Hey guys 🙂 Here are some March releases that I’m looking forward to. I’ve preordered the first four because I have absolutely no self control haha but I plan read the other two sometime in the near future as well. Without further ado…
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 6)
Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
This may be the single most hyped book of 2018. It’s even being made into a movie. However, I do hear that it’s worth all the hype so I’m really excited to get my hands on it. I’ve never read anything like this and I know that it will be a unique reading experience.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6)
Synopsis: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid?! Yes, please!! The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time and this sounds like it’s going to be such an amazing twist on the original story. It just sounds so complex and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (March 6)
Synopsis: Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into. Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
The Salem Witch Trials is one of my favorite periods in history (I usually visit Salem every Halloween), so I was pretty much hooked when I read “sentenced to death for witchery.” This sounds like a perfect fit for me. I’m always interested to see how authors alter the original witch stories and this one sounds like it’s going to be great.
Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst (March 6)
Synopsis: Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves. But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family. Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.
This is a prequel to Of Fire and Stars which I haven’t read yet but just bought. I’ve heard a lot of great things about both books, so I thought it would be fun to read this one right after the first one. I hear that there’s bisexual representation which I’m excited for and dictating the future by writing with blood sounds super intriguing. I can’t wait!
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (March 6)
Synopsis: Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.
So many aspects of this synopsis interest me. First, there is the setting: Rome in 1610. Then, there is the art aspect. And finally, it sounds like this is going to be a really powerful story about coming forward after being raped. I think books with that message are really important and I’m interested to see how it is carried out in this case. It sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful novel overall.
In Her Skin by Kim Savage (March 27)
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine. When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
A con artist who stages the return of a missing girl? Wow. This sounds like it’s going to be intense. The plot also sounds very mysterious. I’ve been really into thrillers lately and I definitely want to try this one!
I’m really excited for all of these releases and I hope I get around to reading them soon! They all sound really unique and intriguing and I can’t wait to see how they all turn out. Are there any March releases that you’re anticipating? 🙂