I honestly can’t believe that we’re almost in April already; where has the time gone? This month I definitely hope to return to my blog and get caught up with everything – including all of your posts which I look forward to reading. Initially I thought April was a quieter month than March book release wise but apparently I was wrong as there are a lot of books here, many of which I can’t wait to get my hands on. I believe May is quieter (although I’m probably wrong) but June is definitely going to be another top ten month as a LOT of the releases that I’m super excited for are coming out then.
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.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
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.
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.
Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.
But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.
It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.
But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.
♥ Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
♡ The Empire Of Dreams by Rae Carson
♥ Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan
♡ Aru Shah And The Tree Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
♥ Looking Glass by Christina Henry
♡ The Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
♥ Venom by Bex Hogan
♡ The Deck Of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
♥ The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff
♡ The Eve Illusion by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher
♥ Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet
♡ Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Other April Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:
♥ Deep Water by Sarah Epstein
♡ Strangers by C.L. Taylor
♥ A Werewolf In Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig
♡ Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
♥ Robin Hood by Robert Muchamore
♡ The Loop by Ben Oliver
♥ Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
♡ Pretending by Holly Bourne
♥ The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
♡ The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
♥ Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington
♡ The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond
♥ What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
♡ The German Heiress by Anika Scott
♥ Kind Of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe
♡ The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
♥ Crave by Tracy Wolff
♡ Bonds Of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
♥ The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
♡ It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood
♥ Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
♡ A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
♥ Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
♡ The Book Of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
♥ The Book Of Koli by M. R. Carey
♡ Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
♥ Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons
♡ The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin
♥ Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
♡ The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
♥ Not That Kind Of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
♡ The Switch by Beth O’Leary
♥ Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
♡ Race The Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
♥ The Age Of Witches by Louisa Morgan
♡ Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
♥ Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
♡ The Easy Part Of Impossible by Sarah Tomp
♥ In The Role Of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby
♡ Time Of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
♥ Queen Of Coin And Whispers by Helen Corcoran
♡ Don’t Call The Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
♥ Clique Bait by Ann Valett
♡ The Apartment by K. L. Slater
♥ Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
♡ The Girl And The Stars by Mark Lawrence
♥ Q by Christina Dalcher
Firstly sequel wise I just want to mention Empress Of Flames by Mimi Yu; I didn’t include it above as it came out last month but I somehow missed it off of my March post (I had it listed as May so I’m guessing the date changed?). As I can’t wait to read book one I wanted to make sure to include it, especially in case others had also missed the change of date. Other than that I unsurprisingly need to start most of the series that I’ve included here. There are a fair few that I’m determined to pick up soon though (I’d say which but to be honest it’s about half of them).
There are a lot of books that came incredibly close to being included in this month’s top five. The ones that I’m most curious about are The Southern Book Club, Pretending, Queen Of Coin And Whispers, Don’t Call The Wolf and Q (called Master Class in some places). Contemporary wise I’m very interested in Meet Me At Midnight and Clique Bait. And I’m incredibly curious about The Girl And The Stars but I’m not sure if I’d be better off reading Red Sister first (how have I not read that series yet?). So all in all it’s definitely another busy month for books.
What are your most anticipated April releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.