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Sweet Reads: April Showers Bring Book Flowers

Sweet Reads: April Showers Bring Book Flowers

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We’re back with another round of TBR must-adds for April! These books range from fluffy contemporaries that will have you ready to bask in the spring sunshine to dark and spooky thrillers and fantasies that are perfect for rainy April days. So get ready to find your new fave 2022 read!

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K-Pop Revolution by Stephan Lee

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In this highly anticipated sequel, we dive back into the world of Candace, a rookie idol. Her new world is filled with fame and glamor, including a new boyfriend and a successful girl group. But when a rival girl group arrives on the scene and things get complicated with online bullies and record labels, Candace must face what it truly means to carry the weight of being a public figure in the K-POP industry.

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: themes revolving around the K-pop industry and discussion of topics such as eating disorders, fatphobia, body shaming, sexism, misogyny, mental health challenges, cussing, and verbal abuse.

Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak

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Marlow is looking forward to a peaceful summer with friends on the Florida island, where she spent her childhood summers while she helps her mother with the family estate. But when her father’s will reveals a secret that changes everything, including her view of her family and her father’s seemingly immaculate reputation, the healing summer Marlow envisioned is sent into chaos. As she questions her childhood and her future, Marlow navigates things with the help of her two best friends and a surprising love interest.

Release date: April 5th
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Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

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Billed as a “decadent and enchanting YA fantasy,” this new release has already charmed us! Jani has always dreamed of Elsewhere. When Hotel Magnifique comes to her dreary port town, Jani and her sister Zosa interview to become part of the whimsical, mysterious hotel staff. Beneath the glamor, Jani discovers the hotel holds dangerous secrets. And with the help of doorman Bel, she must unravel the mysterious magic at work to free Zosa from the cruel maître d’hôtel.

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: violence, murder, enslavement, drugging, threat of violence, and loss of loved ones.

You Are More Than Magic by Minda Harts

Image Source: Dial Books

Everyone needs a big sister, and this book is that for its readers! This book is full of advice, stories, how-tos, and more for girls of color finding their voice and how to use it. Part anthology, part guide, this book is for all the girls of color out there making their way through growing up, and Minda Harts’ book is impactful and important! Plus, each chapter ends with questions designed to help the reader look inside themselves and decide the next best moves.

Release date: April 5th
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Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp

Image Source: Little, Brown and Company

You already know we’re music lovers here at THP, and this one is right up our alley! In this story, we follow Aarón, who has been haunted by the stage persona of his favorite artist ever since his mother passed away. Meanwhile, Mia is haunted by self-doubt and fear. So when their paths cross, Aarón sees it as a chance to get to know his crush, while Mia hopes that with his help, she will overcome her stage fright. But what comes of their friendship is much more than that––it involves falling in love! Touted as a mix of Clap When You Land, and On The Come Up, we suspect this may be one of our new faves!

Release date: April 5th
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Very Bad People by Kit Frick

Image Source: Margaret K. McElderry Books

From the author of YA thrillers, All Eyes On Us and I Killed Zoe Spanos comes a dark academia story filled with mystery and secrets. Calliope is determined to unravel the truth behind the accident that changed her life six years ago when her mother drove their van into a lake. Calliope and her sisters escaped, but their mother drowned. So when Calliope transfers to Tipton Academy, the same elite boarding school her mother once attended, history rises to the surface. When Calliope joins the exclusive secret society Haunt and Rail, she discovers a connection between the society and her mother’s death. Spooky!

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: parental death, murder, discussion of (not graphic or on-page) abuse, discussion of suicide (also not graphic or on-page).

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

Image Source: Hanover Square Press

Based on a true story, this book follows the life of Talitha Getty, married to the oil heir Paul Getty and resident of a palace in Marrakesh where the couple presides over a life of glamor, music, and art. When Claire arrives in London, she crosses paths with Talitha, and the two begin a friendship out of Claire’s wildest dreams. But beneath the glamorous surface, there’s something darker to Talitha Getty, and it could change Claire’s life forever. Set against a lush 1960s backdrop, this story sounds juicy and compelling!

Release date: April 5th
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Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson

Image Source: Henry Holt and Co.

