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September 2018 TBR

Welcome to my monthly TBR pile post. This month, I will not be featuring a tentative TBR because (as you will see) I have plenty of ARCs to get through over the course of the month. I’m also super excited about the coming of autumn, and autumn-y things like pumpkin scents (I featured my favourite pumpkin candle in the TBR pic featured in this post), and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks! Yaaaaaaaaaaaas!

Here it is! My beautiful September 2018 TBR (not in the order that I’ll be reading):

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Wildcard by Marie Lu

Note: This book is a sequel and there may be spoilers for book 1 (Warcross) in the synopsis!

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Check, Please: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth
Frankenstein 
by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s
Creator: Mary Shelley 
by Catherine Reef

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein,comes a riveting biography of its author, Mary Shelley, whose life reads like a dark gothic novel, filled with scandal, death, drama, and one of the strangest love stories in literary history.

The story of Frankenstein’s creator is a strange, romantic, and tragic one, as deeply compelling as the novel itself. Mary ran away to Lake Geneva with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was just sixteen. It was there, during a cold and wet summer, that she first imagined her story about a mad scientist who brought a corpse back to life. Success soon followed for Mary, but also great tragedy and misfortune.

Catherine Reef brings this passionate woman, brilliant writer, and forgotten feminist into crisp focus, detailing a life that was remarkable both before and after the publication of her iconic masterpiece. Includes index.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Note: This book is a sequel and there may be spoilers for books 1 (Stalking Jack the Ripper) and 2 (Hunting Prince Dracula) in the synopsis! Beware!

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Note: I don’t have my copy of this book yet, which is why it’s not included in the picture of my September TBR pile!

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Note: I don’t have my copy of this book yet, which is why it’s not included in the picture of my September TBR pile!

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Note: I don’t have my copy of this book yet, which is why it’s not included in the picture of my September TBR pile!

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING MY TBR POST! I’M SO EXCITED TO READ ALL OF THESE! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? OR ARE THEY ON YOUR TBR? WHY? WHY NOT? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

15 thoughts on “September 2018 TBR

    1. Yaaaay! See, I wasn’t drawn to it at first, but then I kept hearing good things from other bloggers online AND at a blogger event that I attended on Tuesday. Then the publisher approached me saying they had more ARCs and whether I wanted one…so I naturally said yes….hahaha. Also, the cover for the Mary Shelley book is what first caught my eye, and I hope that the interior is as good as the exterior 😀 Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

    1. Thank you! I didn’t even do it on purpose, but I’m quite pleased with how many nightmarish books I ended up having in my September TBR 😀 I also hope that we both enjoy Marie Lu’s new book!

  1. The dark descent of elizabeth frankenstein sounds really interesting!
    I’m really excited about Excaping from Houdini and Sadie as well 🙂

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  2. Despite it not being my usual genre, I’m really curious about ‘Elizabeth Frankenstein,’ and someday I am SO reading the first book in Kerri’s series. As we head into fall, this seems the perfect time. 🙂

    Just started “Wildcard,” and am hoping I enjoy it as much as “Warcross.” Happy TBR-ing!!

    1. Ohhhh let me know if you do end up reading it, and what you think! Also yeeees Fall is perfect for Kerri’s books! I started Wildcard yesterday and I hope that we’ll both enjoy it!

  3. Ooh! Wildcard sounds up my alley! I’m reading the third book in a great science fiction series right now! The first was called “Contact: Book 1 of the Zaftan Troubles” and I liked it so much that I immediately went into book 2 “Confusion: Book 2 of the Zaftan Troubles”. They are by Hank Quense http://strangeworldspublishing.com/wp/. I would definitely check them out! There are several hundred years between books one and 2 so the lore really expands and it has some cool elements that feel like a traditional fantasy novel so it’s really unique! I highly recommend it!

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