Stacking the Shelves: 5/29/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

I can always count on Orbit to hook me up with some of my most anticipated reads every month! I was kindly sent an ARC of The Pariah by Anthony Ryan and a finished copy of Catalyst Gate by Megan E. O’Keefe, both of which I am really looking forward to reading!

I also snagged a copy of The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey by Shawn Speakman, which actually has a release date of April 2021 on Goodreads, but is showing September 7, 2021 in the Kindle store. Maybe due to a difference in formats? It’s set on a far future Earth and I mostly just thought the cover and title were too cool to resist. Thanks to Grim Oak Press for the approval!

I’m quite excited to also have an eARC of Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter. The synopsis gives strong Murderbot vibes and after my success with The Helm of Midnight, I HAD to request this! I’m curious to see the author’s take on an unfeeling robot suddenly developing emotion. Thanks to HarperVoyager for the eARC.

My Purchases: 

I completely forgot to mention in my previous Stacking the Shelves post that I received the digital copy of Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan, which I backed on Kickstarter. This is the beginning of a new series set in the same world as his other books, but can be enjoyed on its own.

My latest audiobook purchases are The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes and Son of a Liche by J. Zachary Pike

Stacking the Shelves: 5/8/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

Orbit Books very kindly sent me finished copies of The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne and The Broken God by Gareth Hanrahan. You can check out my review of The Shadow of the Gods HERE.

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
This is a teensy little novella that I mostly picked up because of that gorgeous cover and my confidence that Alix Harrow tells a good story. Oh yeah, Sleeping Beauty was always one of my favorite Disney movies, so I’m curious to see what I think of a retelling (though Maleficent turning into a glorious dragon was truly my favorite part). Thanks to Tordotcom for the eARC.

The Seventh Queen by Greta Kelly
Hands down one of my most anticipated sequels of the year after I was left in awe of the cliffhanger ending in The Frozen Crown. Totally blew me away! Many thanks to HarperVoyager for the eARC.

The Coward by Stephen Aryan
I couldn’t possibly resist a book where the lauded hero wasn’t really all that heroic, so I’m dying to see what sort of antics occur when the MC tries to get out of saving the world again. Plus, something about that cover makes me want to put it on my shelf – I hope the gold parts are all gorgeous and shiny because I might buy the paperback! Thanks to Angry Robot for the eARC.

A Desert Torn Asunder by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Well, my self control got the best of me because I wasn’t going to pick this up until I finally read the previous book in the series. But here we are. Thanks to DAW for the eARC and making succumb to temptation!

My Purchases:

I’ve had a month full of good audiobooks! I picked up Swordheart by T. Kingfisher after reading the Bibliosanctum review, which was a great choice since I loved it and am now officially a T. Kingfisher fan. I also picked up Six Wakes and The Hunting Party which are two vastly different murder mysteries. And lastly one of my most anticipated YA releases of the year, Blade of Secrets

I finally received my stunning Subterranean Press edition of Dark Age by Pierce Brown. It has several awesome interior illustrations and is such a quality (and hefty) book! The wait for book to finally arrive is usually a long one, but it was longer than usual (thanks COVID) so it’s been just over a year wait to finally receive it. 

Stacking the Shelves: 4/3/21

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Received for Review:

Many thanks to Orbit for the ARC of For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten and a finished copy of The Queen of Izmoroz by Jon Skovron. I’m greatly looking forward to both of these!

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier
A rare standalone fantasy novel! I’ll be honest, I requested this because I loved the cover but the synopsis sounds sort of generically cool too. Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for the eARC.

What We Devour by Linsey Miller
This sounds like a fantastic and dark YA fantasy. A wicked crown prince forces the main character to help him when he discovers she holds the power of two gods. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the eARC.

The Justice in Revenge by Ryan van Loan
There will be less piracy but more politics and masquerade balls!! Buc and Eld are attempting to stop the assassination of the Doga (city ruler). Thanks to Tor for the eARC!

