Halloween Non-Horror Recommendations!

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So as I promised I’ve done up a post for those of you who want to read some spooky books for Halloween but don’t necessarily like horror or want your pants scared off! These are mostly all thrillers or have a paranormal factor present.

If you want to see my Halloween Horror Recommendations you can check that out here.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

(Review Here)

A great diverse read featuring a Latino family of brujas (witches) and when Alex tries to rid herself of her powers her entire family vanishes. This is a very magical adventure full of family love and who doesn’t love a good witch book?


The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

(Review Here)

This is a thriller about a girl who lied about who murdered their babysitter when they were younger and must now hunt for the true killer. This doesn’t have much for Halloween vibes but it is a very dark and twisted story full of surprises. It definitely gets gritty and you’ll get chills reading through it!


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

(Review Here)

Who doesn’t think “Coraline” is a Halloween classic now? Because I sure do! It’s subtly creepy and just absolutely perfect for reading this time of year.


The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

(Review Here)

Another thriller but this one has some psychics involved making it all the more perfect for some Halloween reading. A girl who fakes being psychic must now help the police find a missing girl but she may just have some insider information….


Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

(Review Here)

Harbingers of Death? That screams Halloween in my opinion! A mysterious boy shows up in town accompanied by flocks of strange crows and when he saves Angie from something supernatural she realizes he may not be human either. Paranormal elements and a slightly creepy atmosphere makes this another great read for non-horror fans!


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Another book that shouldn’t surprise many of you but “The Graveyard Book” is about a boy who is raised by the supernatural residents of a graveyard. It’s full of adventure and just straight up adorableness.


I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

A mystery thriller revolving around Jasper Dent the son of the most infamous serial killers in the world. Jasper was being groomed to take over the “family business” and therefore can see crime scenes from a criminal’s POV so when a new serial killer shows up in his small town he’s determined to prove it’s not him.

So, so, sooooo many twists and turns with this one it’s especially great if you have a morbid curiosity about serial killers, like me.


The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

(Review Here)

I could honestly recommend any of Flynn’s books but this short story fits the best in my opinon. It’s about a woman who fakes psychic readings and help from the beyond for money. When a woman wants her help ridding her house of something evil our main character may just start believing in ghosts….

Super quick read and open ended so if open endings aren’t your thing I’d skip it.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

(Review Here)

Psychics, ancient sleeping kings, ley lines, and magic trees I think it’s safe to say this isn’t your run of the mill paranormal romance or urban fantasy. It’s full of magic and sets a very fast pace not to mention you will definitely fall in love with the characters!


The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

This is more Middle Grade than YA but it’s still super interesting and full of supernatural spirits and creatures and there’s more than a few creepy moments too as Thomas learns about how to be a Spook.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

(Review Here)

This one is filled with monsters, demons, undead, and spirits and while it has a few dark moments it mostly follows a girl named Tea learning to control her powers of necromancy.


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

(Review Here)

This book fits into a kind of neat genre but it’s about a girl who wants to hunt monsters and boy who is one of those monsters in a city torn into two sects. The monsters are very unique and fun to read about and the characters are a bit morally grey, definitely a fun read though and the monsters aren’t TOO creepy either!


Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

(Review Here)

Another witch book makes the list! This one is about a girl who visits Scotland and learns a bit more about her family’s past as she continues having visions of two women and a bit more about witchcraft and blood magic. Honestly the background of Scotland makes this book worth the read as well!

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Have you read any of this books? What did you think?

Will you give any of these books a try?

What are some of your favorite non-horror Halloween reads?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

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(Over Due) Huge Book Haul!

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Honestly I should have been doing book hauls every time I got a decent amount of books but here I am piling them all together into one! These are books I collected over the summer and part of fall here and there definitely are a ton to share!

I did actually order another small haul from Book Outlet here as well as a few other books I just picked up but I decided instead of waiting to include them I’d just maybe do another book haul here shortly.

So without further ado let’s get into this book haul!

