Jul 13, 2018

 

New Monthly Releases - March 2018

 

Time to update your to-be-read list and clear some space on your shelves. These are a few of the new book releases for March 2018.



- Science Fiction -
March 1st:

The One: A Cruise Through the Solar System by Eric Klein (kindle edition, 218 pages, published by Purple Toga Publications)
The year is 2152. What started as a normal work day for BJ Armstrong (debugging the latest faulty AI), quickly turned to the adventure of a lifetime. Join Armstrong on his all-expenses-paid 30-day cruise through the solar system on board the maiden voyage of the latest pleasure ship (complete with a beauty pageant and scientific symposium), as he tries to unravel an assassination plot and foil the biggest heist in history. The only question that remains, will BJ get the girl?


March 6th:

A Call to Vengeance (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant #3) by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope (hardcover, 480 pages, published by Baen Books)
The third book in the Manticore Ascendant series finds the Star Kingdom in disarray after a series of devastating attacks by mercenaries sent by an unknown enemy across impossible distances. The Royal Manticoran Navy is in shambles, but even worse is the political danger they face, as an anti-Navy faction in the government gains power and influence, determined to destroy the kingdom’s only hope in the shortsighted pursuit of political gain. Officers Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly must gather every ally they can find—old and new, trustworthy and otherwise—in order to shore up defenses both internal and external before the next attack…provided they aren’t betrayed by their own government first.


Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition by Simon Guerrier (ebook, 224 pages, published by Harper Design)
Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records is a handy compilation of the greatest—and strangest—details from the brilliant, imaginative world of Doctor Who. Bursting with firsts and bests both human and alien, this expansive compendium has the answer to any and every question about the Doctor, his companions and adversaries, and his adventures through time and space. Discover a multi-universe of astounding facts, figures, and fun—from the biggest explosion in the universe to the first human to time-travel; from the longest fall through space to the shortest life-form that ever lived—inside this ultimate must-have reference.


Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel K. Wilson (paperback, 304 pages, published by Vintage Books)
Wilson collects 14 stories linked by the general theme of artificial intelligence, including a few set in the universes of his bestselling novels Robopocalypse and Clockwork Dynasty. The stories are dark but oddly human: a young boy links the brain implant that fends off his seizures to a robot intelligence; a scientist finds a way to spend one last day with his young daughter; a robot designed to protect a child rises from the dead over and over again, determined to serve out its programming; a virtual avatar pines for his true love in a digital simulacrum. Lark Iron Cloud from Robopocalypse and Elena Petrova from Clockwork Dynasty make welcome appearances in other stories, and the result is an unusually cohesive collection that nevertheless offers plenty of variety.


If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy #2) by Nancy Kress (hardcover, 336 pages, published by Tor Books)
Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base--and no cure for the spore disease. A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed. Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all.


Quietus (The Unity #1) by Tristan Palmgren (paperback, 512 pages, published by Angry Robot)
Anthropologist Habidah’s universe is beset by a deadly plague. By way of study, she’s been assigned to research a similar calamity in our universe, and is dispatched to witness the Black Death as it swiftly decimates Florence. Moved by the tragic scene of a young Carthusian monk named Niccolucio, who watches as one after another of his brothers succumbs to the disease, Habidah breaks all the rules and saves him. This merciful act sets off a chain reaction that ultimately reveals there’s more to the plague in Habidah’s own universe than a simple illness, and her assignment to observe our world is not the task she believed it to be. There is a conspiracy at work, threatening to destroy a huge empire—and now, she and Niccolucio are part of it.


The Last Jedi (Star Wars: Novelizations #8) by Jason Fry (hardcover, 316 pages, published by Del Rey Books)
Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms—and perhaps lay down their lives—for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. Against this enemy, the champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.


The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre (paperback, 175 pages, published by Tor.com)
Karsman is the de facto leader of a planet on the edges of civilization where the Muljaddy, a benign religious order, dominate everything, trading wages and food for simple devotion and prayer, and spurring a thriving economy dealing in the artifacts of a long-dead civilization. Karsman has risen to his position of authority in part due to the many personalities in his head, each with their own set of skills and experience, all of which fight daily for control of his body. When a group of mercenaries arrive hunting a mysterious woman, their failure to locate her leads them to slowly ratchet up their campaign of terror, until they’re challenging the Muljaddy itself—and Karsman begins to use the various skills his many personas possess to protect the planet and the people who live there.


