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April 2014 young adult book releases: Urban Fantasy, Retellings, Steampunk

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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.

Urban Fantasy:

"Dreams of Gods and Monsters" (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
"TALKER 25" (TALKER 25 #1) by Joshua McCune

Retelling:

  • "Dorothy Must Die" (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

Steampunk:

  • "The Inventor's Secret" (The Inventor's Secret #1) by Andrea Cremer

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

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods and Monsters Little, Brown & Company

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

TALKER 25
TALKER 25 Greenwillow / HarperCollins

TALKER 25

Title: TALKER 25 (TALKER 25 #1)
Author: Joshua McCune
Release date: April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Publisher: Greenwillow / HarperCollins
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

It's a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune's debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

Dorothy Must Die
Dorothy Must Die HarperTeen

Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author:  Danielle Paige
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

The Inventor's Secret
The Inventor's Secret Philomel

The Inventor's Secret

Title: The Inventor's Secret (The Inventor's Secret #1)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release date: April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Philomel
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

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