April’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this April—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

You may have spotted this debut on our roundup of must-read spring releases. Will Chen is studying at Harvard when he’s presented with an offer he can’t refuse. A corporation approaches him with the opportunity to lead a mission that would return five Chinese sculptures to Beijing. The heist comes with numerous risks, but Will’s eyes are on the 50 million dollar payoff.

Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson

Prudence Perry comes from a proud line of Ladybird Scouts, monster-hunting warriors disguised as a pastel-clad social club focused on charity, tea, and knitting. After her best friend died on a mission, Prue quit the Scouts. But three years later she finds herself drawn back in when she’s asked to train new recruits. YA fans looking for their next paranormal read won’t want to miss out on Lily Anderson’s latest.

The Long Game by Rachel Reid

Romance readers, your favorite hockey-playing enemies-turned-lovers are back! The newest installment in the Game Changers series reunites readers with Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov, who fell in love in Heated Rivalry and now must decide where they want their future to take them. While you wait for this one to hit shelves, check out our interview with Rachel Reid!

Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Between Earth and Sky series continues with Fevered Star. Picking up after the climactic ending of Black Sun, this book finds the Meridian city of Tova in upheaval with Serapio, Naranpa, and Xiala each deciding what their next move must be to survive. New readers will want to start with book one in the series, while those who loved Black Sun thankfully don’t have long to wait before getting to dive into this sequel.

Hope and Glory by Jendella Benson

Jendella Benson’s debut novel features a grieving family struggling to reconnect. Glory thinks of her British-Nigerian family as being close, yet when she returns home to London from LA after her father’s death, she’s surprised to see the ways in which they’ve drifted. Determined to help bring her family back together, Glory decides to stay and along the way uncovers a family secret.

Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg

In this debut psychological thriller, a romantic getaway turns into a nightmare. After dating for six months, Ellie and Steven are planning their first trip together. But when a snowstorm strands them in a remote house in Chesapeake Bay, tensions grow between them and they both become convinced the other is hiding something.

The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa

Mia Sosa’s follow-up to The Worst Best Man is one of our team’s most-anticipated books of the year. Dean’s future plans of making partner and starting a family are meant to begin with a practical marriage of convenience. But when Solange, a well-meaning wedding crasher, ruins the big day, he asks her to step up and help him get his life back on track.

And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin

Looking for a novella this month? Malcolm Devlin has you covered. The book follows Spence, who was once infected by a disease that changes how one perceives reality. Though he’s considered to be cured, Spence is haunted by what he did under the disease’s influence and the visions he once had of monsters. When he and Leila meet at a rehabilitation facility, she inspires him to escape and seek redemption.

Very Bad People by Kit Frick

Kit Frick returns this April with a YA thriller. Six years ago, Calliope Bolan and her sisters narrowly escaped an accident that took the life of their mother. Calliope has always believed there was more to what happened than anyone knew and transfers to Tipton Academy, a boarding school her mother attended, to search for answers.

Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum

Rachel Barenbaum’s latest follows three generations of women working together to stop a nuclear accident. When Chernobyl’s reactor melts in 1986, Anna Berkova accidentally travels through time to meet her daughter Molly in 1992. Anna shows up as Molly is dying and Molly begs her to find Raisa, Anna’s granddaughter. As their three timelines intertwine, the women attempt to stop the 1986 disaster before it happens.

Which April release are you most excited for?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

  1. Atomic Anna sounds compelling. I had not heard of it before. I will have to finish two other NetGalley book’s first though, so will wait and check back.

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