So here’s all the books I read in March.
1. Half-Blood Dragon by K. N. Lee – Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of
age journey that will leave you breathless. A lady-in-waiting’s job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather’s plan to elevate the family’s station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince. Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen’s days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits. The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince’s murder. For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters. It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire. Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.
2. Home by Eleni McKnight – Knowledge is a Dangerous Commodity. Home – the last bastion of civilization in a corrupt and fallen world. Outside dwell the reanimated dead, cannibals, and scavengers; remnants of a once great race. Inside, the commune is ruled with an iron fist by Deacon, and administered without mercy by the Elders. Everyone knows their place in Home. Everyone is safe in Home…as long as they follow the rules. Handmaiden Suzannah Commons is content with training to be a wife and mother, the only occupation open to women in Home. But her world is turned upside-down when she tastes the forbidden knowledge contained in outlawed books. Suzannah discovers a new way of life is possible, but that knowledge comes at a high price. It could cost her life. Or the life of the boy she loves.
3. House Arrest by K A Holt – Timothy is on probation. It’s a strange word—something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. By turns touching and funny, and always original, House Arrest is a middlegrade novel in verse about one boy’s path to redemption as he navigates life with a sick brother, a grieving mother, and one tough probation officer.
4. The Seduction of Violette Tournaline by Shawnee Small; A short story from Sultry & Sinful collection – Come tantalize your softer side with this FF paranormal romance anthology. From angels to sirens and many things in between, this erotic romance box set will keep you up all hours of the night, wanting more.
5. Agoraphobic by Sara Secora – Twenty-eight-year-old Kade hasn’t been able to make it past his sidewalk in eight years. In this chilling short story, you will be given a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind as he goes through the process of trying to face his irrational, but very real fears. Experience firsthand what goes on in an Agoraphobic’s mind and begin to understand the silent disorder that millions of people across the world struggle with.
6. The Fairy Killers by Eric Slade – Pappaw Gentry lives in a creepy trailer out back near the woods. Supposedly, he has an underground bunker filled with survival rations, weapons, and otherworldly specimens. Nobody is allowed inside. On summer nights he forces the boys to hunt lightning bugs and bring back as many bodies as they can, dead or alive. But when twelve-year-old Josh catches something that’s definitely not an insect, he decides to hide it. What disaster is Pappaw preparing for? And what dark magic is he practicing? Now, while Pappaw searches the boys’ rooms in the dead of night, Josh takes a chance to sneak into the bunker and find out once and for all what secrets lie buried in his own backyard. Discover the world of The Green in this dark fantasy prequel to Havenwood.
7. 2446-89: Stassi’s Diary by Sophie Davis – Today has been the strangest, most startling day of my life. I know, that sounds like the dramatic ramblings of a seventeen-year-old girl, but it’s the absolute truth. Not that the bar was set very high; I am an orphan, an uneducated ward of the government who has lived in a labor camp since I was only four years old. As far as perspective careers, the most I could hope for was a grunt labor position rebuilding one of the world’s ruined cities. But today, Calling Day, changed everything. Before Stassi ever set foot on Branson Isle, her world was the work camp. For the first time, get a peek into the bleak setting of Stassi’s childhood and experience her Calling Day – the day that would change her life forever.
8. Rocky: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree by J E Nicassio – Rocky: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is a heartwarming tale for readers of all ages. Touching on such universal themes as keeping the faith, believing in oneself, and persevering through adversity makes the story particularly appealing to young readers. By crafting Rocky as a flawed, yet determined tree – rather than an immaculate, undefeatable hero – readers easily relate to his passionate quest to succeed, despite the obstacles standing in his way.
9. Alone in the Dark by J A Cipriano – When Lillim Callina was only thirteen years old, her mother locked her in a haunted house filled with sleeping vampires a half hour before sundown. This is her story.
