It’s that time again—let’s take a look at some of October’s most exciting new releases!
The Devil and Winnie Flynn, by Micol Ostow and David Ostow
Newt's Emerald, by Garth Nix
These are the only two that I’ve already read. The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a multi-format horror story about family, grief, reality television, and the JERSEY DEVIL—it’s got a smart, funny narrative voice, great pacing and tension, and is fun, fun, fun.
Newt’s Emerald is a fantastical Regency romance about Lady Truthful Newington, a stolen family heirloom, a plot to free Napoleon, and a glamour-enchanted fake moustache. If you go in expecting layers and nuance and the sort of meaty characterizations found in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories, you’ll be disappointed—but if you go in expecting fluffy, swoony, warm-hearted bliss, you’ll be entirely satisfied.
Velvet Undercover, by Teri Brown
Dreamstrider, by Lindsay Smith
Two espionage-heavy thrillers! Brown’s is a historical set during World War I about a code breaker who gets recruited by a mostly female spy agency to look into possible threats to ANOTHER spy; Smith’s is a fantasy about a girl who can enter other peoples’ minds while they’re sleeping, rummage around in their memories and even CONTROL THEIR BODIES. Kirkus praises both for their worldbuilding—Brown’s book for the period details and Smith’s book for the richness and originality of her dream landscapes—and I am all in, all in, all in.
Trust Me, I'm Trouble, by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Trail of the Dead, by Joseph Bruchac
Two sequels to books that are currently on my TBR list: Trust Me, I'm Lying, a contemporary mystery about a young grifter, and Killer of Enemies, a post-apocalyptic dystopian about an Apache girl who goes from hunter and hired gun to superpowered hero.
The House, by Christina Lauren
A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis
We'll Never Be Apart, by Emiko Jean
I read horror stories all year long, but they’re especially fun in October. The Lauren is about a girl who falls for a boy who lives in a sapient house—so, Stephen King’s Christine, but with a house instead of a car—the McGinnis is a historical about a girl falsely imprisoned in an asylum, and the Jean is about twin sisters who’re both inmates at a psychiatric hospital, and about how one believes that the only way to true safety is to kill the other.
The Emperor of Any Place, by Tim Wynne-Jones
MARTians, by Blythe Woolston
The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness
The Anatomy of Curiosity, by Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff
The life and times of a dead boy, a family mystery involving the journal of a World War II–era Japanese soldier, a hellish retail-themed dystopia, a story about the NON-Chosen Ones, and a collection of novellas slash writing handbook: I will read anything and everything by these seven authors.
Juba!: A Novel, by Walter Dean Myers
Monster: A Graphic Novel, by Walter Dean Myers and Guy A. Sims
I knew about the Monster adaption—it’s been in the works for years—but given Walter Dean Myers’ death last year, coming across Juba! was a much-welcome surprise. It’s a fictionalized biography of William Henry Lane, the man credited as being one of the earliest (if not the first) people to perform tap, a freeborn black dancer who rose to fame in pre-Civil War New York City. It sounds FABULOUS.
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
In which Rainbow Rowell goes Full Meta and writes a whole book about Simon and Baz, the characters from her story-within-a-story-within-a-story in Fangirl.
What We Left Behind, by Robin Talley
A story about gender identity and sexual orientation and friendship and love. The Kirkus review is mixed, and I had some issues with Talley’s first book, but this one sounds complex and meaty and thoughtful and sensitive. I am very definitely in.
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The publicity juggernaut is so strong with this one that I’ve been avoiding it—but Kirkus gave it a star, so.
A Thousand Nights, by E.K. Johnston
Another retelling of The Arabian Nights? Yes, please.
Willful Machines, by Tim Floreen
It’s the near-future, and the U.S. President is a man who is anti-gay and anti-technology. Willful Machines is about his son, who wants to kiss boys and loves robotics. Give it here, please.
WHEW. That is…a lot of books. What do you have your eye on this month?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.