11 new YA book releases to kick off your spooky season right this October

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Beyond the Ruby Veil – Mara Fitzgerald

A dark, queer YA fantasy that’s being promoted as perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Emily Duncan? Sign me up right now.

Beyond the Ruby Veil, the debut novel from author Mara Fitzgerald, follows the story of Emanuela Rago, a young socialite who’s constantly pushing boundaries and craving power. She’s set to marry the richest boy in her city – who also happens to be her gay BFF – but something goes horribly wrong.

Because Emanuela has been marked by the watercrea, a deadly and ancient being who harvests human blood and uses magic to turn it into the carefully rationed water supply of the city in which they live. Instead of giving herself up to tradition, however, Emanuela kills the watercrea, and darkness – a lot of it – ensues.

The official synopsis offers a great deal more detail about the story.

"Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all. But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years. When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes"

Beyond the Ruby Veil is available on October  13.