14 Book Releases Hitting the Shelves in October 2020

It’s been a few months since I’ve done an Anticipated Reads list, and I have to admit that it’s nice to be back! However, before going through the upcoming releases on Edelweiss I only had two anticipated books for October… and now it’s 14. Oops. I personally look forward to buy ALL the books despite reading basically NONE of them. I am not responsible for overflowing TBRs as a result of this post.

Now more than ever, authors need our support as the publishing industry has been severely impacted by event and convention cancellations. If you see any books that look interesting, I encourage you to talk about them on your socials, add to Goodreads shelves, submit requests to your libraries if you have one, or buy if you’re financially able!

📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I’m excited to highlight monthly, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
Adult, Historical Fiction, Thriller

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The Devil and the Dark Water coverA murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The breathtaking new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

I’ve been waiting for this book since I found out about it in December! “A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.” I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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Broken Wish (The Mirror #1) by Julie C. Dao
Young Adult, Fantasy

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Hanau, Germany

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner—none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

✨ You can read an excerpt on EW!

I haven’t heard anything about this… which could be because of my hiatus, but THIS COVER!

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Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
Adult, Dark Fantasy

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Over the Woodward Wall coverWriting as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens in Over the Woodward Wall, an exceptional tale for readers who are young at heart.

If you trust her you’ll never make it home…


Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.

Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.

They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.

On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.

And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.”

This is a new pseudonym for Seanan McGuire and while I haven’t enjoyed the Mira Grant-authored reads, this sounds magical and so interesting!

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Eventide by Sarah Goodman
Young Adult, Fantasy, Thriller

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Eventide coverEventide is an evocative YA historical fantasy thriller by debut author Sarah Goodman, for fans of Jennifer Donnelly and Libba Bray.

MADNESS, SECRETS, AND LIES

Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907

When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas.

In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can’t completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there.

But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it—secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect….

A haunting tale of long-buried secrets, small-town scandal, and single-minded vengeance by talented debut novelist Sarah Goodman.”

I love books with small town spookiness, superstitions, and secrets. This sounds like an atmospheric Spooky Season read!

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I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan
Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

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cover for I Hope You're ListeningIn her small town, seventeen year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.When another little girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

ARC Review to Come

I was so excited to find out Tom Ryan’s next YA release was a thriller with podcast elements! I read it last week and enjoyed it, plus look at that cover!

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Adult, Fantasy, Science fiction

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Black Sun coverFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

While I am sad to still be waiting for the third book in the Sixth World series, I adore Roanhorse’s writing style and am excited to read this.

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Beyond the Ruby Veil (Beyond the Ruby Veil #1) by Mara Fitzgerald
Young Adult, Dark Fantasy

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Beyond the Ruby Veil coverA 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.

Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. 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 the 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 given themselves up 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. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes.

Queer and dark fantasy? Don’t mind if I do.

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The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
Adult, Historical Fantasy

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The Midnight Bargain coverBeatrice 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 am here for hidden magic. The end.

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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm
Young Adult, Fantasy

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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice coverPinocchio meets Frankenstein in this dark fairy tale retelling where a young girl is commissioned to build an assassin for a dark-hearted tyrant.

Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in with increasingly urgent deadlines, the puppetmaster’s health suffers and Pirouette, his daughter and protégé, is left to build in his stead. But there is something far more twisted brewing at Wolfspire—the Margrave’s son wants Pirouette to create an assassin. And he wants her to give it life.

With Tavia teetering on the brink of war and her father dying in the dungeons, Pirouette has no choice but to accept. Racing against the rise of the next blue moon—the magic that will bring her creations to life—she can’t help but wonder, is she making a masterpiece…or a monster?

I was sucked in by the cover and then saw it was a dark retelling… and it was over for me.

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Lightbringer (Empirium Trilogy #3) by Claire LeGrand
New Adult, Fantasy

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cover for LightbringerThe incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

ARC Review to Come

I’m terrified to read this book. I have an eARC (!!!) and need to summon the strength for the soul-ripping reread so I can dive in. HELP ME.

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Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston
Young Adult, Fantasy

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Among the Beasts and Briars coverCerys 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.

I need this now. Thanks.

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Caraval Collector’s Edition by Stephanie Garber
Young Adult, Fantasy

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Caraval Collector's Edition coverA must-have, deluxe collectible edition of the first book in the #1 bestselling Caraval series!

This must-have, deluxe collectible edition of the first book in the #1 bestselling series has new art, a slipcase, and bonus content including a scene from Julian’s point of view, the original ending, Stephanie Garber’s writing journals, and a sneak peek at the next book set in the world of Caraval!

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

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Do I already own a personalized copy of Caraval? Yes. But with the extras and gorgeous cover… I couldn’t resist and I hate myself a little bit.

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Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell
Young Adult, Historical Fantasy

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Magic Dark and Strange coverThe Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with loved ones seeking a final goodbye. But this magic comes with a price: for every hour that a ghost is brought back, Catherine loses an hour from her own life.

When Catherine is given the unusual task of collecting a timepiece from an old grave, she is sure that the mysterious item must contain some kind of enchantment. So she enlists Guy Nolan, the watchmaker’s son, to help her dig it up. But instead of a timepiece, they find a surprise: the body of a teenage boy. And as they watch, he comes back to life—not as the pale imitation that Catherine can conjure, but as a living, breathing boy. A boy with no memory of his past.

