14 YA Books Coming Out March 2020

Happy Tuesday!


This is my favorite time of the month because I get to bring you the list of books coming out in the next couple of weeks. I really hope I get to help you find your next great read, author or series. I'm very excited for everything that's coming out, so let's get started:

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Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis - Mar. 3


Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing survival story from Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis. The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she's alone - and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.


#Contemporary #Survival

#Standalone


Thoughts: This book feels dark and thrilling, which is why it made it to this list.And because it seems to be short, I expect something fast-paced. I will perhaps check it out of the library to see if it's worth owning.

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: 240 pages


Add Be Not Far From Me to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie - Mar. 3


Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love. Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love. Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death. Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


#Fantasy

#FirstInSeries - Duology


Thoughts: I find the concept of destiny and sacrifice too appealing because it really challenges characters. The description of BCM presents an impossible task and a twist that defies the characters. I'm here for it, especially because I can't wait to see the Bone Criers at work.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: 480 pages


Add Bone Crier's Moon to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Havenfall by Sara Holland - Mar. 3


A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it--at any cost. Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds--each with their own magic--together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return. For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie's brother. It's where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it's where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle. But this summer, the impossible happens--a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She'll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she's letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie--no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #Romance #Mystery

#FirstInSeries - Duology


Thoughts: In some way, Havenfall really pushed me to think about the Shinning, you know, the hotel in Colorado and that otherworldly element. But I have other expectations for Havenfall: a little bit of romance and a fantasy-filled world. I cant's wait to meet Maddie and see how the handles Havenfall.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: 320 pages


Add Havenfall to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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The June Boys by Court Stevens - Mar. 3


The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone. The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys. Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen. But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible: What if her father is the Gemini Thief?


#Mystery #Thriller

#Standalone


Thoughts: The June Boys has an edgy sort of energy I couldn't resist. A challenged MC whose story will keep you holding your breath and I seriously love stories like that. Even as frustrating as they can be sometimes.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: 368 pages


Add The June Boys to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu - Mar. 3


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes a historical YA fantasy about a musical prodigy and the dangerous lengths she'll go to make history remember her—perfect for fans of Susanna Clarke and The Hazel Wood. Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl's hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything. In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.


#Fantasy #HistoricalFiction

#Standalone


Thoughts: I've heard great things about Marie Lu's writing, and I shamefully accept that

I haven't read any of her books. Perhaps this standalone would be the perfect introduction, even though I have Warcross sitting on my shelf (don't judge me).

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: 336 pages


Add The Kingdom of Back to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski - Mar. 3


Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences. Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest. But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted. Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ

#FirstInSeries - Duology

Thoughts: "Romantic fantasy" was all I needed to know, but the world this story is set in, really poses a challenge I'm curious to see unfold.

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: 368 pages


Add The Midnight Lie to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Twin by Natasha Preston - Mar. 3


In this twisty psychological thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar, Emmy finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life—and might be responsible for their mother's death. After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Emmy and Iris were split up—Emmy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom's life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Emmy and their dad. Devastated over Mom's death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence—the only person she will speak to is Emmy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn't know what to do. Emmy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they're sisters. Twins. It's a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Emmy's friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris's spell. Slowly, Emmy realizes she's being pushed out of her own life. But she's just being paranoid, right? And Mom's accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It's not like she—or Dad—or Tyler—are in any danger. . .


#Thriller #Mystery

#Standalone

Thoughts: I have to take my psychological thrillers in small doses because they truly mess with my head if done right. Mostly, I read this genre in adult books, but I'm super curious to read it in YA. The Twin contains double the potential to become a favorite.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: n/a


Add The Twin to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte - Mar. 3


Bestselling author Astrid Scholte, returns with a thrilling adventure in which the dead can be revived...for a price. Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn't food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn't a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why. But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up--and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.


#Fantasy #SciFi

#Standalone

Thoughts: I need to say that I'm not a big fan of SciFi, but the mystery and world within TVD truly intrigued me.

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: 432 pages


Add The Vanishing Deep to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett - Mar. 3


An enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke's daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse. When Ekata's brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family's icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness. In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother's warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love...or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family's power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it. Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what's right in the face of danger.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ

#Standalone


Thoughts: There is nothing better than a Fantasy tale with a strong female lead, and this story contains the right elements for a great read. It would be an automatic buy for me.

Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: 432 pages


Add The Winter Duke to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer - Mar. 3


Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader. And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer's motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don't stop the Butcher, one of them will be next. With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that's impossible to put down.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ

#Standalone


Thoughts: I'm internally screaming with how good this book sounds. I love witches and I hope this book keeps its promise of "razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters" because it will be an automatic buy for me.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: 384 pages


Add Witches of Ash and Ruin to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis - Mar. 9


Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo! A princess longing to be free... On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon. A bastard aching to belong... Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him. Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart... Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her. Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you'll never see coming, don't miss The Raven and the Dove!


#HighFantasy #Retelling #Romance

#FirstInSeries - Four books Planned


Thoughts: I was first introduced to the Tristan and Isolde tale in one of my readings for my French class--Marie de France's lais, le "Chevrefoil" and seeing this retelling gave me a bit of hope. Four books seems a bit of a stretch, but the tale is loaded with passion and complicated politics, which gives it a lot of potential. I have faith in this story, especially with the magic elements the author chose,

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: n/a


Add The Raven and the Dove to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban - Mar. 17


This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending. Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting. What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies. Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?


#Contemporary #Mystery #Thriller

#Standalone


Thoughts: Just reading the description of AYTS makes my heart pound, I guess tough decisions do that to you, and I'm really curious about how the story will unfold and what it is the characters have done to deserve such fate.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: 400 pages


Add All Your Twisted Secrets to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer - Mar. 17


Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out…. No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away. But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple. Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.


#Contemporary #Mystery #Thriller

#Standalone


Thoughts: I'm really intrigued by the description of this book, but if this book meets its promise of "lush, haunting prose", I will make sure I buy my own copy.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: 368 pages


Add Frozen Beauty to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Thorn by Intisar Khanani - Mar. 27 (Reprint)


A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future. When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl. But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for. - Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn

#Adventure #Fantasy #Retelling #Romance

#FirstInSeries -


Thoughts: I almost had the opportunity to acquire an ARC of Thorn during YALLFest but it was so popular that the copies ran out by the time I made it down the line. For what I know, this is a reprint of the book, but it seriously sounds amazing!

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: 512 pages


Add Thorn to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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