Zero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown (paperback, 295 pages, published by 47North)
For war hero Caitlin Taggart, mining work on the Moon is dirty, low pay, and high risk. But no risk seems too extreme if it helps her return to Earth and the daughter she loves more than life itself. Offered a dangerous, long-shot chance to realize that dream, Caitlin will gamble with more than just her life. By leading a ragtag crew of miners on a perilous assignment to harvest an asteroid, Caitlin could earn a small fortune. More importantly, it would give her clearance to return to Earth. But when an unexpected disaster strikes the mission, Caitlin is plunged into a race to save not only herself, but every human being on Earth.


March 13th:

Dayfall by Michael David Ares (hardcover, 288 pages, published by Tom Doherty Associates)
A sudden, swift war between Pakistan and India results in the northern hemisphere being trapped in an endless night, the sun shrouded by a nuclear winter. New Yorkers, naturally enough, quickly adapt—even as rising waters change the geography of the city— and a whole new way of living is established. In this new world, homicide detective Jon Phillips must keep working his beat. He is called into the mayor’s office and instructed to track down a serial killer within 24 hours—and informed that the end of the unnatural night is coming. The event is expected to spark incredible chaos, with riots and unrest throughout the city—and Jon must find the killer before the potential collapse of law and order. Arrayed against him are a virulent criminal underground, political gamesmanship, and the power-hungry leader of a private security company seeking to set himself as the enforcer for the entire city—not to mention the coming dawn.


Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson (paperback, 240 pages, published by Tor.com)
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (paperback, 615 pages, published by Rock the Boat Publishing)
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


The Feed by Nick Clark Windo (hardcover, 325 pages, published by William Morrow)
In this book, the internet has a different name (the Feed), but it serves a similar purpose—it’s used for the relentless sharing and oversharing of information. When the Feed suddenly collapses, everything else in the world does, too, making a family’s search for their missing child more perilous than they could ever have imagined.


March 20th:

Stone Mad (Karen Memory #2) by Elizabeth Bear (paperback, 192 pages, published by Tor.com)
Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karen’s retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didn’t rush in to rescue everyone she can.


March 27th:

Bash Bash Revolution by Douglas Lain (paperback, 293 pages, published by Night Shade Books)
Seventeen-year-old Matthew Munson is ranked thirteenth in the state in Bash Bash Revolution, an outdated Nintendo game from 2002 that, in 2016, is still getting tournament play. He's a high school dropout who still lives at home with his mom, doing little but gaming and moping. That is, until Matthew's dad turns up again. Jeffrey Munson is a computer geek who'd left home eight years earlier to work on a top secret military project. Jeff has been a sporadic presence in Matthew's life, and much to his son's displeasure insists on bonding over video games. The two start entering local tournaments together, where Jeff shows astonishing aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution in particular. Then, as abruptly as he appeared, Matthew's father disappears again, just as he was beginning to let Jeff back into his life. The betrayal is life-shattering, and Matthew decides to give chase, in the process discovering the true nature of the government-sponsored artificial intelligence program his father has been involved in. Told as a series of conversations between Matthew and his father's artificial intelligence program, Bash Bash Revolution is a wildly original novel of apocalypse and revolution, as well as a poignant story of broken family.


Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore (paperback, 535 pages, published by Parvus Press)
Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies. Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves. Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.


Void Black Shadow (Voidwitch Saga #2) by Corey J. White (paperback, 215 pages, published by Tor.com)
Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It's not smart to get involved with Mars, but that doesn't stop some people from trying. The last time MEPHISTO came for Mars they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn't been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won't rest until she's settled her debts.


March 31st:

The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya) by Aliette de Bodard (hardcover, 96 pages, published by Subterranean Press)
Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood. A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her. As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past--and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars...


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- Fantasy -
March 6th:

Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (hardcover, 480 pages, published by Harper Voyager)
Blessed by the gods with lives of comfort and splendor, the royal elite routinely perform their duties, yet some chafe at their role. A young woman of stunning ambition, Princess Phela refuses to allow a few obstacles—including her mother the queen and her brother, the heir apparent—stand in the way of claiming ultimate power and glory for herself. Far below the royals are the Bajuman. Poor and oppressed, members of this wretched caste have but two paths out of servitude: the priesthood... or death. Because magic has been kept at bay in Quandis, royals and Bajuman have lived together in an uneasy peace for centuries. But Princess Phela’s desire for power will disrupt the realm’s order, setting into motion a series of events that will end with her becoming a goddess in her own right... or ultimately destroying Quandis and all its inhabitants.


Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs (paperback, 308 pages, published by Orbit Books)
The fifth book in the Alpha and Omega series (spun off from the long-running Mercy Thompson saga) finds Charles Cornick and Anna Latham living as a mated werewolf pair, stepping into the role of pack leaders and watching over the Wildings, werewolves too dangerous to live with the pack formally, but existing on the fringes and still in need of protection. When a Wilding is kidnapped, Charles and Anna set off to the rescue, but there’s an unknown enemy circling the pack. As Charles and Anna seek to protect the Wildlings and discover the identity of their enemy, they will be tested like never before.


Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins (hardcover, 437 pages, published by Del Rey Books)
They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose's heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift--or a curse. But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.


Good Guys by Steven Brust (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Tor Books)
Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal--or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. "Lethal" turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved. When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn't like. The Foundation scooped her up for training too. "Hippie chick" Susan got well into her Foundation training before they told her about the magic, but she's as powerful as Donovan and Marci now. They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others days before. They all work for the secretive Foundation...for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren't they?


Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst (hardcover, 400 pages, published by Balzer + Bray)
Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves. But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family. Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.


Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe (The Streets of Maradaine #2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca (mass market paperback, 352 pages, published by DAW Books)
The second Streets of Maradaine novel (and the seventh novel to take place in the fictional city of the same name) finds the neighborhood of North Seleth still reeling from the Holver Alley fire, a deliberate act of arson intended to drive the residents out. The Holver Alley crew, led by brothers Asti and Verci, have already brought street justice down upon the people who set the blaze, but the ones truly responsible have remained elusive. When clues point to the aristocrat Lord Henterman, Asti hatches a plot to infiltrate the noble household to find proof—but encounters his old lover-turned-betrayer Liora Rand already there, ensconced as Lady Henterman. As a rival gang and political developments complicate life for everyone in the neighborhood, the tense game of cat and mouse between Lord Henterman, Liora, and the Holver Alley crew leads Asti to the secrets contained in Lady Henterman’s wardrobe.


Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop (hardcover, 402 pages, published by Ace Books)
After a brutal divorce, Vicki DeVine takes possession of the Jumble, a compound of rotting buildings near Lake Silence she intends to turn into a resort. Vicki is a normal human, however, and completely unaware that in an area like this—where the shape-shifting Others are dominant—it’s their rules, that matter, and Vicki is unaware that her lodger Aggie Crowe is an Other. When a dead body turns up on the property, the police seem intent on pinning the murder on Vicki, who soon realizes the man was part of an effort led by her ex-husband to ruin her and take back the Jumble. While Vicki learns to navigate the dangers of living with the Others, her ex and his sketchy allies discover that crossing the Others is never a good idea.


Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments #1) by Robert V.S. Redick (paperback, 458 pages, published by Talos Press)
Squabbling brothers Kandri and Mektu have been drafted into the army of an insane prophet, and their daily survival depends on pretending to be true believers—a script Mektu, who thinks he sees demons, has trouble sticking to. When the brothers are blamed for an assassination—the prophet’s army believes them to be professional killers—they must flee into the desert known as “the Land that Eats Men” in order to survive. There, they meet an array of strange and deadly allies and enemies, and learn a secret that could change the course of Urrath’s history for better or much, much worse—if they can survive long enough to reveal it.


Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby (paperback, 336 pages, published by Angry Robot)
In the near future, the world finds itself suddenly invaded by dragons—actual fire-and-smoke breathing dragons. While the firefighters of the world become the first line of defense against the monsters, a small number of people immune to dragon smoke are drafted into the elite anti-dragon force known as the Smoke Eaters. Cole Brannigan was a firefighter for 20 years before the dragons came, and has been battling them ever since. On the verge of retirement, he suddenly discovers he’s able to withstand dragon smoke, and quickly becomes a rookie in the Smoke Eaters, the low man on the ladder, but tasked with a monumentally important new mission. When they stumble onto a conspiracy, Brannigan and his fellow Smoke Eaters have no choice but to protect their city and its people on their own, no matter the cost.


The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum (hardcover, 304 pages, published by St. Martin's Press)
Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me… When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.


