I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… I am in my complete element in October.
I mean we have the spooky vibes, the weather getting cooler, the leaves officially dawning their oranges, reds, and yellows, and the coziness that comes from a warm drink and a classic Halloween movie – speaking of, did anyone watch Hocus Pocus 2… OMG.. I cannot express how hard it was to contain myself watching that entire movie! I loved it!
As you’ve probably read in my other blog posts, October holds an even special place in my heart because my initial idea of my WIP (work in progress) book comes from my love of Halloween movies and this month. I just feel that much more inspired to write and work harder at my dream of one day being an author.
I also find that the YA and Fantasy book releases tend to kind of slow down in October… so it’s the perfect month to play catch up on some of my backlisted books that have been sitting pretty in my TBR pile cursing me as I walk by it every day..
Here are the books on my list to read this October:
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The lovely ladies of the Fiction Addiction bookclub recommend this one! While chatting about our love for the enemies-to lovers trope, this book came up! I have seen it before and have heard mixed reviews, so naturally I added it to my TBR!
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
I have read this book before and remember loving it! Like really really loving it that I was recommending it to almost everyone and anyone I saw who loved books as much as me.
The other day, I was browsing the shelves of my local bookstore and saw the sequel, and then I saw the rest of the series and could not believe how I did not know about them.. so I decided to re-read the first one again before diving into the rest.
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
This book is our September/October Fiction Addiction bookclub book!
Be on the look out for a book review very soon!
On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
This book has been on my TBR for the longest time! It has everything I love in a book including a fairy-tale retelling… don’t know why it’s taking me so long to get to it, but I am determined to read it and move on to the rest of the series because I have seen those covers and read the synopsis and just dying to read them all!
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith
The first book The Witch Haven was such a great read! I am so excited for this second book!
The synopsis below could be a bit spoilery if you have not read the first book.
Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven, Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden within the walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When an opportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure and seeking answers about her own power.
Once she and her classmates Maxine and Lena reach the vibrant streets of France, Frances learns that the spell she used to speak to her dead brother has had terrible consequences—the veil between the living and the dead has been torn by her recklessness, and a group of magicians are using the rift for their own gain at a horrifying cost.
To right this wrong, and save lives and her own magical powers, Frances must hunt down answers in the parlors of Parisian secret societies, the halls of the Louvre, and the tunnels of the catacombs. Her only choice is to team up with the person she swore she’d never trust again, risking further betrayal and her own life in the process.
Let me know what’s on your TBR this month!
If you’ve read any of the ones on my list, please tell me all your thoughts below!!