Adding to Your TBR October 2017

TBR October 2017

Adding to Your TBR (To-be-Read List) October 2017


October is here and it’s time to open your hearts and wallets for the exciting new releases… *mumbles from under the TBR pile*

Are any of these on your lists too? Have I missed any books you are anticipating?


I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

Expected: 1 October 2017

A dark and twisty thriller to keep you up at night.

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When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.  – Abstract from Goodreads


The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

Expected: 1 October 2017

OMG Goblins! I need this book in my life.

And one of my favourite fantasy authors Rachel Morgan who wrote the Faerie Guardian series described this book as casting a spell on her in her review on Goodreads.

Plus anyone who has read Laini Taylor’s short story Goblin Fruit must love goblins. What? Just me? Seriously? You need to go back and reread!

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Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit’s cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own. – Abstract from Goodreads



Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Expected: 3 October 2017

I love the sound of this YA contemporary which sounds like a darker version of Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost.  

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Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back. 
Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming. 

Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now, she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down. – Abstract from Goodreads


Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Expected: 3 October 2017

Promising beautiful, lush, atmospheric writing by early reviewers, Wild Beauty is a must read.

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For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.  – Abstract from Goodreads




If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams

Expected: 3 October 2017

Sisters, secrets and family drama in a psychological thriller! It sounds amazing, I can’t wait.

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If You Knew My Sister tells the story of Irini, who was given away by her parents at the age of three, whilst her volatile, destructive sister was kept within the family. Twenty years later Irini receives a phone call from her estranged sister to say that their mother has died, compelling her to return for the first time to the family home, and to uncover the shocking truth that has defined both their lives. – Abstract from Goodreads







The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) by Sarah Bailey

Expected: 3 October 2017

Sarah Bailey is a debut author with a mystery/crime/detective story to tell. I was reminded recently that I haven’t read this genre for a while. The Dark Lake sounds like a good place to start.

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The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past  – Abstract from Goodreads


All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Expected: 10 October 2017

It’s Maggie Stiefvater, so obviously, All the Crooked Saints is on my list! She wrote the dark, enticing Books of Faerie which are very dark and very, very good!

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Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. -Abstract from Goodreads


The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Expected: 10 October 2017

I have no words. This book. And it is based on a true story!

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Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope. – Abstract from Goodreads




The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Expected: 17 October 2017

This cover. This gorgeous cover! And ballerinas. It sounds dark and sinister in the best way.

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Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late. – Abstract from Goodreads


A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Expected: 17 October 2017

I am going out on a limb here because this book could go either way, but Frances Hardinge’s last book The Lie Tree was so dark, menacing and delicious that I can’t resist snatching up her new book!

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This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .
Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there’s a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”  – Abstract from Goodreads


Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

Expected: 17 October 2017

A thriller about sinister porcelain dolls? Perfect for Halloween! 

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Rose, a young woman in a dying town, is desperate to escape. When unexplained dolls begins appearing on random doorsteps the townspeople become fearful of strangers and each other. The porcelain dolls look just like the little girls receiving them. Who is sending the dolls and why? As tensions escalate, Rose seizes the opportunity to further her dream of becoming a journalist. She encourages the townspeople to tell their stories and she submits them to a local newspaper. But, as the stories become more sensational, the paranoia in the town grows until things explode in horrific ways. Dolls explores how fear of the unknown and acting on rumor rather than facts can lead to devastating consequences.  – Abstract from Goodreads




Expelled by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Expected: 23 October 2017

James Patterson is a very versatile author, but his previous book with Emily Raymond had very mixed reviews on Goodreads… So I am taking a chance on this one which has the feel of Karen M. McManus’s One of Us is Lying and it could be very good. 

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A secret Twitter account
An anonymous photo
Everyone is a suspect 

Will Foster’s Twitter account used to be anonymous–until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?

To uncover the truth, Will gets close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the bad girl, the class clown, the vice principal, and…his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding, and even worse–what do they know about each other? The terrible truth will haunt them forever. – Abstract from Goodreads


Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

Zero Repeat Forever 

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast


Reminiscent of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, Zero Repeat Forever features an apocalyptic alien invasion. But this story lacks the rich world building and the characters are one-dimensional.

I am obedience. I am malice.

I think Eighth’s character is particularly undeveloped and I struggled to connect with him, feeling zero emotional empathy (the tantrums didn’t help!) By the end of the book I still knew very little about him, his people and where he came from.

