October or Booktober?: Most Anticipated Releases from October 2018

It seems like 2018 hasn’t had a bad month for book releases yet. I’ve had so much trouble every month this year trying to cut my list down to ten, and it’s been so hard picking only a few of the awesome releases to feature, but I did it!

From sequels from beloved authors, to debuts, to book # who-knows-how-much, these books span a variety of genres (though, mostly fantasy this month) and are picks that I’m excited for, and I hope you are too!

Definitely let me know which are on your TBR, and what ones I haven’t mentioned that should be on my TBR! I could always use more recs! (Okay, maybe not, but the offer still stands.)

As always, Goodreads links are in the titles and these are arranged in no particular order!

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

After reading Strange the Dreamer, I’ve been desperate to read Muse of Nightmares! I absolutely loved the gorgeous prose and intricate worldbuilding in Strange the Dreamer and fell in love with all the characters.

So, naturally, I’m extremely excited for Muse of Nightmares to come out and it comes out TODAY!!! I’m crossing my fingers the library will have it available tomorrow because I’m so ready to read! I love Lazlo and I think Laini Taylor is such a skilled writer. It was so cool to meet her in person (!!!) and I’m so pumped for her next novel!

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Obviously, I’m a huge fan of both Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, as I’ve read every single one of each of their novels and have enjoyed them all immensely.

So this is basically the greatest crossover of all time to see two really prominent writers whose works I love collaborate to create a super adorable romcom!!! I love both of their LGBTQ+ fiction and I know Arthur & Ben’s story will surely be wonderful. I can’t wait to dive into my digital review copy over the next week!

I seriously need a rom com read right now, and I’m crossing my fingers this satisfies it!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Although I enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I ADORED The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Seriously. I loved it.

I was able to relate to Felicity a lot more than I could relate to Monty, and I think this is largely why I loved this book so much. I found her appealing as a person, and even though she had her flaws, she was someone I could really relate to.

So definitely check this one out if you haven’t already, because you totally want to pick up this read filled with a girl gang going on an adventure to save sea monsters and science and cuddle big, floofy dogs!!!

You can read my review here!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Can I just say–I’m in love with this book!

I had SO MUCH FUN READING IT. I loved the characters (Yumeko is my favorite), I love the setting, I love the magic system, and I love how the whole story really pulls you in. It was such a great and entertaining read.

Yumeko is just so fun–although she might not physically be the most “fierce,” she’s mischievous and compassionate and has a lot of layers which I enjoyed. And the fact that she’s half yokai was also really cool and added layers.

Plus, this is just really entertaining? I don’t actually say this very often, but I was invested in the story and the stakes Kagawa created, and definitely recommend this!

You can read my review here!

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

This is one I’m just really excited for, as I really enjoyed the ARC and definitely recommend!

Besides this story having a super creative concept–a genderbent Beowulf retelling–it’s also filled with a fierce girl gang and a subtle feminist message. These girls, they do the work men are unwilling to do. These girls, they’re going to be the ones to change the fate of women all across their fictional world.

That’s why I love this book so much, and why I definitely recommend you pick it up. It might seem a little slow at first, but it’s definitely something that’s worth the read!

You can read my review here!

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

I finally read McLemore’s Wild Beauty last month, and wow I was blown away! I didn’t expect it to be that good, but I love the poeticism of the novel and the rich and stunning prose, magic, and worldbuilding.

So obviously, I’m very excited to read Blanca & Roja when it comes out. I love how McLemore writes family and sisterhood, and I’m expecting something as equally powerful as Wild Beauty in Blanca & Roja! It’s very exciting, and I’m just so ready to be immersed in a luscious and rich world that seems to be characteristic of McLemore’s writing.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I’ve really enjoyed two of Legrand’s (high? epic?) fantasy novels–Winterspell and Furyborn–so I’m obviously very excited to read another one of her works!

Sawkill Girls might not be what I usually read from her, but it’s something I’m very much excited for. Even though it does fall under “fantasy,” it seems a little more mystery/horror/thriller, which I’m excited for! Spooky and dark, I’m totally not saying no to this read!

