October Reading and HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY!

Hey all! There are still a couple weeks left to enter the September read-and-review giveaway for a copy of Witchlanders by Lena Coakley or Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler. But I’ve already got October’s books lined up.

As of this post, there are no reviews currently on the September giveaway but I’m going to offer a new prize in October anyway (optimist, remember?). Check that out below!

What’s on the list? 

I broke down and bought some new books so I want to get to those right away because I can’t wait! 😀

alt=book cover for Labyrinth Lost: title with image of a woman's face covered in a Dia de los Muertos mask.Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting for this book! I follow the author on Twitter and have been hearing the community hype for months so I am SO EXCITED to start reading it now! Plus it seemed perfect to read this during October, for some strange reason. 😉

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir alt=book cover for An Ember in the Ashes.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

This is another book I’ve been waiting to read forever and, since the sequel just came out, I couldn’t resist simply buying and moving the first book up in my list.

Bleeding Violet  Dia Reeves

Love can be a dangerous thing….alt=book cover for Bleeding Violet

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen, and no one is safe.

I stumbled across this horror story about a bipolar, biracial girl in a haunted town and thought about putting it on the prize list (it seemed suitable for a Halloween giveaway). Then I listened to a sample on Audible and realized I basically needed to read it NOW. So this is my audiobook for the month!

But three books isn’t very many, what else can you read and review this month to enter the giveaway?

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


It’s simple: Read and review (on Amazon or Barnes and Noble) any of the books in the above list and drop a link to that review on this blog post by Monday, October 31st. 

Review links can be up to three months old (August 1 – October 31st)!

But wait, Jessica, you said last month I could review on Goodreads, too? 

Well, yes, feel free to review on Goodreads! But the point of this is supporting diverse books, so to enter the giveaway, you have to leave a review where publishers may actually notice it. If you review it on Goodreads, you must ALSO put that review on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And you can review multiple books for multiple entries as long as they’re all within the last three months!


Calm down. Actually, don’t, both of these prizes are awesome! If you submit your link on time, you’ll be entered to win either:

The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers


Author: V. Kane

I write YA fantasy, blog about it, and then take my dog out for therapy. My current manuscript is ANATHEMA, a story of two sisters caught up in a war between the gods. Find me on Twitter at @ValkyrieWriting or Instagram at books_and_dogs

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