April showers bring May…hmm. Hopefully that doesn’t apply when talking about books, because an April shower of books falling from the sky would likely cause waves of endless destruction.
At least awesome books are figuratively raining down on us this month, with entertaining Young Adult reads heading your way. There are exciting debuts, sequels to some of our favorite books of 2015 and one of the funniest YA novels I’ve ever read. Get your to-be-read lists ready, readers.
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Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Release Date: April 1st from Sourcebooks Fire
Why You'll Love It: This exciting debut from Kurt Dinan is pitched as "The Breakfast Club meets Ocean's Eleven." The novel introduces readers to Max Cobb, a teen who gets roped into a club obsessed with carrying out pranks and is thrown into an epic prank war. The result is a hilarious, charming read that's perfect for fans of contemporary YA authors like John Green or Andrew Smith.
Description: When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: Why him? After all, he's Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He's Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it's also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust...Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students—who also received invites—are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security "catches" them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It's time for Rule #7: Always get payback.
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Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Release Date: April 1st from AW Teen
Why You'll Love It: Elizabeth Briggs' steamy New Adult books in her Chasing the Dream series are a ton of fun, and I'm psyched to see her first venture into YA hit bookshelves. There's time travel, a diverse cast of characters and a kick-ass protagonist. It's intriguing to find a story set in the distant future where the foster care system is still a broken, troubled institution, and teens will be able to see themselves in Future Shock's main character.
Description: Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life. So Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates. Now they have 24 hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.
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The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Release Date: April 5th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Why You'll Love It:The Girl in the Blue Coat marks the first historical fiction YA on this list, and deservedly so. For fans of Lindsay Smith (Sekret) and Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity), Hesse's The Girl in the Blue Coat introduces readers to Hanneke, a young girl running errands in the black market in Amsterdam. One day, she finds herself looking for something other than normal goods--someone, in fact. The detail here is astonishing, as Hesse weaves an utterly thrilling story. Keep an eye out for this one.
Description: Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. Then on a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but she's ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine and compel her to take desperate action.
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The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Release Date: April 5th from Amulet Books
Why You'll Love It: The author of the YA smash Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is back with his sophomore novel, which follows three teens at a jazz camp who decide to hit the road on tour. It's perfect for fans of music and road trip YA, like The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, Mosquitoland by David Arnold or The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston, bringing the laughs and heartbreak you'd expect from hitting the open road with a dream and a guitar.
Description: For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It's pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It's three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they're in Ash's SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
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The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
Release Date: April 5th from Poppy
Why You'll Love It: I'm going to say it. This is easily one of the funniest YA novels you'll read all year—maybe ever. Amy Spalding's latest novel forced me to stop reading it in public, as the belly laughs were full, frequent and loud. In The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions), readers meet Jules, a passionate editor of her school's paper and a lover of tradition. But when a battle between print and digital media erupts on campus, she finds herself in the middle of a quirky war with her crush. Be ready to laugh, and if you're not familiar with Spalding's writing, check out Kissing Ted Callahan as well.
Description: I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up. I have one main goal for my senior year—early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college—and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys. At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell—and before Alex Powell betrayed me. I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight.
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When We Collided by Emery Lord
Release Date: April 5th from Bloomsbury
Why You'll Love It: Hooray! A new book from Emery Lord, the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me & You! In her latest novel, Lord pens a beautiful, dual point of view story of summer love that tackles loss and mental illness. It's as swoon-filled as it is gripping. Enjoy, and keep the tissues nearby.
Description: Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.
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A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Release Date: April 12th from Algonquin Young Readers
Why You'll Love It: It's rare to find a publisher with an output as consistent as Algonquin's YA wing. Their recent smash successes with The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and the Jackaby series by Will Rittner should be enough to sell you on following their imprint. They have a gift for delivering haunting stories, and their latest, Samantha Mabry's A Fierce and Subtle Poison, is another in that tradition. A stunning urban fantasy novel brimming with magical realism, fairytales and folklore, this book will stick with you. Mabry is definitely an author to watch, much like the imprint through which her debut is being published.
Description: Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl—Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family's Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill. Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He's grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in her magic.
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Consider by Kristy Acevedo
Release Date: April 19th from Jolly Fish Press
Why You'll Love It: There have been many end-of-the-world, here-comes-an-asteroid-style YA novels hitting (sorry) lately. We All Looked Up, Tumble & Fall, the list goes on. However, Kristy Acevedo's YA debut (which already won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award) does it with a sci-fi twist. Holograms appear, offering humanity a gateway to safety...but can they be trusted?
Description: As if Alexandra Lucas' anxiety disorder isn't enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How's that for senior year stress? The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family and herself. To stay or to go. A decision must be made. With the deadline of the holograms' prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb—until she discovers it is much, much worse.
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The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26th from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Why You'll Love It: This is the hotly anticipated sequel to Renee Ahdieh's acclaimed The Wrath & the Dawn, a story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights and packed with political intrigue, war, magic and romance. This must-read title is perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes.
Description: In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire, and Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th from St. Martin's Griffin
Why You'll Love It: From Romina Russell's sci-fi Zodiac series to Darcy Woods' forthcoming Summer of Supernovas, there appears to be a growing trend in YA involving horoscopes and astrology. I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this. In Roshani Chokshi's fantasy debut, readers are taken on an epic fantasy ride full of magic, alternate realms and reincarnation. One of our most anticipated reads of 2016 is here at last.
Description: Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, 16-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk—it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.