It’s the last day of April, the month of pranks, tree-hugging, and… talking like Shakespeare? (Yes, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day on April 23rd is a thing.)
In the midst of all that craziness, here are 6 YA book releases you may have missed:
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen is a fantasy novel boasting of influences from Indian folklore and mythology. It tells the story of Queen Maya of Akaran as she uncovers the secrets of her throne and the otherworldly mysteries that dwells in her kingdom.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King is the final book of Maggie Stiefvater’s Quartet, The Raven Cycle. To fans of the series, the long wait is finally over! Don’t miss out on this epic conclusion!
To people who haven’t read it yet, the story of The Raven Cycle centers around Henrietta, Virginia, the town of magical ley lines, psychic sightings, and thousand-year-old dead Welsh kings. It’s definitely one of the most unique and engaging supernatural books on YA shelves right now, with a cast of characters you’re sure to fall in love with.
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
The Haters is a fun contemporary novel following a newly formed band that ditched jazz camp to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip of music and hilarity.
Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Lady Renegades is the third book of Rachel Hawkin’s Rebel Belle trilogy. It’s about Harper Price, the epitome of a perfect Southern Belle, who goes from being Homecoming Queen to the successor of an ancient line of Paladins, sworn protectors of the Oracle, in about ten minutes flat while in the girl’s bathroom. As expected from the author of Hex Hall, this is definitely a story that will leave you laughing out loud.
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdeih
Khorasan is ruled by a single evil boy-king. Every day, he takes in a new bride only to have her executed the next morning. But come one day like every other, Shahrzad, a mere girl with nothing more than a thirst for revenge for her dead friend, volunteers herself for this doom. She goes in, knowing full well the dangers of Caliph Khalid and still determined to follow through with her plan. Only, what will she do once she realizes the existence darker, more sinister forces that threaten the kingdom and Khalid, the boy she can’t help but be enchanted with?
Sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdeih’s new book The Rose and the Dagger continues the story of Shahrzad as war breaks out in this Arabic-influenced world of magic and mystery.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
The summer Vivi and Jonah meet, they fall in love. But this love story isn’t that simple: Vivi suffers from a mental illness, and ever since the death of his father, Jonah has taken up the responsibility of looking after his younger siblings. However, the life and spirit that they both still hold brighten their narratives and allow them to tell a story like no other.
When We Collided is a contemporary narrative with strong themes of love and coming-of-age.
Be sure to check them out at Reston Regional Library!