Here are 12 Anticipated Reads for April 2019

It’s that time of the month that I make your TBRs quake with fear and grow exponentially, friends! March was cursed blessed with so many amazing releases that my wallet wept (but I somehow managed to exert a little self-control) and April also has a good amount of amazing releases. Grab onto your wallets friends, here are 12 Anticipated Releases for April!

📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!

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                                                             April 2                                                                     

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1)
by Christine Lynn Herman
Young Adult, Fantasy
Debut Author

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn HermanSynopsis from Goodreads: 

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

I was drawn in by the cover and hooked by the synopsis of this one, friends. This sounds magical and mysterious and I need it now! *forever sobbing her NetGalley request was declined*

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We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Young Adult, Fantasy
Novel19 Class Debut Author

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza BartlettSynopsis from Goodreads: 

Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

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.

I was drawn in by the amazing cover artwork and stayed because of the blurb. Strong women pulling a Mulan to join the army? Sacrifice and survival are themes I adore and this book sounds incredible. I am really excited to be able to read this book upon its release, and stay tuned for my interview with Clare mid-April!

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The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
Adult, Science Fiction, Horror
Debut Author

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin StarlingSynopsis from Goodreads: 

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

I love science fiction/horror crossovers, and I am really excited for this psychological thriller of a cave exploration nightmare. This cover is also STUNNINGLY CREEPY.

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Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan
Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Wicked Saints by Emily DuncanA 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.

I am a total sucker for court politics and political machinations in fantasy stories and a ragtag team that needs to work together. This book has it all, and I am stoked it’s the April pick for the Mysterious Galaxy Young Adult Subscription!

                                                             April 9                                                                   

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Young Adult, Fantasy
Debut Author

Descendant of the Crane by Joan HeSynopsis from Goodreads: 

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?

Read My ARC Review  Pre-Order Incentive

You need to read this book! I loved it so much and I need more of the story so I need this book to do well so Joan He can write more of it for me to read.

                                                            April 11                                                                  

Second Lives by P.D. Cacek
Science Fiction/Fantasy |  Standalone

Second Lives by P.D. CacekSynopsis from Goodreads: 

When four patients unexpectedly wake after being declared dead, their families are ecstatic and the word “miracle” begins to be whispered throughout the hospital. But the jubilation is short lived when the patients don’t respond to their names and insist they are different people. It is suggested all four are suffering from fugue states until one of the doctors recognizes a name and verifies that he not only knew the girl but was there when she died in 1992. It soon becomes obvious that the bodies of the four patients are now inhabited by the souls of people long dead.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

ARC Review to Come

This sounds like such an interesting take on reincarnation and I am really looking forward to reading this one to see what is going on because ya girl is intrigued!

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The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz
Adult, Horror, Mystery | Standalone

The Dark Game by Jonathan JanzSynopsis from Goodreads: 

Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts. The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another in a struggle for their sanity and their lives. They have entered into Roderick Wells’s most brilliant and horrible creation. The Dark Game.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Read My ARC Review

Jonathan Janz became one of my favorite horror authors after I read The Siren and the Specter last year, and I have enjoyed reading his backlist titles as they’ve been republished by Flame Tree Press. The Dark Game is his second new publication with FTP after Siren, and I am really excited to read it!

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia |  Standalone

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. FletcherSynopsis from Goodreads: 

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?

This is a book that landed on my list after reading Drew’s review of it last month, and I cannot wait to read this one because the love between a human and their pet is one I can relate to. If my cat was stolen I would definitely go after her.

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The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1)
by Swati Teerdhala

Young Adult, Fantasy
Debut Author

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati TeerdhalaSynopsis from Goodreads: 

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.

INTL Pre-Order Incentive

I have been waiting for this book to be released for literally months, and I am so excited that it is almost in the world! This own-voices story is inspired from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, making it a great choice for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge.

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Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton
Science Fiction | Standalone

Emily Eternal by M.G. WheatonSynopsis from Goodreads: 

Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun.

She’s an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions – college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.

As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it’s not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.

First of all, I love the an Artifical Intelligence is not the enemy in this science fiction book. Secondly this sounds incredible and that cover is stunning. We all know that I enjoy waxing poetic and analyzing the philosophy of science fiction, and I think this one will be an excellent case study for me!

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Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Urban Fantasy, Dystopia

Storm of Locusts by Rebecca RoanhorseSynopsis from Goodreads: 

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

Read My ARC Review

I was absolutely blown away by Trail of Lightning last year and am really excited to see what happens next for Maggie and Kai. I will be picking up my eARC soon!

                                                            April 30                                                                  

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody
Young Adult, Fantasy

King of Fools by Amanda FoodySynopsis from Goodreads: 

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends

 Pre-Order Incentive

ARC Review to Come

Ace of Shades was probably the biggest surprise of 2018 for me, so King of Fools is probably my mmost highly anticipated sequel of the year. I’m currently reading it now and I am loving getting to learn so much more about the characters I came to love in book 1! Review coming soon!


Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of them yet? What are the April releases that you cannot wait to get your hands on?


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73 thoughts on “Here are 12 Anticipated Reads for April 2019

  1. I was also declined on NetGalley for The Devouring Gray, mehhhh. It looks so great!

    Reading through The Dark Game right now, and it’s… okay. It’s too soon for me to give a real yay or nay, but I’m not hugely into it at the moment.

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    1. I was so disappointed about Devouring Gray; I think Disney has declined every request I’ve made on NetGalley. womp womp

      I recently finished The Dark Game and I can guess your initial feelings. I had trouble with it at first too, the reading experience very much mirrored how I felt when reading The Sorrows by Janz, but I wound up really digging it after people started dying lol. Did you finish it yet?

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  2. So many of these look so exciting- especially The Devouring Gray, which looks especially good ❤ I'm super keen for Wakenhyrst to come out in April. It's not strictly YA, but it's still a helluva good read 😀

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  3. All of those sound amazing, of course, I agree with Descendant of the Crane entirely, and I already preordered The Tiger at Midnight, and there’s a preorder incentive for it! INTL too! http://swatiteerdhala.com/preorder

    I would really like to read We Rule the Night, The Devouring Gray, Wicked Saints, And a Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, but I don’t think I’ll be able to read them till later on in the year *sob*

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know about the incentive for The Tiger at Midnight, I had no idea! I am fighting the urge to pre-order it now, but I must resist!

      I know what you mean, I have so many amazing books to get to and it seems like no time! SOME DAY!

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    1. You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by! It’s really good to know that I will need tissues at the ready for A Boy and His Dog though; I have a copy but am waiting for the right mood.

      I also was surprised I hadn’t heard more about Luminous Dead; Avery reviewed it if I remember correctly and it sounded incredible. Happy reading!

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  4. Your introduction made my day! I have been controlling myself with books too. I am looking forward for the physical copy if DOTC . I didnt know Wicked Saints will beon April haha, and yes youve been screaming about Amanda Foody’s book makes me excited too even though I havent read the book yet.

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    1. Yay for self control with books! DOTC is so pretty, I honestly pet my copy all weekend like a weirdo. And I am like the Ace of Shades pusher, if you like strong girly characters and morally grey people and magic and evil secret societies and a will they/won’t they romance, you should read it. I love it so much.

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      1. I know everytime I see the book at bookstore I thought of you and when I heard the sequel is due soon. I was all omg I feel like Kal is disappointed for me not having read it yet hahahaha! I promise before the year end you would hear from me hahaha 😅😅

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  5. I desperately yearn for The Devouring Gray and The Luminous Dead and RELEASE DAY IS NEARLY HERE, OMGGG.

    also wow, Emily Eternal sounds amazing and right up my alley! a book where the AI isn’t the enemy? about damn time! *adds to TBR*

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    1. Have you picked up and read them yet?!

      Honestly I about had a coronary when I saw Emily Eternal a couple of months ago, I’d have sold my soul for a review copy ahaha. Really looking forward to reading it at some point though. Happy reading!

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  6. I got lucky enough to read The Devouring Gray already and I had such a great time with it, the atmosphere was SO great and these characters, ahhh, I really liked them. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
    I’ve been hearing so many great things about Descendant of the Crane, I can’t wait to read that one! 😀
    Thank you so much for sharing these new releases! 😀

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  7. Love this post! Half of these i haven’t hear about before. Luminous Dead sounds like my sorta book 🙂
    I have mostly thrillers on my list, but i think only one of them is coming out in April… i need to be more organized 😀

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    1. I am actually really surprised that I haven’t seen The Luminous Dead around much at all, it looks so cool.
      I was going through the May releases the other day and so many of them are thrillers, haha! It’s starting to be that time of the year again

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  8. I did something similar on my blog with 30 anticipated reads for April. Although only a couple of books match in our lists. There are so many good books coming up and I’m happy I came across some of which I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing 👍🏼😊

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    1. Cool, I love upcoming releases lists and do them every month! There are honestly so many books being published every month so these kinds of posts are some of my favorite to read, although my TBR really doesn’t appreciate them as much! Happy reading!

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  9. I’ve read DOTC and loved it so much! I can’t wait for more bookdragons to be destroyed by it. I’m planning to read The Tiger at Midnight next and I’m so excited. I am also looking forward to Devouring Gray, Wicked Saints, and King of Fools! I’m also excited for more bookdragons to read Cait’s THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND PAINFUL.

    SO MANY GREAT RELEASES THIS MONTH AAAHHHH

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    1. DOTC WAS A FREAKING MASTERPIECE! I loved it so much and need to protect all of those characters with my very being. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Tiger at Midnight! I recently finished King of Fools and let’s just say that I am not okay.

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    1. I have heard good things about Code Name Verity, I should give that series a try at some point!!! And my interview with Claire was so much fun to conduct, it went up yesterday! I have a copy of A Boy and His Dog but ha ven’t been in the mood for feels yet haahaha

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