y-Nos, the lone woman who rides with the Wild Hunt. I feel all tingly just thinking about it.
And finally, a trio of finished copies from Tor! Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore is the start of a brand new epic fantasy series called The Coven. The Midnight Front by David Mack is an alternate history which blends magic and sorcerers with the events of World War II. And Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind is the second book of the author’s new series following the formidable Nikki, known as “Death’s Mistress”. I read and enjoyed the first book last year, so I’m hoping I can find time this winter to read the sequel.
On to the digital pile! From Edelweiss, I grabbed Feeder by Patrick Weekes, who is of course the author of the fantastically fun Rogues of the Republic series. With thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for the chance to try more of his work. Earlier this week, I also spied Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach, a horror-thriller about a young boy who goes missing, and the brother who won’t stop looking for him. Looks like this book won’t be published until the summer, but nonetheless I would like to thank Doubleday Books for the early galley. From NetGalley, I also requested Obscura by Joe Hart after finding out about this sci-fi mystery-thriller from Tammy at Books, Bones and Buffy. With thanks to Thomas & Mercer for approving me so quickly!
Speaking of books I find out from other bloggers, I also added Art of War edited by Petros Triantafyllou to Goodreads after I saw it featured by Bob at Beauty in Ruins. Not even an hour later, I was contacted through the site by someone close to the project, who offered me a review copy. If you’re unfamiliar with this short story collection, I urge you to check it out. Produced by the people at Booknest.eu, this is a charity anthology which each author voluntarily signed up for, and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
I also picked up a pretty big audiobook haul this week. First, with thanks to Audible Studios for an audio review copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I finally caved and decided to check this one out, and I’m glad I did! I typically tend to stay away from the random short fiction based on an author’s existing series or established characters (in this case, the Grishaverse), but this collection was nothing like I expected and I actually ended up enjoy it a lot.
From Penguin Random House Audio, I received The Gone World by Thomas Sweterlitsch, a sci-fi mystery involving time travel. I read one of the author’s cyberpunk titles a couple years ago and thought it was pretty cool, so I’m curious to see what this one will be like. From the publisher’s Listening Library list, I also received audio review copies of a couple of my highly anticipated YA novels: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce is the start of a new series called The Numair Chronicles and I’m hoping to start listening to it soon. It’ll also be my first book by the author! About time, right? And last but not least, rounding up this book haul is Sightwitch by Susan Denard. This series and I have had our ups and downs, but for some reason, I just can’t seem to quit it! This book is actually a prequel novella, taking place about a year before Truthwitch. I would have preferred a sequel but, hey, I’ll take it.
A quick summary of reviews I’ve posted since the last update:
The Defiant by Lesley Livingston (5 of 5 stars)
The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (4 of 5 stars)
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (4 of 5 stars)
Mass Effect: Annihilation by N.K. Jemisin and Mac Walters (4 of 5 stars)
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith (3.5 of 5 stars)
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon (3 of 5 stars)
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk (2 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve “unstacked” from the TBR since my last roundup post. I’ve reviewed a few of these already, and the rest will be coming 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!