Hello lovelies! Today I’m going to post a triple Can’t Wait Till Tuesday and post about books from October 13th, 20th and 27th that I’m excited for! There are a lot of books that came out this month that I’m excited for and I wanted to share the ones from the last couple of weeks that I’ve missed posting about.
As Always links will take you to each book’s Goodreads page so you can add them to your TBR!
October 13th, 2020:
For this week there are four books that I can’t wait to pick up from my bookstore and add to my TBR!
A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.
In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?
I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while and I keep hearing amazing things from other readers! I haven’t read any of Polk’s other works and I’m very excited to dive into this one and discover a great new-to-me author!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald
A dark, queer YA fantasy that’s perfect for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series and Wicked Saints. After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst.
Cunning and unapologetic, Emanuela Ragno is a socialite who plays by her own rules. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.
But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In her city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has obeyed this law for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.
When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Before everyone in Occhia dies of thirst, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the source of the watercrea’s power and save their people—no matter what it takes.
Dark, Queer, Fantasy. What more do you need to know? Emanuela honestly sounds like an amazing character and I’m super excited to see how she navigates the challenges she faces in this book. I also keep hearing amazing things about this one which doesn’t hurt.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
This is another one I’ve had on my TBR for a while–basically since it was announced. I really love how many witch and witchcraft books we’re starting to get in YA and beyond and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it!
October 20th, 2020:
For this week I only had one anticipated read (very odd, I feel like I’m missing a few…)
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.
Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.
As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
This is the second book on this list that I’ve already. I was lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour with Terminal Tours for this one and I absolutely loved it! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2020! You can check out my review here if you like!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
October 27th, 2020:
For this week I have 4 books I can’t wait to pick up! And 2 of these are actually sequels so I’ll need to pick up the other books as well.
Warriors of Wing and Flame by Sara B. Larson
I can’t believe I missed out on the first book in this series, Sisters of Shadow and Light, when it came out back in November 2019. Both of these books sound amazing and I can’t wait to binge read them!
I’ll just post the synopsis for the first book in case like me you missed out on book one last year.
Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world–including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.
On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out–leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.
For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Crazy Stupid Bormance by Lyssa Kay Adams
So this is book 3 in the Bormance Book Club series and I’m not that surprised I’m just now coming across this series. Late last year was when I finally gave the romance genre a chance and I’ve really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read so far this year!
This one in particular just sounds super adorable and I’m hoping to binge read this series soon!
Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.
Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.
Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.
A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.
Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Owe You One, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy–only to find that real love comes with its own filters
Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.
At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.
But then their real identities–Ava and Matt–must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?
Well here’s another romance I’m adding to my TBR. Really I wish I had given romance a chance years ago. But such is life I guess. This book sounds like it’ll be a fun, quick read and I love the idea of curling up with it and a cup of coffee and reading it in one sitting. Also, it has a beagle on the cover. Beagles are the best doggos.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerrie Maniscalco
Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.
Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
And we have another book with witches! Also demons. And it’s set in 19th century Italy. What more could you ask for? I’m very excited for this one (clearly) and can’t wait to read it!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Before I wrap up I wanted to address something with this post.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about supporting independent bookstores. Right now many are struggling to stay open, and as readers we should do our best to help support those stores. I cannot stress that enough.
But in this discourse there’s also been a lot of shaming of readers who buy their books through Amazon and even Barnes & Noble.
And that’s not okay. It’s never okay.
We should never shame people for where they get their books. Not everyone has an independent bookstore near them. Not everyone has a Barnes & Noble or a Books A Million. For some, ordering online through Amazon is their only practical, affordable option for buying books.
I’m lucky and have a few different options for buying books. I’m incredibly thankful that Amazon isn’t my only option for getting books. For the most part I purchase my books through Barnes & Noble. I do so because where I live, it is the only bookstore, big box or independent, for nearly 150 miles in any direction. And quite honestly I fear the day this store, my store, closes.
I’m also lucky enough that I can still order books from independent bookstores in the PNW from time to time. Powell’s down in Portland, OR, and Third Place Books and Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, WA, were my go to stores when I lived in those areas and I still place orders with them when I can. I miss those stores and I hope their communities are able to come together so they can stay open, and thrive.
I’m very thankful to have these options for buying books. But I know these options aren’t the same for everyone else.
It’s wrong to hold people to the impossible standard of only purchasing books through independent bookstores.
So, if anyone has ever shamed you, or made you feel bad because of where you get your books, I am truly sorry. It is never right to shame anyone, especially about something like this. Times are hard for everyone right now and in this instance, when it comes to books and bookstores, our community needs to come together to support one another, to support authors, to support bookstores, as best we can.
So, I do hope you’re able to support an independent bookstore during these tough times but if you’re not able too, that’s okay too.