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There are so many books coming out in April! Here are the ones we’re most excited about


If you’ve been keeping an eye on upcoming YA releases you’ll notice that about fifty billion books come out of April 7th – it’s a massive day for books! But there are also some amazing titles coming out throughout the whole of April. Here are the ones we’re most excited about!

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We know you’ve already got an overflowing TBR, but you should probably make some room for a few more….

desolation‘Desolation’ by Derek Landy (7th, Harper Collins)

Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master. Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose.

‘Demon Road’ was one of the most devilishly fun books we read last year and we’re currently halfway through ‘Desolation’ and it’s just as brilliant. BE EXCITED.

hotpterodactylboyfriend‘Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend’ by Alan Cumyn (7th, S&S)

Sheils is very happy with her perfectly controlled life. She’s smart, powerful, the Student Body Chair, and has a doting boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for? But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him – something primal – that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around. When Pyke’s band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his music sends the whole school into a literal frenzy. The next day no one can even remember what happened at the dance, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done … something that she shouldn’t have. Who is this winged boy, with incredible pecs and rock star talent that has swooped in on her carefully constructed life?

Quite frankly, we’re dying of curiosity to what the book that is surely the most outrageous of 2016 is actually like. We’ll report back.

whenwecollided‘When We Collided’ by Emery Lord (7th, Bloomsbury)

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide .

When we heard that Emery Lord was finally being published in the UK there was happy dancing. Emery’s books are warm, emotional and always give us the best kind of feels.

thelist‘The List’ by Siobhan Vivian (7th, MiraINK)

It happens every September– the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren’t picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the centre of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience. With ‘The List’, Siobhan Vivian deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgements of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you’re on the list, you’ll never be the same.

Yay for another wonderful US author being published in the UK! This is going to be good. We can feel it in our bones.

passenger‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken (7th, Quercus)

New York City, present day In one night, Etta Spencer is wrenched from everything she knows and loves. Thrown into an unfamiliar world, she can be certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles, but years from home. The Atlantic, 1776 Captain Nicholas Carter is tasked with delivering Etta to the dangerous Ironwood family. They are searching for something – a stolen object they believe only she can reclaim. But Nicholas is drawn to his mysterious passenger, and the closer he gets to her, the further he is from freedom. The Edges of the World Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by a desperate thief. But as Etta plays deeper into the Ironwoods’ game, treacherous forces threaten to separate her not only from Nicholas, but from her path home – for ever.

Time travel? Check. Ships? Check. Perilious journey? Check. We’re sold!

whatithoughtwastrue‘What I Thought Was True’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick (7th, Egmont)

Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of local fishermen and cleaners. But then Gwen learns something new. Something unexpected. Sparks fly and secret histories unravel in a gorgeous, restless summer where suddenly the possibilities are endless…

We are such suckers for gorgeous summery contemporary and Huntley’s books are so wonderful. We’re hoping the sun will come out so we can pretend it’s summer while we’re reading!

lovesong‘Love Song’ by Sophia Bennett (7th, Chicken House)

Seventeen-year-old Nina doesn’t get why everyone’s obsessed with The Point – but when she averts a backstage disaster and is offered a job on tour, she can hardly turn it down. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them…

Sophia Bennett’s novels are always so sweet and lovely and throwing in boy bands pretty much makes ‘Love Song’ perfect for us!

Head Over Heels‘Geek Girl: Head Over Heels’ by Holly Smale (7th, Harper Collins)

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is. She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs. She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies. She knows that both chess and snakes and ladders were invented in the same country. And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So her friends seem less than happy, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen! If only everyone else would stick to the script… But is following the rules going to break hearts for GEEK GIRL?

Harriet is back! We’ve loved watching Harriet make mistakes, do cringey things and also grow up a whole lot over the last four books so we’re very ready for her fifth adventure!

chasingthestars‘Chasing the Stars’ by Malorie Blackman (21st, Penguin Random House)

What happens when love brings loss? When love brings lies? When love brings hate? Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety. Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive. Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?

Malorie Blackman, sci-fi, forbidden love and Shakespeare? That sounds like a match made in heaven. Sign us up!

theravenking‘The Raven King’ by Maggie Steifvater (26th, Scholastic)

The fourth and final instalment in the spellbinding series from bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure any more.

Deep breaths and pray for Gansey. We can survive this. Right? RIGHT?!

Which books released in April are you most excited about? Let us know @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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