Anticipated October YA Releases

Happy October! Read more to see the Top 9 anticipated reads I’ve listed for October 2018. There’s a section for spooky/Halloween reads, too!


  1. Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

What it’s about: There’s a drought going on. The tap runs dry. Time for everybody’s suburb to turn into a war zone.

Have I read this author before?: I’ve read of Neal Shusterman, read my reviews for Challenger Deep and Scythe.

Why I’m excited about it: The premise doesn’t excite me too much, but neither did Scythe—and I LOVED that book. So it’s really Shusterman’s writing that I’m keen for.

Predicted rating: 3/5 stars.


  1. Someday(Every Day #3) by David Levithan

What it’s about: WE FINALLY HAVE A SEQUEL. After leaving it on a cliff-hanger for six years: we have a sequel.

Have I read this author before?: Abso-fruitly! Read my raving reviews of Levithan’s beautiful books: Every Day, Six Earlier Days, (fun fact while searching on GR: he wrote Ten Things I Hate about You???), Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, and The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily.

Why I’m excited about it: Uh—did you see how many books I’ve LOVED by Levithan?!? The guys are one of my all-time favourite authors. I’ve also been waiting for answers to the cliff-hanger for YEARS. YEARS, I TELL YOU.

Predicted rating: 4/5 stars.


  1. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)by Mackenzi Lee

What it’s about: The sister of Monty from instalment one gets her own book! Felicity is a lady in the 1700s who wants to be a doctor. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and she’s allegedly ace?

Have I read this author before?: Yup. And I wasn’t impressed. Read about it here.

Why I’m excited about it: I preferred Felicity’s scenes in the original book, the Gentleman’s Guide. I have hopes that this will be greater than the original.

Predicted rating: 3/5 stars.


  1. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

What it’s about: Katherine’s father died. She finds out he was involved in a conspiracy to commit regicide on Elizabeth the first. There’s a cameo of Shakespeare and there’s a promise of romance (but not from good ol’ Willy, don’t worry).

Have I read this author before?: NO! But I want to. Her Witch Hunter series was adapted with Vin Diesel, and I freaking LOVED it (update: oh maybe she didn’t write the one I’m thinking of). It’s what inspired me to give fantasy another go. Thank god for that!

Why I’m excited about it: Ummmm it sounds like a ball and Shakespeare is in it??? Hell. Yeah.

Predicted rating: 4.5/5 stars.



Festive (Spooky) Reads:

Here are 3 recommended reads that I hope I get my hands on. I am such a scaredy cat, so these loosely relate to sci-fi, thrillers, and paranormal activity.

  1. Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1) by Megan Shepherd

What it’s about: There’s Pretties and there are Beasties. It appears Pretties have the privilege to be A-listers, as well as fall in love. Our protag, of course, is a Beastie. Which has to do with witches??? I’m not really sure. The synopsis isn’t terribly clear.

Have I read this author before?: You betcha! Two and a half years ago I got a wisdom tooth extracted, and bought my first ever hardback. Read my review of Shepherd’s bestseller, The Cage.

Why I’m excited about it: It seems like a lot of Grim fun!

Predicted rating: 2 or 3/5 stars.


  1. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

What it’s about: This is Pretty Little Liars but it doesn’t drag on.

Have I read this author before?: Yes, years ago. When I was obsessed with dystopian fiction. Read my review of her debut, Delerium, and her stand-alone, Vanishing Girls.

Why I’m excited about it: I love a good thriller, especially stand-alone’s. I love the questions they leave me with.

Predicted rating: 3.5/5 stars.


  1. The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What it’s about: THIS IS SET IN THE LUX UNIVERSE!!! I am so excited. Seventeen-year-old Evie is practically a refugee, knowing about the Luxen but stuck in the bounds of humans. She meets a handsome alien. FUN!!! FUN!!! FUN!!!

Have I read this author before?: Oh. Yes. I. Have. Read my reviews: Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin, Opposition, Shadows, Oblivion, and Half-Blood.

Why I’m excited about it: I love her sci-fi romances. They’re cliché but a great escape, plus—Armentrout is super funny.

Predicted rating: 5/5 stars.



A Super Hyped Book That I’m Weary About:

  1. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli& Adam Silvera

What it’s about: Hell if I know. The synopsis is so vague. It seems like an M/M YA story about two teens in NY who ponder the what ifs. What if they got together. What if they never saw each other again.

Have I read this author before?: I’ve read (and adored) Becky Albertalli’s work: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and the Upside of Unrequited. As for Silvera, I’ve read his emotional History is All You Left Me. I’m currently reading They Both Die at the End. Tbh… it’s not my fave.

Why I’m excited about it: Oh. This implies I am. I’m not. But I wanna read what’s “in” right now.

Predicted rating: 2/5 stars.


Most Anticipated Read:

  1. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas


Have I read this author before?: *cracks knuckles* I’m going in, boys. Read my reviews of: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, The Prequel Novellas (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Why I’m excited about it: I am reborn whenever I read an SJM book.

Predicted rating: 1938756393047/5 cries.


What do you predict is going to be your next 5/5 star book?



Author: Cal's Reading Corner

HSIE teacher from Sydney, Australia.

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