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 20th Anniversary Edition

This was something I was super pumped to get for my birthday because I didn’t think anyone would actually get it for me! This is the UK hardback Ravenclaw edition (because I am a Ravenclaw, of course!) and it’s absolutely gorgeous it has blue edged pages with yellow stripes. There’s also just some fun little “facts” about Ravenclaw house as well as a beautiful map of Hogwarts inside as well.

I also received those gorgeous Harry Potter bookmarks with it!


The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Mostly I wanted this for the cover which is gorgeous and creepy all at once with a leaf dripping blood. It seems creepy but also not, if that makes sense? There’s portals and woods and it all sounds super interesting!


Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I literally waited forever for Book Outlet to get copies of this one in! I’ve been wanting to read something by Tahereh Mafi for a while but her Shatter Me series doesn’t seem up my alley and so I wanted to try this one. Plus the cover is really vibrant and colorful.


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Another Book Outlet purchase, I wasn’t originally going to buy this book but since everything is so cheap on Book Outlet I decided I might as well. I’m always a sucker for pirate books so hopefully this one lives up to some expectations.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Everyone was hyping this book up quite a bit and normally I’m not a huge contemporary reader but I thought it sounded interesting and I do want to broaden my bookish horizons a bit!


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology plus Neil Gaiman? I was sold instantly! Of course I needed to buy it!


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

This one had pretty good reviews and I honestly need more great YA sci-fi books in my life, that’s all!


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

A female gladiator? Once again, sold instantly.


Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

The cover is gorgeous and this seems like a really unique contemporary since it focuses on a dysfunctional and abusive relationship.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

I haven’t read AGOS yet but I figured while Book Outlet still had copies of this that I would buy it that way I had the next book right away!


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Of course I bought this because I adore Laini Taylor and need ALL her books in my life.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

So originally I wasn’t going to buy this book either since I’m iffy on whether I’d enjoy it or not but once again Book Outlet! I figured since it was cheap I’d just buy it and hopefully enjoy it, if not at least it’s pretty.


Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I loved Thomas’s other book “The Darkest Corners” and so I had to buy her newest book, she really knows how to write some great twisted thrillers!


Because You Love To Hate Me stories selected by Amerie 

A good amount of hype plus short stories told from the villains POV and some great YA authors collaborating with Booktubers? I definitely had to check this one out.


It by Stephen King

Yes, yes I did just buy this book after seeing the movie! The movie of course was excellent and I highly recommend seeing it! This is a pretty intimidating book but I do want to read it eventually because I also adore Stephen King.


The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

More fantasy books, woohoo! I really need to start reading some of her books because now I have two from each of her series….


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I wasn’t going to buy this one but I’ve decided to start ignoring reviews on certain things and just try it myself especially since I really love fantasy books.


Sabriel by Garth Nix

Moooooore fantasy books….


The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood 

Horror book for Halloween, right? This was an ARC sent to me for review.


No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

Another ARC sent to me for review, this one is based off of “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote which sounds super interesting.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Another ARC that I have reviewed already, it was absolutely freaking fantastic.

(Review Here)


The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

An ARC once again. Very fast paced with some great twists, it’s perfect for non-horror readers for Halloween.

(Review Here)


Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

I finally bought the entire box set from Book Outlet! Super excited to dive back into some Riordan books because of course they’re always fun, fast, and fantastic!


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The year I started blogging this was a new release and it’s a fantasy about a girl going “undercover” in order to infiltrate the rulers who conquered her homeland, there’s also a F/F romance. Sounds super good and Book Outlet had this one on sale so of course I scooped it up!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you have any of these on your TBR as well? 

What did you think of my haul?

Let me know in the comments! 

The Sassy

Spooky Scary Book Tag

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I found this little tag over on Hardback Hoarder’s channel and thought it would be a super fun tag to do for October. There really aren’t a ton of horror type book tags out there that I haven’t done yet, which is sad! However, I have found a few so keep an eye out for them!

Clever Fox is the original creator of this tag!

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1.) What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

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I know a lot of people didn’t find this book all that scary but it terrified me because I am deathly afraid of disjointed walking, any kind of crawling, and ghosts that even slightly resemble Samara from The Ring or the ghost from The Grudge. They terrify me. So of course all of those things are present in this book and while reading it I couldn’t even walk past a room that had its life off!


