There are a lot of new books coming out every week. With New Release Radar, I’ll help you narrow down the week’s new book releases into the titles you should get excited about. I have six titles to share this week, including a modern fairy tale and a terrifying collection of YA horror. Read on!

Unholy Terrors by Lyndall Clipstone

Everline Blackthorn is a devoted warden sworn to guard the world against the monstrous vespertines. However, she uncovers a shocking truth when she meets Ravel Severin, a rogue vespertine with secrets of his own. As the two join forces and journey across dangerous moorlands, Everline faces dangerous choices and a forbidden love that will leave her forever changed.

Could Unholy Terrors be the next big romantasy novel? Lyndall Clipstone’s prose is dark and lyrical, creating a fantasy world full of ancient gods, monsters and forbidden love.

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Numamushi: A Fairy Tale by Mina Ikemoto Ghosh

The cover of Numamushi: A Fairy Tale has a white snake twined around the title in front of a blue ocean background.

Numamushi, burned by napalm as an infant and raised by a river spirit, discovers a newfound fascination with humanity when a lonely man moves in next door. They form an unexpected friendship when they discover their shared love of frog hunting. As the man teaches Numamushi to read and write, their growing friendship leads them on a transformative journey of healing and growth.

I love everything Lanternfish Press puts out, and Numamushi is no exception. Mina Ikemoto Ghosh’s debut novella explores trauma and redemption through a fantastical lens alongside some truly fabulous illustrations.

The Witches at the End of the World by Chelsea Iversen

In the birchwoods of Norway, sisters Kaija and Minna possess powerful magic. While Kaija is willing to suppress hers for a life of community, Minna’s magic simmers with anger. Devastated when Kaija leaves her, Minna casts a vengeful curse that threatens to destroy everything, including Kaija’s newfound life.

The Witches at the End of the World is perfect for anyone who loves feral female protagonists. Above all, Chelsea Iverson’s new book release is about grieving sisters and what it means to be different in a world that expects you to conform.

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Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind by Molly McGhee

The cover of Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind has a green, wraith-like woman on an abstract green, blue, and red background.

Jonathan Abernathy is more than unhappy. He’s lonely and broke and tired of life. When he receives an offer for a mysterious government job, he jumps at the opportunity. As he dives deeper into his eerie new role — auditing the dreams of white-collar workers so they’re more productive at work – the boundaries between reality, ethics and consciousness grow increasingly hazy.

A darkly satirical take on late-stage capitalism, Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind isn’t going to work for everyone. Still, Molly McGhee’s writing style is vibrant and fast-paced, creating a beautiful and heartbreaking new book release.

All These Sunken Souls edited by Circe Moskowitz

From haunted mansions and asylums infested with temporal monsters to zombie apocalypses and southern gothic hoodoo practitioners, All These Sunken Souls has a story for every horror fan. The stories within span a spectrum of scary and thought-provoking horror scenarios, written by both established bestsellers and emerging talents. From simply eerie to downright terrifying, editor Circe Moskowitz curated a winning collection.

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Confetti Realms by Nadia Shammas

The cover of Confetti Realms has four teens sitting on the steps of a crypt. There's a large, smiling skeletal figure coming out of the door.

Everyone knows teens get up to no good on Halloween night. But Marissa, Ty, Radwa and Garrett get more than they bargained for when a giant, sentient puppet transports them to another dimension. Stuck in the Confetti Realms, they must collect teeth for the puppet or remain there forever. But what happens when a fantasy world becomes more appealing than the real one?

With diverse characters and Tim Burton-esque imagery, Confetti Realms is both humorous and dark. Once you finish it, check out Nadia Shammas’ Squire, one of my favorite graphic novels of the last few years.

You can check out these new book releases at Bookshop.org or your local bookstore. What October 17 new release are you most excited to read? Let us know below, and tune in next week to grow your TBR.

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