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What's Coming Up In April


April is a month I've been waiting for since the start of the year! I have so many wonderful posts planned that I can't wait to share with you! Most days this month I'll be posting almost five times a week! I have wonderful authors that are coming on the blog, a giveaway, and an early excerpt! Along with the posts listed, I'll also have discussion posts on Saturdays and Weekly Reviews on Sundays which will highlight the books I got at Book Con! To hear about my experience there, you can check out my discussion here.


Every Moment After
Infuriatingly timely, this book highlights what it's like to live in the aftermath of a school shooting. After senior year, Cole and Matt are left to reflect on what happened in their first grade classroom eleven years ago. They were two of the survivors of the school shooting that changed the town forever, and, after all those years, it still informs every action in the town. This book hit me really hard. I also loved that it had Type 1 Diabetes representation which I'd never seen. Watch out for my review on the 3rd.

In The Neighborhood of True Excerpt
I've never done an early release of an excerpt before, but I'm super excited to let all of you read the first chapter of this book! Set in 1958, this story follows a teen girl who must hide her Jewish heritage to fit in in her new town due to the Jim Crow South's violent anti-Semitism. There's been lots of excitement around this book, so I can't wait to give you a glimpse into it. Check that out on Friday the 5th.

How to Make Friends With The Dark
Kathleen Glasgow is in my top 3 writers of all time, so I never believed I'd get to write this, but, she's coming on the blog on April 10 to talk about her new book, How To Make Friends With The Dark. The interview is wonderful, and she has so much to share. If you haven't already, check out her first book, Girl In Pieces. She's also offered a giveaway, so I'll be providing more information about that in the posts!
I'm reviewing the book ahead of my interview with Kathleen on April 8. I wrote this review way back in the fall, so I'm so excited to finally share it. Even though it's been months since I read it, I haven't forgotten the intense feelings that it left me with. Get ready to cry. 

This Book Is Not Yet Rated
This book was tons of fun to read! Set in a run down movie theater on a college campus, this book is perfect for movie buffs and readers alike. Check out my review for it on the 11th.

Serious Moonlight
Jenn Bennett is one of the most beloved YA contemporary authors, and she has a new book coming soon. Instead of campings and cadavers, this book centers on an aspiring detective working the night shift. This is a great post high school, pre adulthood YA for those looking for more like that. I recommend that you look into Starry Eyes before Serious Moonlight comes out. My review will be up on April 12. 

Claire Bartlett Guest Post
We Rule The Night comes out from Little Brown on April 2nd. She's coming by to share about how traveling (she hasn't lived the in US since she was 18) has changed her as a person and influenced her writing. It's a wonderful essay, and you don't want to miss it when it gets uploaded on April 15th.

If I'm Being Honest
I loved Always Never Yours by author couple Emily and Austin. I got the chance to read their next book early. It's an interesting twist on Taming of the Shrew set in LA. That review comes out on April 17th.

Her Royal Highness
If you're a fan of Royals (or now Prince Charming), you'll love this companion novel which follows Flora, Sebastian's royal twin, and a new American girl headed to Scotland for boarding school. It's a super cute romance as Millie Quint falls for the Scottish princess. Complications abound as Millie tries to navigate the royal world and Flora fights against the paparazzi. My review will be up on the 19th.

Hot Dog Girl
Everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats for Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan to be out in the world and rightfully so. I'll be posting my review of the amusement park romance on April 22nd.
I also have gotten the chance to speak with Jennifer about the book and what's coming next for her. I can't wait to share our conversation with you on April 24th.

With The Fire On High
If you love food in books, this is the book for you. Elizabeth Acevedo writes another amazing book on the heels of The Poet X. In short chapters instead of verse, the story of Emoni unfolds. She's navigating her final year of high school, her job, and caring for her daughter. As her already very adult life blends toward more choices, she has to decide if college is something in her future or if she just wants to start. fighting for her cooking dreams. My review comes out on April 26th.

Related Posts...
Girl In Pieces: Review Here
Things I'm Seeing Without You: Review Here
Starry Eyes: Review Here
Always Never Yours: Review Here
Royals: Review Here
The Poet X: Review Here
Teen Book Con Wrap Up: Here

Links Of Interest:
Comics Will Break Your Heart: Review Here
Into YA with Erin Hahn: Here
You'd Be Mine: Review Here
Meet Me In Outer Space: Review Here

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