Halloween is almost here?  Wasn’t Easter just the other day?

Some of the books that seem ripe for Halloween reading this year are… actually not supposed to hit shelves until November.  Winterwood and Songs From the Deep definitely seem like an October release would have made sense, but what do I know? 

Penguin Teen presents ten books perfect for the spooky season.  I’m definitely interested in the Bair Witch meets Stranger Things Rules for Vanishing, and I also might check out Jennifer Donaldson’s new mysteryReader Voracious suggests The Wicked Deep (why wasn’t it made into a TV miniseries for October?), as well as two books that I’ve been unsure about in House of Salt and Sorrows and The Waking Forest.


Riveted Lit’s list of books inspired by fairy tales also offers some appropriate options, including the Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy, an engaging mystery that leaves you unsure if the book is paranormal or not.  The Fandom offers some less scary options, including Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall series.

Epic Reads suggests an older series I’ve long been considering checking out, Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly.  They also mention Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series, the conclusion of which I am eagerly anticipating.  Kate’sbookdate suggests a debut I enjoyed, The Devouring Gray by Christine Herman.  I’m a bit nonplussed that, from what I’ve heard, the sequel will heavily focus on my least favourite character, but I’ll still check it out.

Moving to some specific reviews, let’s start with Winterwood, even if it isn’t supposed to be released until early November.  After all, books do often hit shelves before their release date.  Literary Dust liked it, though she mentions what seems to be a common critique, saying she saw where it was going from an early point in the book.  But a journey can still be enjoyable even if it doesn’t shock you, after all.

The Babysitters Coven has been getting some mixed reviews, and Reader Voracious is definitely not a fan.  She had trouble with the characters, and notes that the book has the heroes make fun of the bully based on her appearance.  She was much more impressed with the characters from Rules for Vanishing, both as individuals and in their relationships with each other.

Finally, there is a lot of buzz about the new Leigh Bardugo book, Ninth House.  Admittedly, I never got into her previous books, after reading her debut and not really feeling it.  I’ve long been thinking about trying her out again, so would this book be a good place to start?  Paper Fury and Pen and Parchment offer positive reviews, and Goodreads interviewed her about the book.  Apparently there has been some backlash about how different this book is from her young adult books, though the reviews point out that it’s obviously supposed to be different, being a completely different genre and an adult book.  Which is clearly true, but fans are entitled to prefer her earlier books if they just didn’t like this one as much.  And for those who do like this book, The Fandom reveals that, like her previous works, this one will also get the TV series treatment.

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