With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a Butterbeer, a handful of candy corn, and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in October 2018.
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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Publisher: Amulet (October 9, 2018)
Print Length: 480 pages
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.
Besides the absolute gorgeous cover, because what screams October more than spooky skulls, Beneath the Citadel made my list of book releases to look forward to due to its 4.09 star rating on Goodreads and piles upon piles of reviews praising Soria on her use of representation.
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 2, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.
When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.
Norse influenced fantasy world, check. A ragtag all-women pack of paid killers, check. Magic and monsters, check. Everything I’ve heard about The Boneless Mercies has made me more and more excited to finally be able to get my hands on it.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Publisher: Atria Books (October 9, 2018)
Print Length: 496 pages
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
I don’t know about you, but during the fall I tend to gravitate my reading tastes towards dark tales and historical fiction. While The Clockmaker’s Daughter doesn’t sound like it will tick off my dark tales requirement, it will explore historical settings, and from what I can tell, magical realism, which is why it made this list.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2018)
Print Length: 352 pages
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.
I’ve been absolutely obsessed with all things Neal Shusterman following my discovery of Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1), and its sequel Thunderhead, back in April. As I am one who finds an author and needs to read their entire catalog the release of Dry needed to make my books to look forward to list for October.
Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 2, 2018)
Print Length: 409 pages
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.
Another month, another kick butt female heroine taking the worlds problems on her shoulders. Though, just by reading the synopsis for Shadow of the Fox, its heroine, Yumeko, sounds like she may just be the one that takes the cake from all other YA fantasy heroines this year.
The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Print Length: 432 pages
When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.
But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.
Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all. In Alyssa Palombo’s The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel nothing is as it seems, and love is a thing even death won’t erase.
One of my favourite literary settings has always been the small town of Sleepy Hollow. From Washington Irving’s 1820 ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, to the 1999 Tim Burton adaptation, to the television series that aired on Fox from 2013 to 2017, I just can’t seem to get enough of Ichabod Crane and company. Palombo chooses to put her own spin on the beloved horror story by choosing to focus on Katrina Van Tassel, the object of everyone’s affection in the short story. It will be interesting to see Palombo breathe new life into both the story and the character of Katrina and that is why The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow made this list.
When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 2, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.
As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.
One last historical fiction novel to close out this books to look forward to October edition. Taking place over four days, and set against the backdrop of the Great Chicago fire, When We Caught Fire is Godbersen’s offering to fans of her Luxe series who are looking for the next great YA historical fiction novel. Given that I know very little of the Great Chicago Fire I can tell you I am really looking forward to picking this one up.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in October 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated October releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.