With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a beverage of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in April 2018.
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Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2018)
Print Length: 432 pages
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
Giving off some serious Red Queen series front cover vibes, Ash Princess sounds like a great mix of magic, revenge, and seduction, that is sure to leave YA fantasy fans wanting more.
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 10, 2018)
Print Length: 416 pages
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.
With the Six of Crows duology but a memory to me, Ace of Shades sounds like the perfect YA fantasy novel to fill the void left behind by Bardugo’s band of criminals. Also, I’m fairly certain this will be OwlCrate’s book of the month for April, which means an exclusive cover!
Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 10, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.
The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.
Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.
With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
The first of two YA fantasy standalone’s I am including on this list, Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake is the one I’ve been anticipating the most. Boasting a warrior princess in ancient Ireland influenced by Irish and Norse mythology, I will definitely be clearing my reading plans so that I can start this book when it is delivered to me on publication day.
Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) by Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.
The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.
While I have already had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Isle of Blood and Stone, Makiia Lucier released a photo recently of all the changes that this book went through following the release of the ARCs. Also, it is always nice to own a book in hardcover format, so April 10th can’t come soon enough.
*To read my review of Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) click here*
Neverland by Margot McGovern
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia (April 1, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
When she was twelve, Kit Learmonth watched her parents drown in a storm as their boat sailed over the Tranter Sink Hole. Now seventeen, Kit doesn’t remember the incident, and she doesn’t want to. In fact, her only clear memories from before her parents’ death are of the fantastical stories of pirates and mermaids that she and her dad invented about the small island where she grew up, a place she calls Neverland.
Following Kit’s parents’ deaths, her uncle and guardian, Doc, transformed the island into a boarding school for mentally ill teenagers and sent Kit away to school on the mainland. But when Kit tries and fails to end her life, Doc brings her home to the island and places her in the care of his colleague, Dr Hannah Ward.
Resisting her treatment, Kit instead pulls her friends deeper into her world of make-believe. It’s only when Kit and her new boyfriend, Rohan, take the fantasy too far and land themselves in very real danger that her faith in Neverland is shaken, and Kit must find a way back to reality.
Ever since I finished Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry I have been on the hunt for the next great Peter Pan retelling. While I am told, via Goodread reviews, that Neverland deals with some pretty serious topics, it could be interesting to see how they play against a story that we know oh so well.
*To read my review of Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook, click here*
Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns 0.5) by Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 3 2018)
Print Length: 240 pages
I have been obsessed with the ‘Three Dark Crowns’ series ever since the first novels publication in 2016. While the third book isn’t scheduled for release until September 4, 2018, Blake has made the wait a little more bearable with the release of this novella collection. Hopefully it does the trick by keeping me occupied until Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) is released.
*To read my review of Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), click here*
*To read my review of One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2), click here*
Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World, The by Stephen Brusatte
Publisher: William Morrow (April 24, 2018)
Print Length: 416 pages
The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.
In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.
I’m sad to say that even though I live in a province in which dinosaurs and the science behind them are prevalent most of my dinosaur knowledge stems from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park. Figuring I should actually understand the fact behind the prehistoric giants, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of A Lost World seems like a accessible way to appease my curious appetite.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books (April 24, 2018)
Print Length: 352 pages
The second of two YA fantasy standalone’s, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young is set to explore the fantastical world of vikings. Goodreads reviews have been saying that this book is incredibly character driven, so that has me anticipating its release on April 24, 2018.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in April 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated April releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.