Monday, February 6, 2012

Upcoming Releases: March 2012

So many great books are coming out soon, I had to talk about a few of them. I couldn't possibly talk about all of them, so I decided to do it month by month. These are some of the March releases that are at the top of my to-read list, in chronological order. Let me know if I'm missing anything good.

7 March 2012
Grave Mercy, by R.L. LaFevers

Summary (from Goodreads):
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts:
I've heard nothing but good things about this book. And it seems like exactly my type of book. I already know R.L. LaFevers' writing from her Theodosia books, but even as much as I liked those, I think I'm going to love Grave Mercy even more. The summary is so exciting, and I can't wait to plunge into Ismae's world. What could be awesomer than an assassin and "handmaiden to Death?" Read Small Review's cover deconstruction for seven more reasons I want to get my hands on Grave Mercy right now.

Summary (from Goodreads):
13 March 2012
The Savage Grace, by Bree Despain

Summary (from Goodreads):
A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

My Thoughts:
I read and enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy well enough (though now that I'm rereading it, I did sort of smash The Lost Saint in my review), and I am highly looking forward to the third book. I'm want to see the loose ends wrapped up, and the title The Savage Grace is intriguing...

27 March 2012
Peaceweaver, by Rebecca Barnhouse

Summary (from Goodreads):
This is historical fantasy at its best. Sixteen-year-old Hild has always been a favorite of her uncle, king of the Shylfings. So when she protects her cousin the crown prince from a murderous traitor, she expects the king to be grateful. Instead, she is unjustly accused of treachery herself.

As punishment, her uncle sends Hild far away to the heir of the enemy king, Beowulf, to try to weave peace between the two kingdoms. She must leave her home and everyone she loves. On the long and perilous journey, Hild soon discovers that fatigue and rough terrain are the least of her worries. Something is following her and her small band of guards—some kind of foul creature that tales say lurks in the fens. Will Hild have to face the monster? Or does it offer her the perfect chance to escape the destiny she never chose?

Rebecca Barnhouse's companion to The Coming of the Dragon is sure to appeal to younger fans of Tamora Pierce, Esther Friesner, and Shannon Hale.

My Thoughts:
I am really looking forward to Peaceweaver. In my review of the companion book, The Coming of the Dragon, Barnhouse's writing was best when she stuck out into her own story. Well this is a new, non-retelling story. And it centers on Hild! Also, read my cover review for three reasons why this cover is way awesomer than it first seems.

27 March 2012
A Breath of Eyre, by Eve Marie Mont

Summary (from Goodreads):
Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

My Thoughts:
This book seems to be popping up a lot on various blogs, and each time I see it, I get more excited. This story seems so interesting, and I'd love to read about Emma's experiences dipping into Jane's shoes. The summary reminds me a little bit of Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, which I loved. I don't know how similar the story will be, but I'm certainly intrigued.

27 March 2012
Goddess Interrupted, by Aimee Carter

Summary (from Goodreads):
Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

My Thoughts:
I really liked the first book, The Goddess Test (see my review), and I'd love to read more. I'm hoping a lot of the minor problems in The Goddess Test will be solved in the sequel. I'm ecited to see how Aimee Carter interprets Kate's journey (which is similar to Persephone's own) and how she incorporates more mythology.

What March releases are you excited for?

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