April Anticipated Releases

This year, I’ve decided to do something new, in addition to my monthly TBR, I want to shout about my most anticipated releases of each month and see how many of them I’ve read by the end of the year. For this, I’ve created a massive spreadsheet and have tried to keep an eye out for any upcoming releases that I hadn’t already heard about.

The books will be sorted by publication date and then if more than one book is published on the same date, they are sorted alphabetically by title.

For each of them, I will include the synopsis and a little passage on why I’m looking forward to it.

2nd: 

Last Lesson by James Goodhand

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Last year, Ollie Morcombe was a star pupil, popular and a gifted musician.

Then, after the accident, everything changed. Now he’s an outcast, a prime target of the school bullies who have made his life a living hell.

Today – the last day of the school year – he’s brought those bullies a gift. A homemade pipe bomb.

What has driven a model student to plan an unspeakable revenge? And with the clock ticking down to home time, what can anybody do to stop him?

Why I’m Excited:

I requested this to read early, as the synopsis intrigued me and I knew a lot of the marketing campaign was centred around mental health, which is a topic that I’m very passionate about. This book is nothing like what you expect and really dives into issues of toxic masculinity and mental health. Full review here.

 

The Pieces of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt 

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Flora doesn’t do people, not since the Incident that led to her leaving school midway through her GCSEs. The Incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. The Incident that left her in pieces. Until Hal arrives. He’s researching a story about a missing World War I soldier, and he wants Flora’s help. Flora used to love history before the Incident, but spending so much time with Hal is her worst nightmare. Yet as they begin to piece together the life of the missing soldier, a life of lost love, secrets and lies, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal.

Why I’m Excited:

Firstly, bipolar representation means so much to me personally. Secondly, Harcourt writes the most beautifully loveable contemporaries with romances that you really root for and fleshed-out characters. Add in a touch of history and a hint of mystery and you’ve sold it to me completely.

7th: 

The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

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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.

Why I’m Excited:

This was another granted request, as again the concept of the book really grabbed my attention. It sounds like an intriguing subversion of tropes and expectations, which I fully reviewed here.

16th: 

If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley

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Tens of thousands of crows invading Auburn, Pennsylvania, is a problem for everyone in town except seventeen-year-old Leighton Barnes. For Leighton, it’s no stranger than her house, which inexplicably repairs itself every time her father loses his temper and breaks things.

Leighton doesn’t have time for the crows–it’s her senior year, and acceptance to her dream college is finally within reach. But grabbing that lifeline means abandoning her sisters, a choice she’s not ready to face.

With her father’s rage worsening and the town in chaos over the crows, Leighton allows herself a chance at happiness with Liam, her charming classmate, even though falling in love feels like a revolutionary act.

Balancing school, dating, and survival under the shadow of sixty thousand feathered wings starts to feel almost comfortable, but Leighton knows that this fragile equilibrium can only last so long before it shatters.

Why I’m Excited:

I managed to trade for an ARC of this, as it sounded like a book filled with suspense and possibly magical realism. It was absolutely excellent, discussing the issue of domestic abuse in such an original and interesting way. Full review here.

Red Hood by Elana K Arnold

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Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

Why I’m Excited:

This sounded like such an intriguing take on the Red Riding Hood tale we all know and love. Arnold definitely delivered that in a vicious, feminist tale that I devoured with Sasha. Full review here.

The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens

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The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

Why I’m Excited:

I am a sucker for a good mystery and this sounds like a heart-pounding example. I managed to snag an eARC of this via Netgalley and loved exploring Thea’s story. Full review here.

Venom by Bex Hogan

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Marianne has never wanted to be a fighter, but with unrest and discord threatening the Twelve Islands, she will have to battle threats both inside and out in an attempt to attain peace for her homeland.

Marianne is now the Viper, but her hopes for peace in the Eastern Isles are being frustrated. The corrupt King remains on the throne, bandits are proving hard to stop and Marianne is not sure who among her crew she can truly trust.

For the islands to prosper, the invisible bond that once existed uniting land and sea must be reinstated. There’s only one way that can happen – the return of magic. To do that Marianne must put aside all her fears: she must return to her roots, the Western Isles, and call on the power that runs in her blood.

She must become a Mage.

Only then, can she possibly command the army needed to finally take down the King.

Why I’m Excited:

I loved Viper last year, so I had to snap up the sequel, especially with the awesome pre-order campaign. Marianne was an excellent protagonist, so I’m excited to see more of her journey and growth in Venom. Full review here.

21st:

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

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The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home, in the sequel to hit fantasy The Devouring Gray. With the Beast subdued, the town of Four Paths discovers a new threat: a corruption seeping is from the Gray, poisoning the roots of the town and its people. Only May Hawthorne realizes the danger, forced to watch as her visions become reality. Meanwhile, the town is riven by change: Harper Carlisle is learning to control her newfound powers, and how to forgive after devastating betrayals; Isaac Sullivan’s older brother, Gabriel, has returned after years away; Violet Saunders is finding her place and Justin and May’s father has finally come home. With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, and the Founder Families all returning to their roots, the time has finally come to settle ancient grudges, to cure the corruption and stop the Beast once and for all. But more than one kind of beast preys on Four Paths…

Why I’m Excited:

This is the sequel to one of my absolute favourites from last year (The Devouring Gray) and has been through a tumultuous journey with the UK publication date repeatedly changing. I am so excited to be back with the brilliant cast of teenagers and explore more of this unsettling town that’s steeped in mystery and an atmosphere of tension. Luckily for me, the amazing Titan Books have sent me an eARC to devour (pun very much intended). Full review here.

28th:

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

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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.

Why I’m Excited:

This sounds like an amazingly twisty fantasy book and Renata’s ability is so unique. The world building sounds like it will be exquisite. Luckily for me, I managed to get an eARC via Netgalley and buddy read this with Amber and Sasha! Full review here.

30th:

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

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Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

Why I’m Excited:

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was one of my favourite books of last year, offering an excellent, tightly plotted mystery. So obviously, I needed the sequel in my life and luckily for me, the amazing people at Egmont granted my wish. Full review and Q & A here!

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