5 Most Anticipated March 2020 YA Releases #2 + News: Runaway Princess, a Circus, and Anthology from Black Authors

Hello, friends! How’s life been treating you lately? A little update of my life; I was having the best day of my life this weekend! There’s a book bazaar on my city and I spent $26 on 4 hardcover books + 1 paperback. Crazy, right? A haul post coming soon!

Anyway, it’s Monday it means new book releases! Today, I’m listing my top 5 most anticipated young adult releases of March 2020, especially for books that are released this week. Without futher ado, let’s get into it!

by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Contemporary | stand-alone
Publication date: march 10 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion and collaboration. But at the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

Reason to read: Can we appreciate the cover? Can we rate a book because of the cover alone? I’m drawn to Harley in the Sky because of the cover and when I read the synopsis… okay, sign me up for this! I haven’t read a lot of YA book that revolves around circus, so I’m excited to read something new.

Review: The Nerd Daily

by Kaitlyn Davis

Fantasy, retelling | #1 in series
Publication date: march 9 2020

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Reason to read: Again, the cover is the reason why I’m requesting an ARC as soon as possible and I’m loving the book! Even though it’s a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, but I’m sorry fellas, it doesn’t feel Arthurian to me—and no, I’m not complaining about it. The Raven and the Dove is a tragedy that is deeply influenced by fantasical figures and world—it’s a perfect book for book twitt-I’m sorry—fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas if I’m being honest.

Review: The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis: Star-crossed Lovers and a Tragic Story

by Sarah Watson

Contemporary | #1 in series
Publication date: march 10 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A novel about a future female president’s senior year of high school.

Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.

Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.

This is the story of four best friends who have one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.

Reason to read: A book about future female president published in Women’s History Month? That’s sexy! This empowering book would be one of the best books of the year, I just know it. The reviews look all promising so I know many women, regardless of their age, would love this one. This is a book about the importance of friendship and emancipation, make sure you read it once it’s released!

Review: Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

edited by Patrice Caldwell

Anthology, fantasy | stand-alone
Publication date: march 10 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Reason to read: I haven’t read an anthology before so I’m super excited with this one! Especially it centers around Black women and gender noncomforming individuals. The fact that it’s released two days after International Women’s Day sounds so lovely to me!

Review: Ms. Woc Reader @ Women of Color Read Too

by Ashley Woodfolk

Contemporary | stand-alone
publication date: march 10 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

You can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love.

Reason to read: What’s more interesting than a story about broken friendship? I personally love to read a book where it revolves around two people’s friendship. The feeling is just different and I’m here for it. I just know that this book will puts me in my angsty feeling and honestly? I don’t mind.

Review: Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

In case you’re missing something, I’ve gathered few bookish news for you! Let’s take a look!

Ahhh I’m so excited to read this one! I feel so happy that we have a lot of Muslim authors out there, telling their story with so many loves poured into it. Muslim authors stay winning!

So, we have the new cover… how do I feel about it? I dont think I’ll ever be ready reading any of Trials of Apollo book (especially after… you know) but watch me buy this book as soon as it’s out!

I heard Loveboat, Taipei would be adapted to the big screen? Well, sign me up for that! I can’t wait to see Ever and Sophie on screen! Now that we talk about it, who do you think would play Ever Wong? Do you have any dreamcast?

Look at those beautiful covers! Look at those colors! The new anniversary edition of Smoke & Bone are so pretty. I may just going to buy the entire trilogy for the sake of the cover alone.

And here we have a new cover reveal! I admit I haven’t read this series yet (I’m planning to!) but the cover is really pretty! If you’re a fan of Sabaa Tahir, make sure you pick A Sky Beyond the Storm on June 2021!

🍂 Are you going to read one of the books I mentioned?
🍂 Which one is your most anticipated release?
🍂 Let me know in your comment section below!

5 thoughts on “5 Most Anticipated March 2020 YA Releases #2 + News: Runaway Princess, a Circus, and Anthology from Black Authors

  1. I was thinking of buying the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy in the old covers but after seeing this one… I change my mind. I am going to wait for the new ones. THEY ARE A BEAUTY.

    For real, the revised cover for the final The Trials of Apollo series really captures Apollo fighting against his nemesis. Out of all PJ related series, this one is absolutely my favorite!

    I am not a particular fan of An Ember in the Ashes series but I am going to finish it. I’ve heard good things about The Raven and the Dove tho.


    1. Trials of Apolloactually my favorite 😦 but I’m still excited to read it aaaaa. YUP, I never read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but the cover screams “Read me!” so bad. Mayhaps we should buddy read for An Ember in the Ashes????


  2. ahh yessss get those books girl!!! we love a good sale

    harley in the sky is so high on my priority tbr, i absolutely adored the author’s debut novel and this one (mainly the setting of the book) sounds SO COOL, i can’t wait to read it too. ‘when you were everything’ sounds so sad but also really heartfelt ???maybe?? adding it to my tbr bc it sounds like something that would make me emotional

    i hope you’re able to read these march releases soon and that you love them all!!


    1. yup…. i can really feel the when you were everything is going to be so sad and angsty, but that doesn’t stop me from reading that! there are so many good books released this march and i cant stop adding it to my tbr jndjansja. i hope the same to you too!!

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