Bookshelf Roundup 02/08/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every 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 summarize what I’ve finished reading in the last week 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!

Kicking us off, much thanks to Ace/Roc/DAW for ARCs of Driving the Deep by Suzanne Palmer, which is the sequel to Finder, and Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, the next book in the Mercy Thompson series – super excited about this one! Also courtesy of Gallery/Scout Press, I received a finished copy of The Companions by Katie M. Flynn. I’m not too familiar with this one, but I’ve seen buzz of it around and comparisons of it to Station Eleven so I’m pretty curious.

Also big thanks to Harper Voyager for sending along Sunshield by Emily B. Martin. I’ve actually had my eye on this one, so it was a nice surprise to receive an ARC! And thank you to Titan Books for this beautiful copy of The Golden Key by Marin Womack and the pretty bookmark/pin that came along with it! I’ll also be featuring an excerpt later this month as part of the novel’s blog tour, so stay tuned for that! Next up, the awesome folks at sent me a copy of Finna by Nino Cripi, which sounds like a fun romp through the multiverse! Looking forward to checking it out.

And finally, cheers to Orbit/Redhook Books for the following: an ARC of Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso, who was also the author of the amazing Swords and Fire trilogy, so I’m going to be all over this one! From the publisher I also received finished copies of A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers and The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold, both of which are on my reading list this month.



In the digital haul, thank you to Entangled: Teen for a review copy of Crave by Tracy Wolff. It’s no accident that the cover brings to mind Twilight; I’m already seeing early reviews making comparisons, calling it a more grown-up, sophisticated version for vampire fans. Whatever the case, I’m intrigued. I also grabbed a few new thriller/horror titles this week. From Ballantine Books via NetGalley, I snagged Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara, and from the amazing team at Simon & Schuster Audio, I received The Chill by Scott Carson and Follow Me by Kathleen Barber. And from Listening Library, I received listening copies of Witches of Ashe & Ruin by E. Latimer because of witches and ancient Celtic mythology, as well as The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu because I just couldn’t help it, I was curious about her new book!


Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (4.5 of 5 stars)
Watchdog by Will McIntosh (4 of 5 stars)
The Hollows by Jess Montgomery (3.5 of 5 stars)
Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt (3 of 5 stars)

Roundup Highlights:

This Week’s Reads

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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!:)

36 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 02/08/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I’m currently reading Last Smile in Sunder City and so far so good! It’s set in a deliciously dark and interesting world. I’m also interested in reading Marie Lu’s new book, but also worried that it might be… frustrating. Let me know how it is?


    • That makes me so happy re: Last Smile in Sunder City! I’m hoping to start that one soon, maybe next week. And I’ll definitely write a review for Marie Lu’s book if I listen to it, I have YA like that on standby in case I ever get in the mood for one 😀


  2. OOh nice! I just finished reading Crave earlier this week and I looooooooved it!! I love a good vampire romance and this one surpassed all my expectations! I hope you will enjoy it too! Lots of new to me reads here. I’m still a little on the fence with Marie’s next book, but after a few reviews pop up that might change.

    I hope you enjoy all the new reads!!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


    • Wow, high praise for Crave! That makes me even more excited to check it out! I have to say, I was worried when I heard it was about vampires because I’m pretty burned out on them tbh, but you’ve made me curious!


  3. Ooh The Obsidian Tower! I’m very curious about that one. And I remember getting an invite from Entangled Teen about Crave but I wasn’t sure about it. I’ll have to dig some more, it sounds pretty good!


  4. Received an earc of Smoke Bitten and loved it! So many feels 🙂 Had to look up some of the other books listed and added one or two more to my ever-growing, never-shrinking TBR. Thanks for sharing!


  5. You know I’m SUPER hyped for The Obsidian Tower. I can’t wait to dive into that one. Also, a new Mercy Thompson! I need to catch up on that series, maybe sometime this year *crosses fingers*


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