April 2019 Anticipated Releases!

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Well, another month has come and gone; I honestly don’t know where time is going! But anyway. Let’s take a look at some of the books coming out in April!

As always, covers and synopses are from Goodreads. UK release dates are correct as far as I know at the time of posting this.


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Release date: April 1st

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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Why I’m interested: I have been hearing SO much buzz about this book! I feel like I’m going to truly relate to it and I’m really excited to read it after all the positive reviews I’ve seen from bloggers I trust!


Lovely War – Julie Berry

Release date: April 1st

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It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

Why I’m interested: This sounds like such an original historical fiction! Greek gods sitting in a hotel room, telling stories? I am in!


The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

Release date: April 1st

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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

Why I’m interested: I read K. Ancrum’s The Wicker King in January and fell in love with her writing. And this book is based on a character with my name?! No author ever names their characters Alexandria! Obviously, I’m interested.


When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

Release date: April 1st

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Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.

Why I’m interested: I’ve already seen some positive reviews for this one. It sounds very unique!


Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Release date: April 1st

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Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

Why I’m interested: I enjoyed Sarah Porter’s first book, Vassa in the Night, despite a lot of readers finding it too weird. Initial reviews for this one have been quite mixed too but I’d be prepared to give it a chance.


Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Release date: April 2nd

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The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives… Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…

Why I’m interested: This sounds right up my street! I love magical realism. I’ve already been lucky enough to receive a gifted copy of this one from Titan Books and it is so stunning in real life! I can’t wait to read it.


Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

Release date: April 4th

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In Edwardian Suffolk , a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free.

Why I’m interested: I’m still to read a Michelle Paver book but they always hit a lot of my buzzwords! I love the sound of this one with its creepy house setting and Gothic motifs.


Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Release date: April 4th

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London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.

As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.

Why I’m interested: I love a good Victorian detective story and this one sounds like it could be quite charming.


Music and Malice in Hurricane Town by Alex Bell

Release date: April 4th

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Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen’s spirit. And Ivory won’t rest until she’s found the person responsible for her death.

If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires’ secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory’s web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past…

Why I’m interested: I enjoyed Alex Bell’s book Frozen Charlotte and this one also sounds intriguing. Let’s face it, anything music-related is going to catch my attention. But add in the New Orleans setting and I’d definitely like to see where this one goes!


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Release date: April 16th
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After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

Why I’m interested: This one caught my eye early this year and I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Instagram tour by Titan Books! So I’ve received an early copy of this and can’t wait to read it! Also, I’m loving the neon pink thing that these last two covers have going on .


Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

Release date: April 16th

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When twelve-year-old Cady Bennett is sent to live with the aunt she didn’t even know she had in the quaint mountain town of Julian, she doesn’t know what to expect. Cady isn’t used to stability, or even living inside, after growing up homeless in San Diego with her dad.

Now she’s staying in her mother’s old room, exploring the countryside filled with apple orchards and pie shops, making friends, and working in Aunt Shell’s own pie shop—and soon, Cady starts to feel like she belongs. Then she finds out that Aunt Shell’s pie shop is failing. Saving the business and protecting the first place she’s ever really felt safe will take everything she’s learned and the help of all her new friends. But are there some things even the perfect pie just can’t fix?

Summer of a Thousand Pies is a sweet and satisfying treat of a novel full of friendship, family, and, of course, pie.

Why I’m interested: This sounds like an adorable middle grade! It’s blurbed as being perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish, which I read last year and really liked. Plus PIE.


The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

Release date: April 16th

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From the day old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican village forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can—visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats—both human and those of nature—Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined.

Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.

Why I’m interested: I’m really intrigued by this one. It sounds like the mix of historical fiction and magical realism that I live for. Plus I’d love to read more translated fiction.


A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

Release date: April 23rd

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When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.

My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

Why I’m interested: I’m already invested in this and I’ve only read the blurb. I’m quite a fan of dystopian/end-of-the-world stories but I need them to have an original twist to them. This one sounds like it fits the bill.


So those are some books coming out this month that have caught my eye! Any that you’re interested in? It seems like the start of the month is going to be quite intense since a lot of these books release today!! 

4 thoughts on “April 2019 Anticipated Releases!

  1. I can’t wait to hear what you think of You Asked For Perfect, I hope you’ll read it, it’s one of my favorite books and I found it so relatable ❤ I also really liked The Devouring Gray! 🙂
    I am so curious about Other Words for Smoke, it sounds intriguing, but… somehow I am scared it might be too weird? I don't know haha. I hope you'll like it, can't wait to hear what you think of that one, too 🙂
    happy reading!

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    • Aww thank you so much Marie! I definitely plan to get my hands on a copy – I have so many backlist books I need to read but I NEED You Asked For Perfect! Hehe.

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Devouring Gray! I’m really intrigued by it 🙂

      As for Other Words for Smoke, it could end up being divisive if it’s a bit weird – but I’m hoping I like it! I’ll certainly let you know what I think ❤

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