Grumpy Book Grrrl

a reader and writer

Hello friends! There are some amazing books with birthdays this month. I compiled a brief listing of covers with dates. I am sure I missed a whole lot, but the ones I chose are some I am looking forward to! Happy reading. I can’t believe it’s September already!

September 3, 2019


September 10, 2019


September 24, 2019


What books are you excited to read this month? Is there a book you recommend that didn’t make the list? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Be well! – Shelly

August 27: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library (perhaps you checked it out, borrowed it from a friend, received it for review, etc. and want to own it yourself.) (Submitted by Annemieke @ A Dance with Books)

My list includes a lot of audiobooks because I have listened to several books over the past few years by incredible narrators and would LOVE to own the audio versions of these books!

10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Will Patton. To think I almost gave up on this wonderful series until I tried the audio version!


9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. From the same author who wrote An Enchantment of Ravens, this is truly a magical story. My review at Goodreads.



8. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. I received an ARC of this one through Netgalley and intend to add a physical copy to my collection. My review at Goodreads.


Foundryside RD4 clean flat


7. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I checked Nimona out through my library and loved it! Great plot & themes, fun, with awesome illustrations. I also LOVE She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Netflix series by Noelle Stevenson.




6. Circe by Madeline Miller. I adored this historical fantasy. It gave me all the feels and I intend to add a physical copy to my personal library. My review at Goodreads.




5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Here is another one that I listened to on audio and was blown away. It is narrated by the incredible Steve West, and I can’t recommend it enough. I bought the finale, Muse of Nightmares, but checked this one out of the library and still need to get my own copy!




4. Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim. I received an ARC of this book and would love to have a physical copy of it. I really enjoyed this story. What a gorgeous cover too. My review at Goodreads.




3. The Road to Nowhere trilogy by Meg Elison. These books are available on Kindle Unlimited, and I also received two of them through Netgalley previous to release date. I really want to get physical copies as well! This is a post-apocalyptic LGBTQ feminist story with each book following a different character in the same world that I really love.



2. By this time, I’m getting tired (blogging is hard), so I’m not going to add all the covers for this series, but I will say that I would very much like to have physical copies of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. It’s very, very good, and the fifth book will be released in 2020!




And #1 is:

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix. This is another GREAT series on audio because it is narrated by the inimitable Tim Curry. My review at Goodreads.




I hope you enjoyed my list! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. I would love to read about what your picks would be! Happy reading, Shelly

Note: Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The Last Hope, the finale in The Raging Ones duology is out NOW! Find out what happens to Franny, Mykal, and Court and their adventures in space. We were blessed to be a part of the blog tour and scored a Q&A with the authors. Thank you Wednesday Books!

QuestionWhat is up next for you?

We’ll be having a mini-celebration in the alley of a bookstore with THE LAST HOPE. Seeing this space baby on a shelf will be a dream! So if you see two twins freaking out, that’s us! As for writing, we have more adult contemporary romances planned. We love love!

QuestionWhat inspired you to write this story?

We first came up with the concept of “deathdays” – a world where everyone knows the day they’ll die but three teens don’t die on the day they’re supposed to. And we love sci-fi shows with a lot of heart and focus on characters like Battlestar Galactica and Sense8. We both wanted to write a sci-fi/fantasy romance that had three teens emotionally tied together, so whatever emotion one character feels, the other feels as well.

Question:  Will you please list a couple favorite authors and books? Thank you!

Some of our absolute favorite YA authors and novels include: Wendy Higgins and her YA paranormal romance Sweet Evil, plus Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman and their sci-fi masterpiece Illuminae. For adult contemporary romance, we love Kennedy Ryan and her Grip series.


Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.




Release Date: August 20, 2019. Publisher: Crown. Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Thriller.

In the near future, a corporation (think Amazon) eventually takes over the country, becoming so powerful, even the Government can’t touch them. It’s a dystopian-like scenario. This company has evolved to use drones to deliver anything and everything to customers. Its employees live at work. Eat at work. Buy their clothes from work. They have “star ratings” for their work performance. Each quarter, they cut those employees who can’t and don’t perform well.

The law enforcement prefers to, ahem, handle things internally. The founder and CEO of the company is dying of pancreatic cancer, so we have him telling his story through blog-like entries. This guy seems clueless at first, like your typical conservative “capitalism rules” type, but we slowly see the insidiousness unfold.

Paxton and Zinnia are the two main characters. Paxton ends up being in security and Zinnia is a “red” shirt – she picks the items and puts them into bins for packaging.

There are “Cloudbands” you have to wear to get into bathrooms, elevators, anywhere. It’s a worst-case scenario for what could happen with companies like Amazon and what might happen with corporations taking over the country, all small businesses being shut down, people having no jobs, etc.

