Hi guys! Remember last month when I said I’d been good with my book buying? Well, that’s a thing of the distant past and I’m currently on a book buying binge which seemingly knows no bounds and simply laughs at my half-hearted attempts at keeping it check. So with 15 shiny new releases on my radar, let’s see how March goes.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill, March 1st
Almost love is a contemporary book about a toxic relationship between a girl and older man. I’ve had this on my radar for a while, but after reading Asking for It by Louise O’Neill a few days ago I’m even more excited to read more of her work.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, March 6th
The Poet X is a contemporary YA about a girl in Harlem who discovers slam poetry and uses it to understand her own place in the world. This book was recommended to me by Karina, she also showed me some of the authors slam poetry – which was amazing. So I’m very excited to read this.
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, March 6th
Girls Burn Brighter is a contemporary adult novel set in India about two girls and their powerful friendship. I love reading books about friendship and I’m a big lover of Indian literature, so this one sounds right up my street.
In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira, March 6th
In Search of Us is a new YA contemporary from the author of Love Letter to the Dead and tells the parallel stories of a mother and daughter. In Marilyn’s story we see the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. In Angie’s we see a mixed race girl’s search for her unknown, black father.
The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana, March 6th
The Midnights is a YA contemporary about a girl who dreams of following in her former rockstar father’s footsteps, but when he dies unexpectedly her dreams are shattered. I’ve heard this one is very beautifully written, which is my kryptonite. I also love YA books with a focus on family.
Pacificaby Kristen Simmons, March 6th
I’ve been looking for the perfect pirate novel for what feels like a very long time and I have really high hopes for Pacifica, a YA fantasy about pirates – which is actually set in the future. It’s follows a girl who’s pirate royalty and a boy who’s the son of the president who have to work together to get what they want.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, March 6th
The Wicked Deep has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases since I heard about it. It’s being described as Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials, which is honestly the best thing I’ve ever heard.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, March 6th
Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy is everyone’s most anticipated 2018 release and of course I’m no exception. Fantasy’s my favorite genre and I’m so excited to read one set in a kingdom that’s not inspired by Western history or mythology.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, March 6th
To Kill a Kingdom is a YA retelling of the Little Mermaid, about a siren princess who kills one of her own and as punishment’s turned into a human. She has to deliver a human prince’s heart to the mother, the Sea Queen, before the winter solstice or she’ll remain a human forever.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton, March 13th
I honestly don’t know much about this one beyond this: it’s set on an island, there’s witches and a curse. That’s all I need to know.
Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell, March 13th
Nothing Left to Burn is a YA contemporary about one day in the life of 16 year old Audrey Harper. It’s the morning after she loses her virginity and two firemen show up on her door to tell her that the wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California is too close to her home and it’s time to evacuate. This book sounds completely unlike any other YA book and I’m very intrigued by it.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, March 13th
Tyler Johnson Was Here is a YA contemporary about a boy, Marvin, whose twin brother is shot and killed by the police officer after a party. I’m sure this will be a very powerful, but heartbreaking read.
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco, March 20th
This book is one of my most anticipated sequels of 2018. It’s a YA fantasy about a girl who discovers she’s a necromancer, a bone witch, and leaves her home to train under a experience bone witch. The first book ends in a very dark, but exciting place – so my expectations for this one are sky high.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, March 27th
Aru Shah and the End of Times is a middle grade novel inspired by Indian mythology, about a girl who accidentally frees an ancient demon, with freezes time. I’ve read all of Chokshi’s published works, I adore her writing and I’m so excited to see what her first middle grade novel will be like.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, March 27th
Emergency Contact is a YA contemporary two teens, Sam and Penny,, who cross paths and end up staying in touch via texts. Based on the blurb it sounds like this will be about college life, which I love seeing in YA. I also love reading about creative characters and Sam’s an aspiring movie director and Penny’s an aspiring writer, so I’m very excited for this one.