Tricks for Free (InCryptid #7) by Seanan McGuire (mass market paperback, 409 pages, published by Daw Books)
The seventh book picks up where the last left off, with Antimony Price on the run and on her own. As cryptozoologists, the Price family has dedicated themselves to protecting the hidden magical creatures of the world, and to keep everyone safe, Antimony must hide—and what better place to do so than Lowryland, the largest amusement park in Florida? There, she intends to lay low and make plans, but she finds herself surrounded by magic and magical creatures, and, soon enough, drawn into a mystery. Accidents begin to plague the park, and a corpse reveals Antimony’s presence to the folks who run Lowryland—a secret group of powerful magic users. They want Antimony and her powers for themselves, and she finds herself caught, desperate and alone.


March 13th:

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) by Josiah Bancroft (paperback, 448 pages, published by Orbit Books)
The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel. Time is running out, and now Senlin must choose between his friends, his freedom, and his wife. Does anyone truly escape the Tower?


Impostor Syndrome (The Arcadia Project #3) by Mishell Baker (paperback, 480 pages, published by Saga Press)
Three months ago, a rift between agents in London and Los Angeles tore the Arcadia Project apart. With both fey Courts split down the middle—half supporting London, half LA—London is putting the pieces in place to quash the resistance. But due to an alarming backslide in her mental health, new LA agent Mille Roper is in no condition to fight. When London’s opening shot is to frame Millie’s partner, Tjuan, for attempted homicide, Millie has no choice but to hide him and try to clear his name. Her investigation will take her across the pond to the heart of Arcadia at the mysterious and impenetrable White Rose palace. The key to Tjuan’s freedom—and to the success of the revolution—is locked in a vault under the fey Queen’s watchful eye. It’s up to Millie to plan and lead a heist that will shape the future of two worlds—all while pretending that she knows exactly what she’s doing…


March 20th:

A Veil of Spears (The Song of the Shattered Sands #3) by Bradley P. Beaulieu (hardcover, 672 pages, published by Daw Books)
Since the Night of Endless Swords, a bloody battle the Kings of Sharakhai narrowly won, the kings have been hounding the rebels known as the Moonless Host. Many have been forced to flee the city, including Çeda, who discovers that the King of Sloth is raising his army to challenge the other kings' rule. When Çeda finds the remaining members of the Moonless Host, now known as the thirteenth tribe, she sees a tenuous existence. Çeda hatches a plan to return to Sharakhai and free the asirim, the kings' powerful, immortal slaves. The kings, however, have sent their greatest tactician, the King of Swords, to bring Çeda to justice for her crimes. But the once-unified front of the kings is crumbling. The surviving kings vie quietly against one another, maneuvering for control over Sharakhai. Çeda hopes to use that to her advantage, but whom to trust? Any of them might betray her. As Çeda works to lift the shackles from the asirim and save the thirteenth tribe, the kings of Sharakhai, the scheming queen of Qaimir, the ruthless blood mage, Hamzakiir, and King of Swords all prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all.


Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) by Rowenna Miller (paperback, 480 pages, published by Orbit Books)
A seamstress who stitches magic into clothing finds herself torn between loyalty to her brother and her secret love for a nobleman in this debut fantasy inspired by the French Revolution. In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side. Sophie, a dressmaker and charm caster, has lifted her family out of poverty with a hard-won reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly embroidered spells. A commission from the royal family could secure her future -- and thrust her into a dangerous new world. Revolution is brewing. As Sophie's brother, Kristos, rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement, it is only a matter of time before their fortunes collide. When the unrest erupts into violence, she and Kristos are drawn into a deadly magical plot. Sophie is torn -- between her family and her future.


March 27th:

Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves (paperback, 452 pages, published by Random House LCC US)
Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more. Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world. Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas's blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor. But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun. As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can't solve everything on her own. Now there's only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she'd never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.


The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (hardcover, 575 pages, published by Tor Books)
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted. Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.


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- Historical Fiction -
March 1st:

White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey (paperback, 270 pages, published by Lake Union Publishing)
In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers. December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. That is, until she discovers an unconscious airman lying in the snow wearing a Luftwaffe uniform, his parachute flapping in the wind. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her family’s isolated cabin despite her hatred for the regime he represents. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airman’s true identity. Their tenuous bond becomes as inseparable as it is dangerous. Hunted by the Gestapo, can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?


