13 Anticipated Reads for September 2018

(Last Updated On: June 25, 2019)

It’s that time of the month where I start to panic at all the exciting upcoming releases and sob about how they all seem to have the same publication date! September 2018 is an amazing month for sff lovers and I am so excited to buy everything look from afar during my book ban!

RIP my book ban because I already have two of these pre-ordered and am considering buying a couple more. Don’t @ me. 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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✨✨ September 4 ✨✨

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.


Sadie by Courtney Summers
Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary


Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

✨✨ September 6 ✨✨

The Siren and The Specter by Jonathan Janz
Horror, Thriller
[ARC Review]

The Siren and the Specter by Jonathan Janz cover

When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

✨✨ September 11 ✨✨

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling
[ARC Review]

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna cover

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Fiction, Magical Realism
[August BOTM Pick]

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle cover

We’ve been waiting for an hour. That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, The Dinner List is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.


The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
Fantasy, Young Adult
[ARC Review]

The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck cover

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

✨✨ September 18 ✨✨

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Mystery, Thriller
[ARC Review]

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 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 is 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.


The Night Crossing by Robert Masello
Horror, Historical Fiction, Mystery
[ARC Review]

The Night Crossing by Robert Masello

Bram Stoker kept secret a tale even more terrifying than Dracula.

It begins among the Carpathian peaks, when an intrepid explorer discovers a mysterious golden box. She brings it back with her to the foggy streets of Victorian London, unaware of its dangerous power…or that an evil beyond imagining has already taken root in the city.

Stoker, a successful theater manager but frustrated writer, is drawn into a deadly web spun by the wealthy founders of a mission house for the poor. Far from a safe haven, the mission harbors a dark and terrifying secret.

To save the souls of thousands, Stoker—aided by the explorer and a match girl grieving the loss of her child—must pursue an enemy as ancient as the Saharan sands where it originated. Their journey will take them through the city’s overgrown graveyards and rat-infested tunnels and even onto the maiden voyage of the world’s first “unsinkable” ship…


Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Young Adult, Fantasy
[ARC Review]

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton cover

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

✨✨ September 25 ✨✨

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Young Adult, Contemporary

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green cover

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.


For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig
Fantasy, Young Adult

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig cover

A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed Heidi Heilig blends traditional storytelling with ephemera for a lush, page-turning tale of escape and rebellion. For a Muse of Fire will captivate fans of Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, and Renée Ahdieh.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.


Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
Horror, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics cover

At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be–independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered–suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women.

June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.


Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Fantasy, Adult

Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab cover

The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

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

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Kalina

    August 28, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    I am so exited to read Vengeful and Sadie!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 2:27 PM

      ME TOO!
      Macmillan sent an email with a Sadie excerpt and I am FANGIRLING

  2. booksandblends

    August 28, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    I’m super excited for Strange Grace! Also, I hope you enjoy Sadie, it was really good!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 2:28 PM

      I cannot WAIT to get my hands on Strange Grace… Mel’s review has had me in anticipation ever since she read it! I am glad you enjoyed Sadie and I hope I will as well!

      1. booksandblends

        August 31, 2018 at 2:38 PM

        I hope you do to Kaleena!
        Melanie’s review made me really excited to read it as well!

  3. pcochrun

    August 28, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    First book of the year I’m thinking of rereading: Sadie.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM

      Oh wow a re-read?! That has me even more excited, Paul!

      1. pcochrun

        August 31, 2018 at 8:09 PM

        Have you heard about the podcasts that have been done in connection with the book?

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          September 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM

          No I haven’t, tell me more!!!

  4. Hannah

    August 28, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    pre-orders don’t count as breaking a book buying ban, right? Because I sure hope they don’t. (I pre-ordered N. K. Jemisin’s short story collection in hardback, which is neither my favourite format nor do I usually spend that much money on a book, but it is N. K. Jemisin)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:01 PM

      Haha nah I think pre-orders don’t count. You make the rules anyways! And for favorites I think it is worth it!!!