10. An Understanding by Holly Heisey – Barenin Lyr hasn’t been human for millennia. He roams the galaxy atoning for the sins of his synthetic race – the fracturing of time itself. But time and space won’t let him go, and an echo of another’s pain reaches out to him across the lightyears. On a planet he once knew, governments trade children across walls of time for information. Barenin Lyr was human, once. Can he be human enough again to save the children of a broken world?
11. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.
12. The Brothers Locke Episodes 1-8 by K C Hunter – Mouth, Echo and Sharp Locke are identical teenage triplets who live in the magical world known as The Dea. They also fashion themselves as Master Thieves. After getting a job to steal a mysterious item from one of the richest men in The Dea, they realize what they’ve actually stolen is an ancient relic that many mercenaries, governments, air pirates, and monsters greatly desire. This eight episode young adult fantasy series follows the brothers as they run from danger, encounter all sorts of colorful characters and visit some of the most spectacular and sometimes dangerous places in their world. The mysteries they unlock will have great impact on a future that is uncertain.
13. Undoing the Loop by Nesha Tandon – Biological genes may tell you a thing or two about where you come from, who you are, and why you do what you do, but thinking about the way you feel and process thoughts will ultimately define who you become, what you do, and where you go. It’s human nature to want to identify and trust your emotions, but when you live life through an emotion, it becomes easier to get stuck in a loop of old thought patterns. Fortunately, your emotions can be transformed into personal freedom. This book reveals how undoing the loop of repetitive thoughts patters can set you free to a world of change.
14. High & Dry by Sarah Skilton – Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming match, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon is juggling more than his share of drama. Add in a broken heart and the drinking he’s been doing to soothe it, and he’s near the breaking point. In this fast-paced, layered mystery, Charlie spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past friendship that may be responsible for all his current problems. This book captures the tone and style of the best crime fiction while also telling a high-stakes story of peer pressure gone tragically awry.
15. Weathered but Polished by Mimi G – “Weathered but Polished” is a healing journey told through the author’s poetry and graphite artwork depicting love, loss, betrayal, society, and growth. The story begins with the classic tale of infatuation that is quickly cut short. The resulting trials and struggles, in turn, spur a great deal of eye-opening self-reflection. This uplifting literary journey heals brokenness and self-doubt, concluding with a new found appreciation for the little moments that we so often overlook, but which ultimately matter most.
16. Bride Interuppted by Taylor Anne – With a move to Florida, Kayla plans to change things up a bit. Grandpa’s beach bar would be a fantastic place to please her demanding brides. Beach locale, drinks, and food? Perfect. Only, a few things stand in her way… Colton, and her brides being attacked and left for dead. Colton runs Gracie’s Place and doesn’t need interference in the form of Kayla, or her plans for the future of his bar. Women aren’t high on his priority list, especially infuriating women who are trying to run him out. Who is really attacking Kayla’s clients? Is it Colton, who would rather be left alone to stew in his tortured past? Or some other, more sinister person? Who will win this battle of brides, bars, and hearts?
17. The Gecko’s Gate Assassins by Dennis Stein – Peace has reigned in the world of Evaria after the defeat of the evil reptile warlord Cyrus Malthor at Nimisor, and the chameleon mystics have reclaimed the Gecko’s Gate from him thanks to three young reptile heroes, foretold in an ancient prophecy. Now, darkness stirs in the realm once more with the appearance of a new Emperor of Stigia, and a sinister plot to assassinate the Chameleon King Maxxus. Join Chase, Jonas, and Kiko along with new friends as they travel across the realm in search of the necessary items to save the beloved King, and stop the Empire of Stigia from threatening their peace.
18. Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein – ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER. Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly. Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals. As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.
19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling – Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone … Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
20. Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw – It’s 5:00 a.m. on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand—just like Holly Golightly. As the cofounder of a successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of. Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself. Filled with hip and sparkling prose, Oh Yeah, Audrey! is as much a story of friendship as it is a love letter to New York, Audrey Hepburn, and the character she made famous: Holly Golightly.