This month’s releases that have caught our eye take us everywhere from Mesoamerica and Pakistan to China and Ukraine. We can already tell that March is going to delight us, break us and warm our hearts all at the same time.
The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta
(1st of March)
Women with unfathomable inner power take on a patriarchal society that wants to destroy them in an ancient Mesoamerican setting? Yes please! In this YA fantasy, we are introduced to two characters: Indir and Saya. The first is a dreamer, a seer capable of dreaming the truth which is the only thing that stands between King Alcan’s desire for ultimate power and the survival of the long line of seers to which she belongs. The latter is a psychic whose power is abused by her own mother, and when she discovers that there is more to her abilities than she has released, she begins to question everything she thought. know about herself and her family.
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
(1st of March)
We think we’re ready for a serious story full of tears and heartbreak, but we have a feeling it might be about being careful what you wish for with New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir All my rage. Set in Juniper, California, two best friends torn apart by an almighty fight must find a way to come together again to defeat their respective demons. Salahudin struggles to run the family motel as a result of his mother’s poor health and his father’s alcoholism, while Noor applies to college to escape his cantankerous uncle. Can they heal their friendship and save each other, or is the past determined to plague their future?
Alex Finlay’s Night Shift
(3rd of March)
This one really gives us The Last Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix vibes. We have two female survivors of a brutal killer; one from New Years Eve 1999 and one from fifteen years later. The first was assaulted during a night shift at Blockbuster, her murdered co-worker. The second was attacked while working in an ice cream shop, her colleague, again, shot dead. The two survivors recall the killer’s chilling last words: “Good night pretty girl.” There is a suspect, but will he be found before he kills again? Again, Alex Finlay has us hitting the pre-order button.
Gallant by VE Schwab
A new standalone novel by prolific fantasy writer VE Schwab, Gallant promises a dark tale of family secrets and dangerous shadows. Olivia Prior is drawn to a place called Gallant, where her family is from, but soon realizes how steeped in ghosts the place is. When she passes through a mysterious wall, she discovers a dimension that is a dark mirror of the world she has just emerged from, and she is left with the choice between joining the shadows and protecting the world from it.
The Cold Business Book by Simone St. James
There’s nothing we love more than crime mixed with the supernatural – that’s what hooked us in Simone St. James’ The Sunset Motel! The book of cold cases seems like just the thing to follow as we follow a true amateur writer named Shea Collins and his bizarre relationship with a woman acquitted of two cold-blooded murders. There are things going on in the woman’s house that Shea just can’t put her finger on. Is this woman as innocent as she thought?
Spring Peach Blossom by Melissa Fu
At a time when war is on everyone’s mind, Melissa Fu’s next cultural adventure Peach Blossoms Spring Couldn’t have been more timely. Opened in 1938, it follows a young woman named Meilin and her son Renshu, who are forced to evacuate their home in China as Japanese forces threaten to move in. With little more than a set of ancient fables to offer them solace, they must do what they can to survive. As an adult, Renshu lives in America under a new name with her own daughter, and she is desperate to learn about her heritage. But when will Renshu be ready to reflect on his own troubled past?
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The Diamond Eye of Kate Quinn
Kate Quinn returns just over a year after her last novel, The rose code, featuring another World War II tale that, this time, is based on a true story. In Kiev, book-loving student Mila Pavlichenko is forced to drop out of school in favor of a sniper rifle, as fast-moving Nazi forces force her to join the fight. Nicknamed Lady Death, she kills 300 Nazis before being sent on a tour of America; still haunted by war and in a new country, her loneliness leads to an unlikely relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. But the enemy is not as far behind as she thought and she is forced to fight again, but this time of a different kind.
by Holly Mosley for www.femalefirst.co.uk