Books, New Releases, YA Fiction

Featured Post: New Releases in YA for March 2015


Often, in the book world, we find ourselves spending and awful lot of time waiting for a book to come out. Of course, there are ways around this, for example, NetGalley, but for the average reader, this is not an option. So, when the time does come, out of the masses of books that release each month, you need to know exactly what to get your hands on and when, so you can maximize your reading and know what to read. Thankfully, I am here to tell you what’s coming out in March, and you’ll probably see me at the bookstore with these in hand the day they come out. 🙂

1. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes –  Coming March 24, 2015

18009950The Blurb: Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters. 

Wow, what an incredible synopsis! As a huge fan I Hunt Killers, I am definitely looking forward to Liars, Inc. And combing through reviews of the lucky-ducks who’ve read it already, I can tell this is going to be a good one. 🙂

2. The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski – Coming March 3, 2015

20443207The Blurb: Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them

This has been on my to-read list for quite a while, ever since I read The Winner’s Curse, the first book of this series, and loved it. I’m glad this is finally coming out because I am dying to see what happens to Kestral and Arin. 🙂

3. Duplicity, by N.K. Traver – Coming March 17, 2015

19237391The Blurb: A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he’s gone.

Well, this sounds interesting. Sounds like a action-filled realistic fiction-ish story. Not sure what to expect, but it sounds great and ratings on Goodreads have been high. *Adds to to-read list*

4. Breaking Sky, by Cori MCarthy – Coming March 10, 2015

21996355The Blurb: In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy

Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

Honestly, I was hesitant to add this book to this post. Considering the fact that I haven’t actually read any of these, I’m not sure whether to recommend something that could be another dystopian flop. However, I do love this concept, potential for a true kick-ass heroine, and my love for Legend prevails, so I will definitely check this out.

5. The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma – Coming March 24, 2015

18044277The Blurb: “Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Man, this sounds awesome! Reviews are through the roof, and it’s not even out yet! A unique tale told from different perspectives, once with secrets and deceit, count me in! I’ll definitely be fervently awaiting this book, hopefully it won’t disappoint!

6. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone, by CJ Dushinski – Coming March 9, 2015

24846577The Blurb: Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape.

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future.

To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love.

I was originally only going to write about 5 books, but once I read the blurb for this one, I had to include it. Plus, I was rejected for this on NetGalley, so I’m definitely reading this one the day it comes out. It sounds epic, can’t wait!

Of course there are many, many more new additions to the world of YA that are coming out this month, but here are a few that I’ll be reading, and hopefully you’ll be too. Enjoy!

~Aliza London


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