#QuietYA: 10 underrated April books to read

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Time to expand your YA reading. Julianne Daly shares ten #quietYA books that released this month.

I get asked often what, exactly, #quietYA is. The traditional definition is about books that aren’t very action packed and slower paced, but I use it to talk about books that are not bestsellers, not award winners, and that don’t have any kind of book or TV deal. So often, the same books are discussed over and over again and unfortunately, books fall through the cracks. But I believe that every book published is needed by someone and I want to create the best possible chance to get those books in hands.

#quietYA is my attempt to make that happen.

Here are ten #quietYA books that released this month that you might have missed.

future shock elizabeth briggsFuture Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Release date: April 1st
Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

 

girl in the blue coat monica hesseGirl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 5th
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke finds and delivers black market goods to paying customers. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. She is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room.

 

 

the taming of the drew stephanie kate strohmThe Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: April 5th
Cass McKay has been called stubborn, temperamental, difficult, and that word that rhymes with “witch” more times than she cares to count. But that’s about to pay off. She has finally landed the role she was born to play—Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew—in the summer apprentice program of a renowned Shakespeare theater company in the forests of Vermont. But her leading man, Drew, is a complete troll, and he’s going to ruin Cass’s summer. But as Shakespeare’s classic plays out offstage, Cass finds it harder and harder to resist falling for Drew herself.

 

crossing the line meghan rogersCrossing the Line (The Raven Files #1) by Meghan Rogers
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release date: April 12th
Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents – if she even wants to find out.

 

a fierce and subtle poison samantha mabryA Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Release date: April 12th
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl Isabel: she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world.

 

air ryan gattisAir by Ryan Gattis
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Release date: April 19th
When Grey witnesses the death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live in inner-city Baltimore. There he meets Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, they become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them. How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?

 

unicorn tracks julia emberUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release date: April 21st
After a savage attack drives her from her home, Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business. When Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter Kara through the wilderness to study unicorns, the young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

 

the land of 10000 madonnas kate hattemerThe Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer
Publisher: Knopf
Release date: April 19th
Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.

 

no love allowed kate evangelistaNo Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: April 19th
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

 

drag teen jeffery selfDrag Teen by Jeffrey Self
Publisher: Push
Release date: April 26th
A road trip with an insecure high school senior who has one goal: to be the first in his family to leave Clearwater, Florida, and go to college. The problem is, he has zero means of paying for school — until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition for a college scholarship.

 

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that there are always new YA readers who missed out on learning about the new titles, so older titles need love too! This month’s throwback pick is The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.

the lost girl sangu mandannaThe Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release date: August 28 2012
Eva’s life is not her own. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. When Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready. But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this. She must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

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Julie Daly

Julie Daly is sometimes known as Julianne. A recent college grad, when not job hunting, Julie is watching Netflix, talking about YA on twitter, or trying to make her cats play. In 2009, Julie joined a group blog called Bloggers[Heart]Books and her obsession with all things YA has grown exponentially. Though she no longer blogs, she did create #quietYA and is a cofounder of Blogbound Con. Julie has also interned at several publishers and sometimes plays bookseller. Follow her on Twitter at @DailyJulianne.

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