Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I love this time of year, and always have. The leaves are turning different colours and you can kick through them. Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’ve been here a while, you know how much I love the holiday! I’ve bought a few books this month, so without further ado, let’s begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
This month I was bought the paperback edition of I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which is the first book in the Platserna series. This is an adult horror-thriller, and I’m so excited for it! This follows four families at a campsite, which becomes blank – no sun and definitely no god. Each family denies that they have deserved this fate, until their darkest fears, their worst mistakes come towards them out of the blackness. And for one, it is their homecoming… Perfect reading for the spooky month of October and beyond – huge thanks to my boyfriend for this! I’ve been waiting for this to come out in paperback to fit in my collection, so I’m very excited!
My boyfriend also bought me the hardback edition of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This is an adult fantasy-comedy, which is going to be a TV series very soon! According to a reliable witch (who exploded), the world will end after tea next Saturday. Good and Evil are massing. The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are riding out on their hogs. And one demon, and one angel would like the Rapture to not happen at all, please and thank you. Oh and the Antichrist has been misplaced… I can’t wait to start this, it sounds bizarre, but in the best way! And I’d ideally like to read it before the TV series airs!
The first paperback I bought myself this month was Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, which is the third book in the Three Dark Crowns series. I preordered this book, so I could get it on release day. In this YA fantasy series, three sisters are destined to kill each other. One will be the sole victor and ultimately become queen of their island… In this instalment, one queen has been crowned, two are in exile, and yet a revolution is rising! This series just gets better, and I can’t wait to see what twists and turns happens to these sisters. This retailed at £5.75 when I preordered.
I then picked up Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, which is the seventh and final book in the Throne of Glass series. I preordered this book, so I could get on release day. Whilst the series began as YA, I think it’s now NA due to the mature content. In this instalment, picking up from the events of the previous book, Aelin and her court must endure danger and torture as the bonds of fate weave and crush them together… I’m very scared for the fates of the characters, and I’m going to be crushed when I finish this. It is a hefty book, which I’m definitely pleased about! As I preordered, I also received this gorgeous pin from Bloomsbury, which is the perfect gift to finish the series with. This retailed at £5.75 when I preordered.
The first eBook I picked up this month was Vicious by V. E. Schwab, which is the first book in the Villains series. I believe this is an adult fantasy, and I’m very curious about this as so many people love it. This follows old friends, turned enemies Victor and Eli, whose experimental thesis on extraordinary abilities goes wrong. Ten years later, Victor has broken out of prison, determined to catch up with his old friend… I’ve heard this has X-Men vibes and is very dark, so my interest is definitely piqued! At the time of purchase, this was £1.99.
The final book I picked up Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons, which is the ninth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. This is an adult crime thriller, and I’ve been a fan of this series since the beginning! When the body of a doctor is discovered in the woods, Kim discovers the victim is linked to a previous case, involving the death of a school girl. As the investigation begins, the doctor’s son is involved in a car crash, leaving him fighting for his life – accident or not? When links start to be made around the county, can the squad pull themselves out of their own grief to solve the case? I’m hoping for another case that I can’t solve, as this is what usually happens in these books! This retailed at £2.99 when I preordered.
So that completes my October haul! Have you read any of these books? Let me know!