First of all: a very Happy Easter from all of us at The Sassologist! We hope your days are filled to the brim with chocolate in all forms. Eggs, bunnies, chicks and just plain old bars. Also, merry/happy/crazy April Fools Day! We have no inventive jokes for you so everything here is very true. Now, back to business. Since it’s the first of April, here’s a neat little list of Young Adult books to look forward to this month. All blurbs are from Goodreads, as usual. These are the April releases we’re planning to read in the not too distant future!
Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertelli
Oooh, it’s such a good year for Becky Albertelli fans. Her novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda is in theaters now/soon (depending on your location), as Love, Simon. Simon was such a fun read! I don’t think we ever did a review on it here, so maybe that’s something for me to put on my to-do list.
Also, her collaboration with Adam Silvera (They both die at the end; History is all you left me) is coming out in October. That one’s called What if it’s us and it’s already on my TBR-list. And now, there’s Leah this month! So, here’s the blurb for Leah on the Offbeat:
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Leah on the offbeat hits bookshelves on April 24th.
Circe – Madeline Miller
I actually have mixed feelings about this new book, since I really disliked The Song of Achilles, also by Miller. But maybe that’s just because Achilles is my favorite hero from Greek mythology and no pop culture can do him justice, ever. I mean, just look at Brad Pitt in Troy. Uuuuugh. Although, all of Troy was bad. Still, I love mythology and most of all Greek mythology. Here’s the blurb for Circe:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Circe comes out on April 10th.
The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth
I’m not planning on reading this one myself, but I bet Ingrid will. It’s the sequel to Carve the Mark, and you can read Ingrid’s review here. Carve the Mark got some mixed reviews, so let’s see what The Fates Divide will bring us. It’s probably a tie which book is the most wanted on our April releases list, this one or Becky Albertelli’s new novel. If you’re into fantasy/sci-fi, go for The Fates Divide, if you’re more of a contemporary reader, go for Leah. Here’s the blurb!
In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.
Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.
Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.
As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.
You can start reading The Fates Divide on Apri 10th.
What are you reading in April?
My personal pick for this month is Leah on the offbeat, though I want to re-read Simon first, since I read that book ages ago and probably forgot a lot. But, my reading pile is massive as it is, so I might not buy any of these books at all this month. I have patience (to wait for the paperbacks) and I have plenty of unread books.
Are you planning on buying any of these three books? Or maybe you have another cool new book that comes out this month? Share your favorites and your tips in the comments! We’ll be back with this feature in May.