Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve just been too exhausted to read, let alone write about reading. I know this post is also a bit later than usual, since we’re already a few days into October. Apologies about the delay, but here we are at last! So without further ado, let’s dive into the list of October 2020 books and take a look at the ones I’m looking forward to the most!
This is the sixth (yep, sixth!) book in the Queen’s Thief series. Which I haven’t read, but I know it’s quite popular and the premise sounds interesting as well. I’m not going to look at the synopsis of this sixth book to avoid spoilers for when I – hopefully soon – start reading this series. But the synopsis of the first book tells about the king’s scholar who believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. He needs a skillful thief to get it, and therefore selects Gen from the king’s prison. The scholar is interested in Gen’s abilities, but what Gen is interested in, is anyone’s guess. On their difficult and dangerous journey, they tell each other tales of the old gods and goddesses. Return of the Thief is out on October 6th!
1865, Hanau (Germany). Elva has a secret: she has visions and strange powers. She must hide them, because she knows what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner – none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her magic, and the lines between hero and villain begin to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late. I loved Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and its antiheroine, so I can’t wait for this one! Out on October 6th!
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya, where there are no droughts, famine, or disease, and peace is everlasting. It’s been this way ever since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But those woods have grown dark and cursed. Cerys barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and mother. Now she carries a bit of the curse in her blood. As a new queen is crowned, things long hidden in the forest descend on the kingdom. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small annoying fox from the royal gardens, a strange bear, and the magic in her veins. She needs to find the Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. Out on October 20th!
From the author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, so I expect to be hiding under a blanket while reading this. Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans. One night, Vittoria is murdered, her body desecrated beyond belief. Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance – even if it means using dark and forbidden magic. Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked – princes of Hell she has been warned against. He claims to be on her side, but when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is what it seems… Out on October 27th!
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 an adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as she 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. V.E. Schwab? Faustian bargains? AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! Out on October 6th!
Emanuela always gets what she wants. Her most ambitious move yet? Marry Alessandro, her best friend and heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. She doesn’t care that she and and her groom are both gay, because she only wants power. But she has a secret: the city’s only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who makes water from blood. When a bruise-like omen appears on their skin, Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. But Emanuela hasn’t done that. Instead, she’s kept the omen on her hip out of sight for years. When the watercrea exposes her during her wedding ceremony, Emanuela fights back and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water. Emanuela and Ale must travel through the blood-red veil that surrounds their city to find a way to save their people. Out on October 13th!
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. Together, they are so close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone – providing immortality and able to turn any metal into gold -, but then Thea’s mother destroys the stone in a fit of violent madness. Combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there is a curse on the stone that makes people lose their sanity. With the threat of the French revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists. But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who won’t stop at anything to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. Soon she’ll have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die. Out on October 13th!
Flo and Clara, two impressionable students at the Brookhants School for Girls in the year 1902, are obsessed with each other and with a young writer, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion, they establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in an orchard – where their bodies are later discovered, victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the school closes forever – but not before three more people die on the property. Over a century later, another bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation, set at the crumbling Brookhants. But when the two main actresses and the book’s author arrive at the school, past and present become entangled. Look, this sounds creepy, but it’s apparently also really funny? Out on October 20th!
Looking for even more new books? Here’s the full list of October 2020 YA books (and some extras)!
- The Forest of Ghosts and Bones – Lisa Lueddecke
- A Snowfall of Silver – Laura Wood
- Broken Souls – Toni Miranda Jones
- Over the Woodward Wall – A. Deborah Baker
- The Lives of Saints – Leigh Bardugo
- Into the Real – Z Brewer
- The Code for Love and Heartbreak – Jillian Cantor
- Spell Starter – Elsie Chapman
- Forget This Ever Happened – Cassandra Rose Clarke
- The Poppy and the Rose – Ashlee Cowles
- The Camino Club – Kevin Craig
- Broken Wish – Julie C. Dao
- Deepfake – Sarah Darer Littman
- Hush – Dylan Farrow
- Apple: Skin to the Core – Eric Gansworth
- Eventide – Sarah Goodman
- A Royal Christmas Quandary – Samantha Hastings
- Girl on the Run – Abigail Johnson
- Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf – Hayley Krischer
- One Way or Another – Kara McDowell
- We Were Restless Things – Cole Nagamatsu
- Blazewrath Games – Amparo Ortiz
- Five Total Strangers – Natalie D. Richards
- Dreamwalkers – Leslie Rush
- Kingdom of Sea and Stone – Mara Rutherford
- I Hope You’re Listening – Tom Ryan
- The Shadow Mission – Shamim Sarif
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab (ADULT!!!)
- The Rule of All – Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders
- Return of the Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
- Night – Alexandria Warwick
- Come On In – Various Authors
- Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America – Various Authors
- Junk Boy – Tony Abbott
- Quiet No More – Nikki Barthelmess
- The Key to Fear – Kristin Cast
- A Golden Fury – Samantha Cohoe
- Daughters of Jubilation – Kara Lee Corthron
- The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice – Lisa DeSelm
- Winter, White and Wicked – Shannon Dittemore
- Beyond the Ruby Veil – Mara Fitzgerald
- You Know I’m No Good – Jessie Ann Foley
- Lightbringer – Claire Legrand
- Concrete Kids – Amyra León & Ashley Lukashevsky
- Above All Else – Dana Alison Levy
- Dread the Harvest Moon – Sarah Glenn Marsh
- The Truth Project – Dante Medema
- The Magic Fish – Trung Le Nguyen
- The Bad Boy and the Tomboy – Nicole Nwosu
- In the Study with the Wrench – Diana Peterfreund
- Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel – Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff
- This is All Your Fault – Aminah Mae Safi
- Dead Dudes – Christopher Sebela & Ben Sears
- The Shadow War – Lindsay Smith
- Descent – Roland Smith
- Swamp Thing: Twin Branches – Maggie Stiefvater
- Everything I Thought I Knew – Shannon Takaoka
- Taking on the Plastics Crisis – Hannah Testa & Ashley Lukashevsky
- Storm the Earth – Rebecca Kim Wells
- The Deep Blue Between – Ayesha Harruna Attah
- The Cup and the Prince – Day Leitao
- Foreshadow – Various Authors
- Together, Apart – Various Authors
- The Brightest Night – Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Plain Bad Heroines – Emily M. Danforth (ADULT!!!)
- Poisoned – Jennifer Donnelly
- My Heart Underwater – Laurel Flores Fantauzzo
- Smoove City – Kenny Keil
- God Storm – Coco Ma
- Rebel Sisters – Tochi Onyebuchi
- You Were Never Here – Kathleen Peacock
- Among the Beasts & Briars – Ashley Poston
- My Riot – Rick Spears & Emmett Helen
- City of Immortal Shadows – T.J. Swackhammer
- Nemesis and the Swan – Lindsay K. Bandy
- Warriors of Wing and Flame – Sara B. Larson
- The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe – Sam Maggs
- Kingdom of the Wicked – Kerri Maniscalco
- Magic Dark and Strange – Kelly Powell
- I’m a Gay Wizard in the City of the Nightmare King – V.S. Santoni
And that’s my overview of books hitting the shelves in October 2020. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments!