The Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of April

Posted by Sharon on April 2, 2020
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young adult fiction. Every month our team looks 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.

New in April: A rebel spy infiltrates the enemy camp in Zoraida Córdova’s Incendiary. A teenage investigator chases a killer through 19th-century Korea in June Hur’s The Silence of Bones. And a determined young woman seeks love and/or lust in Cameron Lund’s The Best Laid Plans. Also in the mix: Gothic adventure, Parisian time travel, and a sci-fi jailbreak. Good times!
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!

Squarely in the long and storied tradition of Gothic fantasy, author Emily A. Duncan’s intriguing Dark and Holy series follows the fates of three companions—a prince in danger, a boy with a secret, and a girl who can speak to the gods. In this second installment, the trio delve deeper into the series’ central mystery and start to suspect that they are just pawns in an ancient and lethal game.

Release date: April 7

Renata Convida is an agent of the Whispers, the skilled rebel spies fighting a desperate struggle against the ruthless machinations of the Crown. But Renata was once on the other side of the fight, after being kidnapped as a child and forced to use her magical abilities for the king. Renata’s enemies are hunting her, her allies don’t entirely trust her, and the love of her life has just been abducted. The only solution? Storm the castle, quiet-like.

Read our exclusive interview with Zoraida Córdova

Release date: April 28

A sex-positive coming-of-age story, The Best Laid Plans follows 18-year-old Keely and her efforts to find the right man—the kind of guy she can go all the way with. Trouble is, Keely has known all the boys in her small town since kindergarten, and it’s hard to get excited about a guy when you’ve watched him eat crayons. But lo! Yonder squinteth a hot new guy on a motorcycle! Author Cameron Lund offers a fun and funny tale of first loves and first times.

Release date: April 7

Joseon, Korea, circa 1800: A 16-year-old girl named Seol is indentured to the local police bureau and ordered to partner with a respected young detective. Their first case is treacherous as they investigate the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. June Hur’s debut novel takes readers to a time and place they’ve almost certainly never been and is particularly recommended for readers of historical fiction writers like Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper) and Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn).

Release date: April 21

Winner of this month’s informal Superior Book Title Award, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know tells the story of two young women separated by several hundred years in time. In the present-day narrative, 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet is in Paris, preparing for a career in art history. Her boyfriend appears to be ghosting her. Two hundred years earlier, ambitious young Leila finds herself in deeper waters, crossing paths with historical figures including Alexandre Dumas and Lord Byron. As one woman’s life is revealed, the other’s is transformed.

Release date: April 7

The classic prison break story gets a sci-fi update with this intriguing entry from debut author Ben Oliver. Teenage convict Luka Kane is stuck in the Loop, a particularly cruel death row for underage offenders. Prisoners like Luka can delay their executions, six months at a time, by agreeing to bizarre medical and scientific experiments. But something has happened in the outside world, and Luka finds his chance to escape. He just has to dodge the insane warden, the rioting prisoners, and some rabid rats. Good luck, kid.

Release date: April 7

Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by TMR (new)

TMR An awesome collection! Cannot wait for their releases.

message 2: by Jessalyn (new)

Jessalyn Joy I can't wait for the release of Loop and Best Laid Plans.

message 3: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Best Laid Plans sounds great. Added to TBR list

message 4: by Deion Auguste (new)

Deion Auguste I love it

message 5: by Mairy (new)

Mairy I look forward to The Best Laid Plans, sounds like a cute one :-)

Extinction (Quasar) The Silence Of Bones for me!!

Also, A Time of Courage ~~

message 7: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Hadly I cannot wait for Loop! Hurry up Oliver Lol

message 8: by Artah (new)

Artah Yamin Ahh, seeing this just made me so excited! Since the day I learned about The Best Laid Plans, I’ve been dying to read it! That, and also Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know!

message 9: by Lilith (new)

Lilith  Monroe Crave by Tracy Wolfe is my most anticipated

message 10: by Bonnie Pritchett (new)

Bonnie Pritchett Hi

message 11: by Alice (new)

Alice The Silence of Bones sounds amazing! Added to my calendar!

message 12: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I cannot wait for the debut of "Please don't hug me" by new Aussie writer Kay Kerr. Got my preorder in and can't wait to get stuck in!!

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Looking forward to Suzanne Park's "Perfect Escape"!

message 14: by Amy Rhodes (new)

Amy Rhodes My husband is reading Loop right now and he is really enjoying it so far....I can't wait till I get a chance to read it myself!

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message 17: by Abla (new)

Abla Koudeha I am SUPER excited for Best Laid Plans

message 18: by MovieBookNerd (new)

MovieBookNerd The Loop seems to be the coolest in my opinion. Definitely adding it to my ever growing TBR list.

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