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Sweet Reads: October Reads From Spooky To Sweet

Sweet Reads: October Reads From Spooky To Sweet

Spooky season is officially here and that means it’s time for another round of reads to refresh your TBR. We’ve got a list full of tricks and treats both spine-chilling and sweet. Dust the cobwebs off your book shopping lists and let these new releases haunt you this month!

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Content warning: The Honey POP encourages mindful reading and always checking the author’s website for any additional content warnings.

The Empress of Time by Kylie Lee Baker

Image Source: Inkyard Press

The conclusion to this dark and mythical duology is here! Ren Scarborough is half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami and now, the Goddess of Death ruling Japan’s underworld. When Reapers are spotted in Japan, Ren realizes the impending revenge of Ivy, Death Goddess of Britain, is coming. In order to win the help of the god of storms and sea, Ren must find a thousands-year-old lost sword. And did we mention…there’s a ten-year time jump?

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: racism, blood and gore depiction, cannibalism, murder, and torture.

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

Image Source: Dutton Books for Young Readers

National Book Award winner Malinda Lo is returning with a new “coming-of-queer-age” story set sixty years after Lily and Kath’s story in the Bay Area. This one follows Aria, who is staying with her artist grandmother for the summer. When she meets her grandmother’s gardener, Steph, her summer takes a new, life-changing turn.

Release date: October 4
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The Second Death of Edie & Violet Bond by Amanda Glaze

Image Source: Union Square Co.

Spooky historical fiction featuring twin mediums? This one is chef’s kiss perfect for this month! In 1885 Sacramento, Edie and Violet are on the run from a dark past after their mother’s death and their father threatening to send them to an asylum. While on the run, the sisters are part of a traveling Spiritualist show, where artists, poets, musicians and more communicate with spirits and show off their talents. Chaos begins when one of Violet’s acts goes wrong and a dark spirit crosses over from the other side, and someone is hunting mediums!

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: institutionalization.

The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

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A new ~haunting~ adventure horror story from the author of The Bone Witch is coming! Combining East Asian folklore, ghost story vibes, and a spooky island, this book follows an island curse that may or may not kill of visitors one by one. Alon, a local teen, becomes tour guide to a Hollywood film crew who don’t believe the curse of the Dreamer god. As strange things start happening and the crew sees visions, this spine-tingling tale gets intense!

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: death, murder, racism, themes of colonization & gentrification, alcoholism, human sacrifices, depictions of blood, graphic violence, gun violence, mentions of suicide, scene of dog being shot.

Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne

Image Source: Crown

Cecelia goes to live with her estranged murder-mystery writer grandmother after her mother’s death, and she happens to live in a creepy old Victorian mansion. Things get even creepier when the homecoming queen turns up murdered, and turns out, she’s not the first. Cecelia becomes determined to solve the case, and basically, this is giving grown-up, spookier Nancy Drew!

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: murder, grief, violence.

After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis

Image Source: Bloomsbury YA

This twisty YA thriller follows Roxie, member of a cursed family whose ancestors have all died tragically, including her mom. When her ghost tour based on her family’s past intertwines with the mysterious death of her sister’s boyfriend, Roxie and her sister dive into solving the case and in the process discover stories even scarier than gruesome curses. If you’re missing Stevie Bell, give Roxie Clark a whirl! She just might be our new fave YA sleuth.

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: murder, grief, horror.

Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki

Image Source: Melissa de la Cruz Studio

This Anne of Green Gables modern retelling is everything we needed with this ABBA-loving, queer, Japanese American, disco-opera enthusiast version of the iconic character. After relocating to a new school, Anne meets a new BFF, Berry, and a new crush, Gilly. Soon, Anne falls into the age-old YA love triangle, and we’re here for it and for this new spin on a classic coming-of-age.

Release date: October 4
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The First to Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Image Source: HarperCollins

You had us at prequel! This follows the very first Death-Cast, which is doubted as a hoax by the public. Orion has always wanted to know how much time he has left due to his serious heart condition, and Valentino is the opposite, having only signed up after his twin sister’s tragic death. The two meet in Times Square and share a bittersweet day together when one receives a call and one doesn’t, and the added tension of the characters not knowing whether or not to believe Death-Cast already has us reaching for tissues.

Check out our review here!

Release date: October 4
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Content warning: homophobia, references to 9/11 and parental death, public shooting, gun violence, heart condition, domestic violence.

The Wishing Spell: 10th Anniversary Illustrated Edition by Chris Colfer

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

It’s time to read more books for our inner child, and the milestone anniversary edition of this middle grade series opener is the perfect way to do just that! Fall into the world of Alex and Conner Bailey and their magical book of stories that swirls enchanting fairy tales with the modern world. Rereading this modern classic is going to remind us why childhood faves are so beloved and bring us back to the Bailey twins’ strong sibling relationship and fast-paced adventures.

Release date: October 11
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Dark Room Etiquette by Rob Roe

Image Source: HarperCollins

This bone chilling thriller follows Sayers Wayne, who has been kidnapped by a man who says his life has been a lie. Stuck in a windowless room, and losing hope, Sayers must play the part his abductor has made for him if he’s going to survive. But will he able to escape before he loses himself?

Release date: October 11
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Content warning: kidnapping, bullying, trauma, suicide, torture.