Plus, the tagline “Turn fear into power” seems sooo apt and I’m excited to read more about what it means! I’ll definitely be picking this up from the library as soon as I can!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve read all of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series (that’s out yet, at least), but this is probably the book of hers that I’m the most excited for.

It seems so raw and real and true and especially relevant as hate in this world hasn’t disappeared. I’m itching to read this poignant novel that’s come from Mafi’s own experiences. My DRC has been calling to me for so long, and I’m excited that it’s almost time to pick it up.

This is a book we all need, and I’m so glad that Mafi has written it for us to show us a slice of her world.

Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

I love the sort of survivalist fiction stories that are written, and books like Not a Drop to Drink and The Hunger appeal to me a lot, which is why I’m very excited to dive into my ARC of Dry.

Dystopia has gone through a lot of changes through the years, but I’m really happy about this survivalist direction it’s taking, instead of a more futuristic one. It feels more real and raw and gritty, which is what I’m hoping to find in Dry.

I’m crossing my fingers this will be a good one. I still haven’t finished Scythe because I’m the worst, but hopefully I do better with this book!

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

I have to say, I’ve been so excited for The Light Between Worlds, and Mia @ Pen and Parchment has only made me more excited with her raving review of this book!

I am totally NOT opposed to portal fantasy, and I’m hoping this rich story on sisterhood and magic will be as spellbinding as everyone has said! I love historical fantasies, and this seems like a really unique take on portal fantasy (which is hopefully making its comeback…)

Definitely excited to pick up my DRC, and based on Mia’s review, you probably should be too!

much love, vicky

Which October releases are you excited for? Are any of these on your list?


19 thoughts on “October or Booktober?: Most Anticipated Releases from October 2018

  1. I’ve a pair of title to add to my infinite to-read list ,now XD
    I think that, maybe, The Boneless Mercies is already into it but I need to double check.
    Also, I’d not heard or Mafi vew book! I’m not a great fan of Shatter me but this one is really different, so I’ll totally give it a try

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    1. yes! I think AVLEOS is going to be very different from Shatter Me & take on a more modern and very serious tone. I’m excited to see how she does it. And The Boneless Mercies really is such an awesome book! I hope you love if you decide to read!

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    1. Right?! you should definitely pick this series up if you like really lyrical and gorgeous prose (that uses an actual vocabulary–say what?!)

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  2. There are so many amazing books coming out this month!! I’m extremely excited to read What If It’s Us, too; my preorder of it will arrive next Tuesday and I honestly can’t wait. 😍 I received my preorder of The Lady’s Guide today and I’m so excited to start reading it, especially seeing how much you loved it!! ☺️ Great post, Vicky ❤️

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  3. This is a great list Vicky! I got lucky enough to read What If It’s Us already and… it certainly satisfied my inner marshmallow and rom-com needs for sure, I loved it SO much. I hope you will too, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it 😀 And yay for The Light between worlds, I am SO excited for this one 😀

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    1. OMG YES! I just finished What If It’s Us like, an hour ago, and AHH I had a goofy smile on my face ALL through Arthur’s chapters (which felt very Becky to me). SO CUTE. And me too! Hope you love reading it!

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  4. AHHH this is such a good list, but can you hear my panicked screams because there are just so. many. books. 😭 I totally can’t wait for you to read Light Between Worlds, though hopefully I haven’t set your expectations *too* high lol! I’m currently reading an eARC of Blanca y Roja and based on how you liked Wild Beauty I think you’re gonna adore this magical story as well! ❤️

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    1. OMG ALL THE BOOKS. I really am never going to finish my TBR before I die.

      Ahhh yay! That’s so good to hear–Anna-Marie has such a gorgeous style! And yes–I’m trying (also, probably failing) to keep my high expectations in check for TLBW but crossing my fingers!!

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    1. Aww, omg thank you so much! You’re so sweet! And I loved Wild Beauty so I have such high hopes for Blanca & Roja–fingers crossed for both of us!!!


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