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Can’t Wait Till Tuesday: March 2021 New Releases

Hello lovelies! Welcome to March 2021! (I’m not the only one still processing March 2020 right?)

This month there are a ton of new releases I’m so excited to read! From middle grade ghost hunting to gender-flipped retellings and Queer debuts, there are so many amazing new books coming out this month to add to your TBR pile!

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy Blake # 3

(March 2nd, 2021)

I’m SO excited for the third book in Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series! These books are perfect for anyone who loves ghost stories, ghost hunting and world travel! This is a middle grade book but it really is perfect for all ages, I’d say 10 and up. It’s also a great series to binge read over the weekend, so maybe save it for spooky season! PLEASE NOTE: In the first book in this series, City of Ghosts, Cassidy does talk about Harry Potter quite a bit (like any middle-school book nerd would). I’m unsure if HP is mentioned in this book, but if you haven’t read the series yet, please be aware of that.

Image text reads: Middle grade, ghost hunting, 3rd book in a series. Cass takes on her most dangerous challenge yet…

Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows … unless it’s the other way around?

Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents’ TV show.

But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve. In a city of ghost tours and tombs, raucous music and all kinds of magic, Cass could get lost in all the colourful, grisly local legends. And the city’s biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.

Cass takes on her most dangerous challenge yet…

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desobmre

(March 2nd, 2021)

I read I Think I Love You last spring thanks to NetGalley and I loved this adorable Queer rom-com! It’s super cute, heartfelt, and makes the perfect weekend read! Featuring Bisexual and Lesbian main characters, match making, enemies to lovers, complicated friendships and so much more! Great for young adult and adult readers! Be sure to check out my review as part of the books blog tour with TBRandBeyondTours, starting today! (My post will be up tomorrow!)

Image text reads: YA romance, enemies to lovers, sapphic. A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it.

A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.

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.

The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel

(March 2nd 2021)

I’m very excited to also be a part of the blog tour for The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) with TBRandBeyondTours as well! You can check out my review for this one on 3/6! This book is a completely binge-worthy, can’t put down thriller that explores grief, trauma and the realities for moving forward from those events and emotions. Completely unexpected this book will stick with you long after the last page.

Image text reads: YA thriller, haunted boarding school, unexpected and surprising. At the caste school, isolated from the rest of the world, Moria will be expected to pour her heart out to the odd headmaster…

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.

Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed

(March 9th, 2021)

SO excited for this gender-flipped, Great Gatsby YA thriller! Give me ALL of The Great Gatsby retellings PLEASE! I’m honestly not normally a fan of thrillers but I’m starting to think maybe I just THOUGHT I didn’t like thrillers, given how many I’ve been adding to my TBR. This book will make a great weekend read and will leave you guessing right till the end!

Image text reads: Gender flipped Great Gatsby, YA Thriller, Binge Read. Fern won’t emerge the same person she was.

We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller–a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby–that will linger long after the final line.

On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was.

An enthralling, mind-altering psychological thriller, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

(March 2nd, 2021)

Looking forward to this secret dating advise YA Queer rom-com! It’s the perfect weekend read full of messy, complicated characters navigating their way through school, romance and friendship.

Image text reads: Anonymous dating advice, YA romance, Bisexual MC. Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

In Sophie Gonzales’ Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

(March 9th, 2021)

I’ve been SO excited for Can’t Take That Away and I’m so happy it’s finally release month! This debut is one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. This is exactly the kind of book I needed as a Queer teenager and I’m just so excited for everyone to read this!

Image text reads: Genderqueer MC, YA romance, Powerful and uplifting . An affirmation of self-identity!

An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.

Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother’s spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice.

Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey’s tormentor and others in the school. It’s up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights–and they refuse to be silenced.

Told in alternating chapters with identifying pronouns, debut author Steven Salvatore’s Can’t Take That Away conducts a powerful, uplifting anthem, a swoony romance, and an affirmation of self-identity that will ignite the activist in all of us.

