Antici….pation for April 2014

Cover for Going Over

Image linked from the author’s blog. Link goes to the Edelweiss description.

Our monthly round-up of intriguing titles – and really, we feel showered in them this month. (Given that April started on a Tuesday, some of these books are already in the hands of readers – huzzah!) Summaries come from Edelweiss.

Title: Going Over

Author: Beth Kephart

Publisher & Release Date: Chronicle Books, April 1

The Hook: “It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn’t the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way? National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart presents a story of daring and sacrifice, and love that will not wait.”

Cover art from Stolen Songbird

Cover art linked from author’s website.

Title: Stolen Songbird

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Publisher & Release Date: Strange Chemistry, April 1

The Hook: “For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.”

Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 8

The Hook: “In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat–and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves–maybe even toward love. 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.”

Title: Noggin

Author: John Corey Whaley

Publisher & Release Date: Athenum, April 8

The Hook: “Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. At some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to another guy’s body, and well, here he is. He’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him changed. If the new Travis and the old Travis find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.”

Title: Earth Star

Author: Janet Edwards

Publisher & Release Date: Pyr, April 15

The Hook: “Eighteen-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honors for her role in a daring rescue attempt, she finds herself-and her Ape status-in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an “ape”-a “throwback”-by the rest of the universe, she is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery-and specialist knowledge-will once again be at the center of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?”

Title: She Is Not Invisible

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, April 22

The Hook: “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.”

Title: The Taking

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher & Release Date: HarperTeen, April 29

The Hook: “When sixteen-year-old Kyra wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ‘n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. She turns to Tyler, her former boyfriend’s kid brother, now seventeen and undeniably attractive. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover.. there are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned.”

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