All right, everybody! April is just about here, which means it's time for me to list the MG and YA books I'm most excited about that are releasing during the next three months. Check them out!
1) Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the fifth book in the Shatter Me series, which somehow turns me into an emotional, weeping mess every time. The YA sci-fi series starts in book one with an imprisoned girl devastated by the fact that she kills anyone she touches. The newest book releases on my birthday, April 2nd.
2) Defy the Fates by Claudia Gray. This is the final book in the Constellation trilogy, a YA sci-fi that captured my heart with its romance between an android and a human girl who are on opposite sides of a war. Because my birthday is apparently defiant, this book also comes out on April 2nd!
3) Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. In one final entry for my birthday, this YA fantasy tells the story of a girl who can speak to gods, along with a prince and a boy with a secret, all coming together to end a war.
4) Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge. This YA thriller tells the story of a girl who is caught up in a gothic mystery full of family secrets after her mother's death. It comes out on April 9th.
5) Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid. This YA romance follows a young journalist who decides to write about a couple that plans to break up when they go to college. It comes out on April 30th.
6) A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. This YA thriller, inspired by season one of the Serial podcast, is about a girl who does a school project on a past murder case in her small town. It comes out May 2nd.
7) Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book is the launch of a new YA sci-fi series by the duo that brought you The Illuminae Chronicles, and really, that's all I need to know. It comes out on May 7th.
8) Kissing Ezra Holtz (And Other Things I Did for Science) by Brianna R. Shrum. This YA romance covers one of my favorite romance novel topics: trying to figure out the science of love. It also comes out May 7th..
9) There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. This YA romance by a YA romance queen tells the story of an arranged relationship, which is a trope I always love. It comes out on May 14th.
10) The Bone Charmer by Breanna Shields. This YA fantasy follows a girl who is chosen via prophecy to become the next seer and marry a dangerous boy--and whose life path then splits into two simultaneous alternatives. It releases on May 21st.
11) The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. This YA sci-fi follows an android built as part of a theme park who falls in love... and then gets accused of murder. To top all that off, the book is multiformat! Look for it in stores on May 28th.
12) Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal. This YA horror, inspired by the Latinx myth of El Cucuy, is about two teens who try to catch a serial killer that turns out to be more than human. It is the first of five books on this list to come out on June 4th.
13) The Beholder by Anna Bright. This YA fantasy retells "Cinderella" with a heroine sent on an overseas journey by her stepmother in order to find a man to marry. Check it out on June 4th!
14) The Haunted by Danielle Vega. This YA horror tells the story of a girl whose family moves into a haunted house. Not that original of a premise, sure, but I have a thing about stories with creepy houses! It is the third book to come out June 4th.
15) Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash. This YA romance tells the story of a college freshman who joins a virtual reality dating experience and gets paired up with her ex, along with two other boys. Pick it up on June 4th.
16) War of the Bastards by Andrew Shvarts. This is the final book in the Royal Bastards trilogy, a YA fantasy that follows a group of royal bastards who get caught up in a complex war. It is the final book on this list to release on June 4th.
17) Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich. This YA horror novel, inspired by the legend of Faust, follows three girls in three centuries who get caught up in the story of a, you got it, creepy house. It releases June 11th.
18) The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. This near-future YA sci-fi follows an undocumented immigrant who, along with her younger sister, gets to stay in the U.S. as long as she participates in an experimental program where she takes on other people's grief. It also comes out on June 11th.
What are your most anticipated books coming out April - June? Let me know, add these ones to your list, and I'll be back on Wednesday with a birthday-themed post.
After some consideration, I've decided not to publicly refer to my WIPs by their working titles anymore. This is because, from first draft to publication, a book is likely to have many different working titles. It can be confusing for those on the outside! So to simplify things, I will refer to my WIPs by simple hashtags up until the title is "finalized." For example, the book that I'm almost done editing for now is #OCDStory. The book that I will be writing for April's Camp NaNoWriMo (eep!) will be referred to as #SnowQueenStory. (Keep track of my progress here!)
Hopefully that makes sense! I'll be going through all my old blog posts later and changing everything to reflect this decision.
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