2.) Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

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I don’t usually have time to do re-reads but I always attempt re-reading “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” just because it’s made up of a bunch of fantastically scary short stories which makes it perfect for Halloween reading.


3.) Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

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How about both? “Labyrinth Lost” has a bit of superstition since the main character and her family are brujas (witches) who also happen to perform magic! It’s a wonderful story full of diversity as well.


4.) Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

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(Besides everyone in the Harry Potter series….)

I really liked Tea from “The Bone Witch” I thought she was pretty likable and her power of necromancy is definitely neat.


5.) Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

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I’m still salty about so many things that happened in this book and I know it will continue to haunt me as well!


6.) Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

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I would want to bring a book that would keep me so distracted I wouldn’t notice all the creepies around me so “Night Film” is perfect for that. This book definitely held my attention in that way!


7.) The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc).

Do witches kind of count? If they do I definitely pick witches but if they don’t I like werewolves the best but I don’t come across too many books that include them.


8.) In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

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The Night Circus! Fabulous book, gorgeous cover that also happens to be black.

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Tag! You’re It!

Feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you below!

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Darque Dreamer Reads

Nia @ Shades of Paper

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Halloween Horror Recommendations!

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My FAVORITE part of October is getting the chance to recommend some of my favorite horror books to you all! I mean to be honest I can recommend these whenever I want but it’s more fun to do it in October!

These are all books that fall 100% into the horror genre in my opinion whether they’re actually terrifying or just an entertaining read or whether they’re full of spirits/monsters or deal with serial killers and slashers.

***I will be doing another post here soon of Halloween Recommendations for those of you who want a book that isn’t necessarily scary or horror! So some “non-spooky” books!***

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

(Review Here)

This is about a male teen, Cas, who hunts ghosts in his spare time and now he’s on the hunt for Anna, a vengeful spirit who murders anyone who sets foot in her home. Except she spares Cas’s life.

I highly, highly recommend this for any other Supernatural fans out there as it really has the feel to the story!


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

(Review Here)

A YA horror anthology with some top notch stories! There were only a couple of duds in here but for the most part they were all excellent and definitely scary.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

(Review Here)

This story follows a vengeful spirit who wreaks havoc on those who murder or do harm to children. She meets a strange boy the sucks her in but the boy has a dark secret that she wasn’t expecting…

Okay so with this one I know a few people didn’t enjoy it but I am absolutely terrified of any stories that are even remotely reminiscent of The Ring or The Grudge and have disjointed bodies crawling out of things. That’s all one big nope for me so naturally this story scared the shit out of me!


The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

This is a psychological thriller with a creepy twist, is it supernatural or is it something else? The story is told through video transcripts, journal entries, and newspaper clippings and the events all lead up to what ends in mysterious fire that killed three students and one, Carly Johnson, disappeared. In the ruins they find a diary that belonged to Carly’s twin sister, Kaitlyn, except Carly didn’t have a twin…..

I recommend this one for people who want more suspense than horror, it gets a little creepy but never anything super scary!


Alice by Christina Henry

(Review Here)

Trigger Warnings: Rape and other graphic violence

This is one where people are the monsters and it’s very violent and graphic. It’s a retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” that’s very dark and gritty I definitely don’t recommend this to the faint of heart, you’ll have to steel your stomach for this one. However, I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can brave it because it is still an excellent story!


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

(Review Here)

You wouldn’t think that a graphic novel compiled of several short stories would be that scary but it is, it really is! These stories are open ended for the most part and that leaves more to your imagination in which case you’ll probably scare yourself thinking of it like I did! The illustrations are both terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a quick horror read and you don’t mind open ended stories.


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

(Review Here)

This is kind of a thriller/action-adventure/horror all rolled into one. It follows a group of teens who are invited to help explore a recently discovered underground palace in France. However, there’s something else waiting for them in the depths of the palace.

Kind of an odd story but I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a very fast-paced, suspenseful read!


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

(Review Here)

A boy named Will Henry finds himself studying under Dr. Pellinore Warthrop who happens to be a monstrumologist, someone who studies monsters.

