With a new month comes another four weeks of glorious book releases. And March sees some of our most anticipated reads of the year finally landing on our shelves.
Even though our TBR is already three times as tall us us (don’t judge, we know yours is exactly the same), these are the March releases that we’ll definitely be buying on release day.
Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control…
We were actually lucky enough to read this a little early and it blew us away. Powerful and important, honest and emotional, it should be read by everyone.
‘The Shadow Queen’ by CJ Redwine (3rd, Scholastic)
Lorelai, crown princess and fugitive-at-large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. She’ll have to be stronger, faster and master more magical power than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen. When the queen’s huntsman – a dragon-shifting king – tracks down Lorelai, sparks fly between them. Can the king overcome his predator side – and can Irina’s dark magic be defeated?
Fairytale retellings, dark magic, sorceresses and princesses – we’re so sold on this new fantasy series.
It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer. Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question …
Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him.
Time travel, maps, pirate ships and one of the most gorgeous covers we’ve seen in YEARS means we’ve been salivating over Heidi Heilig’s debut for a while…
‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare (8th, Simon and Schuster)
It’s been five years since the events of ‘City of Heavenly Fire‘ that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark-who was captured by the faeries five years ago-has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind-and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
It’s so close we can almost touch it, almost… Like the rest of the world, we’re salivating for more of the Shadowhunter world and are completely ready to fall in love and get our hearts broken all over again.
In ‘Seven Ways We Lie’, a chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view. The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether its the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who only cares about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. But its Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper – obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend is anything but perfect. Everyone knows shes a saint, not a sinner; but when love is involved, who is Juniper to resist temptation? When she begins to crave more and more of the one person she cant have, her charmed life starts to unravel. Then rumours of a student teacher affair hit the fan. After Juniper accidentally exposes her secret at a party, her fate falls into the hands of the other six sinners, bringing them into one anothers orbits. All seven are guilty of something. Together, they could save one another from their temptations or be ruined by them.
It’s so exciting to see some pansexual representation in YA! We’re also completely up for how deliciously twisty this sounds – we’re hoping for some shocking twists and turns. We really love the cover, too.
‘The Thing About Jellyfish’ by Ali Benjamin (10th, Macmillan)
Suzy is 12 when her best friend, Franny, drowns one summer at the beach. It takes two days for the news to reach Suzy, and it’s not something that she can accept: Franny has always been a strong swimmer, from the day they met in swim class when they were just 5. How can someone all of a sudden, just no longer be there? Suzy realizes that they must have got it wrong: Franny didn’t just drown – she was stung by a poisonous jellyfish. This makes a lot more sense to Suzy’s logical mind than a random drowning – cause: a jellyfish sting; effect: death. Suzy’s journey to acceptance is quiet – she resolves to either say something important, or say nothing at all. But it’s also bursting with bittersweet humour, heart-breaking honesty, big ideas and small details.
Ali Benjamin’s debut has already had a bucket-load of praise from the US and early reviews here in the UK. it sounds beautiful and sad and we’re EXCITED.
Following the intrigue and danger of ‘The Winner’s Curse’ and the revolution and romance of ‘The Winner’s Crime’, Kestrel finds herself in the tundra’s mines and Arin has sailed home. The empire seems unstoppable.
Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this third and final installment in the heart-stopping Winner’s trilogy.
We were super lucky to get an early copy of this and we gobbled it up as soon as it hit our Kindle. This finale really does the trilogy and the complete justice and we can’t wait to discuss it with you! 100% love for ‘The Winner’s Kiss’.
‘Walk the Edge’ by Katie McGarry (29th, Mira Ink)
Razor knows his family is haunted by secrets of the past…
When Thomas ‘Razor’ Turner starts investigating his mum’s death he turns to Breanna Miller, the shy, smart girl he’s never looked at twice, for help. Soon their newfound bond turns into something more. But can it survive the secrets of the past?
We’re complete suckers for Katie McGarry’s dramatic, steamy contemporary romances and we’re loving this new series. Bring. It. On.
‘Gabriel and the Swallows’ by Esther Dalseno (11th,
Everything changes for Gabriel when he rescues a wounded creature – a miraculous girl with swallow’s wings – from the voracious pursuit of Alfio Gallo, a dangerous old enemy. Aided by the beautiful and mysterious Orlando Khan, Gabriel is conflicted by unanswered questions: who is the Dark One that dwells in the medieval tunnels beneath their city? Is he just a figment of Gabriel’s powerful imagination? And is the foundling really who she says she is?
Wrestling with manhood whilst beckoned by ancient rites and foreign lands, Gabriel is about to make a deadly decision that changes the course of life as he knows it…as long as he can decide which reality he’s in.
This book has been popping up all over our Instagram, and we’re way too excited to dive in. Magic and mystery, this sounds like the perfect read to escape.
Which March release are you most excited to have in your hands? Tell us at @maximumpopbooks!
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