This magic is more powerful than any Catherine has ever encountered, and revealing it brings dangerous enemies. Catherine and Guy must race to unravel the connection between the missing timepiece and the undead boy. For this mysterious magic could mean the difference between life and death—for all of them.

This sounds so good???

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Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction

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Kingdom of the Wicked coverFrom the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes a new blockbuster series…

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria 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 find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

Okay, so… I love Maniscalco’s writing style and enjoyed some of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I am willing to give this new series a try.

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The publishing industry is always focused on the new and shiny releases, typically ceasing promotion within a week of the book birthday. I hope that this list brought some new books to your attention and I hope you are able to support the ones you’re interested in!

14 Anticipated Reads for October

What books coming out in October are you excited about? What have you read and would recommend? Let’s talk in the comments!

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22 Comments

  1. Evelyn

    September 27, 2020 at 1:40 AM

    I’m so excited for Over the Woodward Wall and Kingdom of the Wicked!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  2. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    September 27, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    All of these sound good! I’ve added quite a few to my TBR!

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 11:59 AM

      Happy reading when you do get to those, Kayla!

  3. amanda

    September 27, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Literally all of these covers are stunning!!!

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 11:59 AM

      I KNOWWWWWWW why must cover artists do this to me!?

  4. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    September 27, 2020 at 6:18 PM

    There are SO MANY October releases that I want to read! This is a fantastic bunch. I’m most excited for Black Sun and The Devil and the Dark Water:-)

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

      I managed to get an audiobook copy of Black Sun from LibroFM and I am excited to dive into it soon.

  5. Kat @ Novels & Waffles

    September 27, 2020 at 10:45 PM

    KALLLLLL!!! It’s making me so happy to see some of your posts on my feed again! Plus, my TBR has missed these super amazing Anticipated Reads posts that you do! Like seriously, it’s amazing how you always know when the best books are releasing! I have not heard anything about Over the Woodward Wall, but GOSH it sounds so so so good! Immediately added it to my TBR. I’m a sucker for Middle Grade stories with unlikely friendships and fantastical other worlds!

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:03 PM

      KAAAAATTTT!!!!! I’ve missed you and hope you’re doing okay! I’m glad the return of these lists brings you joy, don’t let your TBRs threaten me in the back alley though, okay? I hadn’t heard of a lot of these and I’m not sure if it is because hiatus or just Weird YEar. Over the Woodward Wall sounds really good though!!!

  6. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    September 28, 2020 at 7:42 AM

    I’m also keeping an eye out for Beyond the Ruby Veil. I’m not keen on YA but the premise is too appealing for me to pass it by, haha. As a huge fan of Middlegame, I loved Over the Woodward Wall. I haven’t read anything McGuire’s written as Grant, but I think if you like the premise, you’ll enjoy the book (even if you haven’t read Middlegame.)

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:05 PM

      Beyond the Ruby Veil sounds SO GOOD and honestly, Mara’s stick art doodles on twitter have also given me additional I NEED THIS vibes lol. I am glad to hear you enjoyed Over the Woodward Wall and I am definitely going to give it a try — from what friends have told me, their pseudonyms have very distinct writing styles

  7. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    September 28, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    So many great books on this list. I’m trying not to add to my TBR too much (I just unhauled a bunch) but it’s so hard to resist! I’m definitely getting Black Sun though–I may have ordered a signed copy from Mysterious Galaxy haha. 😀

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:08 PM

      I am going through an unhaul myself, so I totally feel you on trying to control the TBR. I’m making use of my library more and trying to hold off on buying books right now. YAY thanks for supporting my local indie!!!

  8. Mary

    September 28, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    My Goodreads is literally screaming with joy right now, THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD BOOKS!

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:09 PM

      I KNOW WE ARE SO FREAKING BLESSED!!!! (rip to my tbr)

  9. Nikki Swift

    September 28, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    October is going to kill my wallet!!!

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM

      Mine too… my library is getting an influx of requests from me!!!

  10. Marie @ drizzle & hurricane books

    October 4, 2020 at 1:02 AM

    This is a lovely list, Kal! I’ve been really curious about I hope you’re listening and Beyond the Ruby Veil, hope you’ll love them 🙂 Happy reading! <3

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 2:37 PM

      Thank you Marie! I really enjoyed I Hope You’re Listening & am eagerly awaiting Beyond the Ruby Veil!

  11. Kat @ Kat from Minas Morgul

    October 4, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Broken Wish is set in Germany ?????? Oh my god, I need to read this! There are so few books set in Germany (that aren’t written by German authors) so thanks for putting this on you list! I never would have noticed it otherwise <3

    1. Kal

      October 6, 2020 at 2:39 PM

      Ahhhh, I am glad I got this book on your radar! I swear, no one seemed to know about this book and I am so surprised because it sounds so good!

  12. DB @ DB's Guide to the Galaxy

    October 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Kal, how is it always that when you talk about books in reviews or anticipated reads I’m always left with wanting to read it super soon. Like with The Devil and the Dark Water, I wasn’t really interested in it, but your want to read it definitely makes me want to add it to my list.
    I loved Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant so I’m definitely interested in the new Seanan McGuire book.

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