September & October Book Hauls + October Wrap Up

This might turn out to be a pretty lengthy post, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

For whatever reason I never wrote up my September Book Haul, so I’m going to combine last month and this months – and it’s actually a lengthy list of books – and I’m honestly not really sure how I accumulated so many.

No wonder my bank account hates me right now.

Let’s start with the books I got in September:

 Part of your world.jpgPart of Your World: A Twisted Tale (Twisted Tales #5) – Liz Braswell

Published: September 4, 2018

Bought: September 2018

What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? Five years after the (twisted) events of the film, Ariel is now the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric’s kingdom on land. But when the sea witch threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel finds herself returning to a world (and a prince) she thought she’d left behind forever.

Escaping from HoudiniEscaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) – Kerri Maniscalco

x 2 – Barnes and Noble Special Edition / Signed Edition from an Indie

Published: September 18, 2018

Bought: September 2018

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

 A curse so dark and lonelyA Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

Published: January 29, 2019

Received via Brigid: September 2018

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Now for the books I got in October:

A map of daysA Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #4) – Ransom Riggs

Published: October 2, 2018

Bought: October 2018

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

Grim LoveliesGrim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1) – Megan Shepherd

Published: October 2, 2018

Bought: October 2018

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.

FurybornFuryborn (Empirium #1) – Claire Legrand

Published: August 2, 2018

Bought: October 2018

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

KOAKingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) – Sarah J Maas

x 3 – Target Special Edition / Barnes and Noble Special Edition / Books-A-Million Special Edition

Published: October 23, 2018

Bought: October 2018

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Give the Dark my LoveGive the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love #1) – Beth Revis

Published: September 25, 2018

Bought: October 2018

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her. 

All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. 

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

contagionContagion (Contagion #1) – Erin Bowman

Published: July 24, 2018

Received via #booksfortrade: October 2018

 It got in us
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.
Most are dead.
But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.
Don’t set foot here again.
As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

flashtideFlashtide (Flashfall #2) – Jenny Moyer

Published: November 14, 2018

Received via #booksfortrade: October 2018

Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.

But Orion’s story is far from over.

With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.

Lucky in LoveLucky in Love – Kasie West

Published: July 25, 2018

Received via #booksfortrade: October 2018

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

Second StarSecond Star (The Neverland Chronicles) – J.M. Sullivan

Published: March 5, 2019

Received via Netgalley: October 2018

Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.

Outrun the wind.jpgOutrun the Wind – Elizabeth Tammi

Published: November 27, 2018

Received via Netgalley: October 2018

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. 

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

Jack Frost.jpgThe Revoltuion of Jack Frost – K.M. Robinson

Published: November 6, 2018

Received via Netgalley: October 2018

 No one inside the snow globe knows that Morozoko Industries is controlling their weather, testing them to form a stronger race that can survive the fall out from the bombs being dropped in the outside world—all they know is that they must survive the harsh Winter that lasts a month and use the few days of Spring, Summer, and Fall to gather enough supplies to survive.

When the seasons start shifting, Genesis and her boyfriend, Jack, know something is going on. As their team begins to find technology that they don’t have access to inside their snow globe of a world, it begins to look more and more like one of their own is working against them.

Genesis soon discovers Morozoko Industries is to blame, but when a foreign enemy tries to destroy their weather program to make sure their destructive life-altering bombs succeed in destroying the outside world, their only chance is to shut down the machine that is spinning out of control and save the lives of everyone inside the bunker–at any cost.

Phew, that was a long haul. Now onto the short Wrap Up for October!

I didn’t end up getting to Escaping from Houdini unfortunately, but soon! I only read three books this month, and November might not be a great reading month as well, with NaNoWriMo starting on Thursday. But I am happy with what I read this past month!

A curse so dark and lonelyA Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer – 5/5

ARC Finished – October 9, 2018

(See the September section of the Book Haul for synopsis)

I haven’t yet written my review for this book, I’m still collection my emotions about it, but know this, that I absolutely loved this book. It’s one of my favorite Beauty and the Beast adaptations. Harper was a fantastic character and pretty bad ass. Grey and Rhen need all the hugs in the world, and I cannot wait for the second book!

A full spoiler-free review will be coming soon!

Crown of Midnight .jpgCrown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas – 4/5

UK Paperback Finished – October 14, 2018

Published: August 15, 2013

 Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

It’s been a long time since I read this book – since 2013 – and I remembered none of it. It’s so fun re-reading this series and falling in love with it all over again. Knowing what happens up to Tower of Dawn it’s easier to seed the foreshadowing now, and it amazes me.

Heir of fireHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) Sarah J. Maas – 4/5

UK Paperback Finished: October 21, 2018

Published: September 11, 2014


Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

One word, ROWAN.

Yeah, I know. He’s not very nice to her, and she’s not very nice to him, but I still love them together. I flew through this book, and since I haven’t read it since its release in 2014, it was like reading it for the first time.

I’ve started Queen of Shadows, so I’m about half way through my re-read of the ToG series. I really need to finish so I can start Kingdom of Ash because people online can be jerks about spoiling highly anticipated books, and I. Do. Not. Want. To. Be. Spoiled. For this book. So, realistically if I read anything in November it will be the ToG series.

Finally, I reached the end of this post! I guess, I didn’t really keep it short. I tried and failed. The wordcount I’m looking at right now, is pretty high, but surprisingly this isn’t my longest post ever.

Clearly I was pretty liberal with my book spending this month, but I did unhaul some and sell them to a used bookstore near me, so at least I’m a little less than even on the book front.

National Novel Writing Month is about to start (Thursday) and my upload schedule is going to change. I talked a little bit about this in my “Quick and Dirty” post, and I’ll mention it again on Wednesday’s post. On Wednesday, I’m going to be talking about my NaNoWriMo plans/strategy and the WIP I’ll be working on, so keep an eye out for that. But long story short, uploads will be only on Fridays, and they will be Weekly NaNoWriMo wrap-ups on my progress, word count, and I might share some short scenes or lines from my WIP.

Okay, now I’m really done – this post is longer than I anticipated, and if you’ve read through, and made it this far, thank you!

What is your favorite book you’ve bought/borrowed/received/checked out recently? Let me know down below!

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