Pretty straight forward, this is a historical fiction and it’s a pretty dark horror story because on top of the creepy monsters there’s also just a lot of gore in general. You may get squeamish!


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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Honestly this is one of my favorites on the list!

It’s about a pioneer family who moves out onto the prairie with a teenage daughter who is desperately trying to hide her pregnancy. However, they arrive and find a new home that was abandoned with the walls and floors covered in blood and they’ve heard rumors of the prairie being tainted by evil.

This is a wonderful mix of terrifying, gory, and twisted. You definitely will not see the twists coming at all! I recommend this one for the horror lovers out there who want to be scared silly, this one is a treat!


Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

(Review Here)

A group of teen contest winners all get whisked away out into the middle of nowhere to meet horror director Justin Blake. However, things start to get weird and soon they’re all trapped in a game of nightmares.

This reads exactly like a classic slasher horror movie so if you’re a fan of those you’re probably going to love this one! It’s entertaining but don’t expect a lot of depth.


And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

One of my other favorites plus I love the cover!

Two girls, Silla and Nori,  arrive at their aunt’s manor in the forest and soon learn that everything is not right and the manor may be cursed. They aren’t allowed to enter the woods, the trees feel like they’re closing in around the house, and there’s a strange man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night…..

So creepy and so good! The Creeper Man will definitely be haunting your dreams after reading this one….


The Merciless by Danielle Vega

(Review Here)

Four girls gang up on an outcast tying her up and attempting to perform an exorcism on her. However, it’s more torture than anything else and Sofia, the new girl, wants out but if she goes against the others she may be next…

This one isn’t too creepy or scary but it definitely is full of twisted mean girls, gore galore, and some demonic possession!

If any of those things interest you I’d recommend checking this one out!


The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Lucy and Margaret are cousins who live with their respective parents in a mansion in the middle of the woods, one day Margaret’s mother goes missing and she slowly starts to believe she can hear her dead mother’s voice in the walls. Lucy watches as Margaret slowly goes insane and she soon starts hearing voices as well and must confront the legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Not as good as “Daughters Unto Devils” but still very twisted and creepy! Most of the book is a bit slow but the ending makes it all worth it!


Dreamfall by Amy Plum

(Review Here)

A group of teenagers enter an experiment that is supposed to help cure their insomnia but instead find themselves all trapped within a dreamworld made up of their worst nightmares.

I thought this was going to be more sci-fi than anything but was surprised by how scary it actually got! There are definitely some very creepy nightmares the kids have to make it through.


Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This one can be both scary horror and suspenseful thriller, there are some supernatural elements to the story and the situations themselves can get pretty terrifying.

A journalist, Scott McGrath, investigates the death of Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the mysterious horror film director Stanislas Cordova. He believes there’s more to her death than anyone knows and as he digs deeper he discovers more and more disturbing things about the family and wonders if he may be next.

If you want a very dark, gritty, and terrifying thriller this one is for you. It’s extremely compelling and fast paced.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

(Review Here)

Trigger Warning: Rape, violence, and gore

A Romani girl studying herbcraft under her Gran’s teaching befriends an outsider but on her way home one day they are both jumped and brutally assaulted leaving her friend on the brink of death. She must now utilize her dark witchcraft to extract body parts from the boys who wronged her in order to save her friend.

If revenge stories are up your alley this one is very satisfying and I loved the addition of the witchcraft. However, if you can’t handle gore or graphic violence maybe leave this one alone.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Are you going to give any of these horror books a try?

What are some of your favorite scary horror books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

October Releases I’m Excited For!

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You guys know the drill: new month = new releases! This month actually has a TON of new books coming out and I’m pumped for a lot of them! I will be linking the titles to their Goodreads pages as well as doing a couple “honorable mentions” of books that are releasing but don’t interest me as much as the rest, at the end of the post too.

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The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Release Date: October 3rd

I actually already read and reviewed this one (which you can check out here) and thought it was a lot of fun and full of thrills! There are some seriously mind blowing plot twists and with the “psychic readings” it makes for a perfect Halloween read for those of you who don’t enjoy horror!