The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley
MORE KETTRAL!!! Nesting grounds of the giant war hawks? An unknown race begins to stir? Many thanks to Tor for the eARC.

The Broken God by Gareth Hanrahan
I think this is the last book in the Black Iron Legacy series and I am very much looking forward to it. The Godswar has come to a peak and I am expecting much action and drama! Thanks to Orbit for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I picked up some excellent audiobooks since the last Stacking the Shelves post in March. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike, and The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman were all really phenomenal!

Stacking the Shelves: 3/6/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
A maidservant with forbidden magic and a captive princess team up and presumably upset the balance of the whole world. I’ve been looking forward to a new book from Tasha Suri! Thanks to Orbit for the eARC!

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G.R. Matthews
New grimdark fantasy with an awesome cover. That’s really all I needed to know, but the synopsis did sounds pretty cool – a general, a mage, and seven deaths? I’m going to pick this up mostly blind – just thought it looked cool! Thanks to Solaris for the eARC.

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
Zimbabwean magic in Edinburgh, bewitched children, and an occult library made this an irresistible temptation! Thanks to Tor for the eARC.

Mastermind by Andrew Mayne
I honestly did not expect a return to the character of Theo Cray… but here we are and I’m so here for it! It looks like Theo will be teaming up with Jessica Blackwood (from another Andrew Mayne series???) for an adventure that seems to lean a little more supernatural than mundane. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer for the eARC.

Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe and Dark-Elf by William Schlichter
This sounds completely amazing! Set during the Prohibition, a dwarf detective must investigate a string of murders and find the killer before he’s next. This is quite short, with only 220 pages and sounds like quite the adventure! Thanks to BHC Press for the eARC.

My Purchases:

My recent audio purchases are quite the varied lot. Obviously I couldn’t resist A Court of Silver Flames and I can’t wait to share my review – it’s going to be a fun one to write! I also picked up the YA scifi Aurora Rising and most recently The Alienist. 

Decided to treat myself to a few hobby-related (cooking and plants/botany) books. I am really enjoying The Drunken Botanist and find it an informative yet pleasurable to read book with lots of fun facts and even recipes. I haven’t really checked out The Flavor Equation or Plants that Kill yet, but will soon!

Stacking the Shelves: 2/6/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

Odin’s Child by Siri Pettersen
I have had my eye on this book series for years, knowing next to nothing about it other than the covers looked cool. FINALLY it is being translated to English and I can check it out! It’s the story of a girl who has never quite belonged to the world she’s in because she was brought from another. Thanks to Arctis for the eARC.

The Fall of Koli by M.R. Carey
Can’t wait to see how this post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy wraps up. It’s been a wild adventure, with deadly trees, roving gangs, and ancient tech. What sort of foolish endeavors will Koli embark on now? Thanks to Orbit for the eARC.

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
How could I resist the opportunity to snag a copy of this? The cover is truly amazing and I hope that there really are dragons in the book. The synopsis is pretty vague – jarls carving out territory and names for themselves after the gods fall from their perches. Many thanks to Orbit for the eARC!

Fortress of Magi by Mirah Bolender
This series hasn’t gotten much hype at all, but I’ve really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see how it wraps up in this book. Can the city of Amicae be saved from the awakened hive of magical monsters? Thanks to Tor for the eARC!

Siege of Rage and Ruin by Django Wexler
I actually received a physical copy of this from Tor Teen but I’m writing this late at night and don’t feel like taking a picture of it. I read this right after getting it and thought it was a solid conclusion – review coming soon!

My Purchases:

I haven’t purchased many books lately aside from those acquired using Audible credits. I’ve recently picked up The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly and In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

Stacking the Shelves: 1/16/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
This COVER!!! It’s what initially drew me in, but then the synopsis is pretty amazing as well. Mystery and magic and a gorgeous alternate Cairo. Thanks to Tordotcom for the eARC.

