Looking Ahead… October Releases

Looking Ahead Devouring Books Banner.pngThis is a post that I do at the end of every month where I share the books I am looking forward to in the next month. I am always looking for books to add to my TBR so I hope to hear about what books you are looking forward to in the coming month in the comments.

Looking Ahead … October Releases

If you’ve been paying attention to my blog I’ve been looking forward to fall for a while because there are so many amazing books coming out. I have so many that I’m really excited to read, but so many that I’ve already read and absolutely loved.

Check out the titles that I am excited for that come out this month. Make sure to comment below if you have read any of these or want to read any of these titles so we can discuss them!

Physical ARCs

The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

I am so excited for this one. My physical copy just got here and it’s going to be my next read. I haven’t seen any reviews for it yet, but I feel like it’s going to be incredible.

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The Furies by Katie Lowe

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

I have had a copy of this book for probably about six months and it has been calling to me from my shelf the entire time. It’s finally closer to publication, so I just started reading it and I already love it.

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Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Publication Date: October 15th, 2019

A few months back a friend of mine had a thread on Twitter where she asked what books people were looking forward to. I had said I was really looking forward to Fireborne, and someone sent me a copy! I am so excited to have a copy of this one and can’t wait to read about it.

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The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019

This book sounds interesting, but I’m not super excited to read it. I got an unsolicited ARC of this and while I do want to read it, with all the books that I have that come out this month I will probably not get to it in October.


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The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

I requested this probably over 6 months ago, so I didn’t even remember what it was about until I made this post just now. I am really glad that I did request this even though I may have forgotten about it, this book looks like something I will really love.

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The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

I love Jennifer L Armentrout’s writing. I read The Darkest Star and really enjoyed it, so I was happy to get my hands on the sequel. It’s been a while since I read the first book, but I think that I will enjoy jumping back into this series. Check out my review of The Darkest Star.

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

I feel like books that deal with parallel universes or time travel are either amazing, or are full of plot holes and that there is little in between. This book sounds kind of wild, so I am excited to read it.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

Publication Date: October 15th, 2019

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels for a while now, but I feel like I have had a lot of ARCs for months now so I haven’t had the chance. When I saw the hype for this graphic novel AND the fact that it was available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to request a copy.

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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Publication Date: October 15th, 2019

Every single one of Rin Chupeco’s novels is on my TBR, but I have yet to read any of them. This book sounds really great and I’m super hopeful that it’s good because I want to read everything that Rin Chupeco wrote if I enjoy her writing.

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Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Publication Date: October 29th, 2019

I really enjoy reading about taboo topics, but only if they’re done tactfully. This book is about an HIV positive teen. I feel like this is a perspective that I’ve never seen in a novel and I am really excited to read this one.

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Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

Publication Date: October 29th, 2019

This dark fantasy sounds intriguing. I love the idea of a walking through souls while people are sleeping. I hope that this book winds up being really good because it has such a unique idea behind it.

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Publication Date: October 29th, 2019

This book is my most anticipated release of the month. I’m on the street team for this book and I can’t wait to finally read it. I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long now that I am nervous to actually read it.

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

Publication Date: October 31st, 2019

My first read by Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant was Middlegame. (Check out the review here!) I absolutely love her writing and want to read The Wayward Children’s series too. When I saw that Seanan McGuire had a new book coming out I had to request an ARC. I believe this is actually a collection of short stories. I’ve never really read something like that, but I think short stories would be nice to read in between books or when I only have time for something short.

Want to Read

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

Obviously I’m dying to read this. This is one of the books I am actually going to buy as soon as it comes out.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

I really wanted to get my hands on a copy of this. I’m so glad vampires look like they’re making a comeback because I love reading about them. This looks really good.

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Publication Date: October 29th, 2019

This book looks absolutely phenomenal. I wish I could have gotten an ARC because it sounds SO good.

Have Read

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Shadow Frost by Coco Ma — 4 Stars

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

I loved the cover of this book, but was weary going in because the author was only 15 when she wrote this book. I should have never underestimated Coco Ma because this book was a fun YA fantasy. Check out my review here!

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole DavisThe Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis — 5 Stars

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst


The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It was powerful, the characters and plot were amazing and this book had me so invested. I am already dying for the sequel. Check out my review here!

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts.jpgTuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia  — 5 Stars

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this irresistible novel by the author of Bellweather Rhapsody.

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.

Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize—a share of Pryce’s immense wealth—they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.

A deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art, from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary.

I knew that I was going to love this book by the synopsis. This is a perfect read for the Halloween season. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts was everything I wanted it to be and more. Full review to come soon!

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy.jpgThe Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy — 2.5 Stars

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

I was really excited for this book and I was so disappointed by it. The bare bones of the plot were amazing and I loved the ideas behind this book, but the execution was just poor. Full review to come soon!

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett.jpgThe Grace Year by Kim Liggett — 5 Stars

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I wound up absolutely loving this feminist dystopian novel. This book was kind of like a mix of The Crucible and The Handmaid’s Tale. So many books that I was really excited for wound up disappointing me, but this one lived up to my expectations. Full review to come soon!

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund.jpgIn the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE!

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

I picked up this book because of a recommendation from Susan @ Novel Lives. I am a big fan of Clue the game and the movie. This is a re-telling of Clue, but set at a boarding school instead of a mansion. It was a really fun read. Full review to come soon!

INTO_THE_CROOKED_PLACE6Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo  — 3 Stars

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

I had SUCH high hopes for this novel. It was okay, but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be, that’s for sure. I had a lot of issues with this book, but there were parts of it that were okay. I was pretty disappointed though. Full review to come soon!

Favorite Read So Far:

Even though I really loved The Good Luck Girls, I think that Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts was a book that felt like it was written just for me and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I can’t wait to share my review with everyone!

Most Excited to Read:

I am SO excited to read Gravemaidens. I hope that it lives up to my expectations because I’ve been hype for it for SO long now that I feel like I’m going to be crushed if I don’t love it.

Let’s Chat!

What books are you looking forward to in October? Have you read any books that are going to come out in October? Did you pre-order any titles for this month? Do you want to read any of these titles? Did this post inspire you to add any books to your TBR? Has there ever been a month where you were interested in tons of titles that were going to be coming out? How did you handle it? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about October releases and don’t forget to check back next month for November’s releases.


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  1. Well you’ve got me excited for Tuesday Mooney!! I also had high hopes for Into the Crooked Place… so 3 Stars is a little disappointing. I just started it recently and have been enjoying it so far, but I’ll lower my expectations a bit.

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    1. Tuesday Mooney was everything I wanted it to be. I loved it so much. I feel like it’s going to pass under a lot of people’s radar and it really shouldn’t because it was just so incredible. As for the hyped books like The Beautiful… so many have disappointed me lately that I’m trying to go in with lower expectations

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      1. Oh I know what you mean. Unless something about the books really grabs me, I usually by pass the hyped books in favor of the ones that slide under the radar (like Tuesday Mooney). I’ve found it’s the hidden gems that make me happiest.

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  2. I really hope you love Library as much as I did. We will have to compare notes on your want to reads and Anthena Protocol. I will go back and read your GLG review as soon as I post my blog tour post Friday. It’ll be so nice to slow down ARCs in Nov and and have Toll and Queen of Nothing to follow NH and KFOAS

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    1. I really agree! I feel like Athena Protocol might wind up a November read honestly. I am surprised how many October books I’ve already read, but I have so many more to go! I hope that I love Library too! It’s up next after I finish The Furies

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