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Release Date: October 3rd

Another one I have an ARC of but sounds interesting! A group of teenagers get seperated on a class trip in an old, creepy house that was cursed by its owner and discover the truth of the house is much more horrifying.


The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

Release Date: October 3rd

I’m currently reading my ARC of this right now and while the world and characters take some getting used too (major info dumping) it’s fantastic so far. It’s about a pair of women whose births were prophesied fighting demons, the world is also super interesting too!


Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Release Date: October 3rd

During a festival the people of Hawthorn start going missing and someone may be using forbidden magic, it’s up to Jemmie and Crow, the leader of the magic using motorcycle gang, to work together and find their missing loved ones.

How can you go wrong with magical motorcycle gangs?


Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Release Date: October 3rd

For a century the Nomeolvide women have tended the Le Pradera estate but if they fall too deeply in love the person will disappear. After years of vanishings a strange boy appears in the gardens with no knowledge of who he is other than his name and Estrella helps him piece together his past.

Lots of people are raving about this one already and it’s GLBT!


The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

Release Date: October 3rd

Basically we have a girl who is a dragon-slayer and she must kill the most powerful dragon in the kingdom in exchange for knowledge about her true nature.

Kind of a in depth and slightly confusing synopsis so I summed it up in the most basic way ever! Sorry! But hey at least there’s dragons!


Satellite by Nick Lake

Release Date: October 3rd

Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, have been born and raised on Earth’s Moon 2 and after a life of running drills and being prepared by the astronauts they’re finally taking a trip to Earth.

Kind of sounds really interesting and I’m curious to see what’s so “dangerous” about going to Earth in this universe!


That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Release Date: October 3rd

This is set in a near future world where the British Empire was preserved and royal marriages are arranged by genetic matchmaking. Before she is married off, Margaret gets the chance to lay low for a summer vacation and meets some new friends. They discover that they may have the chance to change the world.

Sorry, yet another slightly confusing synopsis that I did a shoddy job of summarizing. It sounds pretty unique though!

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27 Hours

Release Date: October 10th

This science fiction book focuses around several different characters who must fight together to save their homes by stopping the war between humans and monsters in one 27 hour night.

Once again, I condensed this quite a bit but there’s a diverse cast featuring GLBT characters and who doesn’t love the sound of humans vs. monsters in space?!


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Release Date: October 10th

“An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.”

That’s a good little summary from the Goodreads page, I’m ALL for an Evil Queen retelling especially one with gods and eating hearts.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Release Date: October 10th

I read and reviewed my ARC already (which you can read here) and this book was fantastic! It’s full of dark witchcraft and revenge, I highly recommend checking it out!


This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: October 10th

Sasha has everything working out for her: first chair clarinet, top of her class, the perfect boyfriend, and she has her way to being a star musician free and clear. However, a new guy shows up and she finds herself drawn to him and missing his touch even though she’s never met him. She then discovers she absorbed her twin in the womb which may explain her missing memories……

This book sounds super creepy in a suspenseful way and I have an ARC so I’m hoping it is amazing!


Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Release Date: October 10th

Right before her sister died she asked Ruby to find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island, armed with a treasure map and a few friends who are all touched by magic. However, each friend is keeping a secret and they must reveal it in order to reach the treasure.

I’m all for a book with treasure involved, I have an ARC I’m hoping to get to.


All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: October 10th

Three cousins perform miracles in a town called Bicho Raro and pilgrims come from all over to experience them. The miracles, however, never come the way you expect them to.

All I have to say is I’m here for Maggie Stiefvater.


The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

Release Date: October 10th

No one knows what happened when Roxanne Cole’s body was found on the beach and her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and disappeared. A year after Ro’s death Cage shows back up again at the house asking where she is and Mae, Ro’s sister, but something isn’t right and Mae is going to find out what.

Sounds like it’s full of family secrets and maybe even a creepy house with a will of its own.


Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Release Date: October 10th

Sev is branded a criminal for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed the entire nation. When the government blames her for a bombing she must either escape the city or be executed.

I really liked the way the synopsis already leaves you with questions you wanted answered! Hopefully it’s as good as it sounds!

