Stacking the Shelves: 1/15/22

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 Orbit Goods

I received two very exciting ARCs since my last post – The City of Dusk by Tara Sim and Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham. I also received a finished copy of A Practical Guide to Conquering the World by K.J. Parker, which I totally forgot I requested until it showed up earlier this week! Many thanks to Orbit for all the exciting new books to read!

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart
You had me at locked room murder mystery + time travelers. I love the concept – thanks to Ballantine Books for the eARC.

Pennyblade by J.L. Worrad
The cover for this was so cool that I had to check it out. It’s about a mercenary exiled from her homeland which sounds like something I would be keen on, though I’m keeping my expectations reasonable due to mixed early reviews. Thanks to Titan Books for the eARC.

The Bloody Throne by S.C. Emmett
Hands down this is one of my favorite fantasy series right now and it’s HIGHLY underrated political fantasy. Ecstatic to have my hands on an eARC from Orbit!

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu
The first book in this series was a surprise favorite in 2021 and I’m looking forward to returning to this strange world. Thanks to Tor Books for the eARC.

Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald
This is one of my most anticipated fantasy releases coming up. I already know Ed McDonald is a fantastic writer and I think this new world is going to be excellent. Thanks to Tor Book for the eARC!

Friend of the Devil by Stephen Lloyd
Boarding school murder mystery settings always suck me in! This is another one where early reviews are mixed, so I’m tempering my expectations a bit but it’s also a very short book. Thanks to GP Putnam for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I had a sudden fascination with learning about making cocktails after Christmas (thanks Youtube rabbit hole) and picked up a couple books that were highly recommended. Not sure I’ll actually make anything, but Cocktail Codex and Smuggler’s Cove are both really lovely books!

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Nerdy Ink if you’re looking for lovely new covers for some of your books! I really hated having mismatched covers for the ACOTAR series, so I bought these and the quality is gorgeous! They are periodically adding new series and I’m thinking about getting the Red Rising set next.

Goodness! I have been rolling through audiobooks so quickly in the last month or so! I’ve picked up Firesky, A Swift and Savage Tide, Kingdom of the Wicked, Kingdom of the Cursed and Nolyn. I’m not even getting into ebooks that I’ve bought… I have too many books on my TBR!

Stacking the Shelves: 11/27/21

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:

LOL @ my little feet in the pic

Orbit has once again graciously provided me with some wonderful new books to check out. Engines of Empire by R.S. Ford and The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan are two books that I’m going to be reading much sooner than expected since I got some sweeet physical ARCs. The finished copy of the The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick is even lovelier in person and I’ll be posting a review very soon!

Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian
This sounds brilliant! Four princesses are sent across the lands to marry as one expects princesses to do, but then they will bring down the kingdoms they are sent off to so that their mother may rule everything. Many thanks to Delacorte Press for the eARC.

The Might by Siri Pettersen
Book three in the Raven Rings series is high on my most anticipated list because each book keeps getting better and better! Many thanks to Arctis Books for the eARC.

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham
I’ve been wanting to pick up a Daniel Abraham series and it seems like I’ve timed things right and get to start a brand new epic fantasy trilogy. Can’t wait to read about the city of Kithamar and it’s denizens. Thanks to Orbit for the eARC!

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge
Cadenza is a city of poets and it’s on the brink of war with it’s rival city – Venice. The premise really has me curious! Thanks to Solaris for the eARC!

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
I’ve already feature this book in my Waiting on Wednesday post series and now I have an eARC courtesy of HQ/Harper 360. A ballet dancer is swept into an alternate world where she must find a way to escape a sadistic king. 

In A Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power
This cover is GLAM! Not gonna lie, that’s what drew me to this book, but then I stayed for the prospect of two near immortal twins trying to save their kingdom. Many thank to Del Rey Books for the eARC!

