Here are 20 Anticipated Reads for March 2019 // Don’t send your TBRs after me
Spring is in sight, and March releases are just around the corner! I know that much of the world is blanketed in snow, but where I live in California has been oscillating between sunny and rainy days – and the trees & flowers are all confused. 🥀🌼🥀🌼
ANYWAYS! This post is about books, not the hot/cold weather patterns of Northern California. And friends, us book lovers and bibliophiles are in for a treat this March! My actual anticipated tag on Edelweiss for March has twenty-one (21!!!) books on it. So, uh, I apologize right now to your TBRs because I was only able to weed out one.
📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!
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✨✨ March 1 ✨✨
by Micky Neilson
Science Fiction 🌌
Aladhra doesn’t run from anyone, not even the Collective.
On the outskirts of earth’s solar system, rule number one is to stay out of the Collective’s way. They are ruthless, and powerful, and rule with an iron fist. They have no patience for Ridgerunners—the pirates and smugglers who thrive on the edges of their reach.
But Aladhra’s crew, the Pack, would rather run straight towards the Collective, guns blazing. Even wildly outmanned and outclassed, they would sacrifice everything for one shot at toppling the corrupt regime.
When Aladhra and the Pack get their hands on next-generation technology, they set out to end the Collective once and for all. But the Collective knows they’re coming. With a bounty on their heads that no Ridgerunner could resist, the Pack is surrounded by enemies, including former allies.
What chance does one ship have against an entire solar system?
This book was originally published in 2018 on Kindle, but it is coming out in Paperback on March 1st! This book definitely looks like a hidden gem that I would adore. Honestly, this gives me massive Firefly vibes, and I am here for it.
The Fever King (Feverwake #1)
by Victoria Lee
Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
The Fever King is a book that appears to have all the ingredients for a narrative that I love: magic, infection stories, dystopian settings, power dynamics, and a greater discussion about humanity today. This looks like an incredible fantasci crossover, and so far I am really enjoying it (currently reading and 10% in)!
✨✨ March 5 ✨✨
The Pioneer (The Pioneer #1)
by Bridget Tyler
Young Adult, Science Fiction 🌌
When Jo steps onto Tau Ceti E, it should be the happiest moment of her life. After all, she’s been training for as long as she can remember to be a cadet pilot in the International Space Agency. She’s dreamed of the day she and her family would leave Earth forever and begin life as pioneers on a new planet.
But now she can’t stop thinking of everything that has gone wrong on their mission: the terrible accident that nearly destroyed their craft, that set their voyage back years, that killed her brother, that left her unable to fly…
As Jo struggles to live with her grief and figure out who she’s going to be now, she falls in love with her new world. It isn’t hard. Jo’s team is camped out by a pristine, tumbling river at the base of a mountain range that looks like huge prisms buried in the prairie. The soaring crystal peaks transform every sunset into rainbows full of colors human eyes have never seen before. And that’s just the beginning. Tau offers Jo and her family a lifetime of beauty and adventure.
Jo throws herself into helping her team, lead by her commander mother, establish their community on this amazing new world. But just when she starts to feel like her old self again, she uncovers a devastating secret her mother has been keeping from her people. A secret that could destroy her family’s pioneering dreams…if they survive that long.
With the fate of the pioneers in her hands, Jo must decide how far she’s willing to go to expose the truth — before the truth destroys them all.
Space exploration is something that I will never get tired of, especially stories that involve leaving Earth in search of a new home planet. We all know that I love strong female characters, and this book seems to not only fit that bill with Jo but she also has her grief to shoulder with the fate of everyone else. Yes. Please.
If You’re Out There
by Katy Loutzenhiser
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery | Standalone
After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.
Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.
It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.
Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:
Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.
Maybe she can’t.
I was fortunate enough to receive an eARC from HarperCollins via Edelweiss for an honest review, and I am so glad that I requested this one! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but this was such a beautiful story about friendship that touched on supporting friends and how social media brings new pains to fizzling out friendships. What would it take to believe our best friend ghosted us? This book looks at that question.
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #3)
by Amanda Lovelace
Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.
The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.
I don’t know what compelled me to request this one on NetGalley. (Who am I kidding, it was probably mermaids.) I don’t read a lot of poetry these days, but something told me to nab this one. And then I picked it up when I was feeling a bit slumpy this week and CRIED BECAUSE IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. I needed it so much, I loved it so much, and I pre-ordered a copy because I need a copy on my shelves forever.
