Most Anticipated Reads for April 2021

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After a very long break in book blogging, it’s good to be back! One thing I missed sharing with you guys is my most anticipated reads for the month ahead so that’s what I have for you today. Of course, there are a lot more books coming out but these are ones that I’ve been highly anticipating! You’ll also find their release dates and any trigger warnings! I hope you find something you love in April.


Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
(Release Date: April 6th)

This YA contemporary described as a ‘stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food and finding where you belong’ is definitely the perfect addition to your TBRs next month! We follow Penelope Prado, an aspiring pastry chef who has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father’s restaurant. However, Penelope’s parents have different expectations, leaving her to choose between following her dreams or disappointing her Mexican-American parents. Then she meets Xander Amaro, who wants nothing than to settle down at his abuelo’s and start searching for his father but plans soon change course when his immigration status is threatened. Can the two teenagers follow their dreams whilst also protecting their loyal Chicanx community? TW: self-harm, police brutality
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Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin
(Release Date: April 6th)

In this contemporary romance, we follow the story of, you guessed it, Hana Khan who is torn between waitressing at the only halal restaurant in her close-knit community and following her true calling, telling stories on radio. She may just get her dream job if she outshines her fellow intern but in the mean time, Hana has a podcast and one that allows her to form a strong relationship with one of her listeners. However, when her aunt and cousin arrive from India to visit, a family secret is soon revealed. Not only that but a hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood threatens everybody’s safety and having feelings for Aydin, the young owner of a rival restaurant is not helping matters. Hana must use her voice to cement her future and the future of her community. TW: islamaphobia, racism
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The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
(Release Date: April 6th)

In the words of many protagonists, I let out a breath I hadn’t realised I was holding when I saw that Akemi had a new book out. As a huge fan of her previous novel, Summer Bird Blue, I am 100% prepared to read anything she creates. In the first in this YA Sci-fi/fantasy series, eighteen-year old, Nami Miyamoto has her life on track – a loving family, a high-school graduate and on her way to a party which her crush is also attending. However, she is murdered before she gets there and wakes up in Infinity, a place where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. I won’t spoil much more other than it also features ‘an AI entity posing as a queen that’s hacked its way into the afterlife with the plan to take over and control everything.’ So what else is there to say?
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The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
(Release Date: April 6th)

With Slay being one of my favourite books, I am eagerly anticipating Brittney’s new book and one sounds amazing. This YA contemporary/fantasy is about Black teenager, Alex Rufus who has the ability to see into the future but when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, his world is turned upside down. With a life busy with work, a relationship, looking after younger brother, Isaiah and not to mention his power, Alex finds it hard to be present and live an ordinary life. Now with the knowledge of the death of his brother, Alex is in a race against time and must confront his past, future and what it means to be a young Black man in America. TW: racism, suicidal ideation, self-harm
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Sistersong by Lucy Holland
(Release Date: April 15th)

This historical fiction seeped in ancient British folklore is recommended for fans of Naomi Novik and Madeline Miller so consider me sold. It explores ‘gender identity, the bonds between siblings, a changing world and the overwhelming power of stories’ and follows the story of Riva, Keyne and Sinne. Riva who was once badly burned fears she will never heal, Keyne fights to be seen as the king’s son despite being born his daughter and Sinne, the youngest, yearns for love. Together they live within the walls of the hold but one day when ash falls from the sky, it brings magician, Myrddhin and warrior, Tristan with it. Together, the siblings must fight against fate and ultimately shape a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.
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She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
(Release Date: April 20th)

This queer YA contemporary follows high school nemeses who fall in love. Enemies to lovers anyone? Scottie Zajac has recently lost a game against her ex-girlfriend and things go from bad to worse when she gets into a fender bender with her arch-nemesis, the beautiful and mean, Irene Abraham. Not only that, but avoiding each other becomes near impossible when their mother’s force them to carpool together. When Scottie gets the opportunity to get back at her ex, she enlists Irene to help her and what follows is hijinks, heartbreak and fake gay-dating. Sounds wild, sign me up. TW: homophobia
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Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart 
(Release Date: April 20th)

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut follows two enemy witches as they form a dangerous alliance to go up against a common enemy. Iraya has spent her life imprisoned and desperate for vengeance whereas Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter but unlike her sister, is unwilling to die to strengthen her mother’s power. Together, the two must form an unlikely alliance to achieve what they both desire the most. TW: mention of rape
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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
(Release Date: April 20th)

When you see the description ‘a queer retelling of ‘The Firebird,’ a Russian folktale,‘ you don’t really need to hear much else. However, this YA fantasy begins with twin heirs born in Tourin with their fates already decided for them. Izaveta remains at court to learn how to become the future queen whilst Asya is sent away to live and train with her aunt, Firebird, who ensures magic is kept in the realm. However, before her training is complete, Asya feels an ancient power awaken inside her which means only one thing – the queen is dead and a new ruler must be appointed. TW: emotional and physical abuse, death of a parent
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Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto 
(Release Date: April 27th)

We end with a debut contemporary romance that is ‘equal parts murder mystery, rom-com and a celebration of mothers and daughters’ as well as featuring the Chinese-Indonesian culture. We follow Meddelin Chan who accidentally kills her blind date and it isn’t long before her meddlesome family is called to help hide the body. However, plans soon change when the body is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to a billionaire’s wedding. Not only that but it definitely risks jeopardising their family wedding business. Add Meddy’s true love making a surprise appearance and you have the perfect day. Definitely sounds like an hilarious read to finish off the month.
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Peace and pages
Angharad
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