My Purchases: 

Only a few physical book purchases recently. I picked up A Court of Silver Flames because I ordered these GLORIOUS dust jackets from Nerdy Ink and needed a hard copy of this installment. I actually featured Vespertine in my last Stacking the Shelves post, but we are going to admire it one more time, and I also had to snag a hard copy of Cytonic

In anticipation of reading Cytonic I also picked up the first two novellas, Sunreach and Redawn. I’ve also grabbed a couple audiobooks in the last month – Unsouled by Will Wight and The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie. I couldn’t find the motivation to read the physical copy of The Wisdom of Crowds, but Steven Pacey’s narration is always spot on and I flew through the audiobook!

Stacking the Shelves: 10/16/21

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:

Orbit kindly provided me with finished copies of Blood of the Chosen by Django Wexler and The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess by Andy Marino. 

An Unintended Voyage by Marshall Ryan Maresca
I’m excited to see where voyages outside of Maradaine take Corrie Welling! I’m betting it’s going to be a thrilling story if the first few chapters are anything to go by! Thanks to DAW for the eARC.

The Rot by Siri Pettersen
I’ve already finished this up and will be posting a review soon! It’s an excellent story and it makes me want to get my hands on even more translated works. Thanks to Arctis for the eARC.

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart
Aren’t we all just reading this book for more Mephi? Thanks to Orbit for feeding my animal companion addiction!

Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli
Family curses, dark forests, and fae. A trio too good to resist. Many thanks to Wednesday Books for the eARC.

The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick
I really want to check this one out soon (AKA before the actual release date). I also really want that mask on the cover – SO gorgeous! Thanks to Orbit for the eARC.

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari
This is a wayyyy early copy – it doesn’t come out until June 2022! A research assistant must clear her mentor’s name in the poisoning death of another professor’s wife. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the eARC.

Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney
A royal assassin who is allergic to violence and accidentally brings the dead back to life?? Yes!!! Much thanks to Solaris for the eARC.

Absynthe by Brendan Bellecourt
A WWI veteran must hone his latent telepathic abilities to stop the President’s nefarious plans. GOOD LORD, WHAT A SUMMARY. Can’t wait to check out this unusual book from DAW!

My Purchases:

I hate stickers on book covers 😦

I always go wander around bookstores on vacation, even if it is just a Barnes & Noble and this time I could actually buy stuff because we didn’t fly!! I picked up the rad 10th anniversary edition of Leviathan Wakes, the special edition of Empire of the Vampire, and American Cider. Vespertine arrived in the mail just before I started working on this post – it was so good I had to buy a physical copy. 

I’ve had quite the audiobook binge lately! I finished up the Jessica Blackwood trilogy with Name of the Devil and Black Fall. Empire of the Vampire was a great book with excellent narration, as was The Man Who Died Twice. I just picked up Heavy Lies the Crown and I’m expecting good things from this one too!

Stacking the Shelves: 8/28/21

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 Orbit Goods

I’ve had a fantastic physical book haul from Orbit in the last month (Orbit folks are amazing)! You can check out reviews for The Pariah by Anthony Ryan and Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece and I’ll soon be reviewing Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky and The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
I will happily read anything Margaret Rogerson writes, but a story full of revenants and death magic sounds soooo spooky and awesome! Many thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for the eARC!

The Beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Total cover request, but hey, can you even blame me? It’s about two sisters who bargain with a river goddess and eventually have to pay up and go on a quest. Thanks to Erewhon Books for the eARC!

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
This sounded like a fun tropical mystery that might turn deadly. I need more mystery/thrillers in my reading diet! Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC!

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
YAY! I just featured this and then got approved on NetGalley a couple days later! This was another cover request, but it also has a fantastic synopsis so it’s basically a win-win. Thanks to HarperVoyager for the eARC (a finished copy would be most welcome too!!).

Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn
I swear, it’s been ages since I requested this and I got a surprise approval shortly before the September 7 release date. I’m all about thieving main characters with secret backgrounds, so this should be pretty fantastic. Thanks to Saga Press for the eARC!

