One of the best things about YA fiction is that they cover just about everything. With characters who are just starting their lives, they step into worlds of space, dragons, grief, family, and love.
So with spring finally here, why not curl up with a good book while the April showers wash away the last of winter.
1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately is a YA spin on You’ve Got Mail. Bailey, known online as Mink, has spent months crushing on a fellow movie geek, Alex. However, worried that their relationship wouldn’t carry over into the real world, Bailey doesn’t tell Alex when circumstances cause her to move to his hometown. Released April 4th.
2. Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray
Noemi’s home planet Genesis is in a fight for its independence. They are no match for Earth’s mech armies. After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship with Abel, a mech soldier. By some twist of fate, Abel’s programming means that he has to obey Noemi’s every order, and she intends to use him to save Genesis. Released April 4th.
3. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Juliet has always written letters to her world traveling mother. After her death, Juliet continues to write the letters, leaving them at her mother’s grave. Declan finds the letters during court-ordered community service in the cemetery. He not only reads the letters, but he writes back. Released April 4th.
4. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Perfect is the second book in the Flawed series. In the world of Flawed, society demands perfection. After being classified as Flawed, Celestine loses all of her freedoms and is declared a threat to the public. However, Celestine has a secret that could destroy the entire system. Released April 4th.
5. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
But Then I Came Back is the story of two coma girls and the boy that connects them. Joe visits the hospital every day to visit Jaz. Jaz is in a coma, and Joe only hopes to hear her voice again. Eden recently woke from a coma and suggests to Joe a plan that might just let them talk to Jaz. Released April 4th.
6. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
Reggie struggles with depression. She thinks she can keep herself safe by never letting anyone close. Snake is an indie-film making narcissist with a pregnant ex-girlfriend. Falling for Snake, Reggie begins to wonder if it’s time to rewrite the rules she lived by. Released April 4th.
7. Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco
Melanie and Damon are both living with grief. With Melanie, it’s her artist mother, for Damon it is his best friend Carlos. To cope, Melanie begins to paint to feel closer to her mother, while Damon takes pictures with Carlos’ camera. Fate brings these teens together as they both join the school’s production of Othello. Released April 4th.
8. Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
The perfect romance for any fan of Hamilton or the American Revolution. Eliza Schuyler is the middle sister in a prestigious family. Alexander Hamilton is an orphan who has been making a name for himself as George Washington’s right-hand man. The pair meet at the Schuyler’s grand ball, and begin a romance that would change American history. To be released April 11th.
9. Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Lydia has her life laid out of her. She is the heiress to her family’s fortune, will get married to a man of her father’s choosing, and live out her days as a devoted wife. However, that plan goes off the rails when she is kidnapped, along with Robert, the young clerk who was drawing up her marriage contract. Her kidnappers are after her fortune and are not against ruining her reputation to get it. To be released April 11th.
10. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Molly, who fears rejection like the plague, is all too used to unrequited love. However, when her twin sister gets a new girlfriend, she finds that the girlfriend comes with a super cute boy sidekick. He would be perfect for Molly if it weren’t for Molly’s Tolkien-loving co-worker being in the way. To be released April 11.
11. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Khosa is Given to the Sea. Her sole duty is to produce an heir before sacrificing herself to the water. In doing so, she protects the kingdom from its destructive waves. The only problem is, human touch repulses her, the sea is calling, and she has no heir. To be released April 11th.
12. Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
Set in Orlando during the boy and girl band craze of the late 90’s, two friends are competing to be the next pop sensation. Olivia is the talented one, the one who trained and prepared for this moment. Dana was always on the sidelines, singing backup and cheering on her friends. In Orlando, a producer scouts them out, and there is only room at the top for one girl. To be released April 18th.
13. Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan
Tom lives a quiet life in his senior citizen neighborhood. He writes in his notebooks and dreams of Willow, the girl next door. But when Willow’s brother starts throwing wild parties that shake the neighborhood, Tom is pissed. Tom’s Dad is an Iraq vet and the noise triggers his PTSD. So Tom begins plotting how to end the endless parties. To be released April 18th.
14. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
Carlos lives a privileged life in his home of Mexico City. He attends an elite international school, and like his friends, plans to go to college in the US or Europe before returning to run the family business. After the death of his older brother, Carlos starts to wonder if he even wants to follow the family plan. One thing leads to another and he runs away from home, moves to the US, and follows his dream of being a chef. To be released April 25th.
15. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Sasha and Ray share everything: an old vacation house on Long Island where they spend their summers, the same books, three sisters, even the same bed. But Sasha and Ray have never met. Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and after a divorce neither wanted to give up the beach house. But this summer Sasha and Ray will meet in this story of family relationships, secrets, and love. To be released April 25th.
16. Legion by Julie Kagawa
Legion is the fourth book in the Talon series. Dragons normally do not feel human emotions. That, however, does not seem to be true for hatching Ember. She finds love in ex-dragonslayer Garret, and betrayal in what he sacrificed his freedom to expose to her. Everything she ever knew about the dragon organization, Talon, is a lie. To be released April 25th.
What release are you looking forward to?
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