Looking Ahead… October 2020 Releases

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This 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

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!

This year I’ve been reading and continuing many series and this month is no different. Many sequels that I’ve been waiting for are finally coming out and I’m super thrilled to read them!

Physical ARCs

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E HarrowThe Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. The Ten Thousand Doors of January was one of my favorite reads of last year and was an incredible debut for Alix E. Harrow. It opened my eyes to the magical realism genre and I can’t get over the incredible writing. I would have read Alix E. Harrow’s next book regardless what it was about, but it happens to be about feminist witches fighting for suffrage. I’m totally here for this witchy alternate history book.

Check out my review of The Ten Thousand Doors of January!

god storm by coco maGod Storm by Coco Ma

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Everything has a price.

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost – forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin….

Yet it soon becomes clear that the shadows plaguing her kingdom are just the beginning. Another realm coexists with the mortal world – the beautiful, nightmarish Immortal Realm ruled by the wicked God of Shadow, King Eoin. When their paths entwine, Asterin realizes that Eoin possesses exactly what – and who – she seeks most. And the fates of all those that she holds dear – Orion, her missing Guardian; Luna, the friend she could not save; Harry, the demon who saved them all; and Quinlan, her beloved broken prince – ultimately rest in the god’s hands.

But in a world of magic, not everyone is always as they seem. When shocking discoveries threaten everything and everyone Asterin has sworn her life to protect, she won’t be the only person forced to make a choice…a choice that will change the mortal world forever.

And maybe even destroy it.

I was really impressed last year to learn that Shadow Frost was written by Coco Ma when she was only 15 years old. I’m pretty excited for the sequel to Shadow Frost and can’t wait to return to the characters and the incredibly cool world that Coco Ma built. God Storm is a sequel that I expect to love, but I also expect it to be fast paced and really fun to read.

Check out my review of Shadow Frost here!

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M DanforthPlain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

“Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief. Brilliant.” —SARAH WATERS

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.

Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.

I actually got an unsolicited ARC of Plain Bad Heroines, but the second I saw this book I knew that I wanted to read it. This book looks wonderfully gothic and it even has a boarding school setting. This book was a lovely surprise to find on my doorstep and I’m super excited to read this one!


Five Total Strangers by Natalie D RichardsFive Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Publication Date: October 6th, 2020

A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.

As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.

Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.

For most of the year I’ve read nothing but fantasy, but lately I’ve been enjoying some faster paced books. Five Total Strangers looks like a fast paced YA thriller and I totally see myself picking this up soon for a change of pace.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. SchwabThe Invisible Live of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Publication Date: October 6th, 2020

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

If you follow my blog you probably know that V.E. Schwab has haunted my TBR for years now and I STILL haven’t read anything she’s written. But when I saw that she had a new book coming out I figured it was a perfect way to check out an author that has been on my radar for years. There is a lot of hype for this book and the early reviews are absolutely freaking incredible. I have pretty high hopes that I will love this one!

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah BakerOver the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

Publication Date: October 6th, 2020

Writing as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens in Over the Woodward Wall, an exceptional tale for readers who are young at heart.

If you trust her you’ll never make it home…

Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.

Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.

They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.

On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.

And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.”

I picked this book up because I absolutely loved Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. (Who uses the pseudonym A. Deborah Baker for this novel.)  This book is the story mentioned throughout Middlegame, and after being blown away by that book I wanted to check out the middle grade fairy tale story that was mentioned throughout the story.

The Midnight Bargain by CL PolkThe Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

This book looks like it could be absolutely incredible. It sounds like a witchy version of The Selection with a historical twist. I love to read books about witches every fall and I love that this has a feminist angle to it.

In the Study with the Wrench by Diana PeterfreundIn the Study with the Wrench by Diana Peterfreund

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

In the aftermath of Headmaster Boddy’s murder, Blackbrook Academy has been thrown into complete disarray. Half the student body hasn’t bothered to return to campus—but those who have include Orchid, Vaughn, Scarlett, Peacock, Plum, and Mustard, now warily referred to by the other students as the Murder Crew. When another staff member is found dead and an anonymous threat begins to target the group, each of the teens’ opportunistic reasons for sticking around come to light. Orchid’s identity comes under question while Vaughn’s family life takes a turn; Finn and Mustard grow closer; and Scarlett and Beth struggle to turn over new leaves. All of this comes to a dramatic head at Tudor House with a cliff-hanger…

I really loved reading In the Hall with the Wrench last year. I love a good mystery set at a boarding school, but add the Clue nostalgia and I was just so entertained. I was so thrilled to find out that this was going to be a series and In the Study with the Wrench is one sequel I am pretty excited for. This is the type of book I will pick up when I am looking for something light and entertaining.

