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October 2018 TBR


Since October is a very busy month for my family, I decided to keep things on the lighter side for my October TBR.  September wasn’t my best reading month quantity wise, and I know things are probably not going to go better in October.

Let’s see which books I’m going to try and tackle this month…


» Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty



“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity… before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

I’m in the mood to read a middle grade book, and this paranormal MG book seems like the perfect October/Halloween read.  Not going to lie, I’m intrigued by the stunning cover.

» Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha



Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.
Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.

Since I was a 90’s kid, I grew up watching Hocus PocusSo of course I am going to read “the all new sequel.”  From what I understand, the first part of this book covers what happens in the movie, which I’m probably going to cheat and skip.  The second part is the sequel!  I’m not going into this with high expectations… I’m curious to see where the author takes these characters.  Plus, I love the cover.

» Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor



In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

It’s here!!  I’ve been waiting for this book since I read Strange the Dreamer last summer!  Can’t wait to dive into this one.

Books For Review

» Everealm (Everealm #1) by J.D. Wright



Breestlin cannot escape her destiny to become ruler of her father’s kingdom, but she never planned to become queen at twenty-three years of age. Upon the return of her first love, Rowan, Bree must quickly learn how to adapt to both her new responsibilities as a ruler and her inability to suppress her feelings for Rowan. To make matters more difficult, her outcast uncle, Silas, will stop at nothing to get what he desires, putting lives and the kingdom in danger. Bree must seek the assistance of the wizard, Dagan, who in a twist of fate discovers much more about his family (and himself) than he could ever imagine in this steamy love story, full of mystery and romance…

Danger awaits, as we journey through Everealm, the first book of the Everealm Series.

Adult content. Intended for mature audiences.

» Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup



‘Blood had begun to trickle down Asha’s starched cotton salwar, and once more she tried to will herself to stay calm. It was nothing. These things happened. ‘

But these things haven’t happened before. It’s August 1947, the night before India’s independence. It is also the night before Pakistan’s creation and the brutal Partition of the two countries.

Asha, a Hindu in a newly Muslim land, must flee to safety. She carries with her a secret she has kept even from Firoze, her Muslim lover, but Firoze must remain in Pakistan, and increasing tensions between the two countries mean the couple can never reunite.

Fifty years later in New York, Asha’s Indian granddaughter falls in love with a Pakistani, and Asha and Firoze, meeting again at last, are faced with one more – final – choice.

Spanning continents and generations, Where the River Parts is an epic tale of love, loss and longing.



Which books are on your TBR for October?

Have you read any of the books on my list?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

10 thoughts on “October 2018 TBR”

  1. THERE IS A SEQUEL TO HOCUS POCUS?!?!? IN BOOK FORM?!?!? *rushes off to Amazon and purchases it** I don’t care if it’s bad. I miss the Sanderson Sisters!

    This is a fun Halloween-eque TBR, Amanda. I love it. I’m reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and The Shining by Stephen King this month. Or, well, I’m trying too. The Shining is so long! And intimidating…

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    1. YES! I don’t think I’m going to get to it by tomorrow thought ((hangs head in shame)) BUT it is totally worth it for the cover alone lol

      How the Shirley Jackson book & The Shining go?! All of Stephen King’s books are intimidatingly long lol

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      1. Pft, it doesn’t matter when you read the Hocus Pocus sequel. What matters is that it is read. XD

        I really enjoyed We’ve Always Lived in the Castle. It had more of a creeping dread feel than something proper spooky horror. Jackson’s writing is incredible.

        I never even started The Shining before returning it to the library! XD It turns out that I had a conflict on the day that book club was meeting and after seeing how long it was… and hearing everyone complain about how it was much scarier than they expected… well, I prioritized other books. XD Oops. Maybe someday?


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