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Sweet Reads: Spring Into March With These New Book Releases

Sweet Reads: Spring Into March With These New Book Releases

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Spring is in the air as winter melts away, and we have the perfect TBR to welcome the sunshine! So get cozy and get ready to get lost in the worlds of these sweet spring rom-coms, sweeping fantasies, fairytale whimsy, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, emotional journeys, and important and powerful conversations. You don’t want to miss these March new releases from debut authors to New York Times bestsellers you’ll definitely recognize! 

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All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

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From the iconic Sabaa Tahir comes a new YA contemporary that leads us through generations and across continents. In Lahore, Pakistan, Misbah is a storyteller newly married to her arranged match. The two of them travel to the U.S. for a new start with the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel. In the present, Salahudin and Noor are best friends in Juniper, California. When a fight tears them apart, Sal takes on keeping his family’s motel afloat and Noor works at her vengeful uncle’s liquor store while keeping her college applications and big dreams a secret. When their struggles intertwine, Sal and Noor must navigate their friendship, regret, forgiveness, love, and loss in this poignant story.

Release date: March 1st
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Content warning: drug and alcohol addiction, mentions of repressed sexual assault, physical abuse, Islamophobia, racism, death, law enforcement.

The One True Me & You by Remi K. England

Image Source: Wednesday Books

This book has an accurate representation of AO3 and fandom love, and it’s bursting with joy and empowerment! Fanfic writer Kaylee Beaumont is preparing to meet her fandom friend IRL for the first time at GreatCon. Plus, she wants to try out they/them pronouns, kiss a girl for the first time, and wear more masculine-presenting cosplay. Meanwhile, Teagan Miller has her eye on the Miss Cosmic Teen USA prize. But her secrets (like her love for GreatCon and being gay) threaten to ruin her chances of securing the crown. When the two meet, their connection is immediate, and they share a common enemy in Miss North Carolina. This sweet celebration of fandom and exploring your true self is a must-read this year!

Release date: March 1st
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Content warning: gender dysphoria, death of a parent offscreen, homophobia, and transphobia.

A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee

Image Source: Clarion Books

From a 2020 National Book Award finalist, We Are Not Free is a triumphant new Japanese-influenced fantasy! In Awara, gods, monsters, and humans exist side-by-side, and Miuko is an ordinary innkeeper’s daughter. She lives a relatively safe and normal life until she’s cursed with transforming into a demon with a deadly touch. As she sets out to reverse the curse, Miuko must confront tricksters, evade demon hunters, and negotiate with gods. With her newfound powers, she finds that she feels freer than she’s ever felt before, and must decide if reversing the curse is worth going back to the life she led before. This novel confronts sexism and patriarchal repression through this rich tale brimming with monsters, romance, and a lush world.

Release date: March 1st
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The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

Image Source: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

Indir is a Dreamer – a rare gift. When the king tries to put a permanent end to Dreamers, Indir must fight to keep two important secrets while fighting for her home and her own survival. Meanwhile, Saya is also a seer, but not a formally trained Dreamer. Saya and her mother have been on the run, moving from town to town while her mother exploits Saya’s gift. As lies about her powers and who her family really is unravel, Saya searches for answers. The Lost Dreamer is inspired by Mesoamerica, and confronts themes of patriarchal power and female strength amidst a stunning world.

Release date: March 1st
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Gallant by Victoria Schwab

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Victoria Schwab is back with another enchanting tale! Gallant follows Olivia, who has grown up at the Merilance School for girls, with only her mother’s journal as a remnant of her past. When a mysterious letter summons her home to Gallant, Olivia arrives as an unexpected guest. Despite her cousin’s hostility toward her and the spooky ghouls in the halls, she’s determined to stay. When she finds herself in a place that is Gallant, but also not, family secrets begin to reveal themselves and Olivia learns where her father came from.

Release date: March 1st
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Content warning: ableism, parental abandonment, child abuse & neglect, mutism, nightmares, blood depiction, death, murder, knife & sword violence, strangulation, bullying, and graphic animal death.

The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

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Giving very much modern-day Gossip Girl vibes, this story takes place at the posh Foxham Prep school. Bryn used to have it all––popularity, a political future, and a perfect boyfriend––but one scandal burned it all down. As a new school year begins, Georgie becomes the center of the spotlight after her summer makeover. As her newfound notoriety catapults her up the Foxham social hierarchy, it puts her toe-to-toe with Bryn’s best friend Cora, the cheer captain. As rumors fly on social media, all three girls’ lives start to unravel. It sounds like this social thriller will keep us on the edge of our seats!

