So far I have to say that March is my favourite month of the year!! I’ll probably say that every time a book that I’m super excited for is coming but, whatever! I haven’t seen too much as far as releases in April yet though. So if there are any releases you’re excited for please let me know! I’m always ready and willing to be influenced and enabled in my book buying! Let’s get into the books I can’t wait for!
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi – Released March 6th
This book is one that sparked something inside of me as soon as I saw the cover – I mean, it’s INTENSE!! And anything that has both the words ‘blood’ and ‘bone’ in the same sentence…. I’m here for it! Then I read the synopsis and it further cemented my interest. Magic that disappears, a rogue princess, and an orphaned girl wanting revenge? Yup – need this in my life! But what ended up being the kicker was watching the video of the author seeing her book for the first time. Not gunna lie – I cried. It was just the sweetest thing!
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.
RAINBIRDS by Clarissa Goenawan – Released March 6th
I found out about this book while watching Joce at Squibbles Reads on YouTube and let me tell you – she can really sell a book! I can always count on her channel to find out about everything diverse – authors, settings, characters, and so much more. This one takes place in Japan and it sounds very deep and complex.
Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.
But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.
As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.
THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir – Released March 6th
This book has literally every trope that makes me scream GIMMIE THAT BOOK!! There’s a world falling apart due to climate change (Hello? Is that reality calling?), a space training camp, scouting a new planet, a competition…. I want all of it NOW!! Just read this synopsis and tell me that this doesn’t sound so amazing?!
When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.
For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.
As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.
OBSIDIO of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Released March 13
I have had this book preordered since October….. OCTOBER! I was kind of hoping that if I preordered it early it would make it come out sooner, but no such luck. I also preordered just in time to enter to have my name printed on the casualty list. I’ve never in my life dreamed to be dead in space…. until this book was printed. I just can’t imagine having my name printed in a list written by my all time favourite author in one of my all time favourite series. Having to wait to see if my name is in there is just killing me! Almost as much as waiting to see how all of this ends! I won’t be putting a synopsis up as it’s the third in a series but I’m sure you’ve heard about it. If you haven’t then you need to look it up!
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young – Released April 24th
Normally I’m not the biggest fan of faces on a cover but there’s nothing more bad ass than this cover! The face covered partially in shadow and the intense stare as she’s wielding a very sharp scary weapon. Not only does the cover look bad ass but the synopsis screams it as well!
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Those are the books that I’m very excited to get to within the next few months. As you can see, almost all of them are released on March 6th. My wallet might protest if I pick all of these up at the same time so we will see how many make their way onto my shelf immediately. But I do plan to get to them at some point!
What books are you anticipating in the months of March and April? I’m especially looking for things published in April as I could only remember one so far. But maybe that’s a good thing because May will be another busy one!
Until next time, happy reading!