Each month I try to put together a list of new books that are releasing in the YA genre. I’m not going to include each new release, so if you’d like to peek at all of the new releases coming this April, visit B&N’s website!
I’m most excited about So This is Love, Crave, The Lucky Ones, They Went Left, and Time of Our Lives.
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
“Darkness never works alone…
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.
As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Book 2: Something Dark and Holy
Personally, I’m not going to pre-order this book because I didn’t find Wicked Saints appealing. I know a bunch of people did, so I’m putting it on the list because it deserves a spot.
So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim
“What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she’s the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king’s visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother. Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it’s too late.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ One of Disney’s Twisted Tales
I’m excited for this one. So This is Love is on my TBR, as are most of the other Twisted Tales. Elizabeth Lim is the author of Spin the Dawn, which I adored. I’m a huge Disney nerd, but I’ve never read any of these! I desperately need to make this series a priority.
Crave by Tracy Wolff
“My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Stand-Alone (I think)
I want to read this so badly! A bunch of book bloggers I follow scored ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of this book and I’m so jealous. I’m a huge vampire fan and I hear from those bloggers that this is an incredible vampire book. I will be pre-ordering this one for sure.
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
“May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.
Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.
Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut Author
This book is said to be for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This is Where it Ends, and All the Bright Places. I loved two out of three of those books and the description looks heavy, which is definitely something I’m into.
They Went Left by Monica Hesse
“Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else–her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja–they went left.
Zofia’s last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.
But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her–or help her rebuild her world.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Historical Fiction
Oh, holy crap. Talk about heavy… I usually do not like historical fiction novels, but I may have to pick this one up. I really don’t have words after reading the description… just wow.
Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
“In this epic sequel to Once & Future, to save the future, Ari and her Rainbow knights pull off a heist… thousands of years in the past.
Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur’s Grail—the very definition of impossible.
It’s imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future…” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Book 2: Once & Future
I’ve never read, nor have I heard of, Once & Future. I wouldn’t read this because I’m not big on stories about King Arthur. They’re just really hard for me to get into, but I know a lot of YA readers who love this stuff. So, if you’re one of them, this book seems promising!
This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio
“Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade.
Will Domenici has two goals: to find a paying summer internship, and to prove he has what it takes to become an editor on his school paper.
Then Jocelyn’s father tells her their family restaurant may be going under, and all wishes are off. Because her dad has the marketing skills of a dumpling, it’s up to Jocelyn and her unlikely new employee, Will, to bring A-Plus Chinese Garden into the 21st century (or, at least, to Facebook).What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more. But family prejudices and the uncertain future of A-Plus threaten to keep Will and Jocelyn apart. It will take everything they have and more, to save the family restaurant and their budding romance.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 14, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Contemporary Romance Stand-Alone
This one piqued my interest because I like the cover (yes, I’m one of those readers). I’m also a fan of contemporary romances, so this one may be in my future. Gregorio is also a Yale graduate and a practicing surgeon. Mind. Blown.
The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin
“Sixteen-year-old Ellie Dante is desperate for something in her life to finally go right. Her father was a famous stage magician until he attempted an epic illusion on live TV—and failed. Now Ellie lives with her dad in a beat-up RV, attending high school online and performing with him at birthday parties and bars across the Midwest to make ends meet.
But when the gigs dry up, their insurance lapses, leaving Dad’s heart condition unchecked and forcing Ellie to battle her bipolar II disorder without medication.
Then Ellie receives a call from a famous magic duo, who offer fifteen thousand dollars and a shot at redemption: they want The Uncanny Dante to perform the illusion that wrecked his career—on their live TV special, which shoots in Los Angeles in ten days.
Ellie knows her dad will refuse-but she takes the deal anyway, then lies to persuade him to head west. With the help of her online-only best friend and an unusual guy she pairs up with along the way, Ellie makes a plan to stage his comeback. But when her lie is exposed, she’ll have to confront her illness and her choices head-on to save her father—and herself.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 14, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Mental Health & Stage Magic
I have a weird relationship with stage magic, so I probably won’t grab this one. However, if you like stage magic, this book looks like it’ll be awesome. It looks deep and real. Jeff Garvin wrote Symptoms of Being Human, which won a crap-ton of awards. He seems like a great author, so I’d read him if I liked stage magic.
Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
“Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move. She stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight, everyone notices. And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with strict rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods.
Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.
As the search continues, the students realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth… if anyone can find her.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 14, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Contemporary Mystery
I have a weakness for books about boarding schools. Mysteries aren’t really my thing, but if they do it right, it can be entertaining. It’s said to have a similar atmosphere to Riverdale, which I’m all for!
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?”