Release date: March 1st
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Content warning: bullying and cyberbullying, sexual abuse, assault, weight loss, body image, fatphobia, racism.

The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux

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From NYT Bestseller Madeleine Roux comes a new story featuring best friends Adelle and Connie, who transport themselves into their favorite book. At first, they’re excited to be there, but things take a turn for the worse as lavish balls and star-crossed love stories become horrors. As the girls navigate the new narrative, they realize something dark is lurking, and they must rewrite their own arcs to escape the book alive. This one sounds spooky and twisty, and we can’t wait to dive in!

Release date: March 1st
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Forward March by Skye Quinlan

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Harper McKinley has a lot on her plate between her senior year of marching band, her Republican father’s presidential campaign, and now, a fake gay dating profile on Tinder created by someone using Harper’s face as a catfish. Between her mom’s job as the school dean, where student dating profiles are strictly prohibited, her father’s political campaign, and Harper questioning her identity, she definitely does not want this profile to get out. But when she meets Margot Blanchard, the drumline leader who swiped right on the mysterious profile, Harper reconsiders everything. This adorable story brings all the magic of YA contemporaries and features great LGBTQIAP+ representation!

Release date: March 3rd
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Content warning: anxiety, depression, mentions of self-harm, alcoholism, being outed.

This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

Image Source: Flatiron Books

The Winslow family lives by a strict set of rules built on secrecy and running. Poppy doesn’t know why, only that there would be dire consequences if they were ever caught. But the older she grows, the lonelier and more curious she gets, and when a move to California reveals a crack in her parents’ normally strict planning, Poppy mails in a DNA test. As she begins to settle into her new home and opens up to a boy in her math class, the results arrive with the shocking truth about her parents’ true identities, undoing decades of work to keep them anonymous. Were you immediately intrigued like us? This story is sure to keep us flying through pages!

Release date: March 3rd
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Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Image Source: HarperTeen

This is the book for you if you’re interested in African mythology and Yoruba religion. As a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods, 15-year-old Sloane is a Scion. However, according to the strict rule of the kingdom wherein she resides, her abilities should not be discovered by anyone. As a result, she develops a brilliant plot to kill her greatest foe, the kingdom, and its ruler Lucis, from within. Will she be able to carry out her plan without losing her morals? To find out, you must read!

Check out our review here!

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: sexual abuse, torture, racism, violence, genocide, colonization, blood, death.

The Moth Girl by Heather Kamins

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

While we are trying to find our place and purpose in life, it can lead us in a totally different direction and mess things up. The story of The Moth Girl, a science fiction/dystopian novel, is an excellent example of this. Anna faints and falls up one day while living her fully typical life as an ordinary girl. Yes, you read that correctly: up. After numerous hospital visits, she gets diagnosed with lepidopsy, which is a very rare illness that makes you act like a moth, such as being attracted to light. However, as Anna tries to figure out how to continue living as The Moth Girl, the situation worsens by the day. Do you think she can find a way to go back to her ordinary life?

Release date: March 8th
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Killing Time by Brenna Ehrlich

Image Source: Inkyard Press

If you’ve binge-watched all the true-crime content streaming has to offer, then we strongly suggest turning your attention to thrillers in the form of books! Killing Time follows Natalie Temple, a teenager reeling after her favorite teacher is murdered. True-crime obsessed herself, Natalie sets out to solve the teacher’s murder under the radar, while the rumor mill cranks out stories about what happened. The investigation leads to her teaming up with the new boy in town and uncovering secrets that may have been better off buried. This smart and twisty thriller is perfect for mystery lovers!

Check out our review here!

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: violence, murder, suicide.

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao

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This coming-of-age memoir tells the story of Laura’s childhood in Wuhan, China, filled with joy and nostalgia. After she immigrates to Texas with her family, her new hometown is a whole new world. We follow Laura through ups and downs including trying out for the basketball team, Chinese school, and exploring sexuality and identity. When Wuhan becomes a household name in 2020, there’s a whole new layer to Laura’s story and identity, and things are told between the past and present through hilarious, emotional storytelling.

Check out our review here!

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: Anti-Asian racism & mentions of harassment and attacks, COVID-19, internalized racism, homophobia, cancer.

Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen

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Billed as being for fans of Jenny Han and Jane Austen, this new rom-com features Gigi Wong, who is a perfectionist always striving to be the best. When her teacher announces she’ll be nominating students for a new app writing contest, Gigi decides to use her coding and matchmaking skills to create a new friendship matching app, perfect for guaranteeing her acceptance to college. But when the app goes viral around school, things may not be going as perfectly as she imagined. At odds with her two best friends and in the middle of the scandal, Gigi must figure out if trying to be perfect is worth sacrificing her friendships.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: cheating, bullying, classism.

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown

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Post-apocalyptic queer YA adventure romance? Yes, yes, and yes. Erik J. Brown’s debut tells the story of Andrew and Jamie trying to survive a deadly pathogen that has killed off most of the world’s population. Both of them have secrets, but they band together as they travel south in search of civilization. Andrew and Jamie’s journey is courageous, romantic, eerily timely, and heartfelt, and will simultaneously capture your heart and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: pandemic (fictional), reference to COVID-19 pandemic, death, descriptions of dead bodies, violence/murder, guns.

And They Lived… by Steven Salvatore

Image Source: Bloomsbury YA

This sex-positive fairytale-inspired YA already has our hearts fluttering! Chase is a hopeless romantic and animator who loves Disney, but struggles with body dysmorphia and figuring out his gender identity. During his freshman year of college, he navigates missing his sister, going against his ex-best friend for the same mentorship, and finding new friends. Then he meets Jack, a poet with a sheltered life who is still trying to understand his own sexual identity. When the two face challenges together, Chase will have to deal with new obstacles and truly learn more about himself than ever before.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: eating disorder, divorced parents, sexual innuendos, explicit scenes, slurs, outing, homophobia, fatphobia, purging, suicidal thoughts, underage drinking, recreational drugs.

A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft

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Margaret is planning on shooting the legendary mythical creature hala during the Halfmoon Hunt and bring her mother back home, but the only problem is she needs an alchemist partner to do it. Weston isn’t an alchemist yet, but when he stumbles onto Margaret and her bloodhound, Trouble, in search of an apprenticeship, she lets him stay on one condition: join the hunt with her. Despite their differences, the two are drawn to each other and unwittingly discover dark magic during the hunt that could be the key to winning, if they can survive. This story is set in a world that’s atmospheric and haunting, featuring a tender and poignant love story.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: blood, gore, emotional abuse, neglect, antisemitism, xenophobia, nationalism, animal death and injury, ableism, parental death (mentioned), PTSD.

Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe, & Jessica Spotswood

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In this new Little Women retelling, the classic tale is reimagined during World War II, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Reeling from the loss of their sister, Beth, the March sisters go their own ways. Jo is building planes in Boston, Meg is at home with Marmee, and Amy is a secret Red Cross volunteer in London alongside army pilot Theodore Laurence. Each of the sister’s points of view is written by a different author, with three in prose and Beth’s in verse. This new twist on the beloved story takes cherished characters and reframes them in a brand new perspective.

Release date: March 8th
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Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Another stunner from award-winner Anna-Marie McLemore! Lakelore follows non-binary teens Bastián Silvano and Lore Garcia, who have both seen the ethereal, legendary world under the lake. When the world under the lake drifts to the surface, Bastián and Lore must stop it if they don’t want the world to bring their own secrets to the surface. But Bastián and Lore haven’t actually spoken in seven years. This poignant, poetic novel explores neurodivergence, identity, and trauma with heart and expertise.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: ableism, bullying, dysphoria, transphobia, systemic racism.

One for All by Lillie Lainoff

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Continuing the theme of amazing new retellings, One for All is a gender-bent take on the classic tale of the Three Musketeers. Tania de Batz is known as the sick girl with her near-constant dizziness, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling at home with a sword in her hands. Her greatest dream is to become a Musketeer like her father. When Papa is murdered, his dying wish is for Tania to attend finishing school, only it’s a secret Musketeer training ground for women who are socialites on the surface. Tania is thrust into a new world of sisterhood, independence, and sword fighting. Throw in handsome Étienne, who may have information about her father’s death, and Tania is in for a whirlwind of emotion, adventure, and found family.

Release date: March 8th
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Content warning: ableism, internalized ableism, implied sexual assault, blood.

The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery

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When you have important responsibilities, especially a family, it’s difficult to keep your dreams alive. Robyn, a single mother who has raised all of her children, wants to pursue the goals she has put on hold for a long time. And just when she needs a vacation the most, she decides to spend the summer in Santa Barbara. Will she be able to manage her dreams and her family now that she feels free for the first time in a long time? Let’s see what happens!

