Bookshelf Roundup: 08/07/21: 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.
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!
Some of these new arrivals are from mid-July since I’m a bit behind on cataloguing, but there’s a good mix here! Thank you to Tor Books for a review copy of The Justice in Revenge by Ryan Van Loan, the follow-up to The Sin in the Steel which I somehow missed, but luckily this can be read as a standalone. The author has been making quite a splash so I’m excited to read him! And from the Tor.com imprint, I also received an ARC of a new-to-me book called A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske. A quick look on Goodreads reveals the description “Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” set in Edwardian England with magic, contracts and conspiracies. I’d say it worth taking a look! Thanks also to Del Rey for a finished copy of Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne, the sequel to Ink & Sigil. I’ll be starting this one soon.
With thanks also to the team at Grand Central Publishing for the following: An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott is a psychological suspense about a pair of men who didn’t know each other, but died violently together in a place neither had anhy business being, and now their widows are trying to find out why. I was also excited to receive Hollow Kingdom and its sequel Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton. I’m really excited to read the new book, but it was so awesome of them to send me a paperback of the first one as well!
It’s a new month, so the digital haul has exploded again with audiobooks. I did request an eARC from NetGalley though, something I hadn’t done in weeks, but it was hard to resist when I saw Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson pop up in my auto-approvals. This is such a great YA sci-fi series by one of my favorite authors.
Now to the new audiobooks! With thanks to Hachette Audio, I received Tides of Mutiny by Rebecca Rode. These days I’m still picky when it comes to requesting YA fantasy, but pirates won out. Thanks also to Penguin Random House Audio for Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, because I’ll read anything this woman writes, as well as Reclaimed by Madeleine Roux, described as a claustrophobic science fiction thriller.
Thank you also to Brilliance Audio for Citadel by Marko Kloos, the third volume in the Palladium Wars series. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this one ever since the cliffhanger in book two. And thank you also to Simon & Schuster Audio for Billy Summers by Stephen King. I don’t usually jump on new King novels until more reviews come out to see if they’re worth it, but I the synopsis of this one interested me. From the publisher I also grabbed a couple of mystery thrillers, Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey and The Family Plot by Megan Collins.
Hard Reboot by Django Wexler (3.5 of 5 stars)
Lux by Brandon Sanderson (4 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Been Reading
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!
Some nice titles. I hope you like Sanderson one. My wife loves that author.
I know she does! I hope we’ll both love it 😀
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I enjoyed Ink & Sigil so I’d love to try Paper & Blood. And just this week I started reading Hollow Kingdom, lots of fun so far.
I’m looking forward to starting Paper & Blood after my current read!
I just started Feral Creatures and I love being back in S.T.’s head😁
That one is high on my list for this month! Couple more books to get through first though, lol!
OOh nice! I am so behind on Kevin Hearne’s books! Ever since they turned hardcover I fell behind! Whelp! Lol. Hope you enjoy all the new reads!
My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!
Have a GREAT day!
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I never finished the Iron Druid series, kinda just lost interest. So far, I’m liking this series much more though!
An Ambush of Widows and the new Moreno- Garcia look good to me.
Ambush of Widows was a relatively new discovery, but I was really intrigued by the synopsis. But I’ve been looking forward to the new Silvia Moreno-Garcia for a while!
I’m hearing decent things about Billy Summers. I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea but the premise *does* sounds interesting, for sure.
It seems a little different for King, so that always gets my interest piqued 🙂
Eeek, Cytonic! Yes please
I know! I can’t wait!
Having loved the last King book I’m very curious about Billy Summers.