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.

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Received for Review

There’s been a surge of activity in my mailbox these last two weeks, to the point where I haven’t really been able to keep up with the cataloging of new arrivals so the rest will have to be posted next Roundup. In the meantime though, here’s some of what’s been added to my shelves lately. My 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!

I was so excited earlier this month when Disney-Hyperion reached out with an offer of City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts for review. The first book was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed myself so much that even a year later I still find myself thinking about the characters and wondering what will happen to them. I’m thrilled that the sequel is in my hands now that I’ll find out soon. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.

The kind folks at Orbit also surprised me with a couple of ARCs last week; first up is 84k by Claire North, a sci-fi crime novel that is looking as mind-bendingly awesome as a lot of North’s other works. I didn’t have a really good time with her last book, so I hope I’ll have better luck with this one. Then a few days later The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso showed up on my doorstep, which was very timely because I recently read the first book The Tethered Mage and it was oh so good! Really looking forward to diving into this sequel.

From Saga Press and the amazing Wunderkind PR team I also received a finished copy Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel. I loved this book, and here’s my review with all the reasons why, in case you missed it!

Next up are a couple of finished copies from Del Rey, both of which were surprise but welcome arrivals. I already had plans to read Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins and actually got started with the book today, so I should be well into it or hopefully done by the time this post goes live. Tarnished City by Vic James is the second book of the Dark Gifts series and sequel to Gilded Cage which admittedly I struggled with last year, so only time will tell if I’ll be able to get to it. I did hope to give the second book a chance though, so I’m glad to have it on hand.

With thanks to Tor Books, I also received City of Lies by Sam Hawke. This epic fantasy debut has been on my radar for a while, so I was pretty excited to get an ARC!

A couple weeks ago I was also surprised with a hardcover of This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong because to my knowledge I’d never gotten any review copies from Minotaur Books before. I happen to be a huge fan of the series though, and I thought this third installment was amazing. You can check out more of my thoughts in my review of the book here.

Also thanks to Subterranean Press for the following ARCs: Blood’s A Rover by Harlan Ellison is a return to Vic and Blood in the author’s 1969’s Nebula Award-winning “A Boy and His Dog”, which uses revised and expanded versions of the novella and short stories to assemble the full story. I was also super excited to receive Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold, a Penric and Desdemona novella. I love these books, and as a bonus, this one is also the direct follow up to Penric’s Mission which I just recently read.

From DAW Books I also received Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch which unexpected to say the least. According to Goodreads, it’s the sixteenth installment in the series and I’ve never read any of the previous books so I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get to this! Another package that arrived from the publisher was something I was familiar with, though: Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca is the second novel of The Streets of Maradaine which is so far my favorite of the author’s Maradaine series, so I’m looking forward to reading more.

And finally, rounding things up is a finished copy of Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk with thanks to Pyr Books. It’s the third volume of the Book of the Black Earth series and I’ve only read the first book so I’m a bit behind!




Another Roundup, another amazing batch of eARCs from! Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White is the second book in the Voidwitch Saga, a sci-fi thriller series about a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier. I’m also excited to check out Time Was by Ian McDonald because I’m a big fan of the author and this one sounds like a powerful story. Black Helicopters by Caitlín R. Kiernan also sounds like an interesting novella, about an invisible war fought at the fringes of our world with a strong touch of Lovecraftian horror. And Outbreak by Melissa F. Olson is the third volume of the Nightshades series which I’m actually quite interested in, but I haven’t had the chance to start the first book yet.

Last week I was also sent an eARC of The Night Dahlia by R.S. Belcher by Tor Books along with an invitation to join a blog tour, so be sure to be on the look out for that later this spring! The novel is the sequel to Nightwise, an urban fantasy of gritty dark magic. I really liked it and am quite excited to continue the series.

And only one NetGalley acquisition this week! I saw that Saga Press had put up Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse and just could not resist hitting the download button. I’m very much looking forward to this book and I hope it’ll be as good as it sounds.

From Edelweiss I also on impulse requested The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara from Sky Pony Press, based purely on my interest in the subject matter. This is a YA historical fiction about Mary Reade, who along with Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time.

