Hey everyone! How’re you all doing? 😀 Welcome to my October book haul! Below are all the books I got in October from book subscription boxes, bookshops and online. I went a little crazy this month 🙈 But I’m so excited to read all of these 😀 Hope you enjoy! ❤
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is her refuge after she’s forced to abandon her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly falls in love with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon gets caught up in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret. When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. The story is supposed to be over. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes his happily ever after… So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch? What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light… That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And of course, they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place… With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth follows Violet Sterling, who has spent the last seven years in exile and longs to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic has kept the countryside alive. As a child, this magic kept Violet happy by draping her in flowers while she slept and creating secret hiding places for her. However, all that comes crumbling down after her father is killed for committing high treason and trying to free Burleigh House from the king’s oppression. When Violet gets a chance to go back, she discovers that Burleigh House has grown wild with vines and briars crumbling the walls. The magic that once enriched the countryside has turned dark, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Violet must save her house before it destroys everything in it’s path.
American Royals by Katherine McGee. What if America had a royal family? American Royals follows Princesses Beatrice and Samantha and the drama that comes with being young royals. Princess Samantha is a wild child, who does whatever she wants when it comes to partying and dating. Her sister, Princess Beatrice is the perfect heir. She is sweet, beautiful and knows the crown always comes first. Their younger brother, Prince Jefferson has two girls competing for his heart, Daphne Deighton, who is newly noble and Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary. Together the girls must navigate the drama, scheming and gossip of the royal court. Afterall, there can only be one queen.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch. The thrilling sequel to These Rebel Waves — As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again. Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago. Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God? As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young is the story of a young girl named Tova, who was rescued by the Svell people when she washed ashore as a child. Tova is a Truthtongue, she is marked by sacred symbols inked across her skin and has the ability to see into the future. When two clans in the east end their age-old blood feud and join together, her world comes dangerously close to collapsing. The leaders of the Svell look to Tova to use her power to decide if they should make peace or go to war with the allied clans. This sets in motion a series of events that will alter the landscape of her world and possibly give her something she never thought she would have again – a home.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . . What if their last shift was an adventure?
Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan follows Kateri, the princess of the desert kingdom Achra. An ancient law forces her to fight in an arena to prove to her kingdom that she is fit to rule. Winning this fight will also fulfill a promise that she made to her late mother to protect her struggling people from the desert windstorms and drought. However, the situation is made worse by a gang of desert boys stealing water from the wells around the city, forcing the king to ration the only water they have left. The punishment for stealing is a choice between two doors: one leads to freedom and the other has a tiger behind it. When Kateri’s final opponent is announced she knows there is no chance she will win. Desperate, she turns to the one person she never thought she would team up with. Kateri discovers that not everything is what it seems and it turns her world upside down. Her fate is now behind one of two doors. Which one will set her kingdom free and which will release the tiger?
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo follows Galaxy “Alex” Stern, the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised by a hippie mom in the hinterlands of Los Angeles, Alex dropped out of school and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs and much worse. She’s practically thrown her life away and by age twenty, she is the only survivor of an unsolved multiple homicide. At her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend the most elite university in the world. But what’s the catch? Still searching for answers, she arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the Yale’s secret societies activities. The eight windowless “tombs” are known to be the hangout spots of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. However, their activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than imagination could ever conceive.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo. The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive. Tavia, a busker who’s 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 the realm has seen in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and their world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy.
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
“I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.”
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin. On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community. Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts. They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…
Hope you guys enjoyed my October book haul! ❤ I’m a little embarrassed by all the books 🙈 I need to go on a book buying ban but I know that won’t last long haha 😂 What books did you get in October? Let me know in the comments 😀 Bye guys, happy reading! xx