12 YA Books Coming Out April 2020


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I hope you're doing alright with the social distancing. Today, I'm bringing you the books I feel excited about for this month, and I hope you find in this list your next great read, as well as support the authors with books coming out this month. We are living through difficult times, and I think the perfect way to keep our sanity is by staying entertained and taking a vacation within the pages of a book.


Here are some of the books under my radar:



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Little Universes by Heather Demetrios - April 7


One wave: that’s all it takes for the rest of Mae and Hannah Winters’ lives to change.


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 from sunny California for the rest of their senior year, each girl struggles with secrets their parents’ death has brought to light, and with their uncertainty about the future. Instead of bringing them closer, it feels like the wave has torn the sisters apart.


Hannah is a secret poet who wants to be seen, but only knows how to hide. The pain pills she stole from her dead father hurl her onto the shores of an addiction she can’t shake and a dealer who turns her heart upside down. When it’s clear Hannah’s drowning, Mae, a budding astronaut suddenly launched into an existential crisis—and unexpected love—must choose between herself and the only family she has left.


Tags: #Contemporary #MentalHealth

#Standalone


Thoughts: I expect this book to be heart-wrenching, and we all need that sometimes.

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages


Add Little Universes to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno - April 7


It starts before you can even remember: You learn the rules for being a girl. . . .


Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright―and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.


But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?


When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an ax to grind.


But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies in the most unexpected people, like “slutty” Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro. As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules.


Tags: #Contemporary #Feminist

#Standalone


Thoughts: It's hard not to want to support a feminist book. I'll take all the empowerment I can and what a better way to do it through a book.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 304 pages

Add Rules for Being a Girl to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan - April 7


Darkness never works alone...


Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become.


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. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.


Tags: #Fantasy

#Series - Something Dark and Holy # 2


Thoughts: I'm finally reading Wicked Saints and this book is automatically in my TBR so I hope you check out this world and its unique magic system.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages


Add Wicked Sants to your Goodreads shelf, here.

Add Ruthless Gods to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund - April 7


High school senior Keely Collins takes on firsts, lasts, and everything in between in this sweet, sex-positive rom-com for fans of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.


It seemed like a good plan at first.


When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she's inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that experience too (well, not exactly like that--but with someone she trusts and actually likes), so she's going to need to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten.


So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.


But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.


Cameron Lund's delightful debut is a hilarious and heartfelt story of first loves, first friends, and first times--and how making them your own is all that really matters.

Tags: #Contemporary #Romance #ChickLit

#Standalone


Thoughts: The Best Laid Plans sounds like a cute, exiting read. I requested it as ARC so we'll see if I get lucky.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages


Add The Best Laid Plans to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Loop by Ben Oliver - April 7


Life inside The Loop-the futuristic death row for teens under eighteen-is one long repetitive purgatory. But when news of the encroaching chaos in the outside world reaches the inmates and disorder begins to strike, the prison becomes the least of their worries.


It's Luka Kane's sixteenth birthday and he's been inside The Loop for over two years. Every inmate is serving a death sentence with the option to push back their execution date by six months if they opt into "Delays", scientific and medical experiments for the benefit of the elite in the outside world. But rumors of a war on the outside are spreading amongst the inmates, and before they know it, their tortuous routine becomes disrupted. The government issued rain stops falling. Strange things are happening to the guards. And it's not long until the inmates are left alone inside the prison.


Were the chains that shackled Luka to his cell the only instruments left to keep him safe? He must overcome fellow prisoners hell-bent on killing him, the warden losing her mind, the rabid rats in the train tunnels, and a population turned into murderous monsters to try and break out of The Loop, save his family, and discover who is responsible for the chaos that has been inflicted upon the world.


Tags: #SciFi #Dystopian

#Standalone


Thoughts: I think The Loop sounds thrilling and edgy, which is why it's on my list.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages


Add The Loop to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson - April 7


How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost it all?


May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. 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. No one gets what she went through--no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.


Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister...and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won't let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.


Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all


Tags: #Contemporary #MentalHealth

#Standalone


Thoughts: We are living in a society where school shootings are unfortunately not rare. The Lucky Ones seems to explore the aftermath of tragedy way too many students have gone through, and it called to me because it contains hope. It deserves to be read, and I hope it reaches those dealing with that kind of trauma, and is able to ignite hope within them.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages


Add The Lucky Ones to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park - April 7


Cover of The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park. Young Adult Books Coming Out April 2020, curated by Lourdes Montes

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?


Luck comes in the form of Kate Anderson, Nate’s colleague at the zombie-themed escape room where he works. She approaches Nate with a plan: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize. It could solve all of Nate’s problems, and Kate needs the money too.


If the two of them team up, Nate has a true shot at winning the grand prize. But the real challenge? Making through the weekend with his heart intact…


Tags: #Adventure #Contemporary #Romance

#FirstInSeries - The Perfect Escape # 1

Thoughts: The Perfect Escape sounds original, fun and exciting.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 336 pages


Add The Perfect Escape to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter - April 7


Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can... but in the real world, it's more complicated. In this debut novel Marisa Kanter explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.


There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.


He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…


Except who she really is.


Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator ofOne True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.


That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.


Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.


If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.


Tags: #Contemoprary #Romance

#Standalone

Thoughts: There's something about this book that reminds me of first loves and platonic crushes, which fills me up with excitement.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 416 pages


Add What I Like About You to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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The Silence of Bones by June Hur - April 21


I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;

Ears, but I mustn't hear;

Eyes, but I mustn't see.


1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.


As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.


But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.


June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

Tags: #HistoricalFiction #Mystery

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Thoughts: I'm always in for murder mysteries, and throwing a historical setting along with a strong female lead is a big yes for me. I've enjoyed everything written by Keri Maniscalgo and Renee Ahdieh so if this keeps its promise, I'm all set.

Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: ~ 336 pages


Add The Silence of Bones to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley &

Austin Siegemund-Broka - April 21


A boy desperate to hold on, a girl ready to let go.


Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother's early-onset Alzheimer's starts stealing her memory. He's vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come--never mind the ridiculous college tour she's forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he'll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.


When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they're at odds from the moment they meet-- while Juniper's dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection--in each other's eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives.


Time of Our Lives is a story of home and away, of the wonder and weight of memory, of outgrowing fears and growing into the future.


Tags: #Contemporary #Romance

#Standalone


Thoughts: I'm pretty fond now of contemporary, coming-of-age stories, and Time of Our Lives seems like it's worth reading.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 384 pages


Add Time of Our Lives to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Queen of Coin and Whisper by Helen Corcoran - April 23


‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’


When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold ... Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.


Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?


In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …


Tags: #Fantasy #LGBTQ

#Standalone


Thoughts: I'm curious about this book, especially because I can smell romance along with a strong female lead.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 464 pages

Add Queen of Coin and Whisper to your Goodreads shelf, here.

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Incendiary by Zoraida Córdoba - April 28


I am Renata Convida.

I have lived a hundred stolen lives.

Now I live my own.


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


Tags: #Fantasy #Latinx

#FirstInSeries - Hollow Crown # 1


Thoughts: I'm super excited for this book because it has all my favorite elements in Fantasy and it is written by a Latinx author, which makes me proud and even more excited. Because of this, it will most likely be an automatic buy for me.

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 464 pages


Add Incendiary to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Thank you for checking out my list. There are more books coming out this month but these are only the ones that made it to my TBR list. If you feel like I missed a book, feel free to add the title to the comments.


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