And in the audiobook pile, I just have a couple review copies with thanks first to Listen Library for Genesis by Brendan Reichs which is the sequel to Nemesis, a YA sci-fi thriller I read last year. I had some mixed feelings for the first book, but the story was so intriguing that I confess I’m kind of curious about what’s going to happen next. Finally, from Audible Studios I received A Dragon of A Different Color by Rachel Aaron which is the penultimate book in one of my favorite series, and I need to catch up before the finale comes out in about a week!


A quick summary of the reviews I’ve posted since the last update:

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (4.5 of 5 stars)
Redemptor by Seth Skorkowsky (4 of 5 stars)
Semiosis by Sue Burke (4 of 5 stars)
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (4 of 5 stars)
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (3.5 of 5 stars)
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (3.5 of 5 stars)
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon (2.5 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

Here’s what I’ve “unstacked” from the TBR since my last roundup post. Most have been reviewed already, and the rest will be coming soon.



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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!:)


28 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

  1. I’m kinda looking forward to 84K. Have high hopes for that. And This Fallen Prey was SO good. Black Helicopters looks like one I need to check out…


  2. As ever a truly impressive book haul. Impressive and daunting even.
    I still really fancy Pride and Prometheus and might eventually buy a copy – although my track record of reading my own books isn’t really that great.
    I’ve quite liked the look of the Jon Sprunk books but hesitated about requesting Blade and Bone because I haven’t read the first two so it’s the old game of catch up.
    I do like the sound of Trail of Lightning.
    Happy reading.
    Lynn 😀


    • I’ve read the first Jon Sprunk book and remember enjoying it…though apparently not enough to jump on the second book because I’m now two books behind! And I’m very excited for Trail of Lightning, just crossing my fingers it’ll be as good as it sounds 😀


  3. Oh nice! Quite a few new to me ones here! Wow! That is a lot of books! So pretty! Heehee! LOVED Kelley’s This Fallen Prey, but I pretty much always love her books!

    Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. I’m going to have to check out The Unbinding of Mary Reade, I love pirates! Im super excited for Trail of Lightning and I should be getting a copy of 84K soon😁


    • I love reading about pirates too, and the funny thing is, that Mary Reade book almost escaped my notice. While I love the font on the cover, it kind of makes it hard to read, and the only reason I took a closer look was because of the ship on the cover. Then it clicked for me, and I know I had to check it out 😀


  5. So. Many. BOOKS!!! I don’t even know which ones to comment on now. *lol* I just know there were quite a few listed here that I’m curious about, especially Daughters of the Storm. So I’m looking forward to your review of that one.

    For me, I recently bought / read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time (still can’t believe that was never assigned to me in school!) and really enjoyed it, and I’m now onto Tempests & Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. I’m only 50 pages in so far, so things haven’t really taken off yet, but I’m liking the story so far.


    • So I finished Daughters of the Storm this weekend. It was…interesting! I would say it’s more of a family drama than anything. There’s some action and intrigue thrown in, but it mostly focuses on the relationships between the five sisters. They all have their issues too, and a couple of them are massive screw-ups or are totally selfish and infuriating. For all that though, I had a good time. Sometimes, there are just those character you love to hate, you know? I was never bored, at least 😀

      And I hope you’re enjoying T&S! It’s a pretty slow book, I have to say, and at the end of it, not a lot happens. But I still REALLY enjoyed it, mostly because I love magic schools and I thought the main character was a very endearing boy 😀

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      • Good to hear! I actually read a review of Daughters of the Storm over at Tenacious Reader yesterday, and Lisa made some of the same points you made here. But of course I’m looking forward to your review once it goes live as well. 🙂

        T&S is good so far! I know what you mean about the slow pacing, but I’m not finding it boring, either. I keep wanting to know what will happen next.

        It’s funny, because its style reminds me of other Tamora Pierce book I’ve read, in that the novel starts off seeming like a series of misadventures by the protagonist and other characters. But those other books also built up on those events like a game of dominoes, and in the end everything makes sense. So right now, I’m still wondering what T&S’s events are building up to, but I know I’ll find out soon enough. 😉


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