The Best Young Adult Books of April

Posted by Marie on April 1, 2019
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For April, we're seeing a shower of debuts, especially in fantasy with titles including The Wicked Saints, The Tiger at Midnight, and The Devouring Gray. We also have a new contemporary romance from the author of Alex, Approximately, a novel-in-verse set during World War II, and more.

Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments!


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To end a holy war, a young girl who speaks to gods must ally herself with her country's most dangerous enemies.

Release Date: April 2

Read our interview with Emily A. Duncan.


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Four Paths is a small town hiding a paranormal secret. As an evil entity draws near, only the Founders' children can stop it.

Release Date: April 2
Series: The Devouring Gray #1



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Country music fans want Annie and Clay to be more than tour mates. Can their onstage chemistry turn into an offstage romance?

Release Date: April 2


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Told in poetic verse, this historical fiction novel tells the story of a young German activist who challenges the Nazi regime in World War II.

Release Date: April 2


After her father is murdered, Princess Hesina has no one left to trust. To discover his killer, she'll turn to forbidden magic.

Release Date: April 9



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Birdie Lindberg loves solving mysteries. The only one she can’t seem to unravel is her growing feelings for her enigmatic co-worker.

Release Date: April 16



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In this debut fantasy, Esha is a legendary rebel assassin who plays a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with an enemy soldier.

Release Date: April 23
Series: The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1






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message 1: by Linda (new)

Linda Roberts White Rose looks really interesting and I like the fact that it's written in poetic verse too


message 2: by Lauralee (new)

Lauralee D I look foward to reading The Devouring Gray! It sounds up my alley!


message 3: by M (new)

M After having heard the story of the White Rose I definitely will want to check out this book!

As much as I enjoy reading about new books in the YA category, I’m constantly in pursuit of finding books for boys. I know a well written protagonist, no matter the gender, works for most avid readers... but for non-readers quite often the protagonist needs to be highly relatable (more like them) it seems for them to be able to get into the story. Any suggestions?


message 4: by Zibbernaut (new)

Zibbernaut M wrote: "After having heard the story of the White Rose I definitely will want to check out this book!

As much as I enjoy reading about new books in the YA category, I’m constantly in pursuit of finding b..."


Stormbreaker

When I was younger I loved the Alex Rider series--a teenage boy pulled into being a super-spy. It's quite a long series too!


message 5: by Camilla (new)

Camilla M wrote: "After having heard the story of the White Rose I definitely will want to check out this book!

As much as I enjoy reading about new books in the YA category, I’m constantly in pursuit of finding b..."


Unwind series by Neal Shusterman


message 6: by Erin (new)

Erin You'd Be Mine and Descendant of the Crane are both great reads and I am glad to see them on this list!


message 7: by Elena (new)

Elena I want to read You'd be Mine by Erin Hahn.


Patty (IheartYA) The Devouring Gray was pretty good. The Wicked Saints disappointed me.


message 9: by Elena (new)

Elena Patty why did The Wicked Saints disappoint you.


message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura Noble The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) by Swati Teerdhala is fantastic! Anyone who likes to read fantasy will love it!


message 11: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I’m looking for Where the Red Fern Grows


message 12: by Jennie (new)

Jennie Last Girl Lied To looks interesting.


message 13: by Jennie (new)

Jennie But out of the books on this list, I'm most interested in reading Serious Moonlight


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) Wicked Saints was decent, but fell short of it's full potential. I still need to sit and pick apart my feelings for it.

Also looking at reading The Devouring Gray, Descendant of the Crane and The Tiger at Midnight.

tbh, I think You'd Be Mine looks reaaaal tacky.


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Z M wrote: "After having heard the story of the White Rose I definitely will want to check out this book!

As much as I enjoy reading about new books in the YA category, I’m constantly in pursuit of finding b..."


Try M.T. Anderson for your boy if you haven't already gone thru his works.


message 16: by Greg (new)

Greg Stout M wrote: "After having heard the story of the White Rose I definitely will want to check out this book!

As much as I enjoy reading about new books in the YA category, I’m constantly in pursuit of finding b..."


Might try Gideon's Ghost, newly available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


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