Top 5 Tuesday #17: Fall Reading Recs

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 fall reading recommendations

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

A middle-grade fantasy novel with some horror elements, Shadow Weaver is about a girl named Emmeline who is best friends with her shadow, Dar. In this world, people are gifted (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with certain abilities after the passing of the Cerelia Comet every 25 years. Emmeline was gifted with the ability to manipulate shadows, but her abilities often frighten people and drive away close ones.

Shadow Weaver is the first novel in a duology. I read both books and really enjoyed them but liked the first book more.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

A fantasy novella about a wild man who leaves deep in the woods with his cat and is one day visited by a bright young man who changes everything. Henry Silver upends Tobias’s life wit his sudden appearance at Tobias’s cottage. This causes Tobias to confront some things about his existence and realize that he might not be as trapped and tethered to the woods as he thought.

This was a decent read. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t leave a deep impression.

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

A book of dark, macabre short stories some of which are sure to leave readers a little rattled. I read this back in 2017 and some of the stories have stuck with me since then, such as “Adela’s House,” which actually made me a little scared.

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

A paranormal romance novel about a woman who moves to upstate New York to teach at a small college, which she later learns attracts supernatural creatures, and as she learns more about her connection to the supernatural, she realizes that she’s haunted by an incubus who visits her nightly.

This was a fun, fluff read that I greatly enjoyed. I whisked through all three books last year. I hardly ever complete series I start, but I was that hooked on these.

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

A historical paranormal romance novel about a woman who visits a manor to care for her cousin and ends up falling in love with the lord of the manor. Her cousin married the lord’s brother but took ill as soon as she began residing at the manor.

This is the first novel in a series that I’m hooked on. They are such fun reads, and I especially like the steampunk bits in them.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #17: Fall Reading Recs

  1. I was curious about Silver in the Wood, but I guess my concerns have come to pass. So few YA fantasy novels make an impression these days. I don’t mind reading them, they’re fun…but I’m looking for something that stands out above the rest! 😀

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    1. Yea, that and the heavy reliance on romance is why I tend to avoid YA as well. My impression of Silver in the Wood is that it’s adult. It doesn’t have adult content. I just assumed it’s adult.
      It is a decent read though and there are some bits I liked, but yes, didn’t leave a deep impression.

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    1. It was quite entertaining. I listened to the audiobook and really liked it. It’s described as Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast and it’s exactly that with some steampunk flourishes.

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