Grave Things Like Love by Sara Bennett Wealer

Image Source: Penguin Random House

Just in time for spooky season, this YA romance with fun paranormal elements is just what we’ve been looking for! Elaine has always felt different, especially because her family lives in a funeral home. But when a cute ghost hunter named Xander comes to town, she feels like she’s starting to come out of her shell. Things are going well until Xander convinces her to stage a seance, where they discover that Elaine’s house might be haunted by the spirit of the original funeral home’s daughter. But with so many other things going on in her life, Elaine doesn’t have time to deal with ghosts from the past, does she?

Release date: October 11
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Content warning: death.

Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland

Image Source: Simon & Schuster

We don’t know about you but rivals to lovers is one of our favorite tropes! That’s why we’re excited to read about academic rivals Kelsie and Eric. After Kelsie’s best friend moves away and stops talking to her, and Eric’s girlfriend ghosts him, the two decide to go on a spontaneous road trip to win back their exes. With two super competitive arch rivals in one car for hours, what could go wrong? This YA rom-com sounds like the perfect lighthearted read!

Release date: October 11
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The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith

Image Source: Simon & Schuster

In this exciting sequel, we follow Frances after the battle with the Sons of St. Druon, where she has made a life for herself teaching young witches. But when her magic acting strangely, she decides to visit Paris in search for an adventure. Except when she gets there she finds out that the spell she’s been using to communicate with her dead brother is going to come at a dangerous cost. Now Frances is trying to right her wrongs and save her powers, even if that means trusting someone she swore to never team up with again. If you loved The Witch Haven, then you won’t want to miss the rest of Frances’ story!

Release date: October 11
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Content warning: violence, grief, murder, blood, attempted sexual assault, drowning, absentee parents.

See Also

Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition by Amber Tamblyn

Image Source: HarperCollins

This collection of essays focuses on intuition, especially in women. It talks all about that gut feeling, the time when you just know that something is right or wrong. Listening in the Dark brings to light how women have been taught by society to ignore their intuition, and how they can use it to make positive change. We’re loving the empowering themes in this book!

Release date: October 18
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Drizzle, Dreams, & Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

Image Source: Disney Hyperion

We can’t get enough of cute romances, so imagine how excited we were to hear that Drizzle, Dreams, & Lovestruck Things features four of them! The Singh sisters have grown up helping with the family business, the Songbird Inn. And now that it’s been named the Most Romantic Inn in America, they’ve been getting even more intriguing guests. While navigating work, family, and friends, the sisters each find love in their own ways. It all sounds adorable!

Release date: October 18
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Content warning: grief.

Love from Mecca to Medina by S.K. Ali

Image Source: Simon & Schuster

Couldn’t get enough of Adam and Zayneb? Don’t worry! We’re getting a sequel all about how they’re navigating a long distance relationship. With Zayneb in Chicago, and Adam in Doha, Qatar, the two are feeling the distance between them. But when they get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week in Saudi Arabia on the Umrah, they can’t wait to see each other. Except the trip is nothing like they expected, and with more and more incidents driving them apart, they’re left wondering, was their meeting just by chance, or are they really meant to be? We’ve been rooting for this couple since day one, and we can’t wait to see how their relationship grows in this book!

Release date: October 18
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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Image Source: HarperCollins

You know we absolutely love all things Alice Oseman, so it’s no surprise that we can’t wait to read I Was Born For This. In it we follow Angel Rahimi who is a super fan of the music trio The Ark. The fandom has introduced her to her friend Juliet, and has helped her realize her dreams (relatable!). We also learn about Jimmy, the frontman for the Ark, who has been following his dreams of making music. Except when the two unexpectedly meet, they find out that dreams aren’t always what you expect, and maybe reality isn’t as bad as they once thought.

Release date: October 18
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Content warning: violence (mention of blood and injury), anxiety, panic attacks, smoking, biphobia, transphobia, discussions of drug usage, surgery, and sexual coercion of a minor.

Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken by Nita Tyndall

Image Source: HarperCollins

Do you love historical fiction? Then this next book is for you! Set in Berlin 1938, Charlotte is willing to go anywhere, as long as its with her best friend Angelika. And that’s how they end up in an underground club listening to contraband American music. With the oppressive Nazi regime, it’s dangerous to return but Charlie begins to feel more and more at home at the club. It’s a place where she feels accepted for who she is. As Hitler and his party gain more power, Charlie performs bigger acts of resistance. But she’ll soon learn that this war will test what Charlie is willing to do, even if it means risking the safety of her family and the girl she loves most.

Release date: October 18
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Content warning: ableism, antisemitism, war, fatphobia.

Strike the Zither by Joan He

Image Source: Macmillan

Set during the Xin Dynasty, in the year 414, the realm has been fractured by three warlordesses each trying to gain complete power. In this story, we follow Zephyr, who has fought for her place serving Xin Ren as a strategist. But when Zephyr is charged with infiltrating an enemy camp, she finally meets her match in an opposing strategist. Now she must face dangers from all sides, even from ones that aren’t human.

Read our review here!

Release date: October 25
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Content warning: war, blood, violence, death, major character death, animal death (non-graphic), torture, eye horror, starvation and famine, and vomiting.

Anthems We Love: 29 Iconic Artists on the Hit Songs That Shaped Our Lives by Steve Baltin

Image Source: HarperCollins

Here at The Honey POP, we know how important music can be in our everyday lives. In this book, music journalist Steve Baltin interviews music artists and talks about the creative process that lead to some of our favourite songs. There’s nothing better than getting a behind the scenes look how nostalgic songs came to be!

Release date: October 25
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Happy spooky, cozy reading!

What will you be reading this month? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @thehoneypop!

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