The Councillor by E.J. Beaton
This is another fantasy with a touch of mystery. In this case, a scholar is appointed to choice the new ruler while she also investigates the death of the previous queen. Thanks to DAW for the eARC!

The Ivies by Alexa Donne
I think I’m on a disturbing trend! This is about a group of highly successful teens who will stop at nothing to get into an Ivy League school and apparently that includes murder! I’ve been much pickier about what YA I choose and this one sounded like a nice change of pace from all the fantasy I’ve been devouring. Thanks to Crown for the eARC.

My Purchases:

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A little break from the murder books. I’ve seen so much about this book series and decided to check it out. It was awful, but I COULD NOT STOP READING. I may eventually pick up the next book when I need a good chuckle. I’ll be posting a review soon!

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
This was a reallllly fantastic book and I’m glad I picked up the audio copy! I knew I’d never get around to reading the eARC I had and the narration was great and I’ll be keeping on with this series.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Annnnd back to murder. This is a contemporary murder mystery set on a remote island off the Irish coast and it occurs at a wedding no less! This is my current audio read and I’m really enjoying it!

Stacking the Shelves: 12/12/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell
This is the promising sequel to Kingdom of Liars. I didn’t expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did and the sequel sounds like it could be even better. Thanks to Saga Press for the eARC.

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
AHH! This sounds sooo good! It’s the story of a witch that falls in love with Loki – how cool is that! Thanks to Ace Books for the eARC.

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
A documentary creator sets off to an old mining town with a haunted past and people start to go missing. I’m really starting to enjoy these spooky, unsettling books! The early ratings are all over the place, but I think it sounds fun. Thanks to Minotaur Books for the eARC.

The Black Coast by Mike Brooks
I just featured this on Waiting on Wednesday a couple weeks ago and now I’ve been lucky enough to get an eARC from Solaris! I love the sound of this fantasy with war-dragons and prophecies that may end the world.

The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter
This is another recent Waiting on Wednesday feature that I was VERY excited to get my hands on. I love a good fantasy-mystery hybrid! Thanks to Tor Books for the eARC.

My Purchases: 

 

My only physical bookish purchases in the last month were Rhythm of War and the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook. Such admirable restraint. I’d totally recommend either of these – RoW for the amazing story and beautiful interior art work and Half Baked Harvest for the lovely recipes that actually have pictures for all of them!!

My audiobook purchases in the last month have all been awesome choices too! I picked up Rhythm of War in audio so I could switch between that and the hardcopy because it’s 1200 pages long. Infernal and Magpie Murders were both awesome reads too – fantastic narration.

Stacking the Shelves: 11/7/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

ORBIT GOODIES!!!!

The Poison Prince by S.C. Emmett
OOoo OOo OO!! I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read this sequel! There is so much good political drama, potential/budding romance, and it was just so surprisingly awesome. 

Call of the Bone Ships by R.J. Barker
Another amazing looking sequel from Orbit. I’ve been LOVING the pirate/high seas adventure fantasies that have been released lately. Can’t wait to dive in and ‘sea’ if this one lives up to the previous book. 

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
And here’s a lovely physical ARC of one of my most anticipated new series for 2021! I’ve already featured this a couple times on my blog, so just check out the synopsis.

Wine Dark Deep by R. Peter Keith
This was a cool looking scifi book that unfortunately didn’t work so well for me. You can check out my review HERE.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
I’m going to jump on the Greek gods train and have fun with this one! The cover is awesome and the synopsis is promising, plus Alex Bracken has written some good stuff! Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for the eARC!

The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst
This was a recent Waiting on Wednesday feature it OMG IT SOUNDS SOOOO GOOD!!!! The early reviews are great and I might read this ASAP! Thanks to HarperVoyager for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I have acquired quite a few versions of the Red Rising series over the years and here’s another one. It’s because I’m WEAK! These are a way cool special edition set from FairyLoot that finally arrived after some shipping confusion. They are LOVELY.