Release date: March 15th
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Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

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When award-winning author Julian Winters publishes a best friend to lovers story (one of our favorite tropes), you can bet we’ll read it. Isaac Martin has finally graduated from high school, and before beginning his new college life, he wants to spend time with his best friend Diego. Isaac decides to organize something special for them to spend the summer together. The first step is to go to Legends Con. After that, attending his first Teen Pride with Diego. But, as we all know, life rarely goes as planned, and these two best friends are having serious problems. Let’s hope it comes to a good conclusion, right?

Release date: March 15th
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Cinder & Glass by Melissa de la Cruz

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

From bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz is a new take on the classic tale of Cinderella, set in 1682 France! When the king sends out an invitation for all maidens to attend special balls in search of a match for his son, Prince Louis, Cendrillon de Louvois manages to escape her stepmother and go. She gets more than she bargained for when she catches the eye of Prince Louis and his younger brother, Auguste. She feels more drawn to Auguste, but she must compete with the other ladies for Prince Louis’s hand if it means escaping her stepmother. Pulled in two directions, Cendrillon but figure out how to live a life she loves without sacrificing the boy she loves in the process.

Release date: March 8th
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See Also

Being Mary Bennet by J.C. Peterson

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We all want to feel like the main character, and that’s exactly the trouble for 17-year-old Marnie Barnes. But when she realizes she has more in common with Mary Bennet, the middle sister who’s seemingly forgettable, she sets out to reinvent herself and her life. With the help of her roommate, new friends, a cute boy, and a rescue pup, Marnie navigates what it truly means to be the protagonist of your own life and how to embrace your own story. This one sounds adorable and presents a new modernization of Pride & Prejudice that we can’t wait to dive into!

Release date: March 15th
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Content warning: harassment, loss of a child.

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Image Source: Dial Books for Young Readers

If you know us at THP, you know we love a good boy band! In Adib Khorram’s latest, we follow Hunter, who’s part of the group Kiss & Tell on their first North American arena tour. Hunter is the only gay member of the group and in the public eye, he’s expected to be the perfect queer role model even though he’s dealing with his own struggles, like his first super painful breakup. Hunter is just doing his best, but when The Label finds out about his new romance with Kaivan, a member of Kiss & Tell’s opening act, things start to unravel. This adorable YA is perfect for music fans who live and breathe fandom culture!

Read our review here!

Release date: March 22nd
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Content warning: racism, homophobia, sexual harassment, bullying, slut-shaming.

What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat

Image Source: Delacorte

For those of us who love a good spooky story comes What We Harvest, a debut guaranteed to keep us up at night! Hollow’s End is an extremely old, picture-perfect town rife with tourists admiring its miraculous crops of shimmering wheat. But when a quicksilver blight poisoned the famous crops, worse followed, including infected livestock and wild creatures in the woods with foggy eyes. It even goes for the people. Wren is one of the last surviving, and the blight is coming for her. The last person she can turn to is her ex, Derek, who loves Hollow’s End just as much as Wren. But they may not know their beloved town as well as they think they do, and they’re the only ones left to deal with the consequences.

Release date: March 22nd
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Content warning: animal attack, animal illness (blight), animal hunting/death (no pet death, animals hunted are blighted & feral), body horror (blood & gore depiction, emesis, illness), contagion, disappearance of loved ones, divorce, hallucinations & delusions, medical experimentation (mentioned, off-page), possession & mind control, violence (battery, biting, guns).

The Wolves Are Waiting by Natasha Friend

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This new release is an important confrontation of rape culture and the toxicity and complicity of small college towns. 15-year-old Nora’s life before the Frat Fair was picture perfect, including a close friend group, a kind-of boyfriend, and good grades. Plus, there was her dad, the athletic director of Faber College, idolized by everyone and Nora’s personal hero. But now, Nora would give anything to go back to that version of life. After what happened on the golf course, which she can’t remember, things are different. Her best friend Cam encourages her to investigate and report it to the police, and she tries to ignore Adam Xu, the one who found her at her most vulnerable. When Nora and her friends dig deeper, they discover layers to the incident that span generations. This story is important and timely, and one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Release date: March 22nd
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Content warning: sexual assault, discussion of rape and rape culture, drugging with roofies/other drugs to take away capacity to consent.

