We're well into autumn here now, which I'm loving since fall is my favorite time of year. I've thrown myself into it completely, baking pumpkin treats and apple cider cinnamon rolls and cooking various soups. My reading was very fall appropriate in October as well. I did relistens of a few favorites, including A Little Familiar by R Cooper and Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox, and I've just started my annual autumn relisten of A Discovery of Witches. My other reading in October was a bit witchy too:
A Veiled and Hallowed Eve by Hailey Turner: This one isn't a witch book, but it is a paranormal and I've been looking forward to it, so I grabbed it as soon as it came out this month. This final book in the Soulbound series did not disappoint. It provided a satisfying wrap up of the plot lines in the series, appearances from characters introduced in earlier books, an epic final battle, and a happily ever after for Patrick and Jono. Start at the beginning and binge your way through this one—the books only get better as the series goes on.
Witch Please by Ann Aguirre: I'm a bit conflicted about the book, and I'm not sure how to explain what I didn't care for without lots of spoilers. I did like the set up—small town, a witch who uses her powers to fix electronics, a baker who makes amazing cinnamon rolls and believes he's cursed in love—and the writing and some of the supporting characters, like the baker's sister and stepsister and the coven. But the plot took some turns I'm not sure I care for, and I'll just say the grandmother's actions didn't work for me at all.
Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by AW Jantha: This came out a few years ago, and I always meant to read it because of my love for the movie Hocus Pocus (which, yes, I did watch multiple times in October, why do you ask?). The first half of the book is a novelization of the movies, and the second half is the sequel in which Max and Allison's teenage daughter (after not believing her parents' stories about the Sanderson sisters) goes to the Sanderson house on Halloween with her best friend and the girl she has a crush on and ends up bringing the witches back. It's not a fantastic book, but it's cute and fun for those who enjoy the movie.
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper: I grabbed this from the library in October and liked it so much I'm going to have to buy it for rereads. This witchy book has all sorts of things I was looking for last month—witches, autumn vibes, great characters, romance. Emmy Harlow isn't a powerful witch and left home years ago after a bad break up to try to make a life for herself outside of magic, but she has to go home now to arbitrate a magical competition between the other founding families. When she arrives, she finds out that the same guy also hurt her best friend and another witch, Talia. The three hatch a plan for vengeance...and Emmy begins to fall for Talia. I definitely recommend this one, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
What have you read and loved lately?