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April 2014 young adult book releases: Fantasy

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These books are being released in April 2014. For other April releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more April releases.

In this list:

  • "Gilded Ashes" (Cruel Beauty Universe) by Rosamund Hodge
  • "House of Ivy & Sorrow" by Natalie Whipple
  • "In the Shadows" by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo
  • "The Nethergrim" (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin
  • "Rebel Belle" (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins
  • "The Ring and The Crown" (The Ring and the Crown #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
  • "Sea of Shadows" (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
  • "Toxic Heart" (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Gilded Ashes
Gilded Ashes Balzer + Bray

Gilded Ashes

Title: Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe)
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 111
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?

House of Ivy & Sorrow
House of Ivy & Sorrow HarperTeen

House of Ivy & Sorrow

Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow
Author: Natalie Whipple
Release date: April 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

In the Shadows
In the Shadows Scholastic Press

In the Shadows

Title: In the Shadows
Author: Kiersten White, Jim Di Bartolo
Release date: April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover / Graphic Novel
Pages: 384
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

The Nethergrim
The Nethergrim Philomel

The Nethergrim

Title: The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1)
Author: Matthew Jobin
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Philomel
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together--and work apart--in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.

Rebel Belle
Rebel Belle Putnam Juvenile

Rebel Belle

Title: Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

The Ring and The Crown
The Ring and The Crown Disney-Hyperion

The Ring and The Crown

Title: The Ring and The Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.

Sea of Shadows
Sea of Shadows HarperTeen

Sea of Shadows

Title: Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Toxic Heart
Toxic Heart Delacorte Press

Toxic Heart

Title: Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2)
Author: Theo Lawrence
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed. Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he'll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one's pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

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