Bookshelf Roundup 02/15/20: 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!

Whee, first a big thank you to Ace/Roc/DAW for the following pair of beauties: Unreconciled by W. Michael Gear is the fourth book in the Donovan sequence, a sci-fi exploration/colonization series that I’ve been enjoying. I thought it was going to end with three books, so I was so happy when I found out there’ll be more. And of course, The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence needs no introduction. It’s the start of the author’s new series set in the same world as his Book of the Ancestor trilogy, and I can’t wait to read it! A huge thanks also goes to the kind folks at Harper Voyager for a finished copy of Carved From Stone and Dream by T. Frohock. She’ll be spotlighted here on the blog with a guest post at the end of the month to celebrate the release of the book, so make sure to check in for that!

With thanks also to the ever generous Subterranean Press for ARCs of The Properties of Rooftop Air by Tim Powers and The Darkling Halls of Ivy edited by Lawrence Block. I couldn’t find either of these titles on Goodreads at the time of this writing, so the info I have on them is limited. But man, the cover to that Tim Powers book sure looks disturbing! Have I ever mentioned how much clowns creep me the hell out? I’d also like to thank Kaye Publicity and Henry Holt & Company for sending me a finished hardcover of Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus. As you might recall from my comments on this book on another roundup post a while back, this is a YA horror sci-fi about alien conspiracies and abduction. Intriguing, right?

Next, my thanks to Tor Books for sending along a finished copy of The Firmament of Flame by Drew Williams, book three of the Universe After series. I’ve only read the first book which was enjoyable, but I remain on the fence about continuing the series. Perhaps once all the books are out, I will re-evaluate the decision. Also thank you tor Anchor Books for Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles edited by Ellen Datlow. This publisher always sends me the most intriguing anthologies! While short stories aren’t really my thing, I do love the sound of a collection inspired by the dark side of cinema and television. And finally, big thanks to Wunderkind PR and Mira for this surprise copy of The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet. I hadn’t heard of it before it showed up, but it sounds interesting. Even though it’s probably going to wreak havoc with my reading schedule this month, I think I’m going to have to work it in!



And yes, I know my digital haul this week is embarrassingly huge. A bunch of review copies came in from multiple audiobook publishers this month, but first, from Del Rey via NetGalley, I snagged an eARC of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The author’s always full of amazingly unique ideas, so I can’t wait to see what she’ll have in store for us with this one.

With thanks to Harper Audio, I also received a couple of YA titles: Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold, a fabulously dark looking retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, the highly anticipated sequel to Dread Nation. Courtesy of Macmillan Audio, I also received an advance listening copy of Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies, a fantasy retelling of Moby Dick but with dragons, as well as a couple of YA titles All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace and The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. From Penguin Audio, I received a mystery-thriller that has been on my radar for a long time, The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. And finally, from Audio Studios, I received Terminus by Peter Clines, the fourth in his Threshold series. At least at this point, it appears he’s publishing more in this series exclusively as Audible Originals now.


A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers (4 of 5 stars)
Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong (4 of 5 stars)
Ashes of Onyx by Seth Skorkowsky (4 of 5 stars)
A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (3.5 of 5 stars)

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!:)

37 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup 02/15/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. Relax it’s not like you get a bunch of books each week 🤣 I’ve always wanted to read the Threshold series but haven’t gotten around to it! Worth it?


  2. I really dig that vintage horror vibe of Subterranean Press arc covers.
    Looking forward to your The Girl and the Stars review!


  3. OOh nice new reads! Quite a few new to me ones, though I did read and love The Shadows Between Us and All the Stars and Teeth was also really good! 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 🙂


  4. Nice haul! I have a digital ARC of The Girl and the Stars but I’d love a paperback. There’s a finished copy of Black Leviathan coming my way, so hopefully I can showcase it next week.


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  6. The Unwilling has been haunting my Netgalley pending shelf since November, just waiting for it to cross to the other-side now it’s been published.
    The Girl and the Stars, however, I did receive an eARC for which I haven’t started yet. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it.


  7. Bent Heavens looks fabulous and I do want to read more Mark Lawrence. I tried him with One Word Kill and need to get back to those.

    The Sun Down Motel is one I want to read also. And I’m really curious about the Peter Clines book! I read one of his a while back and that one has me wanting to know more!


  8. What a fabulous book haul! Mexican Gothic is one I want to get hold of – and start the Donovon series… Not to mention The Will and the Wilds:))


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