So it’s September and I’ve got to say that this is one of the months that I’ve been anticipating most strongly this year. Firstly, and most obviously, because it’s my birthday month but also because there seem to be one hell of a lot of my most anticipated releases out this month. The timing of these releases couldn’t be better… although it has led to me cheating slightly with this list. Instead of the usual top five I’m doing a top ten for this (and next) month as there are just too many fantastic options to pick from. In November I’ll return to my usual top five however.
I also said that I’d give a rough guide as to which posts are coming as I catch up and, also, work on some new content too. So on the catch up side of things I have:
♥ Four tags (Spring Cleaning, Summer Bucket List, Blogging Firsts & 20 Questions)
♡ A summer reading (yes, incredibly late I know) literacy list.
♥ A series of posts on upcoming books to movies that I drafted but never got around to posting.
♡ This month’s list which is ready and not technically late yet.
♥ And, of course, several book reviews too.
I also have several plans for the future; some near, some far. These include a once a month post about some of the places that I’d most like to visit, a series of posts about fairytale retellings that I have been wanting to do since I fell in love with the new Aladdin film (this will come once I’ve had a chance to read a few of the retellings that I’m most desperate to but it will happen eventually) and (most likely) a post about my recent visit to Highclere Castle (the setting of Downton Abbey!) combined with details of the wonderful day out that has been planned for my birthday.
One day I also hope to have a Harry Potter month on my blog where I do a series of related posts and publish my reviews on here too. Originally I hoped to do this in October (with the Halloween feasts and involvement of magic Harry Potter screams October to me) but instead, as I want to do this whilst re-reading the series and I have so many other books that I long to read, I think maybe this will end up happening in January? At the moment that’s the plan anyway; there’s just something really appealing about bringing in the new year with a beloved favourite for me.
Anyway now that, that long – sorry – introduction is out of the way onto this months top ten:
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Caster by Elsie Chapman
If the magic doesn’t kill her, the truth just might.
Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.
When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn’t have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she’s entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors.
When the facts about Shire’s death don’t add up, the police start to investigate. When the tributes to Saint Willow aren’t paid, the gang comes to collect. When Aza is caught sneaking around with fresh casting wounds, her parents are alarmed. As Aza’s dangerous web of lies continues to grow, she is caught between trying to find a way out and trapping herself permanently.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Some legends never die…
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.
All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:
A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.
When America won the
Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two
and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.
Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch
and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But
these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns,
ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life
of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword,
her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape.
But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.
Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.
Stormrise by Jillian Boehme
If Rain weren’t a girl, she
would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a
colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft
forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize
the life she wants.
Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.
As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.
Bone China by Laura Purcell
Consumption has ravaged
Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken.
But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea
air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to
house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs
beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial
medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange
tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those
they can steal away to their realm.
Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
At the very southern tip of South America looms
an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who
settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military
regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young
teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
♥ The World Of Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♡ Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
♥ The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
♡ Eclipse The Skies by Maura Milan
♥ Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
♡ Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
♥ Capturing The Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
♡ When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows
♥ The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
♡ Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
♥ Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
♡ Sword And Pen by Rachel Caine
♥ Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis
♡ A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
♥ Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
♡ The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
Other September Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:
♥ The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre
♡ Rated by Melissa Grey
♥ Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee
♡ Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
♥ The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
♡ A Treason Of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
♥ The Institute by Stephen King
♡ The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow
♥ Unspoken by Celia McMahon
♡ What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron
♥ His Hideous Heart by Various Authors
♡ The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
♥ The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
♡ No Judgments by Meg Cabot
♥ The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
♡ The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
♥ Anya And The Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
♡ Verify by Joelle Charbonneau
As I said above there’s definitely a lot of books out this month! I honestly have no idea how I’ll ever find the time to read even a fraction of them but I love having these posts for future reference. Terribly I still have to start all of the above series except from one… BUT I am planning to treat myself to Stalking Jack The Ripper so I’ll hopefully start catching up on that series soon, I recently found a wonderful secondhand copy of Give The Dark My Love so that’s high on my TBR right now plus I’m determined to re-read and finish Throne Of Glass soon so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how things go.
Just as a final note The Girl The Sea Gave Back is a companion novel, not a sequel, but I’ve listed it as such as I’d imagine it’s best to read the other book first?
What are your most anticipated September releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.