March 13th:

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas (hardcover, 288 pages, published by Spiegel & Grau)
In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets. Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary--perhaps magical--Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph's family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.


March 20th:

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (hardcover, 304 pages, published by St. Martin's Press)
Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner. In the mill town at the foot of the mountains - a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing - Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. His grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that "some things are best left buried." A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother - the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. When Rory's life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows...or protect her only grandson from the past.


Tomorrow by Damian Dibben (hardcover, 335 pages, published by Hanover Square Press)
Tomorrow tells the story of a 217-year-old dog and his search for his lost master. His adventures take him through the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam and to nineteenth-century Venice. As he journeys through Europe, he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit.


March 27th:

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (paperback, 544 pages, published by Random House Large Print Publishing)
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened.


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- Literary Fiction -
March 6th:

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (hardcover, 304 pages, published by Flatiron Books)
Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.


March 13th:

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Hogarth Press)
A profound new novel about a paralyzed young man's unexplainable recovery--a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life. Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair. In the aftermath of this "miracle," Cameron finds himself a celebrity at the center of a contentious debate about what's taken place. And when scientists, journalists, and a Vatican investigator start digging, Cameron's deepest secrets--the key to his injury, to his identity, and, in some eyes, to the nature of his recovery--become increasingly endangered. Was Cameron's recovery a genuine miracle, or a medical breakthrough? And, finding himself transformed into a symbol, how can he hope to retain his humanity?


March 20th:

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova (hardcover, 307 pages, published by Scout Press)
From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce. He knows his left arm will go next. Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it. When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.


Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (paperback, 560 pages, published by HarperLuxe)
All of us were refugees of the nuclear family... Twenty-four-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhood—and the closet—to create a home and life for herself within the thriving but insular lesbian underground of Portland, Oregon. But one drunken night, reeling from a bad breakup and a friend’s betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers she’s pregnant—and despite the concerns of her astonished circle of gay friends, she decides to have the baby. A decade later, when her precocious daughter Lucia starts asking questions about the father she’s never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life she’s worked so hard to build. A thoroughly modern and original anti-romantic comedy, Stray City is an unabashedly entertaining literary debut about the families we’re born into and the families we choose, about finding yourself by breaking the rules, and making bad decisions for all the right reasons.


The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Viking Press)
Rome, 1955. The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome's historic villas, a party is bright with near-genius, shaded by the socialite patrons of their art. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast, masculine, meaty canvases, is their god. Larger than life, muscular in both figure and opinion, he blazes at art criticism and burns half his paintings. He is at the centre of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.From the side of the room watches little Pinch - their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, striving to live up to the Bavinsky name; while Natalie, a ceramicist, cannot hope to be more than a forgotten muse. Trying to burn brightly under his father's shadow - one of the twentieth century's fiercest and most controversial painters - Pinch's attempts flicker and die. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, Pinch will enact an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.


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- Young Adult -
March 6th:

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi (hardcover, 525 pages, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Not long ago, Zélie Adebola’s homeland of Orïsha was brimming with magic. But after the gods punished them for abusing their powers and the people turned on the maji, the magic withered away. Zélie’s mother is slaughtered on the word of King Saran, leaving her with nothing but her rebellious courage. As she sets out to stop the king from eradicating what’s left of the maji, Zélie is joined by Princess Amari, determined to stop her father from his genocidal campaign, and Prince Inan, who is torn between loyalty to his king and justice for his people.


Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi (hardcover, 435 pages, published by HarperCollins)
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


The Final Six (The Final Six #1) by Alexandra Monir (hardcover, 352 pages, published by HarperTeen)
When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition. For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk. As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (paperback, 358 pages, published by Hot Key Books)
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


March 20th:

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (hardcover, 462 pages, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Fifteen-year-old Leigh Chen Sanders, half Taiwanese and half Irish-American, is BFFs with the half Filipino and half Puerto Rican Axel Moreno. But the day she gets her first kiss, delivered by dreamy Axel, is also the day her mother kills herself. In her grief, she encounters a red bird she comes to believe is her mother. The bird sends her to Taiwan to meet her estranged grandparents for the first time. There, with aid of the bird, she finds more questions than answers. Through the lense of magical realism, Pan explores mental illness, desperate loneliness, hope in the face of great loss, and the complicated chaos of mother-daughter relationships in this evocative story.


Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (hardcover, 304 pages, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.


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