It’s finally the dawn of a new month and I’m ready to say goodbye to March, which felt like a year in itself! I really hope each one of you is safe and healthy! I hope April brings with it the promise of spring (summer where I live) and new hope for the world. However, April seems to be a quiet month for new SFF releases and this month’s list isn’t as diverse as I’d like it to be. I have also decided to include middle grade and adult books in this month’s list so I can bring it to a total of ten. Are you ready to fill your TBR with these new April 2020 SFF releases?
SFF of April 7th, 2020
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
✨Series: 3rd in a quintet
✨Why I’m excited for it: If you’ve been following me since my Unputdownable Books days, you know that I’m a huge fan of Roshani’s books. This series is particularly close to my heart because it is inspired by Hindu mythology and adds interesting twists to the stories I’ve grown up with. The third book promises new characters, a new adventure and more aspects of Indian culture (such as Holi) and I’m very excited to start reading it as soon as it’s out!
✨Community review: Fanna @ Fannatality (5 stars)
Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
✨Why I’m excited for it: I follow the author on Twitter and I’ve been hyped for this book to come out for a while now. Even though paranormal fiction isn’t my genre at all, as it’s a middle grade book, I think I will enjoy the paranormal elements in it. I’m also excited for the #OwnVoices Latinx representation in the book.
✨Community review: Cande @ Latinx Magic (4 stars)
The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson
✨Series: Companion to The Girl of Fire and Thorns series
✨Why I’m excited for it: I’ve heard nothing but good things about the main trilogy from multiple sources. This book being released is a big nudge for me to complete that and pick this up. I’m hearing mixed reviews but I think I’ll read this if I end up loving the main series.
✨Community review: Sam @ Will Read For Booze (4 stars)
Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
✨Genre: Fantasy and science fiction
✨Series: 2nd book in a duology
✨Why I’m excited for it: This is pitched as a queer Arthurian retelling set in space, which sound awesome! I’ve heard good things about the first book and it’s high on my list for whenever I’m the mood for YA sci-fi. This book has a time-travelling element and I’m curious to see how the authors have handled that.
✨Community review: Lili @ Utopia State of Mind (4 stars)
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
✨Genre: Science fiction
✨Series: 1st in a trilogy
✨Why I’m excited for it: I’m honestly conflicted about this book. On the one hand, a lot of people are excited for it, especially fans of Star Wars who are Finn/Poe shippers. But many have also expressed concern over the queer representation, so I’ll be waiting for #OwnVoices reviews before I add it to my TBR.
✨Community review: Para @ To Other Worlds (4 stars)
SFF of April 21st, 2020
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
✨Series: 2nd book in a trilogy
✨Why I’m excited for it: The author is a favourite of many of my friends, most notably Justine @ I Should Read That and Sahi @ My World of Books. I really need to pick up his Divine Cities trilogy because I’ve heard the most amazing things about it. This trilogy piqued my interest because of its unique magic system and I really want to get to it soon!
✨Community review: Petrik @ Novel Notions (5 stars)
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
✨Series: 1st book in a trilogy
✨Why I’m excited for it: Mark Lawrence is a well-known name in the adult fantasy genre and this is his latest trilogy. From the synopsis, it seems to be set in a world of cold and ice in which survival is difficult. It is set in the same world as The Book of Ancestors series but early reviewers have mentioned that it’s not necessary to have read that in order to start this series, which makes me even more excited!
✨Community review: Annemieke @ A Dance With Books (5 stars)
SFF of April 28th, 2020
Critical Point by S. L. Huang
✨Genre: Science fiction
✨Series: 3rd book in a trilogy
✨Why I’m excited for it: I’ve heard a lot of praise for the first book in this series, Zero Sum Game. This sounds like a hard sci-fi involving math, so it may not be for everyone. However, it also promises a thrilling plot and sounds like the perfect book to escape into for me.
✨Community review: Jenny @ Reading the End (positive review)
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
✨Series: Companion to The Boneless Mercies
✨Why I’m excited for it: This is yet another King Arthur retelling and a standalone at that! This sounds like a fun adventure that puts emphasis on the journey aspect. From the synopsis, it also promises a lovely sisterly bond as one sister sets out to save the other.
✨Community review: Rums the Reader (4 stars)
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
✨Series: 1st in a duology
✨Why I’m excited for it: I again saved the best for the last! This sounds like the perfect YA fantasy story with a girl seeking revenge, magical powers that involve stealing memories and a world inspired by 15th century Spain. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of the book and I’m excited to get cracking on it!
✨Community review: Review @ Novels and Nebulas (4 stars)
I hope you could add some new books to your TBR! What are some of your anticipated releases of April 2020? Do you also enjoy middle grade or adult SFF books? Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!