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Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Release Date: October 10th

Hanne is a berserker and flies into a killing state when the people she loves are threatened. Her and her siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier before they are brought to justice. A young cowboy agrees to help them on their journey to their Uncle who may be able to teach Hanne to control her ability.

Okay, okay, okay HOLD UP! Vikings (not really but kind of, since…Norwegian berserkers and stuff) AND cowboys? Sign me the hell up!


The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Release Date: October 10th

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

This is the Goodreads synopsis as well and I think it really sums up the story well, honestly this book sounds so freaking good and the cover is beautiful.


Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant

Release Date: October 27th

Basically this is part of the Gone series and takes place four years after the events of the other six books! I am beyond pumped to get back into this world because I loved the Gone series.


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Release Date: October 17th

Justyce is at the top of his class and on his way to the Ivy League, but when he and his friend go for a drive with their music cranked up and an off duty white cop is enraged, and shots are fired. Then in the media fallout it’s Justyce who is being attacked.

This sounds pretty similar to “The Hate U Give” which was amazing so I of course am excited to read this one as well!


The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: October 24th

The only daughter of the king finds out she has the ability to turn people to gemstone with only her touch. After a tragedy she must leave in order to find a cure and comes across a cursed prince who wants to use her power for his own agenda.

I was really excited for this one but the more I look at it the more it sounds like a cliche YA fantasy, I hope that isn’t the case though.


The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Release Date: October 24th

Holly Chase was visited 5 years ago on Christmas eve by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. They tried to end her selfish spoiled ways, she didn’t listen, and now she’s dead. Holly now works Project Scrooge as the new ghost of Christmas Past and she has to watch as everyone ages and moves on without her but this year something is about to change.

Okay, all I have to say is that a Christmas Carol retelling (of a sort) sounds so unique and I am all for it!


Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Release Date: October 31st

A Nigerian influence fantasy where corrupt mages can extract sin from sinners in the form of a sin beast. Taj is indentured to the mages as an aki, someone who slays the sin beasts.

Sounds super unique but I haven’t heard too many great things the closer we get to the release date! Hopefully it’s as interesting as it sounds!


The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S.J. Kincaid

Release Date: October 31st

As you all may know by now I freaking LOVED “The Diabolic” and while I was a bit upset that it wasn’t a standalone like it was supposed to be I am ready to dive back into that world with those characters! I did get an ARC of this as well so I’m excited!

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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Release Date: October 31st

August learns that his friend, Jack, is showing signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder and is determined to help him cope. Jack has long, vivid visions of a fantasy world layered over our own and is ruled by the Wicker King. Jack then leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophesy and even August begins to question what’s real and what’s not.

This sounds remotely creepy and I do love myself a good YA psychological thriller!


Honorable Mentions

(These are just a few books I know that are being released but I either am not caught up with the series or I’m not that interested in the book but know you may be!)

 

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Are you also looking forward to any of these books?

Have you read any of them yet (ARCs etc)?

What are some October releases I didn’t include that you’re looking forward to?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

ARC Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

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**** Huge thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! ****

After reading and enjoying Cook’s other novel “With Malice” I knew I was going to be in for a treat with “The Hanging Girl” and it definitely did not let me down! I can’t go into too much detail because I really don’t want to ruin anything but it really is a thrilling, fast-paced book!

PLOT

The focus of the story is the main character, Skye, who fakes being a psychic and is enlisted to help the police find a missing girl. She has some inside information on the kidnapping though in exchange for getting money she desperately needs, but things don’t exactly go as planned. That’s all I’m going to tell you!

This is a pretty fast paced book with never a dull moment and also one that will grab your attention immediately. Our protagonist, Skye, is shown as a liar and manipulator right off the bat and therefore a bit of an unreliable narrator, which is always intriguing to me. There are quite a few plot twists throughout the story and I didn’t see hardly any of them coming at all! I also thought it was great that major plot twists occur in the story pretty early on too, definitely keeps things interesting! If you’re already a suspicious reader, like myself, you may guess a few things but I think it’s safe to say you’ll still get surprised.

The psychic portions of the story were also really interesting and perfect for Halloween if you’re looking for a great, non-spooky thriller to read!

