Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Books I'm Squeeing About in April

April is usually a quiet month for books, due to the insane number of fantastic releases that May holds. Seriously, May is going to break the bank this year! But April has some really fantastic titles that I cannot wait to get my hands on that will tide me over until the epic book purchase month of May!

2nd April - The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.
For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.
Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?
Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.
The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

This one just appeals on so many levels. The hook of the title, cover and blurb are all really strong and I am crazy excited to get into this one. It's a goodreads find, and I will forever be grateful for lists people put together - this one is on YA Historical releases for 2015 along with some other fantastic books.
You can pre-order this on Amazon here

7th April - The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

This is one that crept onto my radar slowly. It kept sneaking up on Netgalley and that cover and title really stuck in my mind until I checked it out, foolishly far too late to request on Netgalley, so I'm impatiently waiting for it to be released at the start of this month. It looks to be a stereotypical YA school based romance, but it looks good and has nabbed my interest, and sometimes a little happily ever after is no bad thing.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

28th April - The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants... and how to take it. But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

This book is incredible. Seriously, go pre-order it now, the end of the month cannot come fast enough. It has a lot of similarities to Laini Taylor's 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' but veers off into its own new and beautiful territory before it becomes too similar. It is beautiful and funny and one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot wait to talk about it properly with you. Keep an eye out for my review later this month.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

28th April - The Shattered Court by M. J. Scott

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.
Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.
Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.

I adore this cover, and as we all know I am a bit of a fiend for hunting out pretty covers. Sometimes that comes back to bite me, but I'm really hoping this one is as good as it looks. The blurb is fantastic and it ticks so many boxes for me. I am on a massive fantasy and magic kick at the moment and this one just appeals hugely. I am so excited to get stuck into it! Look out for my review later this month.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

So there are my books that I am squeeing about this month, are there any I've missed that you think I should check out? Or are you saving yourself for the book extravaganza that is May?


  1. I must admit to being very, VERY excited to read The Girl At Midnight and what you've said about it has made me want to read it even more as I loved DOSAB so much!

    Thea @  Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

    1. It's fantastic, I cannot recommend it enough. Will definitely appeal to people that loved DOSaB. Thanks for reading and commenting!