Not only is March Women’s History Month in the United States, but it’s also International Women’s Day on March 8. What better time to celebrate female authors and characters? In March, we’re blessed with an abundance of fabulous new posts to read and share, as you celebrate the women in your life and honor the women who fought for hard-won rights (and are still fighting). , be sure to take advantage of some of the best new releases of the month.
The lost dreamer by Lizz Huerta (March 1)
Inspired by an ancient Mesoamerican fantasy world, Lizz Huerta’s debut album explores the world of seers and dreamers in a patriarchal society. Indir’s line of dreamers is threatened when a new king takes the throne. Saya discovers that there may be more to her psychic abilities than she realizes and her abusive mother lets on. This unique story and world will captivate YA fantasy readers as they cheer on Indir and Saya, two incredible characters whose ferocity and strength provide an exciting start to this duology.
Travelers on the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi (March 1)
Another gem in the Remixed Classics series, this book is a Robin Retelling for fans of historical fiction and adventure stories. Praised for being well-researched and engaging, this book has all the makings of a fun, well-written page-turner.
The location of the suite by Trish Doller (March 1)
Trish Doller is one of my favorite authors. Its ability to write emotional love stories with nuance and swooning is matched only by its idyllic setting. The Suite Spot is a companion to his heartfelt and unforgettable novel, Floating plan. As Floating planereaders will become totally invested in these characters, likely consume a few pages through tears of joy, and when it’s over, embrace the book desperately waiting for the next one.
Chef’s kiss by Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Hank Jones, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (March 1)
A recent college graduate, Ben struggles to find a job that combines his passion for reading and writing. After another round of failed interviews, he comes across a “help wanted – no experience necessary” sign in a restaurant window and applies. As he develops a crush on one of the other bosses and realizes he’s not that bad, he begins to wonder if maybe he can do anything other than read and write for a job. . This queer foodie romance is perfect for anyone who believes the best romances involve food and baking or anyone who was obsessed with Oni’s. Space Battle Lunch or spend too much time watching The Great British BaKing Show (guilty of both).
One for all by Lilli Lainoff (March 8)
I have wanted to read this book since it was announced. A Three Musketeers Story and a young woman with a chronic illness who defies expectations and joins the training school to become a musketeer like her father where she finds a family and a place to belong? I’m sold.
Great or nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richards, Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood (March 8)
I will read anything Joy McCullough writes and urge everyone to read her books as well. When this tale of Little Women of World War I was announced, co-written with Caroline Tung Richards, Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood, I immediately wanted it on my shelf. The unique structure and heartbreaking premise is enough to know that this book could destroy and uplift me, much like Joy’s. Blood water paint did. I think I’m ready.
Dust, a flame by Rebecca Podos (March 8)
This magnificent contemporary Jewish fantasy is both vast and personal. Hannah wakes up one morning to find herself transformed, a change that stems from a secret past and a family Hannah never knew. After her mother disappears to find answers, she and her brother, Gabe, are left alone to delve into their family history and discover this new magic. As you begin reading this book, you’ll realize that Rebecca Podos is an author to watch, with her beautiful, touching writing and skillful portrayal of past trauma. Don’t miss this release.
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (March 8)
If you read science fiction, you know John Scalzi. He is the author of several award-winning science fiction novels, including red shirts and Wa of the old manr. He also runs a fantastic and often hilarious site, No matterwhere it gives authors a space to share their big ideas behind their speculative fiction novels. The Kaiju Preservation Society is her first standalone novel in a while and has one of the best pandemic-era premise I’ve had the pleasure of coming across. A Jurassic Park-esque escape novel set in a time when fiction was our only escape? Where is an alternate world where the Kaijus roam? One word: epic.
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir by an American from Wuhan by Laura Gao (March 8)
Author and illustrator Lauren Gao makes her debut with messy roots, a graphic novel based on his life. From her immigration from Wuhan, China, her desire to make the basketball team, and her growing crush on girls, Lauren is sometimes hilarious, insightful, and wise as she shifts between past and present. here. Must read.
