Books for March

I was debating between posting the March new releases I wanted and clearing out my “links that caught my eye” file.  The post title is probably a dead giveaway, but I figured the links would keep and I’m loving my new releases list this month.  Never say I don’t make the big decisions…

Onto the March releases:

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17563080Anne Bishop‘s MURDER OF CROWS (fantasy): So many people have already mentioned that the sequel to WRITTEN IN RED is out this month – and yes, it’s at the top of my to-buy list.  I have to say that as much as I enjoyed the first book, I was surprised by how many people mentioned WRITTEN IN RED in their Best of 2013 round-ups. It feels that Anne Bishop is getting a bit more air time for this series compared to her last major series, the Black Jewels books – possibly because it’s more accessible fantasy?

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Out March 4

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17667009Seanan McGuire‘s HALF OFF RAGNAROK (UF): I’m hoping this book in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series is when it finally starts to click for me.  Don’t get me wrong – the previous two books were lots of fun with that trademark in-depth world-building of McGuire’s… it’s just that they’re just missing the heart which I know she can deliver. New book, new protagonist, new start?

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

Out March 4

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night broken_front mech.inddPatricia BriggsNIGHT BROKEN (UF): The new Mercy Thompson installment!  I sometimes feel the Mercy books suffer from being released so early in the year that they don’t really stand out when I look back at all the books I read during that year. Nevertheless, I always look forward to a new Briggs – this time round, it sounds as though Mercy and Adam’s relationship takes centre-stage, which promises to be good as Patricia Briggs excels at relationships.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Out March 11

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18689477Carla Kelly‘s THE WEDDING RING QUEST (historical romance): Carla Kelly is one of those historical romance authors that has a knack for evoking the feel of the period so perfectly – no wallpaper historicals here. She also excels at writing military (or ex-military in this case) men – she doesn’t romanticise war nor does she shy away from portraying both direct and indirect after-effects, but she always manages to infuse her stories with hope and humanity.

Searching for a ring…finding a family!

Penniless Mary Rennie knows she’s lucky to have a home with relatives in Edinburgh, but she does crave more excitement in her life. So when her cousin’s ring is lost in one of several fruitcakes heading around the country as gifts, Mary seizes the chance for adventure.

When widowed captain Ross Rennie and his son meet Mary in a coaching inn, they take her under their wing. After years of battling Napoleon, Ross’s soul is war weary, but Mary’s warmth and humor touch him deep inside. Soon, he’s in the most heart-stopping situation of his life— considering a wedding-ring quest of his own!

Out March 18

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18590125Julie Cross‘s THIRD DEGREE (new adult): I loved Julie Cross’s YA LETTERS TO NOWHERE – of course I’m giving her NA debut a go.  She wrote an interesting blog post about the “rules” of NA, and we had an exchange of comments which makes me even more curious to see her take on NA.

I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

Out March 25

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18052956Eloisa JamesTHREE WEEKS WITH LADY X (historical romance): I… can’t even. So you may recall way back in the days, I loved Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses series (when I talked about them every other month or so?). And then she went off and did her historical fairy tale retellings – which were fine (and okay, I may have really liked a couple), but really, I preferred her Georgian-set historicals. And now she’s revisiting that world with the son of the Duke of Villiers (who pretty much carried that entire Desperate Duchesses series)… well, yes, I’m very definitely getting this (and you’ll probably see a post from me in a few months’ time cursing that sky-high expectations thing).

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…

His fierce and lawless heart.

Out March 25

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And if that’s not enough, a couple of other books on my radar:

  • Diana Peterfreund did a cover reveal for this NASabrina Bowen‘s THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN (out March 17).  Any book that remotely references Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series catches my attention – yes, I’m easy like that.
  • Teresa Grant‘s Malcolm & Suzanne books are always good if you’re in the mood for proper historical intrigue (though I admit they are twisty to the extent that my head sometimes hurts trying to figure out what’s happening) – THE BERKELEY SQUARE AFFAIR (out March 25) promises to deliver the more of the same (plus really pretty cover!)
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16 thoughts on “Books for March

    • I’ve never done a full re-read of the Black Jewels books, but have dipped back in and out, and that world gets me every time.

