There are an overwhelming amount of intriguing books coming out this month!! When I was making my list of books to include on this list, I ended up making it over a page long. Rather than include them all, I’ve narrowed my list down to my top 6 most anticipated releases coming out in the month of April. I am SO excited for these books to come out!!
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (April 3)
Synopsis: Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together. What could go wrong? With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely. And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
One of Jenn Bennett’s other novels, Alex Approximately, has been on a long list of books that I plan on buying for a while now but I’m determined to get to it soon because it just sounds so cute! I’ve heard really great reviews of that book and her writing overall. I’ve also been in the mood for some cute contemporary romances in general lately, so when I heard that Jenn Bennett had a new book coming out and I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to add Starry Eyes to this list!
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (April 10)
Synopsis: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play.
I know I’ve said this one million times before but I LOVED Daughter of the Burning City, it was one of my top two favorite books of 2017. I have been dying to get my hands on more of Amanda Foody’s writing ever since I finished it and I’m so excited that Ace of Shades is finally almost here! This also sounds like a promising start to an extremely interesting new series. The characters sound so complex and the plot sounds so mysterious and intense. This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 overall and I’m so glad that the wait is finally over! 😍
The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (April 10)
Synopsis: In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. The singleborn. A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. The diminished. When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what’s left of her life in peace. As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.
I’m surrounded by twins: my brothers are twins, my boyfriend is a twin, and several of my friends are twins. For this reason, I’ve always found twins to be really fascinating. I did some research on twins for my psychology class during my first semester of college and I always try to incorporate them into my pictures for the photography class I’m taking now, so my professor and I always joke about it. So naturally when I heard this book was a new take on what it means to be a twin, I knew I had to read it. A world where nearly everyone is a twin sounds really intriguing, as do the concepts of “the singleborn” and “the diminshed.” This book sounds like it’s going to have fantastic world building and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (April 24)
Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
I LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, its movie adaptation, and The Upside of Unrequited. Basically, I will read anything that Becky Albertalli writes and I’m so excited that she’s coming out with another novel! Her previous books were so funny and relatable, and this one promises to be just as amazing. Also, I’m always happy for more bisexual representation in YA, and this will be my first novel focusing on a drummer as a main character (which I think is super cool because I started to learn to play the drums and it’s a hobby I really admire and wish I stuck with).
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (April 24)
Synopsis: Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
This sounds like a super intense, action-packed Viking novel and I’m all for it! I was hooked by the idea of Eelyn’s brother’s betrayal and it definitely sounds like the kind of book where it will be difficult to discern which characters to trust. Eelyn sounds like a really strong female main character overall and I can’t wait to root for her!
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)
Synopsis: Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get much worse, right? But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney. April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.
I’ve been on a major mystery/thriller binge lately and this sounds like the perfect book to pick up next! I’ve heard so many good things about this one including that it’s extremely addicting and that I won’t want to put it down and that is just what I’m looking for! I’ve also heard that it’s really unpredictable and that other than the main mystery it also discusses some important issues so it sounds really good overall and I can’t wait to read it!
** I finished Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington because I was lucky enough to receive an ARC but it comes out on April 24th and I recommend reading my summary/review and seeing if you’re interested!
So those are my most anticipated releases for the month of April! Comment and let me know if you’re looking forward to reading any of these books. Also let me know what books I didn’t include that you can’t wait for! 🙂
– Kelly xx