Grumpy Book Grrrl

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?). So here we go.


Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol is the first in an (unfinished) trilogy. The finale will be released in 2019. It’s free with Kindle Unlimited. If you want to read more about what the book/trilogy is about, you can read my review here. It has a dystopian/sci-fi vibe with an elite class of ruling people and the suppressed minorities.


Creatures of Will & Temper by Molly Tanzer is loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, but with females! This is a paranormal tale with demons and lesbian love. I gave it five stars! The next one is due out in November 2018. I believe it takes place in the same world, but with different characters.



The Companion is one of my favorite vampire novels. In my view, it reads more historical fiction than romance. But it has a strong heroine and I was quite caught up in the story. Here is my fangirl review. It’s only $0.99 on Kindle too. It may have sexual triggers for some. The villain is a female vampire who raped and tortured the hero. I really loved the way the author imagined the vampire mythology.


Beyond Redemption is fantasy that is “dark” with both content and humor. I love “grimdark” fantasy where the main characters are basically villainous and you can’t even really call them antiheroes. From my review:

And trust me, there ARE some disturbing parts. Cannibalism, animal abuse (but it doesn’t go into explicit detail), violence, people shit themselves frequently and are just very smelly and gross in general. Most characters are disgustingly ugly and filthy – inside and out. But I loved every bit of it.


R. Lee Smith writes some looooong books. This is one of the shorter ones at 467 pages. It’s an alien romance, but one where the alien actually looks and acts like an alien (insectoid), not a hot human male model with horns or a tail. It made me cry. It’s also free with Kindle Unlimited.

6. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell – I thought this was a very original book about zombies. It stays with you.

7. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – I loved this steampunk Cinderella-ish fantasy with robots. It’s only $1.99 on Kindle. It has fey magic and friendship is a strong theme.

8. Transcendence by Shay Savage – I am adding this one because it was self-published. A very original romance, this book gutted me. I was reading during lunch at work and had to stop because I was starting to physically sob and ugly cry. It is extremely touching and I have never read a romance that made me feel this way before.

9. Queen of Blood by Jill Myles – This was a great vampire romance. There is some drama-llama but I read the whole thing in one day and wanted more. The hero Graeme was awesome and I pictured him as Aidan Turner.


10. High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning – The Fever series gets a lot of hate after book 5. I have continued to LOVE it. Some of them are better than others, but this most recent one is actually my favorite since Shadowfever! I adored this, and … it made me cry. I loved Dani’s story and how she evolved. It was moving.

That’s it for now. Have a great rest of the week and Happy Reading!



One thought on “Top Ten Tuesday – Hidden Gems

  1. Haha, I love your description of ‘Beyond Redemption’! And I agree – that was such an interesting story! But yeah, gross & disgusting and everyone was so fucked up^^ i recommend it

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