It’s the start of April, which means it’s time to talk about the book releases I’m most excited for this month! I swear, each month is getting faster, and I don’t like that, even if it is bringing me closer to some awesome books.
In fact, there’s so many books I’m looking forward to this month that it was beyond difficult to choose a most anticipated, but reading a certain ARC clenched it for me:
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
Why I Want to Read This: I love darker works of fiction; this is just a consistent thing about me. It’s thrilling at the same time it’s cathartic. I also love morally gray characters and seeing multiple sides of a situation. I love books with monsters and powerful gods that try to manipulate and play with humanity’s fate. I love when characters have their world views challenged while still trying to hold on to their morality. After being fortunate enough to read an ARC of Wicked Saints, I can say that Emily A. Duncan delivered on every account. I love this book, I already own a copy, and I’m excited for others to experience it, even if it’s not their brand. [Review]
Desperate to return home to Earth and claim the reward Babel promised, Emmett and the Genesis team join forces with the Imago. Babel’s initial attack left their home city in ruins, but that was just part of the Imago’s plan. They knew one thing Babel didn’t. This world is coming to an end.
Eden’s two moons are on a collision course no one can prevent. After building eight secret launch stations, the Imago hoped to lure Babel down to their doomed planet as they left it behind. A perfect plan until the Genesis team’s escape route was destroyed.
Now the group must split up to survive the hostile terrain and reach another launch station. As both sides struggle for the upper hand, the fight leads inevitably back into space, where Emmett, his crewmates, and their new allies will fight one final battle for control of the Genesis ships. Win this time, and they’ll survive Babel’s twisted game once and for all. As the Imago world falls, this is the last chance to rise.
Why I Want to Read This: I absolutely love this trilogy, and it kills me that it isn’t more mainstream because Scott Reintgen is a great, thoughtful writer. From the world-building to the diverse characters to the pacing, these books shine in a variety of ways. (Plus, who doesn’t love an anti-corporation theme throughout?) I’m so excited to find out what happens to Emmett and co. in Nyxia Uprising, even as I’m absolutely terrified. I know part of this is going to hurt, I know it.
Hunted and desperate.
Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield’s consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel’s own body is his last bargaining chip.
Alone in the universe.
Brought back from the brink of death, Noemi Vidal finds Abel has not only saved her life, but he’s made her into something else, something more. Not quite mech, yet not quite human any longer, Noemi must find her place in a universe where she is utterly unique, all while trying to create a world where anyone–even a mech–can be free.
The final battle between Earth and the colony planets is here, and there’s no lengths to which Earth won’t go to preserve its domination over all humanity. But together, the universe’s most advanced mech and its first human-mech hybrid might have the power to change the galaxy for good.
Why I Want to Read This: Claudia Gray is another favorite author of mine, and Defy the Fates is another trilogy conclusion on this list. If you like character-driven sci-fi with a Latinx protagonist, a sarcastic mech, and an edge-of-your seat plot, you’ll like this trilogy. And if you like a human/robot romance in all its slow-building, pining glory, you’ll love this trilogy. But right now, I’m most worried about my girl Noemi and what’s going to happen, omg, I both hate and love endings!
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.
Why I Want to Read This: First of all, that cover = gorgeous. Second of all, Indian history and Hindu mythology, yeeeeeeeess. Third of all, a female assassin. I love assassins, but so many have fallen flat for me in YA lately because of how many of them…don’t kill people—which is kind of the point in calling yourself an assassin, I thought lol. So I’m hoping that Esha aka the Viper owns her skills because I am very into this narrative The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala is promising me. I also cannot wait for her and Kunal to collide and watch them clash; someone, hand me some popcorn. I am ready,
Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.
Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.
Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?
Why I Want to Read This: I am having cover envy so bad right now with Descendants of the Crane by Joan He. Gosh, what a marvel. The amount of politics this book is promising has me salivating, and yes, finally, a princess who becomes a queen right from the onset. One who’s willing to commit treason for the truth at that. I love you already, Hesina. I’m also deeply intrigued by Akira. May he be a truly convicted criminal with compellingly dark secrets, amen. Am I projecting? Eeeeeehh, maybe a little bit, haha.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
Why I Want to Read This: Okay, We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett is giving me a lot of WWI/WWII vibes that I’m frankly in love with, but there’s also a clearly fictional world here with magic AND flight units. Two female characters that have to work together but hate each other’s guts at first, YES! One disguising themselves as a boy first to join the army, YES! A special women’s flight unit? YES! What most intrigues me now, based on that cover especially, is what the flight unit will be designed as. And how the cover’s symbolism will come into play.
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.
A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.
When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Why I Want to Read This: Look at Claudia Gray giving me two books this month. Absolute legend. And it’s a Star Wars book? Oh, I’m so blessed. I highly enjoyed Lost Stars, and I am overjoyed about Master and Apprentice because I love Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi so much. Their relationship is one of the best in the series because of how complicated it is, and the fact that Dooku’s name is also dropped here, with all the drama that goes with that, is putting me on high alert. I cannot wait to see what Gray does with this book, where these relationships will go, and what other characters will make an appearance.
A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group.
Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators.
Why I Want to Read This: Automatically, I’m pro anything that’s anti-Nazi, and World War II is one of my favorite historical periods to study because of how much went on in the socio-political sphere. The White Rose resistance group isn’t one that I know much about, admittedly, so I’m deeply intrigued to learn about them in this novel-in-verse. This is also my first exposure to Kip Wilson, and discovering new authors is always fun. Here’s hoping White Rose is as powerful and timely as it needs to be. I’m sure after I’m done reading, I’ll be doing research of my own.
Among humans, none have power like mages. And among mages, none have will like Sal the Cacophony. Once revered, now vagrant, she walks a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare. The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, is where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun and a list of names she intended to use both on. But vengeance is a flame swift extinguished. Betrayed by those she trusted most, her magic torn from her and awaiting execution, Sal the Cacophony has one last tale to tell before they take her head. All she has left is her name, her story and the weapon she used to carved both.
Vengeance is its own reward.
Why I Want to Read This: A female mage revenge story? Like, a legit revenge story? Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, Sam Sykes! I’m so eager to meet Sal, because she sounds exactly like my type of heroine, and this world-building in Seven Blades in Black seems very neat. I love how so much is going to happen to her even from the get-go, and I absolutely adore the setup of a narrative told inside another narrative. It’s very Name of the Wind-esque, and I dig narrative framing like that. I’m very happy to support young authors, too, so I’ll definitely keep my eye on when this drops.
With that, I think April might be my favorite month for book releases yet!
Which of these books are you intrigued by? What else is coming out this month that you’re eager to get your hands on? Just holler at me!