The Best Young Adult Books of March

Posted by Sharon on March 4, 2020
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young adult fiction. Every month our team looks at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites.
 
New in March: Marie Lu brings us the odd tale of Wolfgang Mozart’s smarter sister; Marie Rutkoski riffs on dystopian fantasy in The Midnight Lie; and Cassandra Clare starts a new chapter of the Shadowhunters saga—this time in Edwardian England. Also on tap: LGBT romance, the conclusion to the Shatter Me series, and a very fun locked-room mystery in the key of Agatha Christie.
 
Add the books that look promising to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading in the comments!


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The Shadowhunters of Edwardian London take center stage in this first installation of a new series from YA prizefighter Cassandra Clare. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, are forced from their urban idyll when a mysterious plague descends on the city of London. Adventure ensues as the young heroes face down the latest gathering darkness in the Shadowhunter world. Clare’s books have an elaborate chronology, so be sure to check her Goodreads author page for proper sequencing.

Release date: March 3


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Nannerl Mozart loves music. She’s good at it, too, as both a performer and composer, and she dreams of ascending to the top tier of musicianship. But cultural mores restrict the options for young women in 18th-century Europe, especially those who want to compose their own music. The young Miss Mozart has another slight problem: Her kid brother Wolfgang is getting pretty good, too. YA veteran Marie Lu takes her first dive into historical fiction with a lush and lyrical tale of music, magic, and sibling bonds.

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Release date: March 3

 


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In the finale to the critically acclaimed Shatter Me series, the sinister authority known as the Reestablishment is due for its final day of reckoning. Darker than most YA fare, Tahereh Mafi’s dystopian epic has been heralded for its combination of psychological depth with action-adventure thrills. Television rights have already been optioned, so this is your chance to get up front with the cool kids.

Release date: March 31


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Another finalist for Goodreads’ unofficial Clever Book Title Award, this rollicking LGBT romance features Ollie and Will, whose summer fling goes sideways when school starts up again. Will, varsity basketball hero and school BMOC, must decide whether to follow his heart and risk his friendships or stay in the closet and lose what he loves most. The new book is the latest from Australian writer Sophie Gonzales, author of 2018’s The Law of Inertia.

Release date: March 3


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From the author of The Winner’s Trilogyand set in the same world—The Midnight Lie is the first of a two-book set following the adventures of Nirrim, a low-status resident of the down-and-out district known as the Ward. Denizens of the Ward are kept impoverished in all things by the ruling High Caste. But when Nirrim meets the mysterious traveler Sid, matters of magic are revealed and long-kept secrets rise to break the surface tension between castes.

Release date: March 3


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A kind of updated classic mystery for the high school set, All Your Twisted Secrets takes an Agatha Christie–style approach to YA fun. Six high school kids—queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek—are invited to a scholarship dinner. Soon they find themselves in a locked room with a bomb, a syringe, and an ultimatum: One must be sacrificed or they all die. Reminds you of sophomore year, doesn’t it? Good times, good times.

Release date: March 17


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Claire (new)

Claire It always feels like most of the recommendations are series books. As a non-series reader - please provide a few standalones.


message 2: by Janine (new)

Janine Claire wrote: "It always feels like most of the recommendations are series books. As a non-series reader - please provide a few standalones."

Yeah, I get that. I wish they got a bit more attention, as sometimes I don't feel like waiting a long time for the next installment or having to do massive catchup in order to read something. The Vanishing Deep, Harley in the Sky are two more standalone titles that are coming out this month.


message 3: by Deep_Abyss (new)

Deep_Abyss I can’t wait for Chain Of Gold. Demons and the teen assassin shadow hunters who kill them and swords with blood and fallen angles? Yes please. Also I loved Grave Mercy and the second book in the trilogy and it does have a sequel duo logy Courting Darkness but I wish there was like a prequel on individual teen assassins In the earlier times and all that. Lafevers can expand so much on this universe. It has a nice concept and I can’t wait to see what else she does with it!


message 4: by Janet (new)

Janet I'm caught up on all of her other books (including The Red Scolls of Magic) and have Chain of Gold on my PopSugar list, so I'm ready for it to be out!


message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary If when articles appear that show the book cover and summary, they would then just do a printed list without the pictures, we could print the list and look for those books.
Thanks.


message 6: by Tomes And (new)

Tomes And Textiles Claire wrote: "It always feels like most of the recommendations are series books. As a non-series reader - please provide a few standalones." My most anticipated stand-alones of the month are Wicked As You Wish, Anna K.: A Love Story, Harley in the Sky, A Phoenix First Must Burn, Most Likely and We Are the Wildcats. Hopefully there's something in the list you'll like!


message 7: by Sophial G. (new)

Sophial G. Claire wrote: "It always feels like most of the recommendations are series books. As a non-series reader - please provide a few standalones."

I guess maybe they do that sometimes, but right now, 3/6 of these books are standalones... It's half


message 8: by Silverin (new)

Silverin I'm looking forward to When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey and Moment of Truth by Kasie West.


message 9: by Marko (new)

Marko Realmonte "must decide whether to follow his heart and risk his friendships or stay in the closet and lose what he loves most."

The threadbare premise of dozens and dozens of LGBTQ novels for the YA audience. This book is out in March...let me guess, he follows his heart, comes out of the closet, has some difficulties, some of his friends reject him...but he keeps the love of his life and his detractors come to respect him in the end. Please, for the love of God, come up with something fucking original.


message 10: by Ashley (new)

Ashley @silverin When We Were Magic was FANTASTIC. I am obsesseddddddd. Amazing in all ways. Only Mostly Devastated was great as well. Both standalones!


message 11: by Gregory (new)

Gregory Weatherford Claire wrote: "It always feels like most of the recommendations are series books. As a non-series reader - please provide a few standalones."

I tend to avoid series books — so many feel padded out. A great stand-alone out this month is Mermaid Moon -- wonderful writing, and the book itself is gorgeous!


message 12: by Jade (new)

Jade Anyone here wish Kristan cashier whould write more??☹️


message 13: by Paige.Amis (new)

Paige.Amis I'm in sixth grade and i read non stop, so i just got to say best books ever!!!
i lost myself in them!!!!

-Paige Elizabeth Amis


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