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

My 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!

Thank you to the HarperCollins team for sending me a couple of great titles to review! From William Morrow, Crucible by James Rollins is a mystery/thriller described as a mind-expanding adventure that blends science, historical fiction and action. It’s book 14 in the Sigma Force series, but I’ve been assured this can be read as a standalone, so I’m going to go for it. And from HarperVoyager came this exciting ARC of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling which I’m looking forward to reading because you all know how much I enjoy sci-fi horror!

Thanks also to Subterranean Press for sending me an ARC of Outside the Gates of Eden by Lewis Shiner, a novel that the author calls his magnum opus. Several of his SFF novels have featured rock music as a theme, and likewise I’ve heard that this one will also feature rock and roll in the 60’s as a main focus.

Also thanks to Del Rey for sending along a couple of cool surprises this month. I received a copy of The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates which is about to be released as a paperback, as well as an ARC of The Soul of Power which is its sequel and the third book in the Waking Land series. I wasn’t crazy about book two because of the change in protagonist, but it seems like there will be a shift again in book three and maybe I’ll take take better to it now that I know what to expect. There’s a good chance I’ll read it, because I do want to finish the trilogy.

Courtesy of the kind folks at Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, I also received Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McMann, the third book in the Unwanteds Quests children’s series. Come to think of it, they might have sent me the first book a couple years ago too! I haven’t started it yet, so if I want to read this one, I will need to do some crazy catching up.

Thanks also to Orbit Books for sending me a finished copy of No Way by S.J. Morden, the sequel to One Way. This book continues the journeys of Frank Kitteridge, our protagonist who escaped death on Mars and now must figure out a way to get home. I really enjoyed the first book, so I definitely want to know what happens next.

And a big thank you to Tor Books for sending along these lovelies: A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by Curtis Craddock is the sequel to the brilliant Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, a genre bending fantasy novel that I loved to bits. I’ve been crossing my fingers for a finished copy of this to arrive, so now that it has, I’m ecstatic! And from the publisher’s young adult imprint Tor Teen, a finished copy of Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler also showed up last week. I’m a huge fan of the author and I can’t wait to check out his debut into the YA genre!

And that’s not all! As thanks for being a part of their #FearlessWomen campaign last summer, Tor also sent along this care package containing a signed copy of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab as well as these neat little character pins and a pretty tote bag. Needless to say, all this was an awesome surprise!



Again, my digital haul is made up of mostly audiobooks this week. With thanks to Audible Studios for a review copy of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo which I’m excited to listen to because they always do an excellent job on her books and choose the best narrators (in this case, Lauren Fortgang, a favorite!) From Macmillan Audio, I received Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong, the fourth Rockton mystery (which I’ve already listened to, and it was amazing), as well as The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo, which I’m looking forward to because she’s an author I’ve always wanted to try. And with thanks to Random House Audio, I also received a listening copy of Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond, the first official Stranger Things novel and a prequel to the show which will delve into the truth behind Eleven’s mother.

And I knew I was going to cave on this, and yep, I caved hard: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig is a book I’ve been hemming and hawing over for a while, but after hearing that it’s supposed to be a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, that finally did it. The publisher has also auto-approved me on NetGalley, so with that, my last line of resistance was broken. With thanks to Delacorte Press. And finally, if you’ve been paying attention to the coverage of this year’s SPFBO, you might have heard of Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams, most notably from Lynn’s Book Blog where it was one of the books she considered when it came to choosing her finalist. Shortly after reading her high praise and recommendation for the novel, I actually received an email from the author who contacted me to to see if I would be interested in a review copy, so of course I said yes! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, as there may be more coverage including a guest post. Thank you, Phil


A quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky (5 of 5 stars)
Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish (4 of 5 stars)
The Lost Prince by Edward Lazellari (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Au Pair by Emma Rous (3.5 of 5 stars)
Vultures by Chuck Wendig (3.5 of 5 stars)
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White (3 of 5 stars)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (3 of 5 stars)
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (2 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

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!



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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!:)

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

  1. I’m really excited about the Watcher in the Woods- glad to hear it was good! that might be my next read. I’m pretty geeked to visit Rockton again!


  2. Ooh nice new reads! Seeing some new to me ones and some faves! Can’t wait for Kelley’s new book! Feels like ages since I read a new one of hers! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  3. I also got a copy of Curtis Craddock’s book this week, I was so happy! Now I just have to squeeze it in😊 I’m curious to hear what you thought of Polaris Rising!


  4. Mogsy I am so jealous of all your physical ARCs!!! I should really go live in the US. Or Canada. Or UK. But not here LOL


  5. Ohh – the Craddock book is one that I’d like to pick up – I missed that when it was on NG – shucks! I’ll buy a copy at some point. Will wait for your review of it. The Night Tiger looks and sounds good although I’m trying to behave and keep my review book requests reasonable so I’ve not asked for a copy of that one – although I did like the previous book by the author. Hope you love it.
    Lynn 😀


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