From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

In case you missed any of it, here's what happened in the Ruins this week . . .

WTF Friday Review of Choose Your Own Misery by Mike MacDonald & Jilly Gagnon

Fantasy Review of Reawakening by Amy Rae Durreson

Fantasy Review of Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards


Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

For Review:

Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein by Terry M. West
In a world where every creature of legend has stepped forward from the shadow to exist shoulder to shoulder with humankind, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein meet for a final showdown beneath the streets of New York City. 

Submerged by Thomas F. Monteleone
Chronicles the unique history of the U-5001, a Nazi secret weapon that could have changed the course of World War II, in a tale that spans generations of adventure and mystery, echoing the tales of Poe and Lovecraft at their most strange.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Continuing his bestselling spinoff of the Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America, a kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read.

The Moon in Your Eyes by Adrian Lilly
A group of strangers enters the woods on a week-long camping trip to escape technology. But, the trek meant to test their endurance has them fighting for their lives when they cross paths with a blood-thirsty werewolf.

In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
A dark epic fantasy trilogy in which a mismatched band of mortals (a lost and damaged swordsman, a scarred priestess, a drug-addled mage, and a pair of twins) must stand against a pair of resentful gods to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.

Kindle Freebies:

Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen by Daniel Bensen
Former soldier Andrea Herrera is stuck 65 million years in the past, protecting her paleontologist clients from being eaten by dinosaurs, when they are kidnapped by the stone-age descendants of a lost time colony and forced into a war against the implacable armies of the Slaver Empire. 


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. 

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic. The Red Death's return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Now poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a challenge much greater: reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Another interesting mix of books...enjoy!

  2. I'm going to be starting City of Blades soon, I'm so curious to hear what you think of it!

  3. Night Things, City of Blades and In The Shadows of Gods look great. Enjoy reading!

    My Stacking The Shelves post.

  4. I really need to read more of Brandon Sanderson's work -- I've only read a couple so far, all standalone ones, but they're good. Hope you enjoy the new books! I need to start on City of Stairs, whoops.

  5. I hear that the Brandon Sanderson's books are really good. I need to read some of his. You can see mine here:

  6. Night Things and The Moon in Your Eye both caught my attention. I may have to see if I can grab copies.

  7. I haven't heard of most of these, but I'll have to go check out a few! Enjoy your haul!
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  8. Love that cover of Night Things


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