It was hard to choose just five books for this month’s TBR. There are so many new and upcoming releases that I’m excited to read. And there are also longtime favorites that I’m interested in rereading. (*cough* A Discovery of Witches… *cough*) But I think the books I’ve chosen will certainly make October (even more) magical! 😀⭐️
Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I had every intention of reading this book in September, but I’m sure it will be a great October read! 😊🎃 You can find more of my thoughts, as well as a short synopsis, in my September TBR post.
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge*
U.S. Publication Date: October 17th, 2017 (It appears that this book was published in the U.K. on September 21st, so I’ve linked the Book Depository listing in case you want to go ahead and order it. Also, I think the U.K. cover is beautiful! 😍)
Another perfect almost-Halloween read, this book promises a paranormal adventure that takes place in the early part of the English Civil War. The premise is fascinating, and seriously, what family secret is crazier than having the ability to be possessed by ghosts? I’m looking forward to reading this and seeing where Kate’s journey leads.
Here’s a synopsis:
Kate is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals, and one extremely angry dead bear. This new dark historical fantasy is sure to satisfy readers of Frances Hardinge who are eager for more.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
I can never resist a good retelling, especially one that describes a villain’s origin story. This book promises complex characters, lush landscapes, and… blood. Definitely blood. Something tells me this story won’t exactly have a happy ending… and I couldn’t be more excited about that. 😈
Here’s a synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins — sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I received this book in the July Tricksters box from FairyLoot, but I still haven’t read it! 😅 Which is ridiculous, because the story sounds amazing. A mystery set within a fantastical world, a young woman with powers that she may not fully understand, a race against time — and a serial killer… It was a no-brainer to choose this book as an October read.
Here’s a synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel, and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that — illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed… until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
I hadn’t heard much about this book before I purchased it. Honestly, I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and stayed for the magic. ✨ I love the idea of hidden societies, especially ones in which magic thrives. And I also love characters who aren’t quite what they seem, and I think Sydney falls into that category. I’m looking forward to entering this strange and intriguing world!
Here’s a synopsis:
The Unseen World of wealthy and powerful magicians in New York City prides itself on remaining invisible. Every twenty years, vying for power and standing during the Turning, the heads of magical houses elect a champion — a family member or a magician-for-hire — and begin a series of duels.
But the Turning has come early, after only thirteen years, and Ian Merlin, the heir to the most powerful house in the Unseen World, has been elected to become the champion of his father’s chief rival, House Prospero.
Enter Sydney: an unknown magician from a candidate house, an outsider easily dismissed among the established wealth and power of the Unseen World. What they will soon learn is that Sydney is a formidable duelist with power that hasn’t been seen in decades, and she has a score to settle…
What are you planning to read this month? Anything spooky? 👻 Let me know!