There also seems to be a climate change semi-disaster that happened before the story starts and some parts of the country/world are unlivable (too hot/dead). I really liked this. It was highly entertaining and kept me going the whole way through!

There are a couple of reveals that are truly stomach-turning!

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital eARC to read and review!

Release date: August 8, 2019. Publisher: Midnight Ink. Rating: ★★★★

So… this is a wild ride, basically, about a woman making a very bad man pay for being a very bad man. It’s revenge porn. But what a satisfying read. I devoured this in two evenings. The story is written simply and immediately engages. We see the main character crawl her way to the top, orchestrating events, to ruin an abusive, corrupted man.

I don’t think it’s something I would read over and over, but it’s one of those books that provides a quick escape and keeps you wrapped up for a couple days. The characters aren’t especially likable, but I definitely rooted for the third Mrs. Durst the whole way.

I especially liked how there was feminism and LGBT rep. I’ve been wary of Ann Aguirre ever since being devastated by her choices in the Sirantha Jax series. This is a dark contemporary romance thriller, and I liked it!

Triggers: rape, child rape, domestic violence, body shaming.

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital eARC to read and review!

There has been a wealth of great books released this year already! I’m not sure if I’ve been more selective, but I definitely feel blessed to have lived in the worlds these authors created for us! Here are some of my favorite reads so far in 2019. FYI, they are mostly (but not all) 2019 releases.

Paranormal/Vampire/Horror Indie:


This was recommended to me, and I’m so glad I tried it! Vampires being vampires. They are seductive, yet also have a violent and ugly side to them. I think this one was written over ten years ago, and it’s very underrated, in my view.

Reverse Harem:


I loved these reverse harems! I had gotten “RH fatigue” and these were the first books I had tried in a very long time. They are absolute winners. If you liked Seraph Black, you will love The Evelyn Maynard trilogy, and if you love RH and vampires, you should give I am the Wild a try.

Young Adult new releases:

I am a huge Jay Kristoff fan, so it’s no surprise that two of his books hit my list. Aurora Rising is the first in a new trilogy, and DEV1AT3 is book two in the Lifelike series. I have so much love for these books! The others are winners too (YA fantasy with some romance).

Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy:


Recursion is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller involving the nature of reality and time. Circe is not a new release, but I read it early 2019, and it broke all my feels. I cried. I love Circe so very much! Ghosts of Gotham is a 2019 release and so far, a stand-alone (I think). If you haven’t read Craig Schaefer and have been meaning to, this is a great book to start on.

I could add many more books to this list…The Book of Flora was released (the final book in The Road to Nowhere trilogy, which is available on Kindle Unlimited). I also really enjoyed Wicked Saints, Four Dead Queens, and Bloodleaf.

I hope you have been enjoying your reading experiences and please feel free to share your favorite reads in the comments or say if you agree or disagree with my choices! – Shelly

This is a book for people who aren’t afraid of vampires being vampires.

Ariane is a graduate student in animal biology who is in her mid-20s, has frizzy dark-red curls, and is a PoC. John is her older boyfriend and a professor. A freak encounter in her lab changes her life forever, and the story progresses through Ariane’s experiences with the supernatural.

She meets an Italian Roman Catholic vampire named Orfeo Ricari who was alive in the late 1700s and falls in love with him to the point of obsession. Orfeo does NOT want to make any vampires or have a physical relationship, but they do begin a strange friendship.

I liked how Ariane became sick with love over him. It’s pretty much exactly how I imagine a human behaving if they met a vampire and spent some time with them. She neglects herself and her life, abandoning John.

Things come to an intense stand-off (with violence) and Orfeo sends her off, dying, to his only living vampire child, Daniel, in Hollywood. Daniel is Lestat-ish, goth, sex maniac, black nail polish, makeup, glam rock. He surrounds himself with young runaways and performs onstage, cutting himself à la Marilyn Manson.

Ariane begins a strange kind of relationship with him. Lovely is an eighteen-year-old male runaway and also Daniel’s lover. I LOVED Lovely!

I don’t want to say too much more because spoilers. I really liked how the vampires have a horror element. They are irresistible and attractive, sensual, yet they also have an ugly ghoulish side.

There is a lot of sex and drug use in this. Most of the characters are bisexual. The writing is not prose-y. It’s a little blunt and straight-forward. No glossy sex or twinkling. It was perfect.

Another huge plus is all the awesome musical references. She even has the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil in there! Lots of Bowie.

The vampiric transformation is unique – bloody, flesh rending, brutal. I think this book is totally under-rated, but you have to be okay with triggers and a horror (lite?) vampire story.

Bottom line, this is the exact kind of vampire story I like best. It has got Lost Boys and Lestat vibes. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll mixed with a bit of classic vampire horror.

A steal at $1.49 on Kindle! (Also available with Kindle Unlimited.)




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