New releases: March 2017 – young adult

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Second Tuesday of the month, that means we’ll be looking at the newest releases in the Young Adult genre. Do you want to know the top 5 according to Goodreads? Then read futher below! Other new releases of March 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer #1)
    Publication date: March 28th
    The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel, fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
  2. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Publication date: March 7th 2017
    Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief. Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
  3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
    Publication date: March 14th 2017
    Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.  Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
  4. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
    Publication date: March 28th 2017
    Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl. They don’t. They make a podcast. In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence? From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes smartly crafted contemporary YA, an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel.
  5. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
    Publication date: March 28th 2017
    Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, not the society she’s known all her life, and not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells. As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

The first book (series) sounds interesting, but I’m not going to commit myself to it until the entire series is out. I hate having to wait a year or more (right, Eragon?!) for the next instalment! Also, side-note: I love the cover! Next up is a coming of age, figuring out where you belong story, but since I’m (gasp!) nearing my thirties, I don’t think I’ll be able to connect to it. Then there’s book number three, a strange retelling of the Beauty and the Beast. I’m usually a fan of retellings or reinterpretations of famous stories so I’m intrigued. Even though the back cover doesn’t really speak to me, the idea of it does, so this one goes on the list! Then another coming of age story, but with a twist: the two main characters are friends, not romantic interests and one of them is asexual and gay, while the other is bi. Hmm, not my cup of tea, but it is different. And then the fifth one is going on my to-read list! I’ll wait for the entire trilogy to be published, but I am excited about it!

How about you? Which new release is it that you can’t wait to read? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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