Catch Up with These Hot Series Before the Next Book Comes Out

Posted by Hayley on March 15, 2018
There's nothing like the pain of finishing a book with a cliffhanger…and needing to wait months (if not years) for the next book. Save yourself some misery and jump into a beloved series that has a new installment coming out in April!

To find these series, we rounded up the top April sequels your fellow Goodreads can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. Below, we've featured the first book in each of these series—as well as the first line to give you a taste. Which ones pique your curiosity?


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Genre: Urban fantasy
First book: Hounded
First line: "There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius."

Scourged, book #9 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 3.


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Genre: YA science fiction
First book: Carve the Mark
First line: "Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest."

The Fates Divide, book #2 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 10.


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Genre: Thriller
First book: Memory Man
First line: "Amos Decker would forever remember all three of their violent deaths in the most paralyzing shade of blue."

The Fallen, book #4 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 17.


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Genre: Contemporary romance
First book: Dirty
First line: "I stared at my cell phone, mouth slack in horror."

Dive Bar, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 19.


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Genre: Fantasy
First book: Red Sister
First line: "It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size."

Grey Sister, book #2 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 3.


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Genre: YA historical fiction
First book: Alex & Eliza
First line: "Like a latter-day Greek temple, the Schuyler family mansion sat atop a softly rounded hill outside Albany."

Love & War, book #2 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 17.


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Genre: Paranormal romance
First book: Dark Lover
First line: "Darius looked around the club, taking in the teeming, half-naked bodies on the dance floor."

The Thief, book #16 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 10.


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Genre: Cozy mystery
First book: Murder in the Mystery Suite
First line: "There were books everywhere."

Murder in the Locked Library, book #4 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 24.


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Genre: YA fantasy
First book: Talon
First line: "Ember when did your parents die, and what was the cause of death?"

Inferno, book #5 in the series, hits bookshelves on April 24.


What big sequels are you looking forward to? Come talk books with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth E Hi Goodreads... The Book Retreat Mysteries series link actually redirects to The Book of the Ancestors Series.


message 2: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hi Goodreads. I am anxiously awaiting Sabaa Tahir's sequel to the Ember in the Ashes Series. I believe I saw that it is due out in June :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Red Sister is an INCREDIBLE novel. My favourite read of 2017 without a doubt. Can't wait for Grey Sister!


message 4: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Cox New series coming out that I'm really excited about. There's time to get in on book #1, as it just released last month, I believe.
The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1) by Kristy Cambron


message 5: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Kirkum Luiz wrote: "Red Sister is an INCREDIBLE novel. My favourite read of 2017 without a doubt. Can't wait for Grey Sister!"

Same, man! The last time I read a debut in a series this strong was The Name of the Wind.


message 6: by Kristina (new)

Kristina "Like a latter-day Greek temple, the Schuyler family mansion sat atop a softly rounded hill outside Albany."

Worst first line in a book this year?


message 7: by Anupama (new)

Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read) I'm waiting for Throne of Glass 7


message 8: by Rose (new)

Rose Anupama wrote: "I'm waiting for Throne of Glass 7"
Same!! October can't get here soon enough.


message 9: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Ha ha I picked up Carve your mark just in time (didn't know the new one was coming in April) Now only thing I need to do is finish this one and order the sequel in time


message 10: by Karen (new)

Karen Brunn Nancy wrote: "Hi Goodreads. I am anxiously awaiting Sabaa Tahir's sequel to the Ember in the Ashes Series. I believe I saw that it is due out in June :)"

You must mean the third book in the series cause the second book has been out for a while now in case you didn't know...


message 11: by Jaclyn, Goodreads employee (new)

Jaclyn Woods Elizabeth wrote: "Hi Goodreads... The Book Retreat Mysteries series link actually redirects to The Book of the Ancestors Series."

Thanks for letting us know! 😊


message 12: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone .... but who knows when this is coming out?


message 13: by Evan (new)

Evan Quade The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan. The Trials of Apollo book #3. It comes out May 1.


message 14: by bjneary (new)

bjneary Blood of a Thousand Stars by by Rhoda Belleza is the 2nd book in the YA fantasy series (Empress of a Thousand Skies) came out in March


message 15: by Beth (last edited Mar 27, 2018 07:36PM) (new)

Beth York Luiz wrote: "Red Sister is an INCREDIBLE novel. My favourite read of 2017 without a doubt. Can't wait for Grey Sister!"

Agreed! Red Sister was a treat - Kept me up reading way past bed time, lol. Bad-ass nuns! Big fan of Mark Lawrence in general. Have you read any of his other books?


message 16: by Beth (new)

Beth York Nice to see that Red Sister made this list... It's a high fantasy treat, with lovable, courageous and bad-ass female characters written in a stellar 3rd person POV adventure. I'm counting down the days for book 2, Grey Sister in April.

"Be warned, a book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat books with respect." - Red Sister.


message 17: by Randall (new)

Randall Some of those first lines are laughably off-putting, but that Red Sister one has me adding to my TBR. Damn you, Goodreads!


message 18: by Patricia (new)

Patricia I am looking forward to new books by Louise Penny, Ann B Ross, Donna Leon, Jacqueline Winspear, Eliot Pattison, CJ Sansom, Rhys Bowen,


message 19: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Henson Next book by Conn Iggulden?


message 20: by Philip (new)

Philip All these are on pre-order! -
Last Song Sung: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery
by David A. Poulsen
Creep: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel
by R.M. Greenaway
Prisoners of Hope: An Amanda Doucette Mystery
by Barbara Fradkin
The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Bleeding Darkness: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
by Brenda Chapman


message 21: by Cynthia Roberts (new)

Cynthia Roberts Are there any Terry Brooks new releases?


message 22: by Connie (new)

Connie I'm awaiting the next book in the series The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey.


message 23: by Apricity (new)

Apricity Lethal White (J.K.Rowling did say she finished writing it)
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh


message 24: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Rosen I’m waiting for Karin Slaughter’s next Will Trent book. For some silly reason, she seems to think that I’m just as interested in her stand-alone novels as her series. It’s just not true. (Albeit, I think she’s a wonderful author.)

I just received the latest Lincoln Rhyme book: The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver (a week ago Tuesday, I believe) but I read it too quickly. I’d say it was good, not great, but I base that only on his personal work. So completely fantastic compared to most other authors.

And I also just received (and finished) the latest Inspector Lynley book: The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George. In my opinion, Ms. George is probably the best author writing books at the moment [keeping in mind that I haven’t actually read every single author out there]. But most. Her books are particularly well-written, filled w lush detail, keep the readers up-dated re how their favorite characters from previous books are faring, and inevitably throw people down so many incorrect paths that it’s almost a relief to discover what exactly was going on at the end. Of course, many people will/might/could have a completely different view of her work. Or perhaps they prefer shorter books that they can finish in a few hours. Prior to purchasing the last (I think) 2 or 3 books on Kindle, I purchased her books hardcover and they were generally between about 450-close to 700 pages. Maybe a bit less. And the writing, the font, was pretty small. So long books. Well-written and take place in England.

Of course, it may be two to three years before the next so I’ll likely check out the series listed above.

I’m starting to feel like BBCs Sherlock: “I’m bored. Bored, bored, BORED!


message 25: by Denise (Ducky) (new)

Denise (Ducky) Re-reading the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. I can't wait for Dark Queen, the next in the series to come out on May 1st. SO EXCITED!!!!


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