Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes physical books bought, digital books downloaded, and those titles received for review.

Review Titles

A good week for review titles, including my first 2022 release, courtesy of Tor Books, Berkley, and Tordotcom.

LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS by Ryka Aoki is a sci-fi Good Omens with Faustian bargains and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts...

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.

When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She's found her final candidate.

But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn't have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan's kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth. And maybe something as small as a warm donut is powerful enough to break a curse as vast as the California coastline.

As the lives of these three women become entangled by chance and fate, a story of magic, identity, curses, and hope begins, and a family worth crossing the universe for is found.

Releases September 28, 2021

FEMLANDIA by Christina Dalcher is alternate near future thriller where the refuge of women-only colony is the most dangerous place for a mother and daughter to be...

Miranda Reynolds always thought she would rather die than live in Femlandia. But that was before the country sank into total economic collapse and her husband walked out in the harshest, most permanent way, leaving her and her sixteen-year-old daughter with nothing. The streets are full of looting, robbing, and killing, and Miranda and Emma no longer have much choice—either starve and risk getting murdered, or find safety. And so they set off to Femlandia, the women-only colony Miranda's mother, Win Somers, established decades ago.

Although Win is no longer in the spotlight, her protégé Jen Jones has taken Femlandia to new heights: The off-grid colonies are secluded, self-sufficient, and thriving—and Emma is instantly enchanted by this idea of a safe haven. But something is not right. There are no men allowed in the colony, but babies are being born—and they're all girls. Miranda discovers just how the all-women community is capable of enduring, and it leads her to question how far her mother went to create this perfect, thriving, horrifying society.

Releases October 19, 2021

SERVANT MAGE by Kate Elliott is the tale of a lowly fire mage who finds herself entangled in an empire-spanning conspiracy on her way to discovering her true power...

They choose their laws to secure their power.

Fellion is a Lamplighter, able to provide illumination through magic. A group of rebel Monarchists free her from indentured servitude and take her on a journey to rescue trapped compatriots from an underground complex of mines.

Along the way they get caught up in a conspiracy to kill the latest royal child and wipe out the Monarchist movement for good.

But Fellion has more than just her Lamplighting skills up her sleeve…

Releases January 18, 2022

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

It was a big week on the paperback front...

What's better than a big book? How about a big box of books? I took full advantage of the Flame Tree Press 4th of July sale, stocking up on a tons of summer horror reading with...
  • The Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell (Druid traditions, a right-wing evangelist, a demon, and a town cut off from the rest of the world…)
  • The House by the Cemetery by John Everson (which I realized, belatedly, that I've already read and reviewed
  • Castle of Sorrows, The Dark Game, Dust Devils, and The House of Skin by Jonathan Janz (a haunted island, a deranged genius with a lethal contest, wild west vampires, and a nightmarish reign of terror)
  • Ghost Mine & Slash, by Hunter Shea (tales of gold in the abandoned mining town . . . and the haunted history of the infamous Resort Massacre)
  • The Forever House & The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner (a sinister family and a sleepy cul de sac of prejudice . . .and a dangerous shadow realm of dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and a monstrous being )

This week's new books include...
  • Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green (came up in a discussion of high fantasy)
  • Demon of Want by Freja Ki Gray (which I was way overdue reviewing as an ebook)
  • Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues (a transfem romance recommendation).

This week's used book haul was a nice one as well, with...

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

No digital downloads this week...


  1. Wow, awesome haul! I'm excited for those first three too😁

  2. Oh an epic haul! Always so satisfying getting such a good deal on a big hunk of books like that. The first three sound so interesting. I really gotta get around to my Kate Elliott books.

  3. Light from Uncommon Stars had me at the comp with Good Omens... but can it live up to that?!

    Enjoy the new books!

    My weekly roundup.

  4. Wow! You sure got a lot of books this week! Great haul!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  5. Look at all that Hunter Shea! I want to read him so badly.

  6. I won't be buying any physical books in the next couple of months. I've just spend 3 weeks sorting out all my books and had to pack them all away as we have renovations coming up.

    Light from Uncommon Stars has a great title and cover, but I don't think it's quite for me! LOL!!

    Have a good week and happy reading!

    Elza Reads


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