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Most Anticipated Book Releases for October 2021

I’ve decided to do monthly most anticipated releases posts instead of every three months like I had done before.  I’ve listed below all the books releasing in October that I’m very excited for.  Sometimes book releases can change but as of writing this post these books are listed as releasing in October.

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A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

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Descendants of the First (The Return of Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo

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A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood

Nightwolf by Karina Halle (cover not released as of writing this)

What are some October book releases you’re most excited for?

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My Spooky October TBR 2021

Halloween is nearly here so I thought it was time to show you all the books I plan on reading this month. I love picking out spooky books to read every Halloween.  There are always so many books to choose from, I’ll probably not get to all of them.  Some of these books are not very spooky but more autumnal or paranormal but I think that still counts as a ‘spooky book’.

My October TBR:

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff

Mina and the Undead (Mina and the Undead #1) by Amy McCaw

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper #1) by Darcy Coates

Love Bites (Love Bites #1) by Ry Herman

Payback’s a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) by Lana Harper

Night World series by L.J. Smith (This would be a reread for me)

What books are you planning on reading for October? Do you have a spooky theme?

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My Autumn TBR 2021

I have a lot of books I want to read this Autumn including all my spooky Halloween reads but I won’t be including them in this post, I’ll be doing a separate post for all the spooky filled books I want to read which will be going up within the next week or so. For now though here are some books that I plan on reading in the next few months that are not very spooky but books I still want to read. I’m also linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), where the topic is a freebie choice.

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Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach – (I was sent a free copy of the book from the publisher after winning a giveaway on twitter)

Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs

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Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

City of Thorns (The Demon Queen Trials #1) by C.N. Crawford

What books are on your autumn tbr?

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Book Review: Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

not my problemBook: Not My Problem
Author: Ciara Smyth
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Not My Problem is a YA contemporary set in Ireland and about Aideen who is trying to manage her home life and school life while also trying to help other people by doing favours for them.

I really liked Not My Problem and I loved Aideen right away. She has such a funny and caring personality and I like how she got on with other people. She is the type of character you’d want to be best friends with and I liked that even though she had this carefree attitude she still had her own problems underneath that she struggled with.

There is a focus on friendships in this book and I loved that, I also liked the differences of the friendships. It was interesting to see Aideen come to her own conclusions about the friends she has and what they mean to her. I loved the new friendships she made and her interactions with Kavi and Meabh were so fun to read.

I liked the romance and how it came about. I loved that Aideen and Meabh had an enemies to lovers type of romance and I loved seeing that relationship blossom and grow into something more, I think they work well together.

I thought the plot was intriguing with Aideen helping people in her school with their own problems and how it got her and her friends into all sorts of trouble and I liked how helping people with their problems made her face her own problems.

Overall I really liked Not My Problem. I loved Aideen and the friendships she makes throughout the book. I also thought the plot was very entertaining and I loved the romance. I think this is a great contemporary with a focus on friendships and the struggles that come with it. It’s also a really funny book that I loved reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Smile

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face. I’ve listed below some of the books that have made me smile and I think will make you smile too.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

What books make you smile?

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Book Review: A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer

a lair of bonesBook: A Lair of Bones
Series: Curse of the Cyren Queen #1
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Age & Genre: YA Fantasy

A deadly contest. A vaulting ambition. How far will one cyren go to win?

Mighty cyrens have ruled the ancient lair of Saddoriel for centuries. A cavernous fortress, a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and levels, powered by magic and music…

From the moment she was born, Roh, the daughter of an infamous criminal, has been despised by her own kind. Restricted to the Lower Sector and forced to work as a common bone cleaner, she has always believed she belongs above: where lies adventure… and power.

Opportunity arises in the form of the Queen’s Tournament, a treacherous set of trials that could see the victor crowned ruler of the entire lair. Up against the most cunning, dangerous cyrens in all the realms, does Roh stand a chance?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

A Lair of Bones is a YA fantasy about cyrens and I really liked how the author described their own version of the Siren myth in this book. The cyrens in this world walk on land and have their own land hidden from humans. There’s a hierarchy among the cyrens within this book and Roh is one born in the lower sector. She ends up wanting a better life for herself so she competes in a tournament to try to become the new cyren queen.

I really liked A Lair of Bones, I liked the descriptions of the setting and how it made the tone of the book feel kind of eerie. The author has created an interesting world but it did take me a while to get used to how the cyrens lived and the general set up of the world but once I got more into the story I understood the world of it a lot better.

I thought the storyline was intriguing from the beginning and I liked Roh and her relationship with her friends. I found it interesting to see how far she’d go to try to win the tournament. I liked the tournament itself and liked reading about the different participants and why they wanted to compete. The trials themselves were exciting and brought out different sides to the characters. The history of the cyrens and their feuds with the humans was also interesting to read.

Overall I liked A Lair of Bones, it took me a while to get into the world but I liked the writing and was interested in the story. I liked the characters and thought the tournament was very exciting and thrilling to read, I’m excited to see what happens next.