If you love Stranger Things and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this one’s for you! Prudence was born into a family of legacy Ladybird Scouts and hunters who protect humans from mulligrubs (paranormal parasites who feed on human emotions). The Ladybirds masquerade as a prim and proper organization, but in reality, they brew poisons masked as tea and use axes and daggers as much as knitting needles. Prudence left the organization three years ago after her best friend was killed during a hunt, but when she devises a plan to go back in and steal the Tea of Forgetting, she gets roped back into hunting and training junior scouts. However, when a wave of demons descends upon her town, she must join the fight and confront her past.

Release date: April 5th
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Love From Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill

Image Source: Delacorte Press

This delicious feminist rom-com is perfect for spring! Reese is giving up Southern sweet tea for Seattle cold brew when she accepts a marketing internship with Friends of Flavor, a popular cooking channel. But the charming culinary intern, Benny, proves to be competition for the fall job. When a video shoot involving Reese and Benny goes viral, they’re the internet’s newest ship, throwing them into a rivalry to keep the buzz going. But as they compete onscreen, the chemistry between them keeps heating up…

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: misogyny, slut shaming, online harassment (hate comments), racism & homophobia (mentioned/described).

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Image Source: Knopf Books for Young Readers

For fans of Ruta Sepetys, this historical fiction novel follows Csilla during the 1956 Hungarian revolution post-WWII in Communist Budapest. Csilla is planning her escape from Budapest after surviving the war and Holocaust and losing her parents. But when her parents are publicly and surprisingly exonerated, Csilla must wrestle with her decision to leave her country behind or stay and fight for its underlying promise and magic. This story sounds gorgeous and heart-wrenching, and the magical elements give it a compelling twist.

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: deaths (including past parental and other family member deaths), Holocaust (discussion and in flashbacks), police brutality, alleged suicide, antisemitism, homophobia, missing persons, violence (including gun violence), injuries.

Nothing Burns As Bright As You by Ashley Woodfolk

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From the acclaimed author of When You Were Everything comes a tale told in verse of queer love, friendship, and grief all woven together. Set over the course of one day, starting with setting a fire, this novel follows two girls with a tumultuous history. They were best friends and then more, and during this day, they will have to confront and unravel their past, present, and future.

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: underage alcohol consumption, drug use (marijuana), fire, toxic relationship. Moderate: racism, sexual content.

She Gets The Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

Image Source: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Swoon-worthy hate-to-love college rom-com? Sign us up! This story follows Alex, confident and cool, who always knows how to get the girl. Then there’s Molly, who’s always in control, except for her social awkwardness. Alex and Molly are total opposites, but when Alex discovers Molly’s crush on cool girl Cora Myers the night before their college classes start, she volunteers to help Molly get the girl and prove to her ex that’s she’s not as selfish as she thought. The two of them set out to get their respective girls to fall for them, but instead, they may be falling for each other. Written by real-life wives Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick, this book is sure to be adorable!

Release date: April 5th
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Content warning: mentions of cheating, alcoholic parent, toxic relationships, internalized racism.

An Arrow To The Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Image Source: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

Romeo and Juliet meet Chinese mythology…we’re so ready. Hunter Yee is a bow and arrow pro, but everything else in his life isn’t so perfect. His little brother, a supernatural wind, and the new girl at school are the only things that make him stick around. Meanwhile, Luna Chang dreads graduation. When she starts to break the rules under the pressure of her parents’ expectations, she’s led to a strange new boy, a mysterious crack across her town, and mysterious fireflies. Hunter and Luna must navigate their families’ rivalry and secrets while finding each other in the process.

Release date: April 12th
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The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

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From the bestselling author of The Flatshare comes a new rom-com following three women who seemingly have nothing in common. Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane all lead very different lives. But one thing binds them: they’re all stood up on Valentine’s Day by the very same man. Unbeknownst to each other, they each forgive him and let him back into their lives. But will they reveal the truth before they get their hearts broken? And is there more to this man than meets the eye? This fun rom-com is sure to take us all by surprise!

Release date: April 12th
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Content warning: death of a loved one, cheating, self-harm, pregnancy, miscarriage, emotional manipulation, gaslighting, sexual harassment.

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

Image Source: Wednesday Books

There’s a longstanding feud between The Weston School for girls and Winfield Academy for boys. But when the two merge, the pranking war is thrown into even more chaos. Doe sets out to prove that the two just don’t mix, starting with hitting Three, her Winfield nemesis, by making a plan to fake date his cousin Wells to get under his skin and help Wells retrieve a family heirloom. The pranks escalate, and so do Doe’s feelings for her fake boyfriend, but when a teacher with a reputation for inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe must choose to drop the rivalry and join forces to protect more than just a prank war legacy.

