Top 10 Anticipated Reads for October 2018

(Last Updated On: June 25, 2019)

October is almost here and my heart is full of pumpkin spice and covered in scarves! It’s that time of the month where I start to panic at all the exciting upcoming releases; October 2018 is an amazing month for next-in-series releases (all of which I haven’t read, so you will notice that this list is devoid of Kingdom of AshMuse of Nightmares, and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.)

My book ban has officially crumbled into a pile of dust and good intentions and it is all October 2nd’s fault. I almost feel like the ban made my buy more books. So needless to say I am working on creating some kind of guidelines for buying books instead of trying to go cold turkey. Expect a post that goes more in depth on this topic soon! But for now… here are the October books that are helping my TBR Tower turn into a future murder weapon.

As always, if I have read the title I will include a link to my review, and clicking on the title will bring you to Goodreads.

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✨✨ October 2 ✨✨

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Broken Things cover

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.


Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Young Adult, Fantasy

Grim Lovelies cover

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.


Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Young Adult, Fantasy

Sawkill Girls cover

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

✨✨ October 4 ✨✨

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction
ARC Review]

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle cover

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.


Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Science Fiction

Space Opera cover


A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix – part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny – they must sing.

A one-hit-wonder band of human musicians, dancers and roadies from London – Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes – have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

✨✨ October 9 ✨✨

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Young Adult, Fantasy
ARC Review]

Beneath the Citadel cover

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

✨✨ October 10 ✨✨

Shades of Magic #1: The Steel Prince
(The Shades of Magic Universe)
by V.E. Schwab
Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Shades of Magic 1 cover

The acclaimed fantasy phenomenon comes to comics with a new prequel story from award-winning creator and New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab!

In a gaslamp world where magicians navigate alternate Londons, the prince of Red London pursues a dark version of his beloved city – and faces worse than exile…

Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

✨✨ October 23 ✨✨

The Light Beneath Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Fantasy, Young Adult

Light Between Worlds cover

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

✨✨ October 30 ✨✨

The Monster Baru Cormorant
(The Masquerade #2)
by Seth Dickinson

Monster Baru Cormorant cover

Baru Cormormant’s world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. To exact her revenge, she has clawed her way up razor-edged rungs of betrayal, sacrifice, and compromise, becoming the very thing she seeks to destroy.

Now she strides in the Masquerade’s halls of power. To save the world, she must tear it asunder … and with it, all that remains of her soul.


This Cruel Design
(This Mortal Coil #2) 
by Emily Suvada
Science fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia

This Cruel Design cover

Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in this thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman says “redefines ‘unputdownable.’”

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of them yet? What are some of the October releases that you cannot wait to get your hands on?

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Mo @ Novelish

    September 21, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Gosh, I can’t wait for The Monster Baru Cormorant. The first book absolutely blew my mind. I’m also really intrigued by The Light Between Worlds.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:19 PM

      I need Monster Baru in my life IMMEDIATELY! Like I cannot wait.

  2. Sahi

    September 21, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Tats a long list of books… when will I ever find time 😂😂😂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:20 PM

      I knowwwww, October 2nd is going to kill my bank account!
      The worst part is I had to limit this post to 10 books, there were a lot more for October I am interested in. SO MANY BOOKS AND NOT ENOUGH TIME!

      1. Sahi

        September 22, 2018 at 6:22 PM

        My bank account is already low…. only relying on the library for now but they don’t always get the books I want 😔😔😔

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          September 22, 2018 at 6:35 PM

          I really need to get into the habit of going to the damn library instead of buying more books.

          1. Sahi

            September 22, 2018 at 7:28 PM

            Haha I don’t go enough either coz I can’t drive and have to ask my husband all the time… rely more on the digital library for now …

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            September 24, 2018 at 8:53 AM

            I think digital libraries are so awesome though!!!

          3. Sahi

            September 24, 2018 at 8:54 AM

            Me too… they are the saviors 😊😊😊

  3. meltotheany

    September 21, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    This is so beautifully formatted, love. Like… amazing job! And yes to so many of these… but extra yes to Baru! Muhahaha! Love you! 💖xx

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:21 PM

      Oh gosh, thank you so much Melanie!!!
      And why won’t Tor approve our Monster Baru requests?!?! Love you too, babe!