  5. betweenfoldedpages

    August 28, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Strange Grace is amazing! Such a creepy fall book. I’m really excited for Vengeful.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

      I am so excited for Strange Grace, everyone has had such good things to say about it! I am planning to read it in October I think for maximum Fall Spooky Vibes!

      1. betweenfoldedpages

        September 1, 2018 at 4:59 AM

        Yes it’s perfect for fall ❤️ You will love it !

  6. Marie

    August 28, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    HANK GREEN ahhhh. Sorry. I’m just really, really excited about this haha – it sounds amazing and I love the cover and I am sooo very excited. I’m also very curious about For A Muse of Fire, it sounds so good and that cover, ahhhh. <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM

      ME TOOO! I have been stoked since Hank announced the book on a vlogbrothers vlog, and was surprised more people weren’t talking about it. The Muse of Fire cover is SO PRETTY!

      1. Marie

        September 1, 2018 at 2:31 AM

        I was surprised just as well, I hope more people will talk about it soon!! 😀

  7. thebookprescription

    August 28, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    September and October have some of the best books every year!!!
    I need to read Sadie, Strange Grace and Vengeful too

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:12 PM

      Yes we are getting totally SPOILED with the best books!

  8. Kelly Brigid

    August 28, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Lovely post! I’m super excited for Sadie to come out too! It sounds so intriguing! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:14 PM

      Thank you sweets, and yes Sadie just needs to get in my life right now!!!

  9. Tammy

    August 28, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    September is going to be CRAZY. I’m very excited for Sadie and Vengeful in particular:-)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:15 PM

      September is such a great month for releases, I am really glad that I got my ARC requests under control so I can spend some time reading new releases!

  10. Beware Of The Reader

    August 28, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Well relying only on my coverlust I would say A Spark of White Fire seems pretty amazing!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:16 PM

      And I actually really enjoyed the book as well. My review is going up on Wednesday and I def would recommend the book.

  11. fictionnochaser

    August 28, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Can’t wait for Vengeful and Strange Grace!

  12. Theresa

    August 28, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    We read different kinds of books, but I am excited for The Dinner List and I love Rocky Horror!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:17 PM

      Rocky Horror is fantastic, high five!
      I am excited that there’s a book on both of our TBRs! Let me know if you wind up getting Dinner List, I would love to buddy read it with you – I don’t think I would get around to the book anytime soon.

  13. jennifertarheelreader

    August 28, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Great list and I’m trying not to click! Sadie is an absolute must! I have The Dinner List from BOTM, too! And I have the 7 1/2 Deaths coming up soon!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:20 PM

      Dinner List looks so interesting, I am excited to read it someday! And 7 1/2 deaths was SO GOOD. Like seriously. I loved it and it is so well done for a debut.

  14. Carolina @fictionologyst

    August 28, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Wow there are so many great books!! Strange Grace is definitely on my list! I don’t know about the other though, I might have to check on the review first. Thank you for sharing Kaleena 💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 3:21 PM

      It seems like Strange Grace (and Sadie!) is on everyone’s list for September! Of the books I have read from the list, the only one I didn’t enjoy so far was Lantern’s Ember. It was not a book for me and I am still angry about it.

      1. Carolina @fictionologyst

        September 1, 2018 at 8:45 AM

        LOL I’ve read your review of the book, I can totally see why!

  15. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    August 31, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    SO MANY TITLES HERE I WANT TO READ!!! Most importantly, this post reminds me that I really need to read Vicious already. I didn’t even know there was a sequel coming out! D:

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 1, 2018 at 8:52 AM

      I also need to read Vicious!!! It’s sitting on my Kindle waiting for me!

  16. Norrie

    September 9, 2018 at 12:48 AM

    I also have Sadie on my list and it’s time for me to read Evelyn Hardcastle. Been sitting on the book for months! 😀 Classic though…

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 10, 2018 at 1:35 PM

      I am hoping I can (somehow) squeeze Sadie in next month, I need to read it!!!
      And YOU NEED TO READ EVELYN HARDCASTLE! It is so good, a delicious mindfuck.

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