Check out my review of In the Hall with the Knife!

A Golden Fury by Samantha CohoeA Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

I totally picked this book up on a whim and I don’t even really know what to expect. I was a huge Harry Potter fan so when I saw the Philosopher’s Stone mentioned I was intrigued. I’ve read a couple fiction books that were more about alchemy than witchcraft, so I’m intrigued to read another book that focuses on alchemy, but I’m a little nervous that I’ll be bored with this one.

Warmaidens by Kelly CoonWarmaidens by Kelly Coon

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

In the refuge city-state of Manzazu, Kammani has built a thriving healing practice and a life she’s proud of with her siblings, the maidens, and her love, Dagan.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill Arwia, the displaced queen of Alu, they realize they’re not safe in their safe little haven anymore. Uruku, the usurper to Alu’s throne, has found out they escaped the tomb and must kill them to protect his newly acquired power.

Burning for retribution, the ruler of Manzazu wants to unleash her fiercest weapons on Alu–her warmaidens. But when Kammani’s best friend, Iltani, is captured, Kammani must use her intuition and her heart to restore Arwia to the throne before the life she’s built–and a future with Dagan–burn up in the flames of war.

Warmaidens is another sequel that I’ve been waiting for. I loved being a part of Gravemaidens release and I’m excited to finish the duology. The first book was dark and was a pretty impressive debut, but I’m interested to see how Kelly Coon has grown as an author and I’m thrilled to return to the characters and world that captured me in the first book. The mythology was really cool and I can’t wait to see how Kelly Coon expands upon the first book!

Check out my review of Gravemaidens!

Want to Read

Poisoned by Jennifer DonnellyPoisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Snow White’s stepmother wanted to get rid of the beautiful stepdaughter who was challenging her title of ‘most beautiful’ – by any means necessary. Was Snow White poisoned? What happens to the poisoned, and the poisoner?

Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she’s never been seen before.

I really love feminist fairy tale retellings. I have several of Jennifer Donnelly’s books on my TBR so I would love to read this one and find out if she’s an author that I like. Snow White is one of my favorite fairy tales to read retellings of and this book looks like it has a lot of potential.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri ManiscalcoKingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Publication Date: October 27th, 2020

Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.

Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…

Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series is super popular and has been on my radar for a long time. When I found out she had an upcoming book that was dark and about witches I knew I wanted to check it out. This looks like the perfect spooky read for the fall season and I’m totally excited for it!

Have Read

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley PostonAmong the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

4 Stars!

I read this book super early because I was so excited for it! I loved the idea of a girl with a fox as a best friend and the cursed woods were a great setting. I found this book unique, fast paced and entertaining, but better suited for the younger side of YA.

Keep an eye out for my review!

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara FitzgeraldBeyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

A dark, queer YA fantasy that’s perfect for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series and Wicked Saints. After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst.

Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.

But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.

When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes.

5 Stars!

This short little dark book absolutely blew my mind. Mara Fitzgerald is an author to watch because she is an expert at injecting voice into her writing. The main character was a bit of a villain, yet I loved her regardless. This book was dark, magical and I couldn’t set it down for a second. I already can’t wait for the second book in the series and I will read anything that Mara Fitzgerald writes in the future. It’s not often that I love a book as much as I loved this one!

Keep an eye out for my review!

Let’s Chat!

What books are you looking forward to this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? Are any of them on you TBR? What has been your favorite read that comes out in October? Are there any books coming out this month that I shouldn’t miss out on? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about upcoming books we’re excited about!

7 thoughts on “Looking Ahead… October 2020 Releases

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  1. I’m so excited for Addie La Rue, Over the Woodward Wall and Kingdom of the Wicked!
    And I need to start my arc for The midnight bargain soon, that one sounds good!


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    1. Addie LaRue is getting a ton of hype! I’m excited for Over the Woodward wall just bc I loved Middlegame so much. I dont typically read middle grade books lol. And Kingdom of the Wicked sounds dark and witchy so obviously I’m all about that!!

      The Midnight Bargain has such a pretty cover and I love the idea behind the book. It seems like witchy books are popular lately!!

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    1. AHH! I am so jealous I really wanted an ARC of Kingdom of the Wicked! October is typically my favorite time of the year for releases. This year I feel like there aren’t as many great books coming out, but still a lot that I’m pretty excited for! What were some October books that you got?

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      1. I think I actually mistakenly got that arc. I could’ve sworn they rejected me but then sent it through an email that I wasn’t supposed to be on I think.

        Vagina Problems is one I was pretty excited about. I love nonfiction. Also, World Wild Vet and LatinX for that.

        There are some pretty exciting children’s books coming out also, like the new Rebel Girls book.

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