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

This speculative YA thriller is billed as perfect for fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and that pulled us in right away! Lucy’s family has the unique ability to remove people’s memories. At the Memory House, Lucy’s father can erase people’s heartaches. Lucy has always been eager to learn the family business, and now that she’s sixteen, it’s time. But when Lucy practices on her dad, his memories won’t come loose, and she sees questionable flashes of her Mama’s death. When she wakes the next morning with no memory and a mysterious bruise, she turns to Marco Warman, a local boy who knows more than he should. Lucy and Marco team up to unspool the mysteries that weave through their town and realize there are some secrets people will go to any lengths to keep buried.

Release date: March 22nd
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A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow

Image Source: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Aaron and Oliver have only ever had each other in their small town with few queer teenagers and even fewer trans men. They’ve shared important milestones together, including falling in love. But then Aaron moves away. Without each other, they dig into history instead, and discover two Revolutionary War soldiers who were believed to have been trans men in love. As they learn more about the soldiers, they adopt their names (Aaron and Oliver) and discover what it means to reclaim your place in history. This lyrical novel is written in verse, texts, and letters, and will give you all the butterflies!

Release date: March 22nd
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Content warning: transphobia/homophobia/sexism, deadnaming (deadnames not mentioned, author uses **** instead), sexual assault/pedophilia (referenced).

Message Not Found by Dante Medema

Image Source: Quill Tree Books

Bailey and Vanessa share everything… that is, until the night Vanessa headed for home and swerved off a cliff nowhere near her house. Bailey is left behind with unanswered questions about the person she thought she knew everything about. With the help of a chatbot she creates using their years’ worth of texts and emails, Bailey feels like she’s really talking to her best friend. But when the bot starts hinting that there may have been more to Vanessa’s death, and a secret she kept from Bailey, a puzzle emerges. Told using both prose and text messages, this emotional thriller sounds like the perfect spring break page-turner!

Release date: March 29th
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A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

Image Source: Inkyard Press

Gothic fantasy murder mystery – sign us up! Myra’s portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must guard with her life from those who’d do the worst to control it. When the governor’s wife blackmails Myra into resurrecting her dead son, she discovers his death was no accident. Someone dangerous, with an obsession with portrait magic, lurks. With the help of the governor’s older son, a redheaded poet, Myra dives into the family’s secrets and scandal, desperate to uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim. It’s giving Clue but with magic, and we are so into it!

Release date: March 29th
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Content warning: blood, dead bodies, murder, missing parents, death in general, and some gore.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett

Image Source: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

From a master of YA romance comes a new novel featuring Jane, a chauffeur’s daughter who grew up among the staff of a famous LA music producer. Every summer, Jane goes with her dad to work at the producer’s lodge in Lake Condor, the site of a huge music festival. The Sarafians run the festival, and Jane’s crush has always been their oldest son Eddie, who finally notices her and begins a long-distance romance. But when Jane reconnects with Eddie’s brother Fen, music lover and black sheep of the family, things get complicated.

Release date: March 29th
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A Magic Steeped In Poison by Judy I. Lin

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This sweeping debut kicks off a brand new duology featuring poisonous tea, a magical competition, and a handsome boy. Ning unknowingly brewed the poisonous tea that killed her mother, and carries the weight of that loss on her shoulders. When the tea threatens to take her sister’s life too, Ning travels to the imperial city to compete in an ancient magical competition, where the winner receives a favor from the princess. In Ning’s case, a life-saving one. But what she encounters might put her in more danger than her sister, between bloody court politics, brutal competition, and a mysterious boy keeping a secret.

Release date: March 29th
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Content warning: death of a parent (previous), grief, betrayal, framing, murder, attempted murder.

So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

Image Source: Margaret K. McElderry Books

If you’re a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, you’re gonna wanna check this one out! Reminiscent of Arthurian legend, this story follows Arek, who completed the prophecy that said he would save his kingdom from its evil ruler. But what happens after that? Arek’s best friend slash mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne in the meantime, while they wait for the true heir to escape from her tower. But what if the true heir is dead? Arek is stuck in his new role, and if he doesn’t choose a spouse by his eighteenth birthday, he will disappear into nothing. With only three months to go, he sets out to find his match, starting with his rag-tag group of quest companions. This story sounds like the definition of charming and we cannot wait to get our hands on it!

Release date: March 29th
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Content warning: blade violence, implications of assault/coercion, actions adjacent to drugging.

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