If you live in a cold climate, April is that heartbreak month where you’re ready for warm weather but you just keep getting dumped with rain and snow. Luckily, there are some great new books coming out soon to warm us up while we desperately pray for spring flowers, sunshine and warmth. Here are 10 April releases that we’re pretty crazy about:
One with You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day (St. Martin’s Griffin, April 5)
Day’s Crossfire series has captivated fans across the world, becoming an international bestseller and a phenomenon that just can’t seem to quit. One with You is the final book in the series, wrapping up the romance between the two damaged soulmates, Eva and Gideon. Often compared to 50 Shades of Grey, this series is hot, hot, hot, and One with You will be no exception.
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (Grand Central Publishing, April 12)
Hamilton is not just a musical, it’s a cultural phenomenon. Not only are the songs insanely catchy, but the story is poignant and perfectly told. It’s all thanks to Miranda, who wrote, composed and now stars in the hit Broadway play. In their new book, Miranda and McCarter tell the story of how Hamilton came together, including pictures, interviews and an insider look at what this diverse and daring play means for American culture.
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, April 26)
Ever since Ahdieh published The Wrath and the Dawn last year, fans have been clamoring for a sequel to the young adult fantasy retelling of The Arabian Nights. They finally have their wish with The Rose & the Dagger, which continues the story of Shahrzad and her husband, Khalid, who have been torn apart after falling madly in love. Reunited with her family, Shahrzad finds herself caught between two worlds. With a kingdom on the brink of war and a former-flame leading the rebellion against her misunderstood husband, where will Shahrzad’s loyalties fall? Find out in this heart-pounding sequel.
The Last Mile by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, April 19)
Baldacci continues the story of detective Amos Decker in this much-anticipated sequel to his bestselling Memory Man. A new member of an FBI special task force, Decker gets caught up in the fate of a convicted murderer who may or may not be innocent. But other people start dying too and it’s up to Decker to get to the bottom of the case. Expect lots of thrills and mystery from this edge-of-your-seat sequel.
Lazaretto: A Novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (HarperCollins, April 12)
Set in the late 1800s, McKinney-Whetstone explores the world of Lazaretto, a quarantine hospital for immigrants hoping to start new lives in America. Juggling a wide cast of characters, this book dives into family struggles, romance, Lincoln’s assassination, and the racial tensions simmering in post-Civil War Philadelphia. Perfect for fans of history and complicated, rich, character-driven stories.
Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol 1 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette (DC Comics, April 12)
With Supergirl and Jessica Jones lighting up the small screen, it finally feels like the age of the female superhero. Wonder Woman is also getting a makeover in both the movie, Batman v Superman, and in this latest graphic novel incarnation. From author Morrison and illustrator Paquette, the superheroine gets reimagined as a modern warrior in a provocative and gritty way we’ve never seen before. For fans of comics –- or just powerful women in general -– this is a must-read.
When We Collided by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury, April 5)
This contemporary young adult novel examines the question: is love enough? Jonah is one of five siblings, struggling to keep it together after his father dies and his mother sinks into a fog of depression. When free-spirited Vivi blows into his life, the two quickly fall in love. But Vivi has her own demons and struggles with both her Bipolar disorder and not wanting to take the medication that clouds her mind. This love story is a tearjerker at its finest, and impossible to put down.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Penguin, April 12)
There’s a reason Roberts is one on the bestselling authors in the world: her stories are taut, well-written and completely compelling. Which is why we can’t wait for The Obsession. It focuses on Naomi, a successful photographer unable to escape the horrors her father committed when she was a girl. Naomi shuts herself away in the small town of Sunrise Cove, but she isn’t counting on mechanic Xander, who’s determined to win her heart. It wouldn’t be a Roberts book without more murders, thrilling action scenes and a crazy hot romance to tie it all together.
The Beast by J.R. Ward (Penguin, April 5)
The Beast is the 14(!!) book in Ward’s insanely popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This time we’re back with Rhage and Mary as the two face their biggest threat yet: the demons that are eating Rhage up from the inside out. You’ll have to wait until April 5 to find out if the couple can overcome Rhage’s devastating injury, or if it will tear them apart forever.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House, April 19)
There’s nothing we love more than a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, unless that retelling is written by Sittenfeld, author of Prep and Sisterland. Liz is a magazine writer who returns to her family home after her father has a health scare. There she meets neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam, but the two get off to a predictably rocky start. Filled with Sittenfeld’s trademark charm, this retelling is as clever as it is fun.