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April 2014 young adult book releases: Mystery, Thriller, and Horror

Dear Killer
Katherine Tegen Books

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:

  • "Dear Killer" by Katherine Ewell
  • "Don't Look Back" by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • "The Drowning" by Rachel Ward
  • "She Is Not Invisible" by Marcus Sedgwick
  • "This Side of Salvation" by Jeri Smith-Ready

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

Dear Killer
Dear Killer Katherine Tegen Books

Dear Killer

Title: Dear Killer
Author: Katherine Ewell
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back Disney-Hyperion

Don't Look Back

Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: April 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

The Drowning
The Drowning The Chicken House

The Drowning

Title: The Drowning
Author: Rachel Ward
Release date: April 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
Publisher: The Chicken House
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

What happens if you've done something terrible? But you can't remember what. And you don't know how to put it right ...When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. What happened in the water? He can't remember And when he glimpses a beautiful girl he thinks he recognizes, she runs away. Suddenly he knows he must find her - because together they must face the truth before it drowns them.

She Is Not Invisible
She Is Not Invisible Orion’s Children

She Is Not Invisible

Title: She Is Not Invisible
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Release date: April , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 354
Publisher: Orion’s Children
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

This Side of Salvation
This Side of Salvation Simon Pulse

This Side of Salvation

Title: This Side of Salvation
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined.