8 YA books to watch out for in April 2016

Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly
releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So
here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in April 2016!
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Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 5th
Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for
revenge. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the cruel
king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life
but to take it? Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the
mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But
when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a
mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a
saboteur than any birth-based curse.

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 5th
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering
sought-after black market goods to paying customers and every waking
moment mourning her boyfriend. On a routine delivery, a client asks
Hanneke to find a person–a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been
hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke is
drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her
into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the
Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
Publisher: Quercus
Release date: April 27th
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it’s like to be
different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle
family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the
strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the
laws that bind them. But just as Castley begins to form a plan, her
father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to
their home in heaven.
Releases in the U.S. in June as The Cresswell Plot.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: April 26th
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the
irrepressible, #1 New York Times 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 anymore.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: April 1st
For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no
interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at
her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs.
Girls like Bren Dawson. Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who
she is. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her. But the more
serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone
else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and
she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: April 26th
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and
Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya’s wedding takes a fatal turn, leaving
her the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. But Akaran has secrets –
thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears
memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to
suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for
patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens
the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release date: April 27th
I hate the label Selective Mutism – as if I choose not to speak, like a
child who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish
since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m
starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions. After losing her best
friend, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year
will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West. Despite
her fear of losing everything all over again, Piper falls in love – and
West with her – without Piper ever speaking one word to him. But will it

Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release date: April 21st
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through
the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to
each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their
research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture
the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway.
Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores
while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.


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