Release date: April 12th
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Content warning: sexual assault, predatory behavior, underage drinking.

Year on Fire by Julie Buxbaum

Image Source: Delacorte Press

Set against the backdrop of an encroaching fire season, this novel from a YA veteran follows four teens throughout their junior year of high school. Twins Arch and Immie and their BFF Paige are rocked by a kiss that threatens the foundations of their friendship. Enter Rohan, the new kid from London who Paige calls dibs on, even though Immie feels all kinds of chemistry with Ro. Meanwhile, Arch is falling for Paige’s ex-boyfriend Jackson when they become lab partners. Then, when the girls’ bathroom is set on fire, it sets alight a web of lies, family secrets, first loves, and friendship.

Release date: April 12th
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Blaine For The Win by Robbie Couch

Image Source: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

When Blaine’s popular student council president boyfriend, Joey, breaks up with him in public on their one-year anniversary instead of inviting him to spring break in Cabo as he expected, his perfect vision crumbles. According to Joey, Blaine is too goofy and unserious. So in an effort to prove he can be serious, Blaine decides to run for president against Joey’s new crush Zach, even if it means sacrificing everything he loves about himself in the process. Basically queer YA Legally Blonde!

Release date: April 12th
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Content warning: mentions of depression and anxiety.

You Should Have Seen This Coming by Shani Michelle

Image Source: Swoon Reads

We love a good YA thriller, and this one comes with a supernatural twist: Hayden sees the past, and Cassie sees the future. Hayden can see the past through touch, while Cassie sees the future through dreams. Hayden capitalizes on her gift, while Cassie hates hers. When Cassie tries warning Hayden that her latest blackmailing scheme is a trap, things get complicated. Her visions warn of the kidnapping, but she can’t stop it. It’s up to Hayden to use her gift to find Cassie before it’s too late!

Release date: April 12th
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With and Without You by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

From iconic author duo, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (AKA Wibbroka) comes another juicy YA rom-com! Siena and Patrick are high school sweethearts who’ve been together for three years. When Siena decides to break up with Patrick in order to have the full college experience, she’s caught off guard when he does it first with the news that his family is moving out of state. So she changes her mind and decides to stay with him, thinking that their relationship may just fizzle over time. But through their visits over the course of the school year, Siena and Patrick might just fall in love all over again.

Release date: April 19th
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Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes

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This twist on the beloved YA rom-com genre follows Ava, who inadvertently missed her grandmother’s mystical blessing that has been passed down through generations upon death. But when her grandmother’s ghost appears, Ava discovers she did give the blessing after all — it just missed her and landed with the mysterious boy who caused her to miss it in the first place. With the help of her ghostly grandma and her sisters, Ava must let her guard down and befriend the boy to recover the blessing.

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Release date: April 19th
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Content warning: death of a grandmother, mentions of parent abandonment and death of parents (due to a car accident).

Getting Over Max Cooper by Marcelle Karp

Image Source: Penguin Teen

Sixteen-year-old Jazz Jacobson’s summers are charmed on Fire Island: scooping ice cream, riding bikes, and soaking up the Vitamin D in the sunshine. While Jazz starts falling in love with the new surfer boy, her best friend Macy tries to get over Max Cooper, but it may not be as easy as they both expected. This novel explores the ache of first loves and the limits of female friendship. It sounds like the perfect salty and sweet YA contemporary for spring and summer!

Release date: April 19th
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Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta

Image Source: Scholastic

This humorous YA debut follows Leela, who loves to win and is good at it, too. As a speech competitor, she’s well-accustomed to competition, but she may have met her match when she crosses paths with Firoze Darcy. But when the tournament reveals that Leela may have misjudged things, her heart and winning reputation are at stake. This Pride and Prejudice retelling is funny, witty, and thought-provoking. We’re so in!

Release date: April 19th
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My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel

Image Source: Amulet Books

Set amidst a music competition and an eventful Indian wedding, this story follows violinist and hip-hop lover Zurika, who’s just been rejected by Juilliard. A contest judged by top-tier college scouts is her last option, but the problem is that it takes place during her sister’s wedding week, which she’s been warned not to miss a single minute of it. Meanwhile, Zurika’s mom plays matchmaker between Zuri and the groom’s cousin, who happens to be her competition in the contest. This book sounds like the perfect amount of chaos, fun, and romance!

