Welcome to another anticipated reads post! I have another stellar list for you all to enjoy. I hope there are a few hidden gems in here that you weren’t possibly aware of. April is another strong month for books in 2019 and it was easy to put this list together. There are a few books on this list that aren’t April releases as I got a tad carried away. I hope to see and read copies of every book on this post but you know how life is. So if you have read any of these books already then please tell me what you thought and help me decide how to tackle them all! The biggest paradox in book blogging is there are always more books to read than there is time to read them. Bad times… Enjoy the post!
Book Releases I Am Looking Forward To Reading – April 2019
Published by: Titan Books
Synopsis: The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives…
Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape.
And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…
My Thoughts: Spare and Found Parts was an outstanding and vivid read that people are still talking about. If Other Words For Smoke can hit the same high then Sarah Griffin is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I am excited about this book, to say the least…
Published by: Point Blank
Synopsis: For fans of Killing Eve and Orphan X comes the electrifying Chemical Detective
Dr Jaq Silver. Skier, scientist, international jet-setter, explosives expert. She blows things up to keep people safe.
Working on avalanche control in Slovenia, Jaq stumbles across a problem with a consignment of explosives. After raising a complaint with the supplier, a multinational chemical company, her evidence disappears. Jaq is warned, threatened, accused of professional incompetence and suspended. Taking her complaint further, she narrowly escapes death only to be framed for murder. Escaping from police custody, she sets out to find the key to the mystery.
Racing between the snowy slopes of Slovenia and the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl, can she uncover the truth before her time runs out?
My Thoughts: I actually saw this on Bibliophile Book Club and immediately went into a state of perpetual ‘I neeeeeeeed thiiiiiiiiiiiiis’. I do need it. I need it soon. It looks amazing. It sounds like XXX (that Vin Diesel adrenaline fest) but much more focused and with an actual plot and characters with substance.
Published by: Rock The Boat
Synopsis: The story of an awful, universe-gone-mad-mistake, and one girl’s emotional battle for clarity and forgiveness
Tiger’s mother has always been her whole world, but now she’s sixteen her mother’s control over everything in her life is suffocating. Just when Tiger feels she can no longer bear the way her life is managed, the unimaginable happens and her mother dies. As she slowly begins to make a way for herself, Tiger creates a new kind of family, some related and some not, who will love her and travel forward with her.
This is how you make friends with the dark.
My Thoughts: Both the gorgeous cover and the enticingly cryptic blurb have convinced me that I need this book in my life.
Published by: Titan Books
Synopsis: It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his friends because he throws the best parties with the best booze. During one particular party, Todd is showing off his perfect recall, quoting poetry and literature word for word plucked from his eidetic memory. When he begins quoting from a book no one else seems to know, a novel called All My Colors, Todd is incredulous. He can quote it from cover to cover and yet it doesn’t seem to exist.
With a looming divorce and mounting financial worries, Todd finally tries to write a novel, with the vague idea of making money from his talent. The only problem is he can’t write. But the book – All My Colors – is there in his head. Todd makes a decision: he will “write” this book that nobody but him can remember. After all, if nobody’s heard of it, how can he get into trouble?
As the dire consequences of his actions come home to both Todd and his long-suffering friends, it becomes clear that there is a high – and painful – price to pay for his crime.
My Thoughts: I was entranced by the blurb of All My Colours. It sounds bookish, unique, challenging and intriguing! In that order! I am ready to have my mind bended and my moral compass sharpened. Let’s hope it is as good as it sounds.
Published by: Harper Voyager
Synopsis: A stunning, many-layered speculation on the future of humanity, on interaction between cultures, on love and sex, on religion and politics, STARS IN MY POCKETS LIKE GRAINS OF SAND is an enduring masterpiece by one of science fiction’s greatest writers.
The only survivor when his home is utterly destroyed, Rat Korga is transported to a new life on the planet Velm.
Escaping a society that suppressed and enslaved him, Korga joins a vast, rich interstellar culture and finds himself sharing a world with Marq Dyeth, the person this civilization’s officials have calculated to be his perfect partner.
‘Sentence by sentence, phrase by phrase, Delany invites the reader to collaborate in the process of creation. The reader who accepts this invitation has an extraordinarily satisfying experience in store’
NEW YORK TIMES
My Thoughts: I like what Samuel R. Delaney is trying to do with this novel. Highlighting key cultural and societal issues in a rich and vivid context. These subjects are more important than ever and it’s great to see authors tackling them in new and innovative ways.
