Wow, what a crazy month March turned out to be. Let’s dive right into the top 10 picks for YA books in March. All of these books have our Amazon Affiliate links so that you can browse the book directly on Amazon.com. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
1. Tyler Johnson Was Here
“When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.”
“The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”
This title releases on March 20th of this year. A fantastic and necessary look at the state of our nation and problem we face with police brutality in the U.S. This is a must read for 2018. An often heated debate, Jay Coles deals with the perspective for a young audience whose lives are on the line everyday. A compelling debut novel that shows a very promising career and will definitely break your heart.
2. The Wicked Deep
“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…”
“Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.”
“Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.”
“Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.”
“Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.”
“But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”
This great new read is a perfect mix of everything witchy, with just a pinch of camp. Released at the beginning of this month on March 6th, this is definitely one of our more fun, quick reads that we think you would really like. If you are looking for a fun fantasy witch story, this will be a perfect pick for you.
3. Children of Blood and Bone
“They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.”
“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.”
“But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.”
“Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.”
“Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.”
This great new young adult book that released March 6th is just another excellent work from the well acclaimed New York Times Bestseller Tomi Adeyemi. This novel follows the story of a fantastic lead heroine Zélie in a West-African fantasy setting. Be sure to add this novel to your list if you are for another great fantasy read.
4. Blood Water Paint
“Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.”
“She chose paint.”
“By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. ”
“He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.”
A beautiful book that tackles what it was like to be a woman in the 17th century through the eyes of a young woman whose art she is not allowed to claim as her own. An awesome historical fiction that deals with abuse, identity, and loss, this novel will likely keep you close to your tissue box, but is totally worth the read. An amazing debut novel that is completely worth the time.
5. The Astonishing Color of After
“Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.”
“Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.”
This has very quickly become a staff favorite for many many reasons. Dealing with grief, and identity, this novel is absolutely breathtaking and heart wrenching. Emily X. R. Pan’s debut novel reads like someone who has been publishing books for a lifetime. You will not be disappointed picking this book up so don’t even hesitate. We give this book a 5 out of 5 ourselves.
6. Time Bomb
“A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.”
“They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers. ”
DISCLAIMER: This book may contain content that is sensitive to some readers given the subject matter. If you do not feel comfortable reading about a bomb in a school, please do not read this book. The reason this book has been included to our list is because sometimes the best escapism is facing threats that occur in real life in a fictitious retelling.
There are a couple reasons that I chose this novel for this list. The first being that I adore books that tell a story from multiple perspectives. I also found the description to be really interesting, but the subject matter may make it a tougher read. New York Times Bestselling author Joelle Charbonneau, author of the Testing Trilogy is an excellent thriller writer for YA and I wanted to include her new book to the list for the reasons mentioned. If you’re interested, I hope you enjoy!
7. And She Was
“Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?”
“Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under “father”? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, after Dara’s birth mother died. She changed her name, started over.”
“But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam, in tow. She is determined to find the extended family she’s never even met. What she does discover — and what her mother reveals, piece by piece, over emails — will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.”
Another beautiful book on identity and self-discovery. This novel was released at the tail end of March on the 27th and while it hasn’t acquired much buzz, is a great addition to your summer reading list. super stoked to read myself and see how the novel represents the trans community through the main characters mother.
8. Nothing Left To Burn
“The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she’s been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it’s time to evacuate. ”
“Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey–and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks’s dark past come to light, Audrey can’t help but wonder if there’s danger in the pull she feels–both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.”
Awesome book dealing with some great real-world struggles. This coming of age novel plays a great contrast between the main characters love interest and the wild fires that are approaching her family home. A good read, we are excited to hear more about this as more reviews come out.
9. The Poet X
“Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.”
“But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.”
“With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.”
“Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.”
March was a pretty exciting month for us and books, that is why we actually have two team picks that we think you would really like. This collection of poetry by Elizabeth Acevedo is authentic and raw, really a must read if you enjoy reading poetry, and one of our favorite picks for this month.
10. In Search of Us
“This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born.”
“When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.”
This is a novel we almost scratched, but we want to know what you think? Already it is receiving positive reviews, so give is a read and leave a comment in the section below to share your thoughts on this book. For us, this brings up one of the most often discussed questions in media and writing – How do you tackle life experiences of a whole community you are not directly apart of? Is it okay? You be the judge, and we’ll join in the discussion of this top pick for March.
We hope you enjoyed our list. We definitely want to apologize for taking so long releasing it. We have been working on the new blog site format for a while and have had a lot of learning hurtles to overcome. Thank you for your patience, and for your continued reading, and we hope you enjoy this months picks! Don’t worry, April will be following soon.