The April Book Releases That I’m Most Excited About

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The world is scary and complicated right now, but at least we still have books, right?

April has quite a few new releases that I’m really looking forward to. And for some reason, almost all of them are coming out on April 7th!

Like many people, I’m not financially secure enough to run out and purchase any of these, so they’ll be on hold at my local library for whenever they eventually open up again. Don’t forget about free reading resources too! If you have a library card, you have access to books (including some new releases!) through Hoopla and Libby, which are wonderful resources.

I was fortunate enough to receive a few of these books in the mail from publishers, and they are all on my April TBR! These include Chosen Ones, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying VampiresThe Glass Magician, The Unsuitable, The Eighth Life, and Auras.

Amazon and Goodreads links are provided for all books listed below. Descriptions are courtesy of the publisher and Goodreads.

What books are you most excited about in April? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth – “Five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons — and reconsider what it means to be a hero… by destiny or by choice” (read more).
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – “Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community…” (read more).
  • Ruthless Gods (Something Dark & Holy #2) by Emily A Duncan – “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” (read more).
  • Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta & 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” (read more).
  • The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer – “What if you could turn into the animal of your heart anytime you want? With such power, you’d enter the cream of New York society, guaranteed a rich life among the Vanderbilts and Astors” (read more).
  • Afterlife by Julia Alvarez – “Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including – maybe especially – members of our human family?” (read more).
  • Conjure Women by Afia Atakora – “…a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women” (read more).
  • Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker – “The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease” (read more).
  • The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate – “A story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its connection to her own students’ lives” (read more).
  • The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson – “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… Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. … Zach ends up at band practice… the same night May goes. … [They] both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all” (read more).
  • Little Universes by Heather Demetrios – “When a tsunami strikes the island where their parents are vacationing, it soon becomes clear that their mom and dad are never coming home. Forced to move to Boston… each girl struggles with secrets their parents’ death has brought to light” (read more).
  • Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed – “Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries… Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men” (read more).
  • Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan – “Mina, a classicist, searches for solutions to her failing mental health using mythological women. But she finds a beam of light in a living woman” (read more).

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  • The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin – “…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. … 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 [her father’s] comeback” (read more).
  • The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig – “Iseult Wince is a Victorian woman perilously close to spinsterhood whose distinctly unpleasant father is trying to marry her off. She is awkward, plain, and most pertinently, believes that her mother, who died in childbirth, lives in the scar on her neck” (read more).
  • The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili – “At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste” (read more).
  • Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura (A Start Here Guide for Beginners) by Eliza Swann – “…a modern illustrated guide to the ancient practice of aura reading” (read more).
  • Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J Christopher – “Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget – total love at first sight – but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. … An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Unless you put a ring on it” (read more).

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  • A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen – “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” (read more).
  • Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross – “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” (read more).
  • Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova – “Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice… 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” (read more).

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