The Women’s War (Women’s War #1)
by Jenna Glass
In a high fantasy feminist epic, a revolutionary spell gives women the ability to control their own fertility—with consequences that rock their patriarchal society to its core.
When a nobleman’s first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated like possessions and bargaining chips. But as the aftereffects of a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally, women at last have a bargaining chip of their own. And two women in particular find themselves at the crossroads of change.
Alys is the widowed mother of two teenage children, and the disinherited daughter of a king. Her existence has been carefully proscribed, but now she discovers a fierce talent not only for politics but also for magic—once deemed solely the domain of men. Meanwhile, in a neighboring kingdom, young Ellin finds herself unexpectedly on the throne after the sudden death of her grandfather the king and everyone else who stood ahead of her in the line of succession. Conventional wisdom holds that she will marry quickly, then quietly surrender the throne to her new husband…. Only, Ellin has other ideas.
The tensions building in the two kingdoms grow abruptly worse when a caravan of exiled women and their escort of disgraced soldiers stumbles upon a new source of magic in what was once uninhabitable desert. This new and revolutionary magic—which only women can wield—threatens to tear down what is left of the patriarchy. And the men who currently hold power will do anything to fight back.
I love feminist fantasy worlds that challenge the patriarchy, and this one looks like a rich world with a lot of moving parts. I definitely want to check it out!
Call Me Evie
by J.P. Pomare
In this propulsive, twist-filled, and haunting psychological suspense debut perfect for fans of Sharp Objects and Room, a seventeen-year-old girl struggles to remember the role she played on the night her life changed forever.
For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question.
The fragments of Kate’s shattered memories of her old life seem happy: good friends, a big house in the suburbs, a devoted boyfriend. Bill says he’ll help her fill in the blanks–but his story isn’t adding up. And as she tries to reconcile the girl she thought she’d been with the devastating consequences Bill claims she’s responsible for, Kate will unearth secrets about herself and those closest to her that could change everything.
A riveting debut novel that fearlessly plumbs the darkest recesses of the mind, Call Me Evie explores the fragility of memory and the potential in all of us to hide the truth, even from ourselves.
There is something about the chillier months and rainy day weather that draws me to read more psychological thrillers than normal, and I honestly am really looking forward to picking this one up soon! (I would have requested an ARC but I am trying to limit the number I get per month for sanity purposes!)
✨✨ March 7 ✨✨
Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
by Temi Oh
Science Fiction | Standalone
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice.
A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.
It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.
This book has been on my publisher wishlist, and I am really excited to read this debut novel! Space exploration. The unknown. Fighting for survival when everything seems to go wrong. The book asks the question: What would you sacrifice for a better life? And we know that is my reading jam! Simon & Schuster recently responded to my review request (!!) and offered to send me a copy; I can’t wait to read this one!
✨✨ March 12 ✨✨
Beware the Night
by Jessika Fleck
Young Adult, Fantasy | Standalone
When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her grandfather and fight against injustice…even if it costs her the boy she loves.
On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful–as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda follows the rules, she will be safe.
But when Veda’s grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun’s favor, she starts to see that the safety she’s been promised comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below.
With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real–or dangerous lies.
We all know that I am a sucker for revolution and trying to save the ones you love – especially when the protagonist is female. WOMEN CAN BE RESCUERS TOO!
The Bird King
by G. Willow Wilson
Historical Fantasy, Adult | Standalone
Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker.
Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?
As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.
ARC Review to Come
A mixture of historical fiction and magical realism in this eye-catching book that I am really excited to get to.
Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1)
by Vanessa Savage
Young Adult, Fantasy
Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.
Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince of Achelva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Rumors of an unwell, cruel prince abound, and the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s apprehension of her impending marriage is her fear of those who’d kill her to prevent it.
When an assassination attempt forces Aurelia to use forbidden magic to save a stranger, she is driven from Renalt by the witch-hunting Tribunal and a mob out for blood. But before she can claim asylum in the court of her betrothed, her travel party turns on her, forcing her to trade places with her treacherous lady-in-waiting, Lisette.
Now penniless in Achleva and bereft of her identity, Aurelia must decide if she wants to surrender to her new life or fight for her old one, all while navigating the complicated ties binding her to the enigmatic prince, the unquiet ghost of an ancient queen, and a poisonous plant called bloodleaf.
