Hauntingly Good Reads for October

It’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My favorite month of the whole year is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, almost.  BUT, as if free candy and creepy costumes weren’t enough to get you excited, here are some tantalizing new books coming out to give you October chills!

1. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

deepReleases: October 4
Age: Young Adult

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Historical fiction.  Romance.  Witches.  Scary things living in the water.  Sounds good to me!



2. Nemesis by Anna Banks

nemesisReleases: October 4
Age: Young Adult

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

And then of course she’s going to fall in love with the guy, but who cares about that when the cover is so amazing!  Talk about your awesome Halloween ideas!!  Now I just have to figure out where to find that much silver body paint…

3. Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

bound Releases: October 11
Age: Young Adult

The land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. Jae doesn’t mind. She is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.
Jae finds the magic to replenish the Well, and she must wield it.
But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

I will always have a soft spot for those ultra-hardened characters (Katniss Everdeen anyone?).  The idea that this one would screw the hold world around her, just because she’s suffered intrigues me.  What kids of choices will she make?

4.Saving Red by Sonya Sones

redReleases: October 18
Age: Young Adult

Fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, just to get her school’s community service requirement out of the way. But when she meets Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas. This turns out to be extremely difficult—because Red refuses to talk about her past. When Molly realizes that the friends who Red keeps mentioning are nothing more than voices inside Red’s head, she becomes even more concerned about her well-being. How will Molly keep her safe until she can figure out a way to get Red home?

This looks like not only an interesting look at some of the causes behind homelessness, but also a look at the struggle we can often face when dealing with a friend’s mental illness.  How do you handle something like that as an adult, let alone when you’re only 14?

5. The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

strangerReleases: October 25
Age: Young Adult

When Nico Walker’s older sister mysteriously disappears everyone is devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.
Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.
But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s thin and drawn, timid and unsure, and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . .

Siblings can be hard.  And we don’t always treat each other the way we should.  So how do you handle it when the person you’ve grown up with changes into someone completely new?  And if they don’t remember their past sins, does that still make them guilty today?

6. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

thor.jpgReleases: October 4
Age: Middle Grade
Series: 2 of 3

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds – but this time the hammer isn’t just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.

I still haven’t read the first one, but let’s be honest: I’ll still keep reading things that Rick Riordan writes, hoping that the next series will be as good as Percy Jackson.  Fingers crossed!

7. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

spare.jpgReleases: October 4
Age: Young Adult

Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb.
Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology?

Come on, who hasn’t thought about building themselves a new boyfriend out of an old mannequin?  Anybody?  Anybody?  Just Nell, then?  Oh well, I still want to know what happens!

 8. Goldenhand by Garth Nix


Releases: October 11
Age: Young Adult
Series: 5 of 5?

When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic. Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bones, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier.

FINALLY!  The 5th book is coming!  Have you read the others?  Necromancers and talking cats.  Seriously, get cracking at it!

9. Wrecked by Maria Padain

wrecked.jpgReleases: October4
Age: Young Adult

Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation.

This kind of thing happens all too often at colleges and high schools all around the country.  Each time the story is unique and yet not.  A tough subject that needs to be addressed.

10. Replica by Lauren Oliver

replica.jpgReleases: October 4
Age: Young Adult
Series: 1 of ?

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.
Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. They meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

So I’ve been waiting for this one for a while.  You flip the book one way you have one girl’s story and flip it the other way and you have the other girl.  Didn’t we all read books like that in elementary?  I can’t wait to see how Lauren Oliver handles this one!

11. We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash

we know it was you.jpg

Releases: October 4
Age: Young Adult

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.
Just like that, she’s gone.
Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

Okay, how do you get over that imagery?  Not to mention that infamous Chattahoochee River (great.  Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day….)

12. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

iron cast.jpgReleases: October 11
Age: Young Adult

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

Love me some historical fiction, especially when it’s mixed with some fantasy!  I’m in!  Plus #weneeddiversebooks

13. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Releases: October 18
Age: Young Adult
Series: 2 of ?

    Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

I have not finished reading Illuminae yet, but even 1/4 of the way through I love it.  It’s funny and unique and inventive and scary and honest-to-goodness has some weird thing going on that might rival Joss Wheden’s reavers.  Need to finish the first one so I get onto this one!

14. What Light by Jay Asher


Releases: October 11
Age: Young Adult

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption.

I’m not  a HUGE reader of contemporary, but I LOVE Jay Asher’s other 2 books, so I’m going to read this one pretty much no matter what.  Plus that cover is gorgeous!

15. The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz


Releases: October 18
Age: Young Adult
Series: 1 of ?

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults.  The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.

Okay, so no surprise here.  Zombie novel and Bronto Incognito is in.  I don’t know what but I seriously cannot get enough of this genre!  I love it!!!!

16. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike


Releases: October 25
Age: Young Adult

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. S
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted.

Okay, like so many genre crosses in here.  Clearly set sometime in the future, but with a hint of historical throwback to old-day Versailles.  Plus court intrigue mixed with the hazy world of drug-dealing.  And yet, somehow it all seems to fit together…

17. A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

a-darkly-beating-heart Releases: October 25
Age: Young Adult

After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

Again with the mix of the modern and ancient.  But this time in Japan!  We don’t get nearly enough of the eastern side of the world in YA.  Plus we get some bloody revenge in there, too!

18. Bionic by Suzanne Weyn

bionic Releases: October 25
Age: Young Adult

Mira has always almost had it all… until it all crashes and burns. She’s hurt in a horrible car accident, and the only way the doctors can help is to try experimental prosthetics and chips that are implanted directly into her brain. It’s a huge risk, but after months of testing and therapy, Mira is back, and better than ever.
But soon her friends turn against her. And with her enhanced hearing, she knows how many people in her school and her town are calling her a robot, a cyborg.

So I love everything I’ve read by Suzanne Weyn, and this looks like no exception.  It’s the first book since reading Robin Wasserman’s Skinned trilogy years ago that looks to tackle a similar subject.  Yes, on the surface the stories might look overly similar, but that the thing…Skinned was so good I need something else to fill that box!  The only thing that’s come close so far is the Airhead trilogy.  Hoping this one dose the trick!


So those are the books we’re excited about this coming month!  What books are you looking forward to?  You know, it’s never too early to start making out that Christmas list!!!


–Bronto Incognito

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