Hello, my lovely lemons! I hope you’re doing well and are ready for me to bombard you with more books that are hitting shelves very soon. There are seriously so many amazing titles coming out this year – the number of pre-orders I’ve put in is through the roof! I’m so excited to be back doing another one of these posts. It feels like barely any time since I was gushing about January’s releases. (Although in fairness I was pretty late with that post.) As the title suggests, this is a really good month for queer releases. As far as I know, at least 9 of the 11 books on this post have some form of LGBTQ+ representation – that’s what I like to see!! Don’t forget, adding books on Goodreads and placing pre-orders is a big help to authors; if you see anything you like, go ahead!
Anticipated Releases for March-April 2021
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley | March 9th
Does this look sapphic, or does this look sapphic? More pretty girls holding hands on book covers, please. According to the author, this is “sapphic idiots to lovers” between a grumpy witch and a sunshine girl. I mean- if YA Fantasy wasn’t already my jam, it would be after this.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales | March 9th
I have been SO excited about this book for so long! I can’t wait for it to truly annihilate biphobia. Yes, a bisexual character is still queer when they’re in an F/M relationship. Yes, an F/M relationship can be queer. I’m so excited to read a book that’s really focused on making that point. Our MC runs a side hustle, giving anonymous relationship advice for a small fee. When she gets blackmailed into becoming someone’s personal romance coach, drama is bound to ensue.
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore | March 16th
A magical tale about surviving sexual assault, I know this book will mean so much to me and bring healing in ways I can’t really express. (I may have started crying just thinking about this book’s existence and the fact I get to read it.) It has a pansexual main character, enchanted pan dulce, and a focus on healing and being kind to yourself. There are, of course, magical elements including some troublesome mirrored glass, a la The Snow Queen. First The Red Shoes and now this, it’s like A-M is working from a list of my favourite fairytales and turning them magical, diverse, and queer as hell! I hope they never stop.
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas | March 23rd
AAAAAAAAAAAA if it isn’t the author of my favourite book from the whole of 2020 here to slay me with another gorgeous tale just 8 months later. How will I actually cope?? What did the universe do to deserve Aiden Thomas??? This is an emotional modern Peter Pan retelling, and I would try and write a coherent description of it but I can’t. My head is empty but for excitement, screaming, and a deep need to read Cemetery Boys again. (I’m so bad at this, but I hope I’m convincing you to read things anyway.)
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark | March 23rd
I will never get tired of fantasy books set in “queernorm” worlds. It’s an endless pet hate of mine that so many authors feel that their entirely made up universe for some reason needs to contain exactly the same prejudices as the real one. So every fantasy novel I see by a queer author is truly soothing to me. Political fantasy with war, rebellion, espionage, and two queer female main characters? Sign me up.
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard | March 30th
Chaos children? Chaos children. A sapphic reinterpretation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is a dangerous thriller about obsession with art, and murder. Thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but when they’re about dangerously obsessed artists and two girls falling in love… just try and stop me. Also, can we talk about that cover?? 😍 Forget too pretty to burn, it’s almost too pretty to read!
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris | April 6th
Another seriously stunning cover. Every time Alex touches an object or a person, he sees into its future. When he has a vision of his brother’s death, it’s a race against time to prevent it from coming true. The author describes this as a “love letter to all the Black men who had to grow up too early.” All the early reviews I’ve seen describe this as powerful, important, and emotionally devastating. I can’t wait to be torn apart by it.
Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve | April 13th
I’m still reeling that I got an ARC for this. Being able to review trans stories just warms my heart. The story follows Dean, who know he’s a trans guy but is still grappling with coming out. When he gets cast as Romeo in his high school theater production, it pushes him to think about how he wants the world to see him. I’m so happy to see more trans stories being published and I just want to read and shout about them all.
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen | April 20th
The COVERS this year people!! My eyes have been blessed. Did someone say enemies to lovers AND fake-dating? When Scottie gets into a fender bender with her nemesis, Irene, they’re forced to carpool together until Irene’s car is fixed. When driving to school every day turns into a fake-dating scheme to get back at Scottie’s ex, queer hijinks are bound to ensue. If the beautiful cover wasn’t enough, I hope that amazing premise is enough to convince everyone they need to read this book.
In Deeper Water by F.T. Lukens | April 20th
Honestly, if I have to look at another gorgeously queer cover in this post I think my eyes might just start leaking rainbows. A Prince with forbidden magic meets Athlen, a mysterious, “rougish” stranger on his coming-of-age tour. But before they can get too far into any romanitc pursuits, Prince Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held to ransom and Athlen may be his only hope. Essentially: a queer pirate adventure. Does that sound good, or does that sound good?
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells | April 27th
I’ve gushed a few times about Murderbot since discovering these novellas at the end of 2020, but I don’t think I’ve fully expressed the way this series now lives in my heart. I have this tiny bookshelf in my soul reserved for the series that truly make reading mean everything to me, that give me more joy and comfort than I can express. And this series of novellas about a SecUnit robot that just wants to be left alone by humans and watch soap operas all day is aboslutely one of them. This next installment sees Murderbot stuck with human security trying to solve a murder, and that just sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted. I hope this series never ends.
Okay, that was another line up of really wonderful books that I’m so super excited for! I am seriously in love with the amazing titles that are coming out this year. I can’t wait to keep putting together more of these posts as the months go on. Hopefully I’ve given your TBR some food for thought. If I’ve managed to include some books you haven’t heard about before, I’d love to know about it. I was hoping to share a wide range.
Have you preordered any books lately? What are you most anticipating this year? How are you?? Let’s have a chat in the comments!