March’s ​​Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten books coming out this March that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Now You See Us by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal takes readers to modern-day Singapore in this mystery. Filipina domestic workers Corazon, Donita, and Angel are focusing on getting by each day when their routines are shattered by the news that Flordeliza, a fellow maid, has been accused of murdering her employer. They didn’t know Flordeliza well, but each feels connected to her and together they’re determined to use their knowledge of Singapore’s elite society to uncover the truth of what happened.

Something Wild & Wonderful by Anita Kelly

One of spring’s must-read books, Something Wild & Wonderful features a queer grumpy/sunshine love story set on the Pacific Crest Trail. Recently estranged from his conservative family, Alexei “Lex” Lebedev set out on the trail to find himself. He never expects saving Ben Caravalho, a fellow hiker, from a rattlesnake will result in them walking side-by-side together or that the connection they form on the route would turn his entire world upside down.

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

Travel at the speed of light to Jupiter this March with Malka Older’s sci-fi mystery novella. Within the planet’s human colony, Pleiti spends her days at a university researching Earth’s ecosystems. Her quiet and focus are interrupted when her ex arrives. Investigator Mossa is searching for a man who went missing near a local outpost and requests Pleiti’s help with the case. This Holmesian tale is a must for armchair detectives who dream of adventures amongst the stars.

Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia

In this YA fantasy, Lucha Moya braves the dangers of the nearby forest to provide for her sister when their mother can’t. But when their mom goes missing and the sisters are threatened with eviction, it drives Lucha to ask El Sediento for a favor. El Sediento promises to gift Lucha with the power to protect her sister and destroy the addictive drug that keeps stealing their mother away, all for a price that is far too tempting for Lucha to refuse.

What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez

Claire Jimenez’s debut novel introduces readers to the Ramirez women, members of a Puerto Rican family in Staten Island. Years ago they were torn apart by the disappearance of 13-year-old Ruthy. But over a decade later, Jessica sees a reality TV contestant with Ruthy’s beauty mark and believes it could be their long-lost sister. A family road trip ensues to the show’s filming location to learn the truth.

How I’ll Kill You by Ren DeStefano

Looking for a thriller that will keep you up all night? Try this tale of identical triplets who seduce and slay. Sissy has traditionally handled the clean-up services after her sisters’ murders, but when it’s time for her to enter the family business of getting a man to fall for her before she kills him, she commits a cardinal sin: She starts to love him. With pressure increasing from her sisters to act, Sissy fears what might happen to her if she doesn’t get in line.

The Portrait of a Duchess by Scarlett Peckham

Scarlett Peckham returns to the Society of Sirens series with a can’t-miss historical romance. No one knows that portraitist Cornelia Ludgate is married, let alone that her husband is Rafe Goodwood, the new Duke of Rosemere. It’s been 20 years since they tied the knot, and just as long since they’ve spoken. But when Cornelia learns of an inheritance she can only claim once she’d wed, she debates revealing the truth. Luckily Rafe is looking to shake up society using his new social capital to discuss reform and having a radical duchess fits his plans perfectly, even as he tries to forget how she once broke his heart.

Into the Light by Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro’s speculative thriller is sure to keep YA fans on the edge of their seats. After being kicked out of the religious camp his adopted family sent him to, Manny has been hitchhiking through California looking for his sister Elena. He’s picked up by the Varelas family and when they learn of a body discovered near the camp that could be Manny’s sister’s, they decide to investigate. Readers who enjoy thoughtful explorations of characters grappling with religious trauma will have a hard time putting this one down.

The Faithless by C. L. Clark

The wait is almost over. Readers who loved C. L. Clark’s The Unbroken can dive into the second book in the trilogy this March. Picking up where the last book left off, soldier Touraine and princess Luca are finding their way forward after the rebels’ victory. Luca must reclaim the Balladairan throne from her uncle, who has demanded she participate in a Trial of Competence. Meanwhile, Touraine arrives in Balladairan to advocate for Qazal, now a free country struggling to rebuild after years under colonial rule.

Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati

Costanza Casati’s highly-anticipated debut novel is sure to captivate fans of Greek mythology retellings. The novel follows Clytemnestra, Helen of Troy’s twin sister, on her journey from Spartan princess to vengeful queen. Agamemnon’s violence against Clytemnestra knows no bounds: He killed her husband to take her as his wife and then killed their daughter as a sacrifice to the gods. Unbeknownst to him, Clytemnestra has been plotting and a reckoning is coming.

Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, the release date of this book has been moved to May 2, 2023.

Which March release are you most excited for?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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