Dart each one. Leave them where they fall.

What are the aliens there for? There are so many unanswered questions… I guess the sequel will reveal more but I think this book could have given us a little more of a solid background.

Spoiler Alert!


Why did they invade earth? Why do they leave the human bodies where they lie and why are they preserved? Are they going to make them rise as soldiers like Game of Thrones? Why is there a budding romance between August and Raven?… where can it lead – no mouth means he can’t even kiss her!


I only nod. I can’t answer.

The storyline is repetitive and the pacing patchy, with the long slow parts broken with the occasional burst of energy.

Slow sweet muddy death. I need to sit down.

But oh! The cover is stunning.2 Star



Title: Zero Repeat Forever  Zero Repeat Forever 

Series: The Nahx Invasions #1

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Publication Date: 29 August 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Review copy


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He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… — Abstract from

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


… but how a person feels on the inside apparently has nothing to do with how they look on the outside.

Starfish is a treasure chest, bursting with succulent emotions which spread over the reader trapping them within the words.

I paint a girl with wings instead of arms, flying along the border where darkness becomes light, unsure of where she’s supposed to be.

I fell in love with the cover and then with Kiko who I identify with more than I want to admit. I was with her on this journey, all the way. With her insecurity and anxiety combined with honest, edgy emotions result in a powerful book which swept me up and kept me awake long into the night.

I draw a girl with arms that reach up to the clouds, but all the clouds avoid her because she is made of night and not day.

Kiko has her own inner running dialogue expressed through her art which reminded me of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun. This sensitive insight brings the book alive and binds us to her heart.

I draw a girl without a face, drawing somebody else’s face onto her own reflection.5 Star




Title: StarfishStarfish

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Publication Date: 26 September 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.  — Abstract from

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović


Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in Lana Popović’s Hibiscus Daughter series and what a way to start. As you know I am not a huge fan of tackling series until all the books are published (seriously no patience #bookwormproblems), but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist. The cover and title are begging to be read and I am so happy the story didn’t disappoint.

She was alone when she woke and the waking hurt.

I found it difficult to get into the story at first, almost as if the weight of the rich, descriptive writing forms a barrier and I was easily distracted. The story sat just beyond the brink, so I could reach out and touch it but not quite able to submerge into the words.

An electric warmth swept through me, like I’d swallowed one of the lightning bolts that still flickered above the water.  

The change over to a dramatic, gripping and mesmerising story was so smooth, I didn’t notice until I realised the day had gone while I was buried within the pages.

Turning girls’ blood into glitter happens to be my specialty.

The story is as lyrical as it is melancholy. I love the focus on the complexity of the relationships between the sisters and their mother as well as the secrets, the twists and the dark, simmering magic.

We had been so beautiful together, reflecting each other like a family of mirrors.

Now I am just going to have to recover from the ending and hope Ms. Popović is kind enough to write with speed.4 Star




Title: Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire

Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1

Author: Lana Popović 

Publication Date: 15 August 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Review copy


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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?  — Abstract from

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

Law of Tall Girls

The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor


When I am queen of the world, the second thing I’ll do is pass the Law of Tall Girls.

The Law of Tall Girls is a magnificent story from Joanne Macgregor. Her writing is flawless and with a string of brilliant books behind her, this one stands out as her best yet!

We freaks were the ones that belonged.

Don’t be put off by the slightly whiny, repetitive ‘setting the scene’ beginning, the story needs a chance to warm up. As you get to know the characters and begin peeling back the strategically placed layers, the Law of Tall Girls very quickly breaks out into a gripping story, stuffed full of humour, grit and sizzling romance.

Look, is there any way I could persuade you to kiss me?

Peyton is a complex character and my thoughts of her changed dramatically along the way and were pushed over the edge when her dark secrets are revealed in an unpredictable twist. Brilliantly done Ms. Macgregor!

I was good at keeping secrets. I had to be.

I love this book! And eeek! Have a good look at the stunning cover, which I am proud to say I voted for on her Facebook cover concept choice post

5 Star




Title: The Law of Tall GirlsLaw of Tall Girls

Author: Joanne Macgregor 

Publication Date: 2 September 2017

Publisher: Joanne Macgregor 

Source: Gift


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Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her.

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. — Abstract from

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