Release date: April 19th
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I Am The Ghost In Your House by Maria Romasco-Moore

Image Source: Delacorte Press

Pie is not your average ghost––for one, she isn’t dead, just invisible. The way she looks depends on what is behind her. She can become anything: a wall of roses, glass, you name it. When her mom gives her the option to choose their next destination in their string of resting places (which includes trains, mattress stores, and the ground), Pie chooses Pittsburgh, where she fell in love with a girl she hopes to find again. This time, Pie promises to reveal herself. Consider us intrigued by this strange, unique, slightly spooky, a little bit melancholy story about love and navigating a world obsessed with appearance even when you don’t have one.

Release date: April 19th
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Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

Image Source: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Najwa Bakri is a competitive Scrabble player. So when she returns to the same competition where her best friend died, she has to face the past in an effort to heal. Her best friend Trina was the Scrabble queen, and the competition gets fierce with everyone trying to fill her spot. But when Trina’s Instagram begins mysteriously posting again, suggesting that maybe someone at the competition had something to do with her death, it’s up to Najwa to get to the bottom of things. This fun combination of The Queen’s Gambit and They Wish They Were Us meets competitive Scrabble is a must for our spring TBRs!

Release date: April 19th
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Content warning: on-page death, descriptions of anxiety/PTSD/panic attacks, discussions of grief and loss.

The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This book is billed as an f/f murder mystery slash atmospheric contemporary fantasy with The Great Gatsby vibes, which already reeled us in. Six years ago, three Long Island teens were murdered, and Evelyn Mackenzie’s father is to blame, according to the town. But his charges were dropped when Evelyn summoned a ghost in his defense. Meanwhile, Mina, Evelyn’s former friend, comes from a family of mediums who deal with the ocean’s power and the dead. When sea levels rise, and the ghosts become dangerous, Mina is shut out of the family business and must team up with Evelyn to figure out what really happened during the drowning summer, all while navigating their growing attraction. We love an eerie beach read just as much as a vibrant sunny one, and we are super pumped for this release!

Release date: April 19th
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Content warning: overall themes of death, explicit discussion of drowning/characters experiencing drowning, explicit discussion of murder, murder victims, and corpses, body horror, mentions of sibling death, emotional neglect and generational trauma.

Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

Image Source: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Sofi’s father is a Musik, one of five musicians in the country able to play and compose original songs. In their kingdom of ever-present winter, music is one of the last protected forms of untouchable magic. Sofi has dedicated her life to inheriting her father’s legacy, but when she’s challenged by Lara, a girl who’s never played the lute before at the auditions, she’s stunned when Lara wows the judges. When Lara is declared the next Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and she sets out to prove that Lara is using illegal magic. But the more time the girls spend together, the more they realize things may not be as they seem. This enemies-to-lovers standalone fantasy is a must-read this spring!

Release date: April 19th
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Content warning: emotional abuse, grief, self-harm.

Chasing After Knight by Heather Buchta

Image Source: Penguin Workshop

Who doesn’t love a good friends to enemies to lovers and second-chance romance? Alexa’s old best friend and crush, Carson Knight, is now the Hollywood heartthrob known as actor Cayden McKnight. It’s been four years since Alexa publicly and accidentally betrayed him, and when her best friend Lindsey discovers their connection, she convinces Alexa to try and make amends. Unable to reach him at his new A-list status, Alexa resorts to performing good deeds in the name of McKnight to boost his image. When she finally faces Cayden McKnight, will she be able to find the boy who used to be known as Carson?

Release date: April 26th
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Content warning: underage drinking.

Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve

Image Source: Amulet Books

This story follows the struggles of teen Arden, who is dealing with her mother’s abandonment, her father and brother’s silence, and a classmate’s harassment about her sexuality while figuring out her sexuality (possibly asexual, definitely likes girls). When her best friend Jamie, who is trans, starts dating Caroline, Arden grows insecure in their friendship. As she navigates her feelings surrounding Jamie’s relationship, she begins to unravel her relationship with her mom too.

Release date: April 26th
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Content warning: separation, needles, depression, body dysphoria, alcohol, underage drinking, throwing up, cursing, sex, divorce, parental abandonment, cutting, suicidal behavior, coming out, abusive relationships, bullying.

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