So far, 2018 has been an awesome year for great book releases. One of the best parts of starting a new year is getting excited for all of the new upcoming books and knowing that soon some of them will be added to your favourite book list. I just can’t believe that I’m already talking about April books – how did that even happen so quickly?!
This month there are a number of new releases that I’m really looking forward to! Some of these I was sent an advanced copy of to check out, which is so thoughtful of the publisher, and others I just can’t wait to buy!
All books are in order of their publication date. If you’re interested in what books I’m most looking forward to this month, then keep reading!
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Release: April 3rd, 2018
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
Why I’m Excited:
This book looks like it’s going to be an awesome read. I’m a huge history fan and historical fiction is a favourite genre of mine to read. This is especially exciting to me considering I spent four years in University studying history. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out and to be transported into a world set in the past.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Release: April 10th, 2018
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.
Why I’m Excited:
This book just looks so interesting. It’s synopsis is so different from anything I’ve read before and I’m really curious to see how it plays out. I’ve also heard some pretty great things from people who were sent an advanced copy.
The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Release: April 10th, 2018
In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.
Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.
Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.
As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.
Why I’m Excited:
I still haven’t read Carve the Mark. I picked it up early last year when it came out but I couldn’t really get into it. I’m not sure if it was just the type of “reading mood” I was in or if it just wasn’t the storyline for me. Either way, I’m still really curious about this series. I plan on reading Carve the Mark soon and hopefully if I like it, I’ll pick up the second one! Stay tuned for a review!
Leah and the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Release: April 24th, 2018
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.
Why I’m Excited:
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an awesome read. I was late to the game in reading it, but it’s one of those books I feel like everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. I haven’t read any other of Becky Albertalli’s books, but Leah was such a great character in Simon that I can’t wait to have a book from her perspective and about her life!
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Release: April 24th, 2018
A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.
Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
Why I’m Excited:
I’m just a huge fan of cute contemporary reads and this one seems right up my ally. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for Young Readers, I was given an advanced copy to read. I’m only about 6 chapters in but so far it’s really enjoyable! I’m looking forward to finishing it and picking up the final copy! I also seriously love the girl power in this book!
A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads | Release: April 24th, 2018
Seven seniors, seven problems, one senior prom.
Cora: Head of the Prom Committee (and basically every other club in school). Has been dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie™ for approximately forever, and has NO IDEA how to break up with him….
Paisley: Sarcastic feminist who wants nothing to do with prom. Has somehow managed to nominate her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…
Henry: Quiet ballplayer who hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!
Otis: Charming, popular, and one half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Doesn’t know how to tell his boyfriend that he’s not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room experience…
Lizzie: A little bit shy, and a lot excited to finally get out of her comfort zone and go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.
Cameron: Loner with two jobs and zero friends. Is so done with high school and this whole town: the only thing he still wants to do is meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…
Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom. Now if only she could find a date….
A Prom to Remember, the newest book from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different) is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.
Why I’m Excited:
Spoiler alert: I’ve already read this book and it was a great read. Such a cute read and the characters were so enjoyable. It was a great coming of age story that gave me all the nostalgic feels of high school – read my review here!
Well, those are some of the books I’m most looking forward to in April! What books are on your list? I can’t wait to hear!