  4. thebookprescription

    September 21, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    I already read Broken Things, the light between worlds and Sawkill girls
    I am highly anticipating The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton!
    Happy reading those 😀

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:21 PM

      I know your review of Light Between the Worlds wasn’t favorable… I am still holding out hope I will like it more. Hahahaha

      1. thebookprescription

        September 23, 2018 at 9:04 AM

        I hope so too
        I am hardly ever impressed anymore! 🙁

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          September 23, 2018 at 10:13 AM

          Neither am I, and it bums me out. LOL

  5. Kat @ Novels & Waffles

    September 21, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Okay, can we just talk about how many of these books have the most beautiful covers? Beneath the Citadel and The Light Beneath Worlds caught my eye especially. The blurb of Light Beneath Worlds makes me think a bit of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, tbh? But maybe I’m just weird. I’m for the most part a Fantasy reader, and I hadn’t heard of either of those books before, so yay for new additions to my TBR list! Thanks for a wonderful post as always, Kaleena! 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:24 PM

      SERIOUSLY I am in love with so many of these covers, I just cannot handle it!!! I also got Lion, Witch, Wardrobe vibes from Light Beneath Worlds, so you aren’t weird (at least on this front :)).

      Thanks for stopping by, Kat, and happy reading!!!

      1. Kat @ Novels & Waffles

        September 23, 2018 at 11:32 PM

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that! And yeah, I am so guilty of judging a book by it’s cover so I love posts like this with so much coverly love 🙂

  6. bookworms2019

    September 21, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Cant wait for Grim Lovelies and Im Super Excited for Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:25 PM

      I will have to check out Bridge of Clay, thanks for mentioning it!!!
      Happy reading, I cannot wait for my copy of Grim Lovelies to arrive!

  7. stacysbeautyblog

    September 21, 2018 at 9:19 PM

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  8. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    September 21, 2018 at 10:29 PM

    Ooh I hope you enjoy Space Opera! I’ve heard really great things about it. 😀 And when I get my hands on Baru, I’m LITERALLY going to drop everything and do nothing until I finish it. 😀

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:27 PM

      Thank you, and I hope so too! I saw a couple of really positive reviews so I am hopeful!
      and OMG SAME on Baru! I keep crossing my fingers for an arc because I need it now.

      1. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

        September 22, 2018 at 11:25 PM

        Praying to the ARC gods that we both get one!! 😀

  9. jamsu

    September 22, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    I can’t wait to get my hands on The Darkest Star but it’s not published until 30th of October.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:29 PM

      I’ve seen a couple of REALLY GOOD reviews for that one! I am tempted but I haven’t read anything of the author’s before… I wonder if I would need to in order to appreciate the Lux Universe?

  10. Marie

    September 22, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    So many good looking releases this upcoming month! I’m personally really excited about Broken Things – I got lucky enough I still don’t realize how, to read it and I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait for it to release to the world <3 I also am impatient for The Light Between Worlds, it sounds incredible, and THIS CRUEL DESIGN because I loved This mortal coil SOOOOOOOOOOOoo much haha 😀 <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 22, 2018 at 6:31 PM

      I am so glad you enjoyed Broken Things, that makes me even more excited to get my hands on it!!! I ordered a copy of This Mortal Coil a month ago and am still waiting for it to show up, but I am really looking forward to reading it!

      1. Marie

        September 23, 2018 at 9:05 AM

        Ahhhh, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on This Mortal Coil. I loved it SO much, it was amazing. 😀

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          September 24, 2018 at 8:57 AM

          AHH you have made me even more excited! I just got my second shipping notification and hopefully this time my order arrives to my house. I NEED IT!

          1. Marie

            September 24, 2018 at 11:54 AM

            AHH YAY! I’ll be waiting to hear your thoughts on that one for sure 😀

  11. Jina Bazzar

    September 23, 2018 at 6:49 AM

    Since you scratched Kingdom of ash from the start, i’d say i’m looking forward to read broken things. i’ve never heard about the rest.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 24, 2018 at 8:56 AM

      Hehe just because I crossed them off doesn’t mean you have to! I am super stoked about Broken Things, the reviews I’ve read are so good!

      1. Jina Bazzar

        September 25, 2018 at 10:35 AM

        well, i noticed no one added it either, so,…

  12. facingthestory

    September 24, 2018 at 4:36 AM

    Ah I can’t wait to read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I’ve read such good reviews and the synopsis is really intriguing. Great list!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM

      It is SO GOOD!!! I hope you love it as much as I did!

  13. northernplunder

    September 27, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    *screams some more about about how good Sawkill Girls is!!!!!*

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM

      You are making me want to buy a copy immediately even though I have an obnoxious amount of books I need to read first!

  14. devouringbooks2017

    October 21, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    I hated The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Loved Beneath The Citadel, even though you didn’t, wanted a copy of Sawkill girls and now I’m adding The Light Between Worlds to my TBR

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      October 24, 2018 at 9:52 AM

      Sorry to heard you didn’t like Seven Deaths, it’s probably one of my favorite reads but I recognize it isn’t for every reader!

      1. devouringbooks2017

        October 24, 2018 at 11:38 AM

        I just felt really disconnected to the protagonist. It would make a GREAT movie, but as a book I felt it had some issues.

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