Books I’m Excited for March, 2018

Bachelor Girl

Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical

Release Date: March 6, 2018

I don’t know what it is about these historical dramas that intrigue me so much, but here’s another one. Honestly, I’m curious more about the historical era (the 1930s) and the connection the book has to a real story than the actual book.

In 1939, Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, died and left the bulk of his fortune to the mysterious actress Helen Winthrope Weyant. This is the fictional story that surrounds the real historical actress, from her coming under the wing of Ruppert to falling in love with his secretary Albert Kramer. I personally love fictional stories that revolve around real incidents in history, so I’m looking forward to reading this book! It seems like a romance as well as a mystery.

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Release Date: March 6, 2018

There are two reasons I want to read this book. First, the cover looks super awesome. Second, the world sounds like it’s very interesting. I am a little cautious about starting a fantasy series (especially because fantasy series tend to go on forever and I usually lose interest by the third book) and this one looks like the regular “oppressed magical people rise up against their ruthless dictator.” However, this is also a debut novel by Tomi Adeyemi, and I’m always curious to read debut novels.

Set in the fantasy world of Orïsha, the story follows Zélie, whose mother was killed by the king who wishes to eradicate all magic (or magicians, who appeared to be called maji in this book—maji makes me think of the Bible with the three kings coming to visit Jesus, but totally beside the point). Zélie must work with a rogue princess to outrun the king as well as learn about her own magic. It sounds super interesting and sounds like a book that could be really great or really bad!

The Echo Killing

The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Release Date: March 13, 2018

Here is another debut novel. I don’t usually read many thrillers (and those I have I’m not a huge fan of), but I am a massive true crime fan. Daughtery, the author, is actually a journalist who has covered murders for years. This makes me hope that her book will be filled with realism. Plus, the plot sounds intriguing.

Set in Savannah, the story follows crime reporter Harper McClain, whose mother was brutally murder when she was twelve and the case never solved. Now fifteen years later, a murder entirely too similar to her own happens—a young mother stabbed to death in her home and her young daughter traumatized. Now, Harper sets out to solve the crime. It sounds intriguing and I love mysteries that incorporate cold cases with new ones.

Search of the Dead

Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical, Mystery

Release Date: March 13, 2018

I love historical mysteries! And while I love mysteries set in the Victorian era, I feel like the era has been overused. So I was excited when I came across this book, the first in a mystery series set in Tudor England (Shakespeare’s time!).

The plot follows Bess Ellyott, whose husband and brother-in-law are mysteriously murdered, and she herself may be in danger. As she and town constable Christopher Harwoode investigate, they realize that the killer may be targeting Queen Elizabeth next. It sounds like a fun, light mystery!

The Merry Spinster

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Short Stories

Release Date: March 13, 2018

I rarely read short story books, because most of the time I only like a few of the short stories and hate the rest. However, I do love fairytale retellings, especially dark retellings.

Apparently, this is a collection of darker stories based on classic fairytales. The author, I believe, has been posting these stories individually on the web and this is merely a collection. These are supposed by be not only horrific, but also humorous, so I’m really curious to read this book.

My Dead Parents

My Dead Parents: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography

Release Date: March 27, 2018

I’ve been getting into reading autobiographies lately and when I read the premise of this one, I was intrigued. In fact, I was amazed to learn this book is nonfiction, as the plot sounds like it’s straight out of a thriller. Plus, it’s another debut novel!

It follows Anya Yurchyshyn’s discovery of her parents’ past following the death of her alcoholic mother and her father’s mysterious death years before in Ukraine. It is a story of one woman’s discovery of her parent’s; knowledge that will change her future as well. It’s a real life mystery novel, and I cannot wait to read it.

I Was Anastasia

I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical

Release Date: March 27, 2018

I absolutely loved the story of Anastasia Romanov growing up, from the fictional movie and later musical to the real life story. I have watched most of the movies surrounding this historical incident, so when I saw this book coming out, I knew I had to put it on my wish list.

This is the fictional story of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the Tsar of Russia who was believed to be killed with the rest of her family in 1918. I’m really curious how this author will handle this story. In real life, Anna was proved not to have been Anastasia, as Anastasia’s body was found in 2007, disproving any claim that she survived. But in this fictional story, will Anna be the real Anastasia? I’m really looking forward to finding out!

Do any of these sound good to you? Let me know down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

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