Anna K: Away by Jenny Lee

Anna K. # 2

(March 9th, 2021)

Is it weird to be excited about a sequel when you haven’t even read the first book? So I haven’t read Anna K. yet but I LOVE retellings so I’m stoked for the sequel to Jenny Lee’s retelling of Anna Karenina!

Image text reads: Anna Karenina retelling, Contemporary YA, 2nd book in a series. Full of risk, joy, heartbreak and adventure!

The sequel to Anna K, set over the course of the next summer, as the characters come to terms with Vronsky’s tragic death

How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?

Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy–except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin’s death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?

Set over the course of one unforgettable summer, Jenny Lee’s Anna K Away is full of the risk, joy, heartbreak, and adventure that mark the three months between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. 

Five Ways to Fall Out of Love by Emily Martin

(March 16th, 2021)

I’m not sure what’s going on but I’m very much on a romance kick right now and I’m really excited to add this one to my TBR this month! This one definitely isn’t a rom-com, but I’m very excited to watch these characters navigate the messiness of life and all of it’s complications.

Image text reads: YA romance, second chance romance, complicated friendships. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

This whip-smart rom-com explores the risks and rewards of letting love in, for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Julie Buxbaum, and Sandhya Menon.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

(March 23rd, 2021)

Have I mentioned how much I love retellings? Oh and books set in the Pacific Northwest. Astoria, OR is one of my favorite places and I love spending time in the North Oregon/South Washington coast. Thomas’ sophomore book is the perfect creepy, magical, retelling–you won’t be able to put it down!

Image text reads: Peter Pan retelling, set in the PNW, YA fantasy. When children go missing, people want answers.

When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods. 

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Fable # 2

(March 30th, 2021)

Another sequel to another book I still have not read…but now I can binge read them! I have heard nothing but great things about these books and I’m so excited to sit down and binge them over a long weekend!

Image text reads: YA fantasy, thrilling action, 2nd book in a duology. Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

(March 30th, 2021)

So I’m an art historian and have a Masters in Museum Studies. To say I’m excited for a book inspired by A Picture of Dorian Grey, set in the chaotic world that is the art world, is the understatement of the century. I’m SO excited for this messy YA thriller and can’t wait for my pre-order to come!

Image text reads: YA thriller, Dorian Grey inspired, chaotic characters. An electric romance set against a rebel art scene…

An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas.

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.

Bone Criers Dawn by Kathryn Prudie

(Bone Grace # 2)

(March 30th, 2021)

Last but not least, the third sequel I’m excited for where I haven’t read the first book yet…(maybe I have a problem?). I’m also looking forward to binging the first and second book in this series once book 2 is out–I’ve heard mixed things about these books but honestly that just makes me more excited to read them!

Image text reads: YA fantasy, strong female friendships, 2nd book in a series. Love is a matter of life and death.

Love is a matter of life and death.

Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries, a dangerous duty only possible with the powers they gain from sacrificing their amourés the men destined to love them and die. But Bone Criers Ailesse and Sabine—along with Ailesse’s love, Bastien—are working to chart their own course and rewrite the rules of the afterlife. If they don’t break the soul between Ailesse and her amouré, she could die—just as Bastien’s father did.

Sabine struggles to maintain her authority as matrone of her famille—the role always destined for her sister—even as she fights to control the violent jackal power within her.

Bastien is faced with a new dilemma as the spirits of the Underworld threaten the souls of his friends—and his father.

Ailesse attempts to resist her mother’s siren song as she’s drawn into her own version of the Underworld. How will she save her friends once she’s cut off from their world?

This pulse-pounding follow-up to Bone Crier’s Moon is a story of love, sisterhood, and determination as three friends find the courage and power to shatter the boundary between the living and the dead.

Thank you guys so much for reading! I hope you found a few books to add to your TBR and that you have a great month ahead of you!

One thought on “Can’t Wait Till Tuesday: March 2021 New Releases

  1. I never read a book when it debuts and never know when books will be released. I am actually someone who ignores retellings- just a bit nervous and scared. I actually have fallen in love with one- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It helped already loving this author and loved the summary blurb of this Rumplestilskin retelling.

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