Tuesday 27 October 2020

Top Ten Tuesday | Upcoming YA Releases Perfect for Halloween 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 

This Weeks Topic Is...

A Halloween Freebie so I decided to highlight ten upcoming releases that I think would be perfect to read next Halloween if like me you like to do a bit of seasonal reading in October to put you in the spooky mood. 

The Project by Courtney Summers

Published on 2nd February 2021

I adored Sadie by Courtney Summers so I'm willing to pick up anything else she writes now. I think her next book revolves around a cult and a murder? Sounds interesting.
"The Unity Project saved my life."

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life trying--and failing--to prove it.

"The Unity Project murdered my son."

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can't, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her--to the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.


Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Published on 20th April 2021 

This is a magical high fantasy debut that I'm really excited for. It still has witches so if you don't want pure horror/mystery maybe this will be a book for you?
Divided by their castes. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.


What Big Teeth by  Rose Szabo

Published in February 2021

Pitched as Miss Peregrine's meets The Addams Family, this sounds like a creepy fairytale-esque story.
Eleanor has not seen or spoken with her family in years, not since they sent her away to Saint Brigid's boarding school. She knows them only as vague memories: her grandfather's tremendous fanged snout, the barrel full of water her mother always soaked in, and strange hunting trips in a dark wood with her sister and cousins. And she remembers the way they looked at her, like she was the freak.

When Eleanor finally finds the courage to confront her family and return to their ancestral home on the rainy coast of Maine, she finds them already gathered in wait, seemingly ready to welcome her back with open arms. "I read this in the cards," her grandmother tells her. However, Grandma Persephone doesn't see all, for just as Eleanor is beginning to readjust to the life she always longed for, a strange and sudden death rocks the family, leaving Eleanor to manage this difficult new dynamic without help.

In order to keep the family that abandoned her from falling apart, Eleanor calls upon her mysterious other grandmother, Grandmere, from across the sea. Grandmere brings order to the chaotic household, but that order soon turns to tyranny. If any of them are to survive, Eleanor must embrace her strange family and join forces with the ghost of Grandma Persephone to confront the monstrousness lurking deep within her Grandmere-and herself.


Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft 

Published on March 2nd 2021

I saw the words gothic and trapped inside a crumbling mansion and I was already sold. I'm currently watching The Haunting of Hill House and I'm already in the mood for some atmospheric, spooky house stories. I'm very excited for this one.   

Honor your oath, destroy your country.

Wren Southerland is the most talented healer in the Queen’s Guard, but her reckless actions have repeatedly put her on thin ice with her superiors. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate to cure his servant from a mysterious disease, she seizes the chance to prove herself.

When she arrives at Colwick Hall, Wren realizes that nothing is what it seems. Particularly when she discovers her patient is actually Hal Cavendish, the sworn enemy of her kingdom.

As the snowy mountains make it impossible to leave the estate, Wren and Hal grow closer as they uncover a sinister plot that could destroy everything they hold dear. But choosing love could doom both their kingdoms. 


Under The Whispering Door by T. J. Klune  

Published on March 2nd 2021

I still haven't read The House in the Cerulean Sea but everyone seems to adore it therefore I had to add his latest to this list. This is more of a contemporary with a main character who has to get used to being a ghost, so if you're looking for something a bit more light-hearted this could be what you're looking for.
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop's owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn't ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo's help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.


Don't Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller

Published on January 26th 2021

If you want something a lot darker, then this is probably what I'd be picking up. It sounds pretty spooky, I like the sound of the small town setting and the mystery around the Dead Girls.   

People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they're called the Dead Girls.

All Bram wanted was to disappear—from her old life, her family's past, and from the scandal that continues to haunt her. The only place left to go is Louth, the tiny town on the Hudson River where her uncle, James, has been renovating an old mansion.
But James is haunted by his own ghosts. Months earlier, his beloved wife died in a fire that people say was set by her daughter. The tragedy left James a shell of the man Bram knew—and destroyed half the house he'd so lovingly restored.
The manor is creepy, and so are the locals. The people of Louth don't want outsiders like Bram in their town, and with each passing day she's discovering that the rumors they spread are just as disturbing as the secrets they hide. Most frightening of all are the legends they tell about the Dead Girls. Girls whose lives were cut short in the very house Bram now calls home.
The terrifying reality is that the Dead Girls may have never left the manor. And if Bram looks too hard into the town's haunted past, she might not either.


The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Published on December 1st 2020

At the time I'm writing this, I'm currently reading One of us Is Next by this author and her books are perfect if you're just in the mood for a twisty YA mystery with interesting characters. 

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.


The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Page

Published on November 3rd 2020

A sorority of witches? How cool does this one sound?!

Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals.   


Into The Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Published on January 12th 2021 

This sounds like a really atmospheric fairytale romance and I'm totally here for it.
The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her.


The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Published on August 3rd 2021

I absolutely adore this cover, it's so pretty! Another spooky town story with teenagers going missing and some LGBT+ rep as well. I'm really looking forward to this debut.

The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won't stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV's ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there's more secrets buried here than they originally let on.

Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.


Will you be adding any of these to your October TBR? Leave a comment or link your own Top Ten Tuesday's for me to check out! Happy Reading!



  1. Witches Steeped in Gold and The Ravens were already on my TBR, and now I've added a few others! Great list!

    My TTT: https://geekygalaxy.co.uk/top-ten-tuesday-books-featuring-paranormal-creatures/

  2. These do look like good reads!

    My post.

  3. Some interesting titles and eye catching covers. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/10/ttt-102720.html

  4. Some of these look down right scary. I will most probably read The Project. The rest, let me first check out a few reviews! Love your graphic - Stinkie has a friend!!

    Happy TTT and here's my Should have, could have, would have Halloween reads

  5. DON'T TELL A SOUL is on my list today, too. It sounds super creepy and good! I hope we both love it.

    Happy TTT!

  6. Some of these sound interesting! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  7. Oh my god! This list has gotten me excited for these books! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  8. I haven't read Sadie, but everyone loves it! And cult & murder? I'm in lol. I want to read Witches Steeped in Gold! The Cousins sounds interesting! I love a good family mystery. Happy reading!

  9. How great are these! I'm really looking forward to checking out Under The Whispering Door. Such a great concept.


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