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 so we’ve rounded up ten books coming out next month that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. 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!

Real Americans by Rachel Khong

This generational tale kicks off around Y2K when Lily Chen meets Matthew, the heir to a pharmaceutical empire. They feel worlds apart to Lily, who is an unpaid intern and the daughter of two immigrant scientists, and still they fall in love. Years later, Lily is a single mother and her 15-year-old son is starting to ask questions about who his biological father is.

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Alison Cochrun returns this April with a new queer romance readers won’t want to put down. Logan Maletis and Rosemary Hale barely tolerate working together at their alma mater. The friendship they knew in their childhood is long gone, along with the dreams they once had of adventure. But when their old English teacher reaches out to ask for their help in achieving his dying wish, they can’t say no.

The House on Biscayne Bay by Chanel Cleeton

You may have spotted the new Chanel Cleeton on our roundup of highly-anticipated 2024 releases. Thankfully the wait is almost over! Cleeton transports readers to Marbrisa, an elegant estate on Biscayne Bay. Here the timelines of two women converge: Anna, who is living in the wake of the Great War, and Carmen, who begins to uncover the home’s secrets years later in 1941.

Dragon Rider by Taran Matharu

Readers looking to escape into a fantasy world will want to pick up Taran Matharu’s adult debut. Ever since his father’s failed rebellion, Jai has lived under the control of the emperor. When visitors from the neighboring kingdom of Dansk arrive, bringing with them dragons, Jai senses his opportunity for escape. Along with a stolen hatchling and a Dansk handmaiden, Jai leaves the Sabine Court and begins to plot his revenge.

Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao

In this YA novel, Sophie Chi anonymously runs a relationship advice Instagram called “Dear Wendy.” The account grows more popular by the day, enough that it seems as though a rival account called “Sincerely Wanda” was created. What Sophie doesn’t know is that this account is run by her new friend Jo. The two have been bonding over their shared aromantic and asexual identity. As their friendship grows, so does their online feud.

A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland

Rose Sutherland gives “The Selkie Wife” a queer twist in this novel set in 1830s Nova Scotia. Jean, a midwife and spinster, is shocked to discover Muirin, her neighbor’s mysterious new wife, outside of her home and in labor. Jean takes Muirin in to help with the birth, and even after Tobias comes to fetch her, the two remain close. As Jean learns more about Muirin, she becomes determined to help her escape from Tobias.

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Readers rushed to NetGalley when Abby Jimenez’s newest book appeared for request, and soon it’ll be available for readers everywhere! Everyone Emma dates finds their soulmate the moment they break up. When she reads about a man on Reddit with the same problem, she can’t resist sliding into his DMs to offer a deal: They’ll date each other, the curses will cancel out, and they’ll be on their way to finding true love! Justin and Emma agree to a summer thing, but what will happen when real feelings develop?

A Game of Lies by Clare Mackintosh

Reality show contestants find themselves stranded in the Welsh mountains in this gripping mystery. Each arrived with a secret, and the name of the game is to expose each other live on air. When a contestant unexpectedly goes missing, Detective Ffion Morgan is called in. But her presence only seems to make people bolder, and soon Ffion is hunting down a killer.

Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes

Horror and science fiction blend together in this new novel. Psychologist Dr. Ophelia Bray is traveling to an abandoned planet along with an exploration crew. Her goal is to study and attempt to prevent the disastrous consequence of ERS, a condition experienced by some in space that can drive them to harm themself and others. Unfortunately, her new crew doesn’t listen to her expertise until their pilot is suddenly murdered.

Dragonfruit by Makiia Lucier

Makiia Lucier draws from Pacific Island mythology in this young adult fantasy. Hanalei was banished from Tamarind after her father committed a crime against the royal family, but years later she discovers a way that she can return home. With the help of Sam, the prince and her childhood friend, they begin to search for the dragonfruit, the egg of a seadragon which offers the owner an incredible gift in exchange for a terrible price.

Which April release are you most excited about?


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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.

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