What’s Happening This April?

There’s so much happening in YA this April! If you’re like me, just thinking about it all stresses you out… so many books, events, and more. Here’s a summary of what I’m most excited about. Enjoy!

April 12: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry comes out

This lush fantasy set in Puerto Rico is so good! So excited for it to launch and for everyone else to love it as much as I do.

April 17: Hudson Valley YA Society: Out of This World event

Held at indie bookstore, Oblong Books and Music, this event features authors Sarah Rees Brennan, Heidi Heilig (find my interview with her here: link)  and Heather Demetrios. Find out more about this event here: link

April 19: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas comes out

This book is so creepy and good…. a perfect murder mystery to curl up with on a rainy day.

April 26: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater come out

I’m so excited for both of these books! The Rose and the Dagger is the follow up to The Wrath and the Dawn (my review here) and The Raven King is the final book in the Raven Boys series

April 30-May 1: YALLWest Book Festival in Santa Monica, CA

This is the event I’m the most excited about! I went last year and it was so amazing. If you’re in or around the area, I absolutely recommend going (don’t worry, it’s free). See you there! Find out more about YALLWest here: link

And don’t forget – it’s National Poetry Month!

The Trouble With Friends

Gift giving can be hard at times… Here’s how to survive (and make everyone happy).


The friend who reads everything…

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (my review here)

The Friend who doesn’t like reading…

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Friend who’s still talking about The Fault in Our Stars (sorry John Green) …

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (my review here)

The friend who “doesn’t read Young Adult”…

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (my review here)

The Friend who loves classics…

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (my review here)

The Friend who’s way to excited about Christmas…

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The Friend who thinks YA is just about girls…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (my review here)

That Obscure Cousin you know nothing about but have to give a gift every year…

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (my review here)

The Friend who’s stuck on the East Coast  and just wants some California sunshine…

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The Friend that just wants to see the movie, not read the book…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (my review here)

The Friend who can’t be bothered with fiction…

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson (my review here)

And finally, if you’re wondering what to get me (are you reading this, Dad?) YallWest begins on May 30th (here’s where you can purchase my ticket: link)!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Renée Ahdieh’s lush YA debut is an extraordinary retelling of the classic The Arabian Nights, that won’t disappoint seasoned readers. On the same note, with all of its intricate plot lines, The Wrath and the Dawn is not for reluctant readers or those desiring a fast, light read. Don’t let this deter you from this gem, it really is fantastic when you have the chance to concentrate on it.

In Renée’s retelling, the Caliph (king) of Khorsan is a murderous boy-king, who marries a new girl every morning only to murder her come to the dawn. The Wrath and the Dawn starts with revenge-bent Shahrzad, a teen girl who has volunteered to become the new wife of the Caliph, Khalid. The reason? She has a plot to murder him and avenge her dead best friend, Shiva, whom he killed. While she had good intentions, Shahrzad was a bit too cocky in the beginning. Fortunately she greatly improves as the book goes on.

When Shahrzad meets the Caliph however, he is not what she expected. He seems the last person to murder innocents. So why is he? As Shahrzad is drawn closer into the unforgiving heart of the palace, she’s thrown into a web of lies, deceit, and curses, and finds herself drawing closer to the very person who she set out to kill. And when her dear childhood love, Tariq enters the equation, things go from terrible to worse. Renée Ahdieh’s breathtaking YA fantasy debut oozes stunning prose, enviably romances, and promise. This May release is one you just can’t miss!