Books·Posted on Mar 9, 2021A Jane Austen Murder Mystery, And 13 Other New Books To Check Out ASAPCan't read these fast enough.by Shyla Watson, Farrah Penn, Rachel Strolle, Margaret Kingsbury, Kirby Beaton, Arianna ReboliniFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Hello, book lovers! Each week, dozens and dozens of new releases hit the shelves. Below are some of the reads BuzzFeed Books writers and contributors loved the most: BuzzFeed Young Adult 1. American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers Rani Kelkar is an Indian American teen who begins seeing a boy named Oliver in secret, knowing her mother wouldn't approve. But while being with Oliver is exciting, it's also more complex than Rani expects. So when Rani finds herself in India over the summer, she begins to unpack microaggressions and cultural appropriation, as well as learn what healthy boundaries might look like, uncovering a journey to her own self-discovery. Rajurkar pens a moving coming-of-age story that takes a meaningful, layered look at culture, love, and expectation. —Farrah Penn 2. When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Beth wants nothing more than her friend group (Grace, Brandon, Sunny, and secret crush Jason) to stay together. But after she discovers that Jason's father is abusive, the whole group is shaken. Jason has to decide whether to make a life-altering choice and Beth has to determine how far she'll go to protect him. —Rachel Strolle 3. It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill Farrar, Straus and Giroux If you love fun contemporaries with wonderfully realized characters, or just really love pizza, this is your book. Beck is best known for the story of her birth: After all, her mom gave birth to her in the bathroom of the local pizzeria that Beck now works at. When disaster strikes the pizza place, Beck realizes that it's even more significant to her than she first thought. —Rachel Strolle 4. Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley Margaret K. McElderry Books When Wren's father falls victim to a magical plague, she does the only thing she can think of to save him: She proposes a bargain to the most powerful witch of her generation, Tamsin. If Tamsin helps Wren catch the dark witch who created the plague, Wren will give Tamsin the one thing she must steal from others: love. —Rachel Strolle 5. Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price Harperteen Pride and Prejudice gets a murder-y twist with this super fun YA retelling and the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series. Lizzie Bennet's mother and sisters want her to find a husband, but she'd rather become a lawyer like her father. After a nearby murder, Lizzie decides to dive into the case and prove she has the skills to be a lawyer. But the heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, thwarts her at every turn. —Margaret Kingsbury Literary Fiction 6. The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan Houghton Mifflin I adored Hala Alyan’s 2017 novel Salt Houses, a moving portrait of a family contending with their heritage. In The Arsonists’ City, she returns to similar themes of home, history, and identity: After Idris Nasr’s father dies, he becomes the patriarch of his large and far-flung family. When he decides to sell the family home in Beirut, the rest of the family flock from their new homes in Brooklyn, Austin, and California to change his mind. Once they’re all there, secrets and tensions erupt and threaten the already eroding foundation of their family. These domestic dramas echo and are heightened by the conflicts rattling Lebanon, as Alyan masterfully weaves the personal and sociopolitical to create an intricate and abundant family history. —Arianna Rebolini 7. The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter Harper Jessica Winter’s magnificent sophomore novel is a decades-spanning story about a mother and daughter: Jane, a devout Catholic whose life narrows when she gets pregnant in high school and marries the father; and Lauren, a high schooler in the ‘90s navigating social strata and a too-close drama teacher. Jane, obsessed with the saints, sees holiness in suffering and self-abnegation, and spends her young adulthood finding ways to punish herself; eventually, she spins her beliefs outward as she joins the increasingly violent anti-abortion movement and adopts a young girl from Eastern Europe, alienating Lauren in the process.Winter gives us so much to chew on here — faith, adoption, sexuality, motherhood, abuse, autonomy — and the story warrants taking time to digest, to see how each moment informs and deepens another. —Arianna Rebolini Poetry 8. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans Berkley Books There's a lot of raw, unapologetic, and deeply meaningful honesty in Jasmine Mans's Black Girl, Call Home. Touching on everything from race to queerness, identity, family, and feminism, Mans' unflinching words land a lasting impact. —Farrah Penn Romance 9. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert Avon After another failed attempt to get her life together, Eve Brown needs to try something new. On a drive to clear her head, she stumbles upon a quaint bed-and-breakfast and finds herself on a spontaneous job interview...with an obnoxious control freak. Being on the spectrum, Jacob Wayne likes to have everything just so, and that does not include the disorganized, yet lively, woman who waltzes into his B&B. But after an accident finds him unable to run his business, Eve steps in to help. After they continue to work (and live) together side by side, he learns that she's not such a mess after all, and in fact, they may have more in common than either of them realize. —Shyla Watson 10. The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe Avon Harrison Archer may be a rogue, but he's not the type of man to leave his family in the lurch...even if they are estranged. So, when he discovers that his deceased father left them bankrupt, he sets out to quickly marry an heiress. He returns to New York and enlists the help of his childhood friend Maddie Webster, who is the woman he secretly harbors feelings for but is already engaged to a duke. Maddie reluctantly agrees to help but regrets it when seeing Harrison cozy up to potential brides stirs up unexpected emotions. With feelings for one another but engagements to other people, the pair find themselves in a twisted web they might not be able to untangle. —Shyla Watson Historical Fiction 11. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn William Morrow & Company As England begins its fight against the Nazis in 1940, three very different women join a brilliant team working on deciphering German code. Society girl Osla, self-made Mab, and shy spinster Beth work together to help the cause, until a betrayal breaks them apart. Seven years later, amid royal wedding fever, the three are reunited to solve an encrypted message as a mysterious traitor from their past looms closer and closer. —Kirby Beaton Science Fiction / Fantasy 12. All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter Titan Books In this gorgeous, atmospheric gothic fantasy, grisly fairy tales and creatures from myth come to life, haunting a family legacy while also allowing its prosperity. The O'Malleys have always lived in Hobs Hallow, a tower at the edge of the sea, reaping the sea's rewards through unnatural means, or at least that’s what the rumors claim. Once upon a time, their wealth was legendary, but now Miren and her grandparents are the last true O'Malleys. When her grandparents die, she finds clues that indicate her mother is still alive. With a distant O’Malley cousin trying to force her into marriage, Miren flees Hobs Hallow in search of her parents, but her search only leads her to another house with its own dark secrets tucked away within stories and fairy tales. —Margaret Kingsbury 13. The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst Harper Voyager This standalone dark fantasy features a team of middle-aged heroes, a rare find in fantasy. A team of four heroes once saved their kingdom from an evil magician using magic derived from bones, and now, 25 years later, they're called on again. But the heroes are different now. They have more to lose, their goals have changed, and their magic's rusty. Not to mention the country they once saved fails to listen to their warnings. —Margaret Kingsbury 14. Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman Beacon Press This essay collection uses female monsters in classic mythology as a lens to analyze how women are made monsters in contemporary popular culture and society. Combining memoir with analysis, these often deeply personal essays discuss how, throughout history, and particularly right now, the thread of women's monstrosity has been woven into social structures and how women often internalized these stereotypes. I listened to the audiobook read by Vanessa Moyen, and it's a quick, intriguing listen. —Margaret Kingsbury For more new-release recommendations from this month, click here, or catch up on all of our weekly favorites on Bookshop. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!