April 2020 Book Releases
Anyone else have the feeling that a lot of people will be catching up on their TBR lists during lockdown? Although I haven’t been in the right head space recently, I am certainly looking forward to getting back to reading! It is a difficult time for authors who were meant to be launching books this month as events are cancelled. If you can give their books a shout-out then I am sure it will be appreciated! Local or indie bookstores also need support at the moment so please give them your business if you can. Many are still running online and will get those precious deliveries to you asap. But what should you buy? Well here are my top picks of April 2020 book releases to help you while your time at home away:
Veronica Roth is the best-selling author of the Divergent series as well as Carve The Mark. I loved the start of the Divergent series, particularly the world building. After just finishing The Hunger Games series I needed something to fill the YA dystopia void in my life. Unfortunately, by the last book I had to truly force myself to finish it. I hoped for a saving grace, which did not come. However, when the Chosen Ones was announced it immediately peaked my interest.
The synopsis for the Chosen Ones is really cool. The premise being that a covert government agency brings together a group of teens to save the world. One is prophesied to be the ‘chosen one’ and the Dark One is defeated. A decade later the champions are still celebrities but the world has moved on. Sloane is haunted by her past and is dealt another traumatic blow when one of their group dies suddenly. They all discover, to their horror, that the Dark One’s reign has not yet ended.
Bonds of Brass
This was a last minute discovery for me and I am thrilled that I found it! YA LGBT Sci-fi – YES PLEASE! Ettian is a young pilot training at an Umber military academy. His world was shattered when the empire invaded his home but now he is determined to be the best pilot in his class. Ettian is not easily distracted… that is except by his roommate Gal. When he discovers an assassination plot against Gal shocking secrets come to light. Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Only Ettian can help him escape and deliver his safely to his throne. Can the man he loves transform the brutal galactic empire he stands to inherit or is it time to rebel and take back all that was lost long ago?
The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones is a YA contemporary novel that takes place in the aftermath of a school shooting. May lost her twin brother eleven months ago and struggles with survivors guilt. Zach loses his girlfriend and friends when his mother decides to defend the shooter. His single remaining friend persuades him to audition for a band, which is where Zach meets May. Will they learn how to survive, together? I think this sounds like a really promising read and I’m sure it will feature on many TBRs this month.
Sword In The Stars
I was really excited to read Once & Future last year, which is a gender-bending, extremely queer and feminist retelling of King Arthur. These are books that champion diversity and particularly LGBTQIAP+ representation throughout the novel. I expect Sword In The Stars to follow in the same vein and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next in the adventure. If you want a fun and extremely gay read then check this series out. Here is my review of the first book Once and Future.
The Easy Part of Impossible
The first thing to catch my attention, other than the rather cool cover of this, is that this book has disability representation including a protagonist with ADHD and a character on the Autism spectrum.
Ria struggles at school but is extremely talented and is on track to be an Olympic diver. A freak accident occurs and Ria’s future is thrown up in the air. The silver lining is that she no longer has to endure the strict rules and punishments of Coach Benny. With the help of an old friend, Cotton, Ria begins to understand that Benny’s ‘coaching’ was abuse. She has decide whether to walk away from something she loves or to once again face what she fears the most.
What books are you planning on buying or reading this month?
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