Waiting for: March 2019

I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 today and I cried so much, I deserve something easier to deal with now. Which made writing this post a perfect idea. Very relaxing, not gonna lie. The only downside is, it reminded me how many books I’m excited about in March!

Ugh, I hate waiting…

One of the books listed here today I already mentioned in my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, but oh boy, I had so many more to talk about!

As always, I also want to remind you guys that Charlotte & I have a blog called Reads Rainbow that is dedicated solely to LGBT media. So check out this March releases post over there as well – it’s only for books coming in the first week, because there are just Too Many to fit in one post!!

interludeThe Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

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In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Release date: March 1st
Genre: young adult; fantasy
Selling points: mlm relationship: bi Jewish Latino MC, gay LI (TW: child abuse, statutory rape, suicide mentions, past torture)
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeOpposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

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Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

Release date: March 5th
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Selling points: Black MC & LI (ownvoices), Groundhog Day trope
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeDealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets.

Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city’s benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about.

Nalah must do the unspeakable to get what she wants—a place to call home. But is a home just where you live? Or who you choose to protect?

Release date: March 5th
Genre: young adult; dyspotian
Selling points: Latinx inspired characters & world (ownvoices), girl-gangs, “The Outsiders meets Mad Max”
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeYou Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Release date: March 5th
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Selling points: Jewish MC (ownvoices), Muslim LI, mlm relationship: bi MC & gay LI, Korean lesbian side character
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeThe Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

Release date: March 19th
Genre: young adult; contemporary, science-fiction
Selling points: butch lesbian MC, half-Black lesbian LI, side polyam relationship, side mlm relationship, found family, teenage father, space travel!!
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeThe Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A. Doore

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Divine justice is written in blood.

Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.

Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.

Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target.

Release date: March 19th
Genre: adult lit; fantasy
Selling points: assasins, gay ace MC, lesbian side characters
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeAntar: The Black Knight by Nnedi Okorafor (writer) & Eric Battle (artist)

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Discover a legend in this epic and empowering debut graphic novel from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor.

Honor through perseverance. Legacy through diversity. Resonating for centuries, this is the epic story of one of history’s greatest warriors and finest poets: Antar the Black Knight. A despised camel driver born of an African slave mother and an Arab Noble father, Antar proves that heroes are made by embracing who we are and dreaming about what we can become.

Release date: March 26th
Genre: graphic novel
Selling points: story of Antarah ibn Shaddad – African Arab poet and knight (Black authors), fantasy elements, strong female characters
Preorder on BookDepo

interludeA Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine

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Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident–or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion–all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret–one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life–or rescue it from annihilation.

Release date: March 26th
Genre: adult lit; space opera
Selling points: rebellion, character driven murder mystery, wlw relationship
Preorder on BookDepo

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You have no idea how difficult it was to choose only a few March releases and not make this post like 20 books long…

Are you excited about any of the books I listed here?

What other titles are you waiting for?

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6 Replies to “Waiting for: March 2019”

  1. The Perfect Assassin! I loved it, it was gay AND it had a very interesting worldbuilding, not only because every fantasy world becomes 100% more interesting when it’s not homophobic by default, but it’s desert fantasy set in a city built in the sky? Best atmosphere ever.
    And I can’t wait for The Weight of the Stars and The Fever King!
    For March also really anticipating A Memory Called Empire because I’ve heard it’s gay and I will never ignore gays in space.

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    1. my read got a chance to read an arc of the perfect assassin and she’s been yelling abt it ever since, so im extra excited abt that one!! and ugh, this world sounds absolutely amazing 😮
      the weight of the stars is so so good!! such a lovely story.
      oh shit! i had NO idea a memory called empire is gay??? like, i knew ABOUT it but !! what the hell!!!!

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      1. I know that AMCE is a lgbt book but I’m not sure which representation it features – I think it might be sapphic? But I could be completely wrong – because I haven’t read any reviews for fear of (not-rep-related) spoilers. I have an ARC I will read before the end of the month, so I guess I’m going to have an answer soon

        And I hope you end up liking The Perfect Assassin too!

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