What new YA books release this week? (April 4)


What April YA books release this week? We have a list of this week’s new YA books!


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 4th
Mink has been crushing on a film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” But when she moves to his town she falls for Porter. Only Porter is hiding a secret… he is Alex… Approximately.

Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noël
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 4th
Layla, Aster and Tommy have found themselves entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 4th
Eden Jones feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever.

Cage of Darkness (Reign of Secrets #2) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Release date: April 4th
While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything. Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death.

Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: April 4th
Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of Jesus appears on a cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession.

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 4th
Reggie Mason believes nobody can hurt you if you never let them in, but she encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake.

Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 4th
Noemi is a young soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth’s robotic mech warriors, she realizes that he may provide the key to Genesis’ salvation.

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 4th
Bridge and Wil have been in each other’s lives for years. Then Bridge betrayed Wil, shattering his heart and their relationship along with it. But as old wounds heal, they start falling for each other again.

The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 4th
Tessa finds she enjoys playing football, and she likes it even more than running cross-country. But what about her two best friends, who are counting on her to try out for cross-country with them?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: April 4th
Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. But the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob.

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 4th
When their dad returns for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie, on their own in Seattle and beyond.

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: April 4th
All Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street… Until one day Rosa comes in the cafe door. How in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

Give Me a K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: April 4th
The competition to join the Shadyside High cheerleading squad is anything but friendly—and it ends in murder. Will Heather make the squad—if there’s even a squad anymore—or will she end up dead?

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
Release date: April 4th
Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex.

Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell & Jeff Norton
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release date: April 4th
It was supposed to be the best summer of her life. Instead, seventeen-year-old Lucy finds her best friend, Harper, shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did things ever go so wrong?

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: April 4th
One moment, Lucy and Ben were shyly flirting, finally about to admit their feelings to each other. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim.

The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Release date: April 4th
Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. Harper’s proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper might be next.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release date: April 4th
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers.

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 4th
Tristan and his family are going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 4th
After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—Luc tried to embrace it. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

Perfect (Flawed #2)
by Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: April 4th
Since Judge Crevan has declared Celestine North the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret.

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: April 4th
Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. But now her parents vanished during a job gone bad.

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Freeform
Release date: April 4th
After five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic, media-obsessed and somewhat clueless family members, Bentley wants out.

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 4th
Alyssa ana’Raisa is the princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in an endless war. After a brush with death, she means to end the war that has raged her whole life.

Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release date: April 4th
Melanie and Damon are both living in the shadow of loss. For Melanie, it’s the loss of her mother, taken by cancer before her time. For Damon, it’s the loss of his best friend, Carlos, who took his own life.

Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: April 4th
At 15, Marcus Millian III is already a talented illusionist. But when Marcus chokes during a card trick and leaves the audience unimpressed, they’re promised an illusion that will shock, stun, and astonish.

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Publisher: Blink
Release date: April 4th
Shortly after Maren is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target.

True North (True Born #2) by L.E. Stirling
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 4th
When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price.

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release date: April 4th
Eva Walker is a math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person she sees a vision of their emotions.

Don’t Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1) by Katie Ray
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release date: April 10th
Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…


And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release date: April 6th
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say. Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life to change it forever.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: April 6th
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: April 6th
Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: April 6th
Grace just wants to fit in. But with her dad away and her mum distracted there’s no one at home to see Grace’s younger sister spiralling out of control, and suddenly everything threatens to fall apart.

Straight Outta Crongton (South Crongton Trilogy #3) by Alex Wheatle
Publisher: Atom
Release date: April 6th
When badness goes down and a life is left hanging in the balance, Mo has to face her hot urge for revenge . . . and she might end up losing more than she wins.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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