Ahhh yes, birthday gifts to myself! I love buying cookbooks. Bravetart is an awesome dessert  cookbook and Orange Blossom & Honey offers an interesting look into Moroccan cuisine and has great pictures to boot!

I snagged Devolution and accompanying card game from a Del Rey giveaway many months ago. It got delayed forever due to COVID, but here it is! I read it like, the day after I got it so a review will be up soon!

I’ve been charging through audiobooks lately and have listened to some particularly good ones! I’m currently listening to The Sword of Kaigen and will be posting reviews of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The Devil and the Dark Water soon! You can check out my review for A Deadly Education HERE.

Stacking the Shelves: 9/26/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

Orbit is just way too awesome!

The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie
This latest Abercrombie book is amazing – definitely a series I have to have in lovely hardcover! Review forthcoming.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
This was an amazing read as well, featuring unique magic and fantastic characters. You can read my review here.

The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey
I’m looking forward to diving back into this wild, strange post-apocalyptic world. Koli and his motley crew of companions are headed towards London this time around.

The One and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
This is an interesting one – set during the suffragist movement, a group of sisters must delve into their history and old magic to protect themselves. I couldn’t resist the synopsis or that gorgeous cover!

Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen
I admit, I probably wouldn’t have requested a copy of this myself, but an ARC showed up unexpectedly. I’m curious about the synopsis and besides, you never know when you may find a new favorite read!

People of the City by Marshall Ryan Maresca
This is the final installment in the first Maradaine arc and it has been an awesome journey! This will really bring the entire cast of characters from the various series into one action packed adventure. Thanks to DAW for the eARC!

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
This year has been full of sea-faring adventure books and I LOVE this trend! I’m very excited to have a copy of this book, which has great early reviews. Thanks Berkley Books!

Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight
I was shocked at how much I loved the first book in this series and am really looking forward to picking this up soon. It has a dragon riding school! How could I not love it?? Thanks to Ace for the eARC.

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
This installment of the Camelot Rising trilogy will make or break the series for me. I enjoyed the first book, but didn’t love it and I’m curious to see how this installment will play out. Thanks to Delacorte Press for the eARC.

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
New series alert!! Could this be the next Lies of Locke Lamora? Well, I’ll find out when I pick it up soon! Thanks to Orbit for the eARC.

My Purchases:

The Black Song by Anthony Ryan
This is my only book purchase (aside from what arrived in OwlCrate boxes) in the last month and a half. It’s also taken me FOREVER to get through it because I’ve been in a reading slump (partially due to the game Ark Survival). As I type this I am ALMOST finished! It’s a good book, I’ve just been so slow lately.

Stacking the Shelves: 8/8/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review: 

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The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie
First of all, THANK YOU ORBIT!! This is the first physical publisher bookmail I’ve gotten in MONTHS and I was so excited! It’s also Joe Abercrombie, so you know, that’s pretty cool too.

The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky
This was an irresistible request – fantasy mystery with such a lovely cover. It’s also the perfect test to see if I might enjoy Polansky’s writing… so maybe a jumping off point to a whole new favorite author! Thanks to Tor.com.

The Shadows by Alex North
This was the perfect way to test out NetGalley’s new audiobook feature and app, both of which I like. I’ve already finished this up and a review will be coming along soon.

How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge by K. Eason
This, as I mentioned in my Waiting on Wednesday, might be one of the most exciting sequels of the year. I LOVED the first book and can’t wait to see where this oddball group of characters adventures next. Many thanks to DAW for the eARC.

My Purchases:

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I’ve been on a vampire kick lately and decided to pick up Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer and The Damned by Renee Ahdieh. I also went ahead and snagged hardcover copies of Skyward and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson while they’re available.

Cover- Demon in White

I also added the Demon in White audiobook to my collection so that I actually have time to read/listen to this book. Honestly, I love the narration and the story is brilliant thus far. Highly underrated series.