October is upon us, which means it’s time for me to tell you about the books that are coming out this month and I can’t wait to get my hands on.
We have a nice little selection this time: some thrillers, some fantasy, and also a contemporary romance! But without further ado, let’s dive right into the new releases…
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Oct 2nd)
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.
I’ve already read this one and let me tell you: it is so worth it! The author’s feminist retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a combination of great romance, family drama, creepy legends and scary scenes: the perfect soft Halloween read for those of you who aren’t into the gory and really scary stuff!
Read my review here to find out more about this new release.
My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace (Oct 2nd)
Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, never wanted to crush on her best friend Alyssa, and she definitely never wanted to know how effectively a mallet could destroy someone’s head.
But the universe doesn’t care what she wants. Shane Mayfield doesn’t care what Seelie wants either. When the former high school basketball star attacks her, she has no choice but to defend herself. She saved her own life, but she can’t bring herself to talk about what happened that night. Not all of it. Not even when she’s arrested for murder.
I have an ARC of this one and, although I still haven’t started it, I think it has a great premise. I find it interesting to read from the perspective of the person who committed the crime, instead of reading through the eyes of a detective, as we usually do. Oh, and you already know I love me some secrets, so I’m pretty sure that I’ll enjoy this one!
The Witch Elm by Tana French (Oct 9th)
Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life: he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.
Family secrets? Character finds out their whole life is a lie? I don’t think I need to explain why I’m dying to read this!! Additionally, I’ve never read anything by Tana French, so maybe starting with a standalone would be a better idea than to jump right into a series?? Tana French fans, please let me know!!
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (Oct 9th)
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
This is the only cutesy read on this list, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited about it. I haven’t read any of Becki Albertalli’s or Adam Silvera’s books, but this synopsis totally sold me. It seems super cute and romantic, so I’m totally on board.
Our Little Lies by Sue Watson (Oct 11th)
How far would you go to protect your perfect life?
Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared?’
Yet another domestic thriller – I know a lot of people are getting tired of these, but I honestly can’t get enough! This seems like a mix between the typical domestic thriller and an innovative plot, so I’m very curious. I have an ARC of it, so I’ll let you know what I think of it as soon as I read it!
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (Oct 23rd)
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
This one simply had to be on the list. As you might know, I’ve just recently finished and reviewed the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. Kingdom of Ash is the last installment in this series, so I’m actually planning to binge read the last three books when it comes out. Wish me luck!
Which new releases are you anticipating? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