New month, new post. I’m back with another roundup of the YA novels to look out for this month.
First off we have The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook, which already came out on October 3 in the United States and will follow shortly on October 19 here in the U.K. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC from NetGalley, so I can say with conviction that it’s awesome. In my review I describe The Hanging Girl as “Gone Girl meets One of Us Is Lying,” and I mean it in the best sense. Cook’s novel is an atmospheric psychological thriller about a fake psychic and her classmate who gets kidnapped. The less knowledge you go in with about what will happen, the more you’ll get out of it. Oh, and for those who are tired of the cardboard relationships in a lot of YA books? There’s zero romance in this one. Nil. Enjoy it, because its kind is rare as diamonds.
Then on October 10 there’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. The premise tells of Xifeng, an 18-year-old girl in an East Asian-like fantasy world whose aunt, a witch, has prophesied a great future if she turns to dark magic and, uh, eats the hearts of the recently killed. I suppose this’ll be something like a mashup of And I Darken and The Young Elites. Truth is, I’ve been waiting for this book just for the gorgeous cover. I was pretty disappointed when I found that it was only open to American readers on NetGalley.
On October 31 there’s Christina Bauer‘s Wolves and Roses, a low fantasy where protagonist Bryar Rose is supposed to follow the Sleeping Beauty template but just wants to go to high school. If this one doesn’t take itself too seriously, I foresee a light and humorous read.
And finally, on the same day at the very end of the month, a sequel I’ve been hyping for months now comes out. Yep, it’s S.J. Kincaid‘s The Empress, sequel to last year’s The Diabolic. The first book was one of the best YA novels I’ve ever read, and hearing from the lucky reviewers who received an ARC of The Empress (myself sadly not amongst them), the follow-up won’t disappoint. The series follows a “Diabolic” (engineered humanoid killing robot) who has by the end of Book One become, well, the empress of a galactic empire. I’d describe it as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars. Either way, it’s absolutely awesome and definitely my #1 book to look out for in October.