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
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 Tachyon Books for an ARC of Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein, a new-to-me arrival. After reading the synopsis, certain elements from it remind me of The Hazel Wood with its light fairy tale vibes (as well as a character whose relative is a famous author of a fantasy classic that has garnered a legion of obsessed fans) which definitely makes me want to check it out.
And a big thanks also to Penguin Books for sending along a finished copy of The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell. Holy crap, this book was amazing. I became a fan of the author after reading her book The Silent Companions, and I think this one is even better. My review is scheduled for release week and I cannot wait to share it with all of you.
Thank you also to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister, a crime thriller about two grown sisters whose bond is tested when one of them is accused of the horrible crime of murdering the other’s child. I’m looking forward to reading this one when I’m in the mood for a dark mystery.
And a big shout out to the PR team at Kaye Publicity who sent me finished copies of a couple of highly anticipated titles from Pyr: The Fall by Tracy Townsend is the sequel to her brilliant debut, The Nine, and Three Laws Lethal by David Walton is a near-future sci-fi novel about the deadly consequences of relying too much on superintelligent AI.
Earlier this week I also received a surprise in the form of the The Haunted by Danielle Vega. This was a book I reviewed already in audio format, but I have to say receiving a finished copy was nice, especially since it’s got this really cool lenticular cover!
Up next, a big thanks to Redhook for the unexpected gem of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, a book I’m really looking forward to reading. The cover is so beautiful too, and when it came out of the package, my ARC was presented with a ribbon and gift tag along with a lovely key charm I’m hoping to make into a bookmark at some point!
Courtesy of the wonderful folks at Ace/Roc/DAW, I also received the following ARCs: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith is a fantasy mystery about a librarian of the afterlife’s Library of Unwritten Books who is assigned to track down a missing codex; and How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason is a quirky fantasy/sci-fi mashup that re-imagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera. I hadn’t known about either of these books before they arrived, but they sound interesting!
Also thank you to Tor for sending me a finished copy of Starship Repo by Patrick S. Tomlinson. I loved his book Gate Crashers, but apparently the humor is a lot more over-the-top and the author’s politics and messages are way more in-your-face and unsubtle in this one, which makes me think I will probably struggle with it. I guess I’ll still want to try this book at some point, maybe if I have some extra time this summer.
From LibraryThing, I also also excited to score an ARC of After the Flood by Kassandra Montag last month. Publishing in the fall from William Morrow, it’s a post-apocalyptic dystopian that has been compared to Station Eleven. I’m already enchanted by the gorgeous cover and the intriguing synopsis!
And with thanks to Harper Voyager, I received a surprise ARC of Boundless by R.A. Salvatore, which is part of the author’s Legend of Drizzt saga. However, it’s also the second book of a trilogy, and since I don’t think I’ve ever read a Drizzt book in my life (or if I had, it was so long ago that I don’t recall), something tells me it might not be possible for me to just jump into this one without being all kinds of lost, ha.
Thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books, I also received this shiny (literally) finished hardcover of Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. It was a complete surprise, but since I’ve read and enjoyed the author’s previous book An Enchantment of Ravens, I think I will read this one too!
With thanks also to DAW Books for a finished copy of A Sword Named Truth by Sherwood Smith. I’ve never read the author, but I’m looking forward to diving in with this first book of a new epic fantasy trilogy set in the same world of her popular Inda series. Even though it picks up certain threads from the previous books, I’ve heard this can be a good jumping on point, so I’m pretty excited.
And finally, thank you to Del Rey for sending me a finished copy of The Soul of Power by Callie Bates, the final book of The Waking Land trilogy. In case you missed it, I reviewed this book earlier in the week, and you can check it out by finding it in the review links below.
On to the digital haul, it doesn’t seem like I’ve shown much self-restraint when it comes to requests these last two weeks! In the NetGalley pile alone, I received: Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence, the sequel to One Word Kill, with thanks to 47North; The Grace Year by Kim Liggett after I was sent an email from Wednesday Books informing me that the eARC was Read Now for a limited time, so I jumped on it because I am a fan of the author; The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters courtesy of Crooked Lane Books after learning about it from Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy; The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy after I received an invitational widget from the wonderful folks at St. Martin’s Press, because I’ve always wanted to read the author; and The Whisper Man by Alex North, a compelling mystery thriller that has been on my radar for a while, with thanks to Celadon Books. Whew! At least most of these don’t come out until later in the year, plenty of time to plan out my reading and catch up.
From Edelweiss, I also picked up a couple digital galleys. With thanks to Pamela Dorman Books for Someone We Know by Shari Lapena, and Tu Books for The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas. Both are titles I’ve featured on Waiting on Wednesday, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to received them.
Just a couple titles in the audiobook haul this book, and they’re both thrillers. Thanks once again to Tammy for introducing me to Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen, which sounds awesome, and I also downloaded a listening copy of Cari Mora by Thomas Harris of Silence of the Lambs fame. With thanks to Hachette Audio for the opportunity.
Here is a quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:
Beautiful by Juliet Marillier (4 of 5 stars)
Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning (4 of 5 stars)
Shark Beach by Chris Jameson (4 of 5 stars)
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher (3.5 of 5 stars)
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Soul of Power by Callie Bates (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Queen’s Gambit by Jessie Mihalik (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden (2.5 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. Stay tuned for more reviews!
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!