April Releases I’m Excited For

April Releases I'm Excited For

Surprisingly, I didn’t have a list of, like, 20 books that I had to try and narrow down for this month’s post of upcoming releases I’m excited for. This is truly a miracle! But don’t be fooled – there are still a lot of books coming out in April that I want to get my hands on. You’ve probably seen other bloggers talking about most of these, but there are also a couple of books here that I haven’t seen much about. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Release date: April 4th

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray book cover

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

I’ve seen quite a few people reading and reviewing this lately. I’m really excited for this book since I’ve read Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You and absolutely adored it (although I’ve yet to read the rest of the trilogy…). This sounds like it’ll be every bit as good and entertaining.

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

Release date: April 4th

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston book cover

Meg Haston’s romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.

Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.

Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.

This is one that I’ve practically seen nothing about, but it totally sounds like something that I’ll enjoy. I’m such a fan of second-chance romances and love angsty stories. Bring it on.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Release date: April 11th

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis book coverKhosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Wow, that’s a long synopsis.

This is honestly probably the only book on this list that I can guarantee I’ll read. I’ve got an advance copy of this from First to Read so I’ll probably be reading this as soon as I finish THUG. It’s been awhile since I read a fantasy book so this will be fun to read.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Release date: April 11th

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli book coverSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

I’ve heard so many great things both about this book and Albertalli’s debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (which I really need to read, geez). I’m also a big fan of the fact that this has a fat MC. Sooo looking forward to this.

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Release date: April 11th

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer book coverHalf sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.

This a Sleeping Beauty retelling and I love retellings although I don’t read nearly enough of them. I’ve read Hillyer’s Proof of Forever and I’ll admit it wasn’t my favorite, but it was enjoyable enough that I’d read more of her books. Plus, Hillyer will be making a tour stop really close to me and I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it to the event. 🙂

The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

Release date: April 11th

The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier book coverThe Outlander series for the YA audience—a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth-century Scotland.

Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she meets Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.

Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex.

Will Jenna decide to keep her family’s mutinous secrets and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for?

In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.

This is the other book I mentioned that I hadn’t heard much about. In fact, I almost forgot that it came out in April. It’s pitched as Outlander for a YA audience which has me pretty excited even though I haven’t read Outlander (and don’t really intend to, honestly). It’s a historical fiction book set in Scotland in the 1700s which is really why I want to read this so much – I’ve never read a book with that setting. It should be really interesting (fingers crossed)!

The Adjustment by Suzanne Young

Release date: April 18th

The Adjustment by Suzanne Young book coverHow do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

I first started this series back in the summer of 2015 and it quickly became one of my favorite series. I’m so excited to read the next book! I have a feeling it’ll be just as great as the other books and I’m really looking forward to returning to this story.

What April releases are you excited for?


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21 thoughts on “April Releases I’m Excited For

    • I’m so glad to hear you liked it! I’m really hoping I’ll get to go to the Spindle Fire tour stop next week. Fingers crossed! So far I’m enjoying Given to the Sea, although it does seem a bit slow. I think I’ve finally gotten to a point where it will start to pick up though. 🙂

      BTW, sorry for the late response – your comment ended up in my spam folder!

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  1. Great list! Upside is so, so fantastic– I hope you love it as much as I did! I’m also excited for Given to the Sea and Spindle Fire (I, too, love retellings but don’t read enough of them!). The End of Our Story wasn’t previously on my radar, so thank you for mentioning it! It sounds like the kind of contemporary I usually enjoy.

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