Sadie on a plate by Amanda Elliot (March 15)
Baking and cooking contest books are the best. There’s usually plenty of low-stakes drama and conflict that makes for a perfect compulsive read. But add a romantic element and you may have just created a fictional masterpiece. This is why books like Rosaline Palmer takes the cake by Alexis Hall and Sadie on a plate are delicious. It’s the perfect read for the (hopefully) warmer weather, charming and witty with an irresistible pair and tantalizing variety dishes.
The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller (March 22)
This book brought me to “gothic thriller fantasy”. If like me, you like speculative fiction that mixes genres, you must add The Bone Orchard to your TBR. Charm is many things, a witch, a Madame, a concubine, and now the woman tasked with solving the Emperor’s murder. While lying on his deathbed, he asks Charming to choose which of his hateful sons should inherit the throne and which is responsible for his impending death. Lush and haunting, it’s a book I feel like we’ll be thinking about long after we’re done.
Refuse to be done: how to write and rewrite a novel in three drafts by Matt Bell (March 22)
Many writers have an impressive collection of craft books. I know I do. And Matt Bell’s latest is definitely one every writer should add to the collection. It serves as a step-by-step instruction for starting, finishing, and editing your second and third drafts in the review process. Perfect for writers of all skill sets, this book will be invaluable for anyone embarking on writing a novel.
Message not found by Dante Medema (March 22)
I love this cover. It’s really beautiful and so detailed. Although it’s not the happiest premise, I’m also intrigued by the idea of the novel: two best friends who share everything until the sudden and tragic accident that kills one of them, a teenager who deals with her grief by building a chat bot to reconnect with her friend and how technology begins to hint at the secrets that led to her death. I can’t wait to read this novel of friendship, secrets and heartbreak.
blood scion by Deborah Falaye (March 8)
An epic and radical novel based on Yoruba culture, traditions and mythology. A young woman with secret abilities must free her oppressed people. You’ll be clamoring to finish this awesome and epic debut album, desperate to see Sloane succeed and incinerate the injustice and brutality of his enemies.
Hook, line and sinker by Tessa Bailey (March 1)
Tessa Bailey knows how to work a romantic trope. His books are rom-com gold and Hook, line and sinker is the dream combination of friends to lovers, gamer to romantic. Whether you’re looking for future reading on the beach or need a refreshing read after a long week, you’ll want to buy this Tessa Bailey book.
Poison-infused magic by Judy I. Lin (March 22)
For some tea lovers, like me, the drink brings a sense of calm and routine. I rarely start a morning without a cup of tea and sometimes even wind down in the evening with tea and a good book. Is that how I know a book about magic tea making? Totally down the alley of tea drinkers. Like K. O’Neill’s Tea Dragon Society, but instead of a graphic novel, it’s a YA fantasy book with high stakes. I am already enchanted.
wild and Ocrazy things by Francesca May (March 29)
I confess that I wanted to read this one because of its wonderful cover. The gold images on a black background are stunning and alluring, hinting at a glamorous and lush book within. I’m also intrigued by the idea of three different women on an island known for its glitzy, lavish parties and the magic and scandal that follows them.
Always Joan by Jenn Bennett (March 29)
I have one rule: when a new Jenn Bennett book comes out, I have to read it. His books are the right combination of romantic, hopeful and dramatic. I love the extra layer of emotion she adds to everything and I always feel better about myself after reading her words – like I too can have a life changing summer or realize my full potential and find the love of my life if the lovely protagonists of Jenn can. Always Joan involves a love triangle, a music festival, and a girl caught in the middle.
beast boys by Monica Zepeda (March 29)
Finally, I would be remiss not to mention the debut of talented new writer Monica Zepeda. The book won Lee and Low’s New Voices award and follows three Mexican-American cousins on a road trip after the death of their beloved grandmother. The book explores loss, identity, and mental health skillfully and carefully. A must read this month.