April’s Book Haul is a very special book haul. Not only is it my first Book Haul post, but it’s the one that encompasses all the AMAZING ARCs and books I got from both the LA Times Festival of Books and YALLWEST. I won’t be buying books for a couple months (okay lie, but I’ll buy only two or three new releases). Strap in because this is gonna be a long one.
Books I Bought:
Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. A sought after wedding planner gets called on to a friend’s wedding when he fears that his fiancé is falling for their current wedding planner.
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. Following family tradition, Fallon hopes to find her high school sweetheart like generations of her family before her. Then, she gets a fortune saying she’ll never find love.
Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. A sophomore charm maker at Grimbaud works to beat out the new charm maker in town.
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. A teenager falls in love with his best friend who is all ready dating someone.
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas // Young Adult ⋆ Historical. After her sister vanishes, a girl discovers that people think she and her sister have healing powers and that her sister is in more danger than she ever could’ve imagined.
All the Feels by Danika Stone // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. When a college freshman’s favorite fictional character is killed off, she creates a hashtag to bring him back.
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon // Adult ⋆ Romance. While on a getaway from the city, Claudia’s life is turned upside down. Then she meets Shepard.
Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. Lois Lane runs into trouble when a group of mutant teens come to town. And her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is about to make an appearance in Metropolis.
LA Times Festival of Books:
Books I Bought:
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. Former slave becomes spy for the Union Army.
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. A Board Game Inventor who never wants to marry finds herself in a compromising position with a future duke.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. While dealing with her sister’s distance, Molly has to navigate changing relationships and possibly having her first kiss.
ARCs I Got:
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. A teenager who is incapable of having short term memory has to track down the person who she thinks is responsible for resetting her memories.
Warcross by Marie Lu // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. A Bounty Hunting teenager gets an offer from a billionaire video game creator to spy on the international Warcross Championships.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. A Korean teenager creates a formula to love based off her father’s beloved K Dramas in hopes of finally overcoming her flirting failures.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore // Young Adult ⋆ Magical Realism. A boy who knows nothing about his past teams up with a girl to piece together his past and her family curse.
Finished Copies I Got:
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. After forming a new friendship, the life of a teenager with agoraphobia, anxiety, and OCD starts to change.
Roseblood by A.G. Howard // Young Adult ⋆ Retelling. A Phantom of the Opera retelling in which a girl befriends a masked violinist.
Audiobooks I Got:
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh // Young Adult ⋆ Retelling. A Thousand and One Nights retelling in which Shahrzad volunteers to marry the Caliph of Khorasan to get revenge on him for killing her best friend.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. A fourteen year-old with anxiety meets her brother’s new gaming teammate who becomes her confidant.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. Upon her brother going to jail, Sydney searches to find herself and her place in her family.
ARCs I Got:
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Young Adult ⋆ Retelling. An East Asian retelling of the Evil Queen in which a beautiful eighteen year old has to embrace darkness to become Empress.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // Young Adult ⋆ Historical. A bisexual heir goes off for his grand tour of Europe along with his best friend who he has more than platonic feels for.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. In Orléans where Belles control Beauty, a Belle will have to decide between saving the Belles and herself or bringing a princess back to life and changing the world.
Want by Cindy Pon // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. A Taiwanese teenager and his friends take on the villainous Jin Corporation. He finds himself falling for the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. A lie spawns a friendship between an A-student and the school’s resident heartbreaker.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. A blue-haired girl that knows she likes girls discovers her bisexuality at the return of childhood best friend.
Two Roads From Here by Teddy Steinkellner // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. A group of five high school seniors have the chance to see two possible outcomes of a major life decision.
A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. In an underground city, a girl has to navigate life with no memory and live in a world where expressions mean everything.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout among others // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. A Romance anthology of ‘where I first met you’ short love stories. Works from authors like Nina LaCour, Dhonielle Clayton and Nicola Yoon appear.