Hello bookworms! Today I’m so excited to share 5 exciting October releases, most of which are from my two favourite genres – fantasy and romance!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. Goodreads →
Release Date: October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books
I’m really ready for Leigh Bardugo’s soirée into adult fiction. Even if I don’t enjoy the outcome – as early reviews for this so far seem polarizing – I’m excited to see something from this author outside their Grisha series. Even if I’m 13th in line for this book at my library I’m happy waiting.
The Play by Elle Kennedy
What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.
But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.
Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound. And she’s making a play for me.
Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts. Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart. Goodreads →
Release Date: October 7th 2019 by Elle Kennedy, Inc.
I think I’ve raved about this book enough on the blog… and it isn’t even out yet! I’m so excited for Hunter’s and Demi’s story. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Hunter in the first few books, but the closer we get to this date, the less I care and more excited I am because Elle Kennedy’s romances have been so successful for me this past year.
Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert
A single night with Meg and I’m willing to do anything to save her from Hades, the man holding her captive, victim to his every whim.
A bargain with the devil himself seems a small price to pay in order for Meg to go free… Until I learn that she’s exactly where she wants to be.
She’s Queen to Hades’s King.
And I’m the fool that walked right into their trap.
The same fool who desires them both as much as I hate them. I can’t resist Meg’s touch—or stop from being drawn to Hades’s dark desires. By the time I realize just how deep a game he’s playing, it may be too late… For all of us. Goodreads →
Release Date: October 29th 2019 by Trinkets and Tales
Enemies to lovers? Forced proximity? Villainous romance? I’m in.
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.
In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.
Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.
And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there. Goodreads →
Release Date: October 15th 2019 by Razorbill
This cover is absolutely stunning and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I added it to my Goodreads TBR before even reading the blurb, but yet the blurb sounds amazing. I love sister duos and rivalries and this sounds like it might be right up my alley.
Most Ardently by Susan Mesler-Evans
Elisa Benitez is proud of who she is, from her bitingly sarcastic remarks, to her love of both pretty boys and pretty girls. If someone doesn’t like her, that’s their problem, and Elisa couldn’t care less. Particularly if that person is Darcy Fitzgerald, a snobby, socially awkward heiress with an attitude problem and more money than she knows what to do with.
From the moment they meet, Elisa and Darcy are at each other’s throats — which is a bit unfortunate, since Darcy’s best friend is dating Elisa’s sister. It quickly becomes clear that fate intends to throw the two of them together, whether they like it or not. As hers and Darcy’s lives become more and more entwined, Elisa’s once-dull world quickly spirals into chaos in this story of pride, prejudice, and finding love with the people you least expect. Goodreads →
Release Date: October 21st 2019 by Entangled
I discovered this Pride and Prejudice F/F retelling whilst perusing on Netgalley. Personally I have never read or watched anything related to Pride and Prejudice. But I was sucked in by the cute cover and had to request it! Also it sounds like there is an enemies to lovers aspect, which again, I’m all in for.