Aurelia is a pawn in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war— and if she can’t extricate herself from it before Lisette marries Valentin in her stead, she may face losses far more devastating than her crown.
This book has been on my TBR and radar for almost a year now and I AM SO EXCITED THAT IT IS ALMOST HERE!!! I am a sucker for court politics, revolutions, and strong female characters. So, of course, I have this one on pre-order!
Ruse (Want #2)
by Cindy Pon
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the “positively chilling” sci-fi thriller Want.
Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.
Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.
When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?
I haven’t finished reading Want yet, but I know I am going to love it so much & probably will want to dive right into this one… so I had set it aside for a marathon read upon the reason of the second book!
The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.
To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.
The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?
I am so excited that The Waking Forest is almost here in the world! In case you weren’t aware, this book is one of the six debut books that are part of my Novel19 class! I feel personally attacked by how beautiful this cover is and how magical this sounds?! I cannot wait to experience this forest and the secrets within. Stay tuned because, in addition to my upcoming review, I also have an interview with the author coming up on March 6th!
✨✨ March 14 ✨✨
Will Haunt You
by Brian Kirk
You don’t read the book. It reads you.
Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler–former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead–was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean. But Jesse is wrong.
The legend is real–and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past. Jesse is not the only one in danger, however.
By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare.
The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end. That’s when the evil comes for you.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
So funny story, last night I was ready to turn off my bedroom lights but I wasn’t ready to stop reading yet. Both of my current reads are physical, so I decided to start an eBook alongside it and opened this up. I read the first page and decided it would be better not to start it when I am winding down for bed… which is a good sign!
✨✨ March 19 ✨✨
Firefly: The Magnificent Nine (Firefly #2)
by James Lovegrove
Adult, Science Fiction
The second original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.
An old flame of Jayne Cobb’s, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favourite gun, as collateral that Mal realises he’s serious.
When the Serenity crew land at a hardscrabble desert outpost called Coogan’s Bluff, they discover two things: an outlaw gang with an almost fanatical devotion to their leader who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Temperance is singlehandedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne broke up. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud…
I pre-ordered this book so fast after finishing Firefly: Big Damn Hero, you don’t even know. Jayne is probably my second favorite character of the tv series after Wash, so the fact that this installment has his hat on the cover (“A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he’s not afraid of anything.”), I knew I needed it.
by Samira Ahmed
Young Adult, Contemporary, Dystopian
Rebellions are built on hope.
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
This is going to be an important book, I can feel it in my bones. Near-future dystopias are some of my favorites to read even though they absolutely terrify me with their possibility, and Internment is rooted in the very-real history of WWI and the current political climate.
✨✨ March 26 ✨✨
Once & Future (Once & Future #1)
by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy
Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
You had me at genderbent retelling of King Arthur. I’ve always been drawn to the stories of King Arthur and Merlin and honestly cannot get enough of them, so when I saw this one – which boasts a female protagonist – it landed a spot on my monster of a TBR!
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
by Ally Condie
Young Adult, Dystopian, Adventure
Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?
There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.
Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.
Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.
I’m going to be honest here: I was drawn in by the amazing cover and stayed for the revenge.
Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)
by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings (Les Misérables)
A thief. An officer. A guardian.
Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .
When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.
Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…
Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.
Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.
Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.
All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.
Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
I. LOVE. LES. MIS. A science fiction retelling?! Sign me the heck up! Like seriously. Honestly, I don’t have anything else to say other than I love the cover artwork.
Fake Plastic Girl
by Zara Lisbon
Young Adult, Mystery, Retellings (The Great Gatsby)
Celebrity-studded parties that last long into the night. Camera flashes and designer clothes. And a body found floating in the Venice Beach canals.
But let’s start at the beginning.
Justine Childs is your average teenage girl, until the day ex-child-star Eva Kate Kelly moves in across the way. Eva Kate is gorgeous, seductive, and eager to invite Justine into her glittery world. Their relationship intensifies quickly, but there is a lot they aren’t telling each other, and in the midst of the whirlwind, a girl lies dead. Who killed Eva Kate? Justine swears her innocence—and she’d like you to hear her side of the story.
I really love The Great Gatsby (and before you ask, NO, I have not and will not watch the Leonardo DiCaprio film, I have a lot of bones to pick with that director and am still mad about Romeo & Juliet like 20 years later), and I also love murder mysteries. This sounds like an enjoyable read!
Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of them yet? What are some of the March releases that you cannot wait to get your hands on?
Let’s go on another adventure together!