I was a little disappointed with the ending, I just felt it wasn’t as shocking as a lot of the other twists were and it was slightly more predictable. I felt like it was abrupt and unfinished, it wasn’t a BAD ending by any means but it left me a little unsatisfied.

I’d also like to mention that the protagonist, Skye,  has anxiety and having anxiety myself I thought it was represented well. She is constantly dealing with the threat of a panic attack throughout the story, and considering the situations it’s not surprising for someone with anxiety. I thought the way the anxiety was described was also fairly accurate such as Skye picking at the skin on her fingertips or biting her nails, that’s something I do because of my anxiety as well and it was extremely relatable.

characters

There really isn’t much to discuss as far as characters go, there’s Skye and as I already mentioned she’s manipulative, a bit unreliable, and also suffers from anxiety. I did really like her character though because she’s doing things for a good reason and found her to be very relatable.

As far as secondary characters go they are there to drive the plot and not much else. The only other moderately interesting character’s would be Skye’s mom, her best friend Drew, and another character whose name I won’t mention due to spoilers but they were……interesting.

romance

One of the best parts about this book is that there is no romance to distract from all the plot twists and thrills!

in conclusion

Overall this was a fun, quick read!

What I Loved:

  • Fast pacing
  • Mindfuckery/ great plot twists
  • Good anxiety rep
  • Relatable main character

What I Didn’t Love:

  • The ending was a little disappointing and felt unfinished

RECOMMEND

I recommend checking this one out especially for Halloween coming up or if you just enjoy a really good, fast-paced thriller!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

(October) Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR!

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IT’S FINALLY MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!!! Halloween is my favorite holiday and therefore October is my favorite month that I love to fill with scary movies and books! I missed out on Lauren’s amazing Read-A-Thon last year but I’m joining in on the fun this year!

I may or may not be able to read through all of these because I have ARCs to catch up on but I’m going to try my hardest because I LOVE HORROR BOOKS!

So if you’d like to join the read-a-thon as well and get a chance to win a give-away as well! Just link back to Lauren’s post here!

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For this one I’ve decided to go with “Shutter” because I’ve been dying to read this forever and the cover is pretty damn creepy! It’s about a female descendant of Van Helsing who fights both undead monsters as well as ghosts and she has a crew who assists her but one of their ghost hunts goes wrong and they are all infected with a curse.

It sounds so fun!


haunted-house

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For this one I’m going with “Mary: The Summoning” because I’ve had it on my TBR for a while and finally need to read it! I’m especially excited to read another book by Hillary Monahan after I LOVED her new book “The Hollow Girl”! This one is basically about a group of teens summoning Bloody Mary and you can imagine how that will go…


urban-legends

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Believe it or not I actually don’t have that many horror books on my shelves that AREN’T supernatural in some way or I have already read them! So I decided to go with “Survive The Night” since nothing about it seemed paranormal from the synopsis and I did really like Vega’s other series “The Merciless”.


witching-hour

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I always get waaaay more creeped out reading spooky books in the dark which can be good and bad sometimes! I tried picking one of the creepier books on my shelves for this one, “Diary of a Haunting”. The cover is kind of creepy and anything with hauntings is up my alley!


scarymovie

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Watching scary movies is seriously one of my favorite parts of October! The sad part is I don’t have anyone who likes to watch them with me except my brother! I always try to have some horror movie marathons though so for this one I’ll go ahead and pick The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 because those are some of my favorites and I know I’ll make time for them!


trick-or-treat

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Definitely “Trick” for me! I’ve been putting off “The Call” for a while now and everyone who has read it seems to really like it so I’m going to try and read that one this month! It’s got some creepy people-eating creatures from Irish mythology called Sidhe and people get “called” into their world and must try and survive.


read7books

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I may or may not make it to seven books but if I do I’m going to try and read “The Wood” which sounds and looks super creepy but I’m not 100% sure how creepy or supernatural it actually is. Still I want to read it, and I loooove the cover!

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Will you be participating in Lauren’s Halloween Read-A-Thon?

What books will you be reading this October? Anything spooky?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy