March is here! Here are 16 book releases in March 2021 that should be on your radar!
The March 2021 book releases are on fire, if I do say so myself. I had such a fun time putting together this release list for you!
This list is not all-inclusive (so many books come out each month). But this list includes all the books that people seem to be buzzing about + a few that I’m super excited about! I’d love to hear what March releases you’re looking forward to!
I also noticed that there are more yellow covers than I’ve seen before!
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Float Plan by Trish Doller
Contemporary Romance / Release date: March 2, 2021
Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief—until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone.
But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.
Why it’s on the list: This one sounds raw and emotional, but with a romance that I know I’ll love!
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
Middle Grade fantasy | Release date: March 2, 2021
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…
Why it’s on the list: I LOVED the first two books in this middle grade series. They’re creepy, but so so fun. I think they’re great for any age and I’m so excited for the conclusion.
Red Tigress (Blood Heir #2) by Amelie Wen Zhao
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 2, 2021
Fans of Children of Blood and Bone will love the sequel to Blood Heir. The second book in an epic fantasy series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to liberate her empire from a dark reign.
Want to read Blood Heir with my free online book club in March? Check out the details here.
Why it’s on the list: I have so many friends who loved Blood Heir, and I’ll finally be reading it in March. Plus, who doesn’t love a good duology!?
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 2, 2021
The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.
Why it’s on the list: While I’m still (slowly) making my way through all the Shadowhunter books, I know y’all are excited about this one!
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
YA Contemporary | Release date: March 2, 2021
Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout-chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas anymore, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.
On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high-flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.
Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.
Why it’s on the list: I love a good sister story, and this one sounds super emotional, which is my kind of book! Plus, people are buzzing about this one!
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 9, 2021
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.
When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.
Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first..
Why it’s on the list: This one has been getting some good hype so far, and I have a feeling it’s gonna be in a few book boxes this month!
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
YA Contemporary | Release date: March 9, 2021
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.
• 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.
Why it’s on the list: Um, that first line hook anyone else? I can’t wait to pick this up!
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert
Romance | Release date: March 9, 2021
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
Why it’s on the list: The Brown Sisters books are super, super popular on booksta and when I asked, so many people said they couldn’t wait for this one!
Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 16, 2021
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.
Why it’s on the list: Fable was fantastic, and we all need to know what’s gonna happen with her and West and her dad!
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 23, 2021
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.
Why it’s on the list: Everyone ADORED and GUSHED about Cemetery Boys, and while this one feels a lot different, who doesn’t want a Peter Pan retelling?
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
Thriller | Release date: March 23, 2021
Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Their rented cottage is simultaneously their armour against the world and their sanctuary. Inside its walls they make music, in its garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.
But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. At risk of losing everything, Jeanie and her brother must fight to survive in an increasingly dangerous world as their mother’s secrets unfold, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.
Why it’s on the list: I absolutely LOVED Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and even though I don’t often read thrillers, I’ll be picking this one up.
Growing Boldly by Emily Ley
Personal Growth | Release date: March 23, 2021
In Growing Boldly, Emily will help you:
Believe in who you are and Whose you are . . . and move past the lies and fears holding you back
Figure out what makes you tick and own it confidently
Gather all your grit, learned lessons, and tools because it’s all valuable
Imagine the life you dream of and decide how to make it happen
Love your people well so that you create a lasting legacy
Clear the clutter and cultivate clarity so you can do what matters most
Do the hard work without forgetting to feed your soul.
Why it’s on the list: Y’all know I love Emily Ley and I’ve been anxious waiting to read Growing Boldly! Plus, the cover is stunning.
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
YA Thriller | Release date: March 30, 2021
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.
Why it’s on the list: the premise is super intriguing.
Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie
YA Fantasy | Release date: March 30, 2021
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.
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.
Why it’s on the list: it’s book 2 and so many people are excited to see what happens next with these sisters.