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 books are hitting my mailbox fast and hard again, so here are some from both this month and last month as I do my best to catch up. Big thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!
My thanks to Viking for introducing me to The Winters by Lisa Gabriele, a psychological thriller marketed as a modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. This is going straight to the top of my fall reading list!
With thanks also to Simon & Schuster for sending me Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith. The finished copy is even more vibrant and eye-popping than the ARC! Still planning on giving this one a look if I have some extra time this month.
From the kind folks at Ace/Roc/DAW, I received a surprise copy of Search Image by Julie E. Czerneda, the first book of a new series set in the world of the author’s Web Shifter series. Naturally I’m drawn to this one because I’ve always been curious about Czerneda’s work, but this being a spin-off has me a little concerned that it might be tougher for a newcomer like me to follow. Next up is a finished copy of The Way of the Shield by Marshall Ryan Maresca, the start of yet another series set in his Maradaine universe. I’m already juggling a couple of them, so only time will tell if I’ll be able to take on one more! And a tip of the hat to Kaye Publicity for hooking me up with an ARC of Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, the next installment in his Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. I’ve already started this one, since I love these books so much; I should have my final review up in time for its release next month.
Also thanks to Del Rey for surprising me with a finished copy of Bright Ruin by Vic James, the third novel in the Dark Gifts trilogy. I wasn’t crazy for the first book so I never got around to the second, but depending on how this final volume is received, I might be convinced to finish the series one day.
My warmest thanks also goes to the amazing team at Pyr Books for sending me a finished copy of No Sleep Till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton. I reviewed this book earlier in the week, and in case you missed my final verdict, I had a great time with it.
A shout out as well to HarperCollins for introducing me to November Road by Lou Berney. When this showed up on my doorstep, my first instinct was to dismiss it as “not my thing”, but after some research, I learned some new details about the book that made me reevaluate. Set to the backdrop of the JFK assassination, this historical drama also has elements of suspense, crime thriller, and a love story between two people on the run.
With thanks also to HarperVoyager for sending me a review copy of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. Would you believe I’ve never read this author before? She’s been pretty prolific in recent years, so I’m glad I’m finally getting the chance to read her work. I’m about halfway through this one right now, and I’m enjoying it a lot.
Last month I was also lucky enough to score an ARC of Four Dead Queen by Astrid Scholte from the Bookish First program. I’m usually wary about this type of YA fantasy, but I previewed an excerpt and found it to have a lot of promise, so I guess we’ll see. With thanks to Penguin Teen.
And a long overdue thanks to Tor Teen for sending me a finished copy of Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch. The reviews coming out for this have been stellar, and for a YA mystery thriller, the average ratings have been impressive. This will be going onto my “must read” list.
Thanks to Tor Books, I also received a finished copy of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, the long-awaited sequel to her first adult novel, Vicious. I wish she would write more adult books, because I think this has been her best work in years. My review of it should be up sometime next week, so stay tuned. And finally, I also received a hardcover of Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson. You just know anything by Sanderson is going to be solid, and this was no exception. My review went up earlier this week, so check it out if you haven’t already.
But wait! That’s not it from Tor. Earlier this year, the publisher launched a campaign called #FearlessWomen, showcasing a number of their new SFF releases written by female authors. The BiblioSanctum took part in this event and you have have seen some of the spotlights on these titles. As thanks for being a part of the campaign, Tor sent along a care package this week containing some books and swag, including a signed copy of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, its sequel The Fated Sky, the new and updated edition of Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and a beautiful finished copy of Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I also love the tote, pen, and sticker!
And in the digital pile, so much for the self-restraint I showed last week. From NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press approved my request for For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones, the first book of a new epic fantasy trilogy described as a cross between Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber and The Three Musketeers. I’ve actually featured it before for Waiting on Wednesday, so you bet I’m looking forward to this one. From the wonderful publicity team at Entangled: Teen, I also received widget invites to a couple of their most highly-anticipated titles: Valiant by Merrie Destefano and Toxic by Lydia Kang. The publisher has been killing it lately with their YA fantasy titles, so I just couldn’t resist accepting.
From HarperVoyager via Edelweiss, I also picked up Slender Man, which I think will make for some perfect reading later on in the month.
Up next, a parade of audio listening copies: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta from Listening Library; Street Freaks by Terry Brooks from Audible Studios; Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa from HarperAudio; Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs from Hachette Audio; and Shadow of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan with special thanks to the author for providing me with a code to review the audiobook!
A list of my reviews posted since the last update:
No Sleep Till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton (4 of 5 stars)
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
Rosewater by Tade Thompson (4 of 5 stars)
Murder on Millionaires’ Row by Erin Lindsey (4 of 5 stars)
Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout (4 of 5 stars)
Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up by Shawn Sheehy & Jordi Solano
Ravencry by Ed McDonald (3 of 5 stars)
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean (3 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. More reviews 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!