Ambitious March TBR ’17

Hi everyone! I’ve been going so so well with my reading so far this year- I read 21 books total in the first two months of 2017! Considering at that time last year, I’d only read about 8, it’s definitely a huge improvement. For that reason, I’ve decided to be pretty ambitious with my March TBR (I have a total of 12 on here so far but that is definitely subject to change) so hopefully my great luck with reading will stay & I can finish all of these books! Note: since I’m writing this post almost a month into March, I have already read 2 books so they will not be included in this blog post.

Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

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THE SEAFARER’S KISS by Julia Ember:

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye Garrett:

Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.

And there are no second takes in real life.

March Releases

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YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner:

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

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QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde:

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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 THE GAUNTLET by Karuna Riazi:

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

Book Club Picks

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A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson:

Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. in defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.

Other

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GOD SMITES AND OTHER MUSLIM GIRL PROBLEMS by Ishara Deen:

Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right?

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EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza:

CROWN PRINCESS RHIANNON TA’AN WANTS VENGEANCE.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

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UNDER ROSE TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

And there we have it! Those are the 9 books I’ve chosen to include on my TBR this month. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading and reviewing all 9 of these books & can link to the reviews in my wrap up at the end of the month!

Discussion

  • Have you read any of the books on my March TBR? If so, let me know your spoiler free thoughts in the comments!
  • What books do you have on your March TBR?

 

until next time

 

 

 

 

 

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28 thoughts on “Ambitious March TBR ’17

  1. karladia says:

    The Seafarer’s Kiss sounds like fun, and I’ve never read a queer romance before. I might have to pick it up.
    I’m currently reading “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer and next up is “Glass Sword” by Victoria Aveyard.

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    • novelparadiseblog says:

      I’ve heard so many amazing things about THE SEAFARER’S KISS from friends who have read it already! If you want some recs for books with LGBTQIA+ romances, I’ve been thinking of drafting a blog post about it in the next few weeks, or you can reach out to me on twitter or IG and I’d be happy to recommend you some books! 🙂

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  2. Courtney says:

    All of these books sound so amazing! I can’t wait to see what you think of them. I’m currently reading History Is All You Left Me and then for the rest of my March TBR I’m hoping to read The Hate U Give, If I Was Your Girl, and The Girl from Everywhere. ☺️

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  3. Huntress of Diverse Books says:

    I hope to read City of Strife, The Lightning Thief and Deutschland Schwarz Weiss (Germany Black White: a non-fiction book about racism against blacks in Germany). I’ve got quite a busy month as I’m going to be in London at Penguin, so I really hope I have time to read.

    I have heard so many good things about The Seafarer’s Kiss, so I cannot wait to read it. I’m also interested in finally getting to read You’re Welcome, Universe.

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  4. Green Tea & Paperbacks says:

    Those are some really good choices, T! I’m so so excited about The Gauntlet and Queens of Geek, and I’d love to read them this month as well but I have a feeling they won’t arrive until April. I’m also very curious to see your thoughts on URTS! Have a great month!

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  5. The Shenners says:

    God Smites was laugh-out-loud funny for me!
    Empress of a Thousand Skies and Under Rose-Tainted Skies are also on my TBR but who knows if I’ll actually get to them this month lol I have so many books I want to reeeaaad.

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