Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Release date: May 7, 2019. Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers.

If Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and The Breakfast Club had a baby…this would be it. The cast of characters…

  • Tyler Jones (Alpha)
  • Scarlett Jones (Diplomacy)
  • Aurora O’Malley (Girl Out of Time)
  • Kal Gilwraeth (Weapons)
  • Cat Brannock (Pilot)
  • Zila Madran (Science Officer)
  • Finian de Seel (Gearhead)
  • Magellan (The Wal-Mart version of Siri/Alexa in the year 2380)


I won’t go into the plot except to say that this is about a ragtag crew of new graduates of Aurora Academy who reluctantly have to save the galaxy after some spoilery stuff happens. And then some more awesome spoilery stuff happened – and the book ended. Not to worry, this is only book one in The Aurora Cycle trilogy!

This book has become one of my favorite books of ALL-TIME. I figured it would be no-brainer good, but I had no idea it was THIS spectacular. I can’t gush enough about it!

Kal is the hottest space elf. I claim dibs! Zila is unintentionally hilarious. Finian reminds me of an alien Matthew Lillard circa Hackers 1995 (and I mean that in a great, sexy way obviously).

There is LGBTQ rep with diversity. Action, humor, sci-fi adventure, some romance, humor, girl power, feels, and did I say humor? You don’t want to miss this! It’s a gem! For reals!

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing an eARC to read and review. 



5 thoughts on “Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. Elysa says:

    I must read this book now.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. YES! So gooood!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀


  2. Kathy Lauren says:

    Reblogged this on A View to A Book and commented:
    Kaufman and Kristoff make a great writing team. By the way, the cover is wonderful for YA SCFI-FANTASY


  3. Maria H. says:

    I wanted to read the ARC of this but I wasn’t selected. Bummer! Now I have to wait….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sorry you didn’t get approved! I was very surprised I did!

      Liked by 1 person

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