Hello Fellow Readers,
How are you? I hope you are doing well and keeping safe, always.
It’s the beginning of March, and spring is finally coming. I can’t believe it’s March already. I am quite caught up with the working from home routine, and I have been quite busy with work. It makes me both happy and sad. I’m glad I have a job and my brain has something to focus on, but I’m also sad I have less time for reading, above all this month, with so many sequels and new series coming out. Let’s start with a look at this week’s releases:
Honor your oath, destroy your country.
Wren Southerland is the most talented healer in the Queen’s Guard, but her reckless actions have repeatedly put her on thin ice with her superiors. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate to cure his servant from a mysterious disease, she seizes the chance to prove herself.
When she arrives at Colwick Hall, Wren realizes that nothing is what it seems. Particularly when she discovers her patient is actually Hal Cavendish, the sworn enemy of her kingdom.
As the snowy mountains make it impossible to leave the estate, Wren and Hal grow closer as they uncover a sinister plot that could destroy everything they hold dear. But choosing love could doom both their kingdoms.
This is an intriguing new debut. This fantasy novel has both gothic and romantic vibes and tells the story of two enemies trapped inside a crumbling mansion with no way to escape the monsters inside. If you want to hear more about this title, you can read Tessa’s lovely review @Tessa Talks Books. Down Comes The Night is out on 2 March.
Ice is in her blood.
Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.
Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.
But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.
Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.
A Trial of Sorcerers is the first book of the new epic fantasy from Elise Kova, author of the Air Awakens series and paranormal fantasy series Married to Magic. All these three series are on my “one-day-I-promise” list, and Kova’s books always have covers so stunning that I have to confess, I am adding them to my TBR just because they are beautiful. This is officially out on 2 March.
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings.
Maralyth Graylaern, a cacao farmer’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne.
Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
This book was on my radar for months. After reading an e-arc, I actually pre-ordered an hardback copy, because both Alac and Mara crept inside my heart (you can read my review here). I am gutted The Stolen Kingdom didn’t get the love it deserves so far. If you want an easy fantasy + forbidden romance and standalone read, I strongly recommend it. This book is out on 2 March.
Seventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed over her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the Czar, who is determined to imprison any who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend Alik, the only piece of home she has left.
That is, until he is brutally murdered.
A year later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held against his will. To buy his freedom, she must lead a group of cutthroats and thieves on a perilous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family. Only something sinister slumbers in the heart of Knnot.
And it has waited years for release.
I guess this is another most-awaited title of the month. The Bright and The Pale is the first book of this duology/debut fantasy story which is rooted in Russian mythology. I came across this interesting review by Julie @One Book More, which will tell you all you need to know about this book. The Bright and The Pale is out on 2 March.
As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.
The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.
Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.
This is another exciting debut novel, from Angeline Boulley. Firekeeper’s Daughter is scoring lots of positive review and buzz so far, it’s a thriller about a Native teen who must fight the corruption of her community. This mystery novel is out on 2 March.
When Moira Dreyfuss’s parents announce that they’re sending her to an all-girls boarding school deep in the Maine woods, Moira isn’t fooled. She knows her parents are punishing her; she’s been too much trouble since her best friend, Nathan, died―and for a while before that. At the Castle School, isolated from the rest of the world, Moira will be expected to pour her heart out to the odd headmaster, Dr. Prince. But she isn’t interested in getting over Nathan’s death or befriending her fellow students.
On her first night there, Moira hears distant music. On her second, she discovers the lock on her window is broken. On her third, she and her roommate venture outside…and learn that they’re not so isolated after all. There’s another, very different, Castle School nearby―this one filled with boys whose parents sent them away, too.
Moira is convinced that the Castle Schools and the doctors who run them are hiding something. But exploring the schools will force Moira to confront her overwhelming grief―and the real reasons her parents sent her away.
This synopsis reminds me a bit of Wilder Girls, The Castle School: For Troubled Girls. It’s a mystery/thriller that takes place in an isolated boarding school. The story is a lot about mental health and if you are intrigued by the setting then make sure to check the trigger warning of this novel! This is out on 2 March.
Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout-chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas anymore, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.
On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high-flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.
Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.
This novel is from the New York bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi. Yolk is a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters, switching places and committing insurance fraud to save one of their lives. If you are curious to hear more about this contemporary novel I recommend reading Yolanda’s review @Past Midnight. Yolk is out on 2 March,
Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .
Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.
Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.
And the last release of this week is I Think I Love You, a sweet debut novel about falling in love with the last person you expected. It’s about comparing real life love with love on the screen. This is out on 2 March.
Which books are you adding to your TBR this month?
Have you read any of these books??