Friday, March 02, 2012

March Book Releases!

It's March already, wohoo! There are so many amazing things happened in March! For example, International Women's Day is celebrated every March 8. Yay for woman power! <3 And Easter, obviously! Oh, and there is White Day on March 14! For those of you who are not familiar with the term, White Day is a day when a guy gives the girl he likes white chocolate. It is traditionally a white chocolate, but now it can be anything like jewelry or flower. In a way, it resembles Valentine's Day! White Day is celebrated in Japan and Korea. :)

March is also the beginning of spring! I love spring, flowers are blooming and the weather is warm. I hope that books released in this month can represent flower power!

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expected publication: March 1

Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…


expected publication: March 6

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there.

And Billy's nowhere to be found.

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way.

It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes.

Especially if it means everything changes.

expected publication: March 13

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.


expected publication: March 13

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

expected publication: March 13

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancĂ©, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

expected publication: March 20

Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?

expected publication: March 27

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced that it's the world that's crazy, not them. But when Alex starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself.

That's all March releases I'm eagerly anticipated! I recommend Wanderlove for your read this month, of course! I'm so psyched to read Where It Began! Don't you think that Life Is But a Dream has the most gorgeous cover ever? It seems like a heart-breaking story I'd enjoy!

Have you read any of these books? Which March release you're most excited of? :)


  1. I have no idea why I haven't heard of Cross My Heart before! It sounds AMAZING. I'm adding it to the TBR for sure. :) Those are some great looking books coming out this month. I read Pretty Crooked off NetGalley and loved it.

    1. I have to put Cross My Heart on the list, because look at the cover! It's freakin awesome. And Venice? We're talking about the romantic Gondola? I'm in! <3

      Pretty Crooked get some awesome reviews, and I can't wait to read it myself! I read your review on it on Goodreads, Sam, and it makes me even more excited to read the book! <3

  2. Great list! Where It Began and Wanderlove are on mine too!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Off to your awesome list now! :)

  3. except the first, I haven't heard of any of the releases yet!

    1. Oh, I hope that the list gives you inspiration what books to look up in March then, Rachel! <3

  4. Wow, I hadn't heard of Cross My Heart before your post! I'm definitely going to go check it out now, it looks very good, and that cover is gorgeous! I've pretty much heard of the rest. I'm excited to read Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, that one sounds so good! I have Pretty Crooked waiting for me on my Kindle for such a long time now, I have to get around to reading it, especially since it's coming out this month!

    Thank you for the list! There's some great stuff coming out this month!

    -Aneeqah @ The Brain Lair

    1. The mask is super gorgeous, I think what draws me in the most is the beautiful cover! Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters sounds like a very lovely read! I hope you'll love Pretty Crooked, can't wait to hear your thought on the book! <3

      Thank you for visiting, Anneqah! :)

  5. I'm excited for SPELLBOUND by Rachel Hawkins!!! I have Wanderlove on my TBR, I've heard mostly good things about it so I can't wait to dig in. I'm also vaguely interested in Life is But a Dream, the cover and summary caught my interest but I'm not sure how I would feel about the actual book. Great post, Hilda! There's so much going on this month.

    1. Oh, Spellbound! I haven't read the first book yet but I heard amazing things about the series! So can't wait to heard your thoughts on Wanderlove, Elena, I hope you'll love the book too! <3 I read mixed reviews about Life Is But a Dream, and I can't wait to read it myself! Thanks, Elena! There are so many awesome books come out this month! :)

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    1. I love it too! One of the best reads in 2012! <3


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