New Books For April

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

Every month I get my hands on a ‘new titles’ catalogue teeming with new publications begging to be picked up and read. Below I’ve picked out eight new books for April that caught my eye to share with you. Hopefully you’ll find a new favourite for your shelves.

Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan (Firefly Press)

Alien Rain Ruth MorganBree, and the other colonists on Mars, dream of going back to the Earth. But only the highest achievers get to go on missions… so imagine her surprise when she’s chosen for this rare honour. Earth is not what it used to be though – the last war and its genetic weapons have taken their toll. In the ruins of Cardiff, Bree discovers that she can’t trust anyone… except maybe the voice that only she can hear.

After reading the blurb for this one I couldn’t help but think of The 100 by Kass Morgan (which was turned into a series on E4). Another take on a dystopian future where the fate of the Earth is something of a mystery.

Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan (Puffin)

Demigods and Magicians Rick RiordanPercy, Annabeth and the Kane siblings join forces to battle an ancient Egyptian magician who is going to use his power to become a god. Can these four team up to prevent an apocalypse? This book collects together three short stories that were previously only available in digital formats: The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy.

I haven’t picked up a Rick Riordan book that I didn’t like, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Always a firm favourite with library-goers everywhere, I know this one will be flying of the shelves faster than Percy in a pair of winged Converse.

Luca, Son Of The Morning by Tom Anderson (Accent Press)

Luca Son of the Morning Tom AndersonLuca finds solace in the waves, so when he can’t sleep after upsetting the girl he loves he goes to the beach to watch them. One night it’s not just the waves that come ashore: a group of figures emerge from the water and pass him, unseeing, across the beach. Who were these impossible sea-men? Luca keeps vigil for them, and one night the sailors beckon him to follow them as they retreat into the sea…

This one caught my eye, I think mainly because I’m unsure how to classify it… mystery? Relationships? A bit of fantasy thrown in. The last line of the publisher’s description is “Luca, Son on the Morning is a haunting book about imagination, delusion and the grey places in between.” An interesting combination that I can’t wait to see on paper.

Maladapted by Richard Kurti (Walker Books)

Maladapted Richard KurtiCillian is the only survivor of a terrible disaster on a Metro train. But how has he survived? With Tess, another equally perplexing mystery, he discovers that his father has links to a group of genetic scientists, ‘P8’. P8 operate outside the law, and when the two find the organisation’s secret hospital, Cillian is left wondering what exactly he is.

Some of you might know Richard Kurti’s name from his debut novel Monkey Wars. If you’re still going “hmm, no, that’s not it”, it may be his screenwriting that has caught your attention. BAFTA-nominated Kurti has worked on several TV series and movies, including Primeval, Going Postal and Wolfblood.

Way Down Dark by James P. Smythe (Hodder)

Way Down Dark James SmytheHundreds of years ago Chan’s ancestors left the dying Earth in search of a new home. Finding none, the inhabitants of ‘The Australia’ are stuck in hell, a nightmare from which there is no escape. The ship is run by violence and fear, and Chan has learnt to keep her head down and not draw attention to herself. When there is hope of escape though, she must venture into the darkness that holds secrets and long forgotten lies. She’s discovered a way to bring The Australia back to their forgotten home, but the consequences could be deadly for her and her loved one… and possibly everyone on board.

This is the first in The Australia Trilogy in paperback, and again one that is reminiscent of The 100 by Kass Morgan. Book two, Long Dark Dusk, is due out in October this year. I’m always interested to see how different authors deal with the same topic, so this month is starting to look like a bit of a treat!

We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Andersen Press)

We Are All Made Of Molecules Susin NielsenStewart and Ashley are very different people, one geeky and one cool, thrown together when their parent Stewart and his Dad move in with Ashley and her mum. Stewart and his new school don’t quite fit, Ashley’s home is becoming more and more awkward, and things get a whole lot stranger when they both attract the attention of the school hunk.

One of my favourites from this year’s longlisted Carnegie Medal picks. Phil Earle said of the book “There are many great voices in YA fiction, but Susin Nielsen managed to give us TWO in the same book. I defy you not to fall in love with this book.” Hmm, we’ll see… challenge accepted.

Wearle by Chris D’Lacey (Orchard Books)

Wearle Chris D'Lacey‘The Wearle’ came to Earth to find out what happened to their previous group, who never returned. Gabrial, a young blue dragon, is desperate to prove his worth. But the dragons aren’t alone in the mountains. Down beyond the scorch line, Ren, a young Hom boy, is fascinated by the ‘Skalers’. But when he creeps into their territory, he sneaks out again with a wriggling baby Wearling…

Chris D’Lacey’s talent when writing about dragons is definitely not in question. His first series Last Dragon Chronicles was very popular, and I’m excited to see where this new one takes him.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Electric Monkey)

What I Thought Was True Huntley FitzpatrickCassidy Somers is slumming it as a yard boy on Gwen’s idyllic island this summer. He’s a rich kid, she’s from a family of fishermen and cleaners. But when Gwen discovers something new and unexpected, it brings a summer of endless possibilities.

Normally I’m not one for a romance novel, but this one struck me as being something a bit different to the more “glossy” teen chick-lit that tends to make me gag. Since Huntley Fitzpatrick moved on from Harlequin, where she was an editor for teen titles, she has become a full time YA author.

If you think we’ve left any fantastic new books for April off our list, comment and let us know.

Happy reading!


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