There are so many books coming out this month and they sound amazing! Here are some that I’m most excited for:
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (October 2)
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.
Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.
The only thing is: they didn’t do it.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.
I haven’t read anything by Lauren Oliver in years, but I used to adore her books. This one sounds really intriguing because on top of the murder mystery, there’s the added aspect of the girls’ shared obsession with the novel. I love reading about characters that are readers too and I can’t wait to see how the novel ties into solving the mystery.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (October 2)
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
This sounds like a really epic Asian-inspired fantasy! I’m really excited to learn more about Yumeko’s illusions as well as the history behind the scroll.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (October 2)
Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
I’ve heard amazing things about Claire Legrand’s other novels and I really want to give one of them a chance! I also want to start reading more horror and this YA fantasy horror sounds really mysterious.
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (October 2)
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.
When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.
However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.
Based on the reviews I’ve read of this book, it honestly sounds unlike any I’ve read before. I really want to see how the author reworks the “damsel” trope. For anyone who is interested in reading this though, I’ve heard there are a lot of trigger warnings so please read reviews before starting!
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 9)
The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.
This is another book that just sounds so unique! I’m really interested in learning more about the magic system in this novel as well as the curse that has been in Blanca and Roja’s family.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (October 9)
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. I loved this book so much. If you want to hear more about my thoughts, my review will be up tomorrow 🙂
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (October 9)
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.
At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.
The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?
Please don’t hate me but I have to admit I haven’t read The Book Thief yet. I’m not sure why, it sounds amazing and I know that so many people love it. I do plan on reading it and I also decided to preorder Bridge of Clay because it sounds really good as well.
An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker (October 23)
When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.
Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.
The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.
This sounds like an amazing historical fiction read! I honestly don’t read a lot of historical fiction books but I’ve been thinking about reading more books outside of my comfort zone and this seems like a great place to start. Katherine performing in William Shakespeare’s play while plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I sounds really exciting and I can’t wait to see what happens!
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (October 30)
For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.
All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.
Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.
Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.
A Hispanic-inspired fantasy about a mafia don’s daughter who has magical powers? Yes, please! 😍 This book sounds so unique and I can’t wait to learn more about Teo’s magic, Cielo, and the “sinister secrets” the two characters discover together.
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (October 2)
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (October 2)
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (October 9)
Odd One Out by Nic Stone (October 9)
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory (October 9)
In The House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt (October 16)
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (October 16)
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (October 23)
Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (October 30)
Sequels to Books on my TBR:
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee (October 2)
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor (October 2)
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (October 23)
This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2) by Emily Suvada (October 30)
What are your most anticipated October releases? What are your favorite books to read around Halloween?