      I’m not entirely sure that her new series is YA – I know I thought it was before the first book came out, but having read WRITTEN IN RED, I don’t think it is. Meg, the protagonist, is certainly young (can’t remember how old she is exactly), but the themes/plot straddles the YA/adult boundary IMO.

  1. hey Li 🙂 Seriously, we need more UF books out there! Good UF books, because just relying on favorite series is not enough books to read! LOL.

    I think you’re right, The Others series is a bit more accessible than the Black Jewels trilogy and so, more popular. I really enjoyed Written in Red, so can’t wait for this one.

    I agree with you, something’s been missing in Ms Mcguire InCryptid series. I think it’s an actual overarching storyline you know…

    I would have preferred a Charles and Anna book, but I’ll take the Mercy Thompson installment 😛

    • I noticed you’ve already read MURDER OF CROWS on GR? Am starting to see the early reviews pop up – kind of promising so far…

      LOL @ an actual overarching storyline! It’s true that the InCryptid books are structured in a rather episodic standalone fashion, IIRC – I just don’t feel invested in Verity & co at the moment.

      I think the Charles & Anna and Mercy storylines are starting to overlap (well, certainly chronologically) – I’m not entirely sure which I prefer. I’ve a soft spot for both.

      ETA: I agree on the YA/NA thing, but Julie Cross’s post made me a bit more curious because it feels as though she views them as very separate genres?

    • LOL – yes, THAT Anne Bishop. I can see some similarities in the writing between WRITTEN IN RED and the Black Jewels books, more so than her other non-Black Jewels books.

  2. Heh. You make me laugh, Li. I’ve only read one Eloisa James (When Beauty Tamed the Beast) and I always wonder which to read next. I liked that one all right, but wasn’t over the moon.

    Cannot wait for Murder of Crows.

    • I recall liking that Eloisa James book very much when I was reading it, but it hasn’t really left a lasting impression. I loved her quartet/series books much more – her trademark was to build up this romance arc over the entire series and it was much more of an ensemble cast of characters, if that makes sense.

      Possibly try the first of the Desperate Duchesses series if you’re looking for another EJ rec? (though I’ve just looked at the GR reviews and umm… they’re not exactly glowing!!)
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/641455.Desperate_Duchesses

    • Ah yes, I do recall a few Black Jewels stalker moments back in those days 😉 I’m reading MURDER OF CROWS at the moment – looking forward to discussing once I’ve finished / more people have read it.

  3. You have lots of great books on your list, Li. As you know I’m especially excited about the Anne Bishop (Black Jewels series was also a favorite of mine) and Patricia Briggs (I love both the series she’s writing). I still need to read the first of the Incryptid series.

    As for the others I didn’t know Carla Kelly and Eloisa James had new books out. I love Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchess series, too. I’ve liked most of her books, but I agree the Georgians are lots of fun. I’ll have to check out both of those books.

    I have Letters to Nowhere on my list to read–hopefully, in April.

    I’ve definitely got too many really good books to read right now. LOL

    • I was reading the McGuire, but put that to one side to start the Briggs. I pre-ordered and it appeared on my Kindle (like magic!) – and I couldn’t NOT start it.

      I had to double-check the Carla Kelly as I hadn’t seen it anywhere else myself! Bit of a quiet release, surprisingly.

      Another Eloisa James fan! I love her writing, but I know her books don’t work for everyone – I’m never quite sure when to recommend her and when not to, as I don’t think she’s one of those universal romance recs, if that makes sense.

      I hope you get around to Julie Cross soon – am impressed you have a timeframe in mind 😉

  4. Hey! I just noticed that you mentioned my book. Thank you! Yeah, Diana Peterfreund and I have the same college experience on which to frame our novels. Her Eli University may bear some striking resemblances to my Harkness College. 🙂

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