Release Date: April 14, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Fantasy Stand-Alone
I read this and reviewed it. Thanks to Netgalley, I was able to review an ARC of Deeplight. I was ecstatic to receive it because I was going to pre-order it. It was on my list. You can read my full review of it here, but overall it was okay. I wasn’t over the moon about it, but it lived up to the description and expectation.
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
“I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.
1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.
As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.
But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 21, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut Historical Fiction
Again, not really a historical fiction reader, but wow. I like the last bit of the description, where it says that it’s a bloody tale for readers of Renee Ahdieh, who has reputation for her intense fiction.
Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberly
“A boy desperate to hold on, a girl ready to let go.
Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stealing her memory. He’s vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come–never mind the ridiculous college tour she’s forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he’ll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.
When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives.
Time of Our Lives is a story of home and away, of the wonder and weight of memory, of outgrowing fears and growing into the future.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 21, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Contemporary YA Romance
Time of Our Lives looks absolutely adorable. This one is going on my TBR for sure. I like contemporary romances, but it needs to be more than just a romance. It looks like this one pulls on heartstrings in more than one way, so I’m excited for this.
Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer
“A funny and timely debut YA about the toxic masculinity at a famous improv comedy camp
Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—including her hero, Nina Knightley. But even though she’s hardworking and talented, Zelda’s also the only girl on Varsity, so she’s the target for humiliation from her teammates. And her 20-year-old coach, Ben, is cruel to her at practice and way too nice to her when they’re alone. Zelda wants to fight back, but is sacrificing her best shot at her dream too heavy a price to pay?
Equal parts funny and righteous, Unscripted is a moving debut novel that Printz Award winner Nina LaCour calls ‘a truly special book, written at exactly the right time.'” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 21, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut YA Contemporary
I always like including debut authors on these lists, especially right now, because they deserve some love! The idea of this novel doesn’t really captivate me, but it might captivate someone else. I’m not a sports type of reader and it seems that this book is a mix between a sports book and a comedy-club type book. If that’s up your alley, check this one out!
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
“From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop.
Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.
Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them—that is, when they’re even paying attention.
They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible…unless they manage to keep it a secret.
Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 21, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ YA Contemporary Romance
The headline confuses me on this one. It says that it’s a “queer” romance, which in my book means gay. The two main characters are respectively female and male… Did I miss something? Either way, I’m looking forward to this one because I’m a nerd and I like nerdy things… like two kids falling in love at the comic book shop. Sign me up!
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
“I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.
Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.
When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 28, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Book One & YA Fantasy
This sounds like a really deep fantasy. I’m not in a fantasy mood as of late, due to all of the fantasy books that I’ve been reading, but it sounds like it would be a good one. The world-building is intriguing and the plot seems promising.
Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
“A forest, besieged. A queen, unyielding. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black will devour this deliciously dark Eastern European–inspired YA fantasy debut.
When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake.
Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon.
But promises are all too easily broken.” – Goodreads
Release Date: April 28, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut YA Fantasy
I want to read this. Don’t Call the Wolf is based on a Polish fairy tale called “The Glass Mountain.” I love retellings, even if I don’t know the original story that’s being retold. If I do end up picking this one up, I’ll be sure to read the fairy tale first.
Clique Bait by Ann Valett
“Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.
Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.
Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.”
Release Date: April 28, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut YA Contemporary Mystery
I love the title. The title pulled me in immediately because I love a good pun. The headline tag thing also mentioned that it’s similar to Pretty Little Liars, which I adore. So, I’m in already. Then, you add a dramatic way to get revenge on someone, with a dash of romance. You hooked me. Clique Bait is written by a Wattpad author, which is also amazing to me because I’ve never read anything off of Wattpad before. I might need to.
A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen
“For fans of Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, and Girl, Interrupted comes a haunting and breathtaking YA contemporary debut novel that packs a powerful message: hope can be found in the darkness.
Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death.
But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There’s her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. Told in epistolary-like style, this deeply moving novel sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places. Perfect for fans of the critically-acclaimed Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, and If I Stay.”
Release Date: April 28, 2020 ~ Goodreads ~ Debut YA Contemporary
A Breath Too Late is another one that I’m intrigued by. It sounds similar to If I Stay and I’m interested to see what “epistolary” style is. This looks amazing and I’m already itching to see what happens.
My Pre-Order Selection
There you have it: 18 YA titles that are coming out this month. I have a rule that I only pre-order one book per month, which is a struggle sometimes. This month was difficult, but I decided to pre-order Crave by Tracy Wolff. I love vampire stories and I’ve heard amazing things about this one from readers that were lucky enough to receive an ARC.
Which one did (or would) you pre-order? Did I leave out a great book that releases this month? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook!
Thanks for reading!