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Emily Eternal sounds incredible and I hope it meets my drastically high expectations now. I am sure it will. What’s not to love.
Published by: Little, Brown
Synopsis: What the Union of the North asks, they must give. Even their lives.
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: use your 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 they can’t prove their worth to the war effort, they won’t be safe from the consequences of their misdeeds. 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 combines the military intrigue and magic of the Grisha trilogy with the complex female wartime friendship of Code Name Verity.
My Thoughts: This sounds like a pretty decent amalgamation of all the fantasy books I have been reading lately in one book. So I’m eager to give it a go. Plus I am always looking for new voices in Fantasy. And that cover image is badass. And…
Published by: Corsair
Synopsis: Two ambitious men. One hundred years apart. The latest book from award-winning author Kitty Aldridge, The Wisdom of Bones is a hypnotic tale of desire and ambition, a quest for celebrity, and the human ache to be loved and remembered.
‘To find a creature part eel, part African lion, who steps the tightrope, plays the viola, frightens the ladies and sings like a nightingale. This is my task. I must conjure, procure and invent, as a novelty is only novel once and no success succeeds as surely as failure fails. ‘
London 1879 – In a gloomy room on Islington’s backstreets showman Percy Unusual George dreams of the miracle that will change his fortunes and that of his troupe of performing Remarkables. This waking dream will lead him to an infamous French dwarf, an exiled Polish king, and a superstar of the Enlightenment… and alter the course of his life forever.
France 1746-1764 – At the court of Lunéville, in the Alsace region of Lorraine, exiled Polish King Stanislas hosts grand parties for the French nobility and luminaries of the Enlightenment. While Voltaire dotes on his lover, Émilie du Châtelet, the Polish king presents his horrified queen with a gift of an infant dwarf from the Vosges Mountains. King Stanislas names the child Bébé, and watches indulgently as his protégé becomes the most notorious and celebrated dwarf in France, until an unexpected guest arrives and unforeseen tragedy follows.
Two ambitious men. One hundred years apart. Kitty Aldridge entwines their stories to powerful effect in this astonishingly imaginative and daring novel. The Wisdom of Bones is a high-wire performance: a hypnotic tale of desire and ambition, a quest for celebrity, and the human ache to be loved and remembered.
‘Time runs backwards and I see myself anew. Not a man but a child. Not English but French. Not here but there. And I am stranger than a sphinx.’
My Thoughts: I know this is a May release but I saw it when compiling this post and I had to include it. It looks/sounds amazing. I am enjoying the whole ‘dual narratives a century apart’ style of story-telling. Plus that quote in the synopsis is exceptional.
Published by: Gollancz
Synopsis: The war is over. The enemy has won. Now it’s time to fight back.
For generations, the people of Jia – a land where magic has long since faded from the world, clinging on in only a few rare individuals – have been protected from the northern Egril hordes by their warrior caste, but their enemy has not been idle. They have rediscovered magic and use it to launch an overwhelming surprise attack. An invasion has begun.
And in moments, the war is over. Resistance is quashed. Kings and city leaders are barricaded in their homes awaiting banishment and execution, the warriors are massacred, and a helpless people submit to the brutality of Egril rule.
Jia’s heroes have failed it. They are all gone. And yet… there is still hope. Soon the fate of the kingdom will fall into the hands of a schoolboy terrorist, a crippled Shulka warrior and his wheelchair bound son, a single mother desperate enough to do anything she can to protect her baby… and Tinnstra, disgraced daughter of the Shulka’s greatest leader, who now lies dead by Egril hands.
A brand new epic fantasy: gritty and modern featuring a unique ensemble of characters who will lead a revolution against their overlords.
PERFECT FOR readers of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett
My Thoughts: I had to include We Are The Dead as I am so pumped for its release. The description is fierce, unsettling and empowering. The artwork is superb. It is another fantasy series to invest myself in. It’s a novel about revolution, overcoming higher powers and unlikely heroes. Perfect!
Thank you for visiting to check out yet another list laden with reads that I have my eye on in April 2019. It is already April! It’s insane! I hope you all enjoyed the list and potentially found a few reads that you weren’t aware of? If so then please let me know in the comments. Also, let me know if there are any releases in April that you are looking forward to and that you think I might like as well. Thanks again for stopping by and supporting this post!