Top Ten Halloween Freebie

Hey everyone!  So I’ve already done like 2 Halloween related ones that I did to replace the category I didn’t want to do (and November’s not looking good either, in my opinion).  For this one, I think we’ll just take a look at the last 10 books I added to my to-read list.  Sound good?  Cool.

I had a lot of fun writing this!  I hope you find some new books to check out.  (Many of these aren’t out yet–so put them on your TBR!)

The Last Ten Books I Added To My To-Read List

1. Wait For Me by Caroline Leech

After finishing In Another Time, I knew I needed to check out this book, which is also a historical fiction set in Scotland.  Except this time, it’s about a Scottish girl who starts to fall in love with a German POW.  (German POWs were sent all over the world to work, since the men were all off at war.  Think Summer of My German Soldier.  Even in my tiny hometown in northern Indiana, we had German POWs to help on the farms.)

2. Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3) by Erin Summerill

My understanding of this series is that this book is set in the same world as the other books, but we’re following a different narrator this time.  And this is a character I fell in love with in the last book, so I’m really excited about this.

3. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

This book actually comes out today.  It’s a fantasy story where maidens are chosen to join a dying ruler in the afterlife.  It’s an “honor” but it’s really nothing more than human sacrifice, you know?  And when our narrator’s sister is chosen as one of these gravemaidens, she’s determined to change that.

4. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

This just came out earlier this month, but it’s basically the most political YA book of this fall.  No one is allowed to talk about a girl’s 16th year, otherwise known as her “grace year”.  It’s the year a girl’s skin supposedly becomes an aphrodisiac and can lure men away from their wives and girlfriends.  Girls are banned to the forests to release their magic without harming anyone, but it’s not safe.  Poachers wait in the woods to capture grace year girls to make a fortune on the black market.  This book has already been optioned as a movie by Elizabeth Banks.

5. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

This book had me from the description “contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast.”  Sign me up.  Princess Jaya Rao has a running feud against the Emerson clan, who is targeting her little sister.  So when Jaya finds out she’s attending boarding school with Grey Emerson, she’s determined to make him fall in love with her and crush his heart into a million little pieces and burn the remains into ashes.  Ahem.  But Grey’s reclusive habits and the secrets he’s hiding him make him alluring…not like the enemy she thought he was.

6. The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns, #4) by Rae Carson

Y’ALL, THERE’S ANOTHER BOOK IN THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS SERIES.  I about did a spit-take when I found that out.  It doesn’t release until April, but this girl got her hands on an ARC.  Boo-yah.  It’s not told from Elisa’s perspective, but she’s still a character in the story.  Instead, we’re following an orphan named Red Sparkle Stone, who admits that her name is weird.  But it looks to have the same political machinations as the previous books as well as a girl who desires to prove herself.  I love it.

7. Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

I truly never know what McGinnis is going to write about next, but you can almost always guarantee it’s going to be about the most unlikely of heroines.  In this story, we meet Ashley, who goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends.  When she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, her own drunken rage sends her storming into forest on her own…until she falls into a ravine.  She wakes in the morning to discover she’s utterly lost–and far from any signs of civilization.  I’m here for this survival story, I tell you what.

8. The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

I’m still a little iffy on the way these are all supposed to be Christian lit, but the fairy tale angle grabs me every time.  And this one being Beauty and the Beast grabs my attention.  But I’m very worried because reviews I’ve seen are saying this one is super preachy, which I don’t do well with at all.  So it may be on my to-read list, but it’s on probationary status.

9. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

This book unfortunately doesn’t come out until February, but it looks delightful.  It’s essentially a Shakespearean-esque rom-com, full of misunderstandings and plans to trick people.  Becca, while being teased about being single, impulsively lies and says she has a boyfriend.  Brett, the captain of the football team, overhears her lie and decides to step in as her mystery man.  It’s a win-win for both of them–their friends stop bothering them.  But it’s hard to “date” someone when you know nothing about them.  Still, there’s something there between them, especially since they’re both struggling to hold their lives together at the moment…and this might be the realest thing about their lives right now.

10. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Billed as something akin to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, this book is getting bananas good reviews already and it’s not even out until March.  A queen bee, a star athlete, a stoner, a loner, a valedictorian, and a music geek are all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap.  Someone has locked them in a room with a bomb, a syringe of poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill…or they all die.  They all are hiding secrets, but what’s the connection between them all?  And as time runs out, what’s going to happen?  Dude, this is going to win awards next year, mark my words.

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