Mid September Reviews (2023)


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Notable September Releases:

  • SLEEP NO MORE by Seanan McGuire (September 5th)

  • THE SPIRIT BARES ITS TEETH by Andrew Joseph White (September 5th)

  • MAMMOTHS AT THE GATE by Nghi Vo (September 12th)

  • YOUR LONELY NIGHTS ARE OVER by Adam Sass (September 12th)

  • A CROWN SO CURSED by L.L. McKinney (September 19th)

  • A STUDY IN DROWINING by Ava Reid (September 19th)

  • FOUL HEART HUNTSMAN by Chloe Gong (September 26th)

Recent Reviews

UNSEELIE by Ivelisse Housman, book 1 of The Unseelie Duology is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Iselia is a changeling who grew up with her twin (human) sister. Told in First Person with Single POV.

THE SPIRIT BARES ITS TEETH by Andrew Joseph White is Fantasy/Horror/Historical, with queer character(s), marketed as Young Adult. Silas is a trans boy who can see spirits, institutionalized as a hysterical girl when he's found out. Told in First Person with Single POV.

WE WON'T BE HERE TOMORROW AND OTHER STORIES by Margaret Killjoy is LGBTQIA+ marketed as Adult. A collection of stories about death cults, queer love, and the end of everything. Told in an Anthology with multiple POV styles.

THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Seanan McGuire, book 18 of October Daye is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Tybalt has lost Toby in an instant, yanked away by Titania into an entirely different version of the world which now surrounds them both. Told in First Person with Single POV.

Reviews forthcoming for WITCH KING by Martha Wells and SYSTEM COLLAPSE by Martha Wells.


I didn't get far into THE SPLINTER IN THE SKY by Kemi Ashing-Giwa before stopping. Nothing was particularly wrong, it was just too sapphic and too sci-fi for me. I'd be open to trying it again later, but for now it wasn't what I wanted to read.

Rereads and Older Reviews

I re-read THE MAGPIE LORD by KJ Charles, and (from a different series) AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION, also by KJ Charles.

Current Reads

I'm in the middle of way too many books, I've just wanted to re-read and focus on m/m right now, which means anything outside that is taking me a lot longer.

  • DRACULA (via Dracula Daily, will finish in November)

  • THE SUGARED GAME by KJ Charles

  • SUMMER SONS by Lee Mandelo (re-read)

  • THE ARCHIVE UNDYING by Emma Mieko Candon



  • FEVERED STAR by Rebecca Roanhorse

  • THE TAINTED CUP by Robert Jackson Bennett (ARC)

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read THE GHOST BRIDE by Yangsze Choo.

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