My Purchases:

I picked up a WHOLE series (minus the newest release) because The Written, Pale Kings, and Dead Stars Part 1 and Part 2 were free and are also a prequel to The Forever King which begins a new story arc. I started off by picking up the audiobook of The Forever King, which is amazing and I’ll be reviewing it very soon! I intend to read the first four books as time allows over the next few months (hopefully).

I have been on a JUNK FOOD BOOK BINGE! It’s been so much fun! I picked up A Touch of Darkness and A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St. Clair, which are the first two books in a Hades and Persephone romance retelling. I can’t wait to review these – it’s going to be crazy fun to write up! I also had to pick up A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova which was actually pretty darn good. The Atlas Six is my latest “Amazon/Instagram made me buy it” book pick and it’s not bad either and is totally in line with the dark academia trend. 

Last but not least, the rest of my audiobook haul! I picked up an audio copy of Shards of the Earth, which is ultimately how I ended up enjoying the book. I also picked up Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman to see what all the (now old news) hype was about. Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne rounds out the list and is a pretty exciting thriller thus far!

Stacking the Shelves: 7/17/21

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:

Blood of the Chosen by Django Wexler
Slowly but surely I’m acquiring exciting physical ARCs! I’m really looking forward to this sequel and don’t you just love that cover?? Thanks to Orbit for sending this!

Horseman by Christina Henry
A very exciting spooky read! The cover is fabulous and I’m thinking a Sleepy Hollow story is just what I need on my TBR. Thanks to Berkley for the eARC.

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Herman
This is one of my most antcipated YA releases for 2021. I’m totally digging the books with villainous MCs. This is supposed to be a tournament to the death for control of a city’s magic supply. Thanks to Tor Teen for the eARC!

The Starless Crown by James Rollins
I’ve enjoyed Rollins’ thrillers in the past and I’m SO CURIOUS to see how he executes a fantasy novel! A student, a soldier, a thief, and a prince must all come together to claim the Starless Crown. Thanks to Tor Books for the eARC.

The Hand of the Sun King by J.T. Greathouse
The publisher reached out and offered an eARC of this one, which I’ve had on my radar for a little while now. Decided to go ahead and grab a copy since the early reviews are so good!

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
OMG!!!! I have no self control and read the right after getting approved for it on NetGalley! It is a stellar sequel with one HELL of a cliffhanger ending! Many thanks to Del Rey for the eARC.

My Purchases:

Hooray! My copy of Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan has finally arrived! I back the Kickstarter and thus got it before it’s release to the general public – can’t wait to check it out. I also picked up a hardcover copy of A Deadly Education since I loved it and the sequel immensely. And we’ve got a lovely plant guide — Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast

As always, I picked up a few more audiobooks since the last haul as well. I finished up the Clocktaur War duology with The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher. I decided I needed to re-read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch since it’s been awhile and dang, the audio narration is on point. I also snagged Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellow which is supposed to be a really good fantasy romance. 

Stacking the Shelves: 6/26/21

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 Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston
This is/was one of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and it’s my current read! It’s taken a bit longer than expected to finish because I got a little distracted earlier in the week and ended up re-reading another book. This has such a fun concept! Thanks to Angry Robot Books for the eARC.

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French
I unexpectedly loved the second book in the series and decided I needed to finish it up. If you need more orcs, half-orcs, battle hogs, and gore this might be the book for you! Thanks to Del Rey Books for the eARC.

The Splinter King by Mike Brooks
I am THRILLED that this sequel is coming out so soon! The Black Coast was yet another book I unexpectedly loved and I am truly delighted to check this out and see where things go. Many thanks to Solaris for the eARC!

The Godstone by Violette Malan
This is the start of a new epic fantasy series with A TON of stuff going on in just the synopsis. There’s not much info out there yet – only two five star ratings on Goodreads! Thanks to DAW for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I actually purchased an eBook this month! I was in the mood for dramatic fantasy-romance, so I decided to pick up A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. As per usual, I have a few new audiobooks in my collection. The Blacktongue Thief was a fantastic read, When Jackals Storm the Walls was pretty good, and Clockwork Boys was super fun, if a little on the short side!

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

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:

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!