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Hot off the Press: April & May Releases

“Hot off the Press” is a blog feature that includes the latest releases in the Fantasy and YA genres that I think are going to totally rock. I’m doing the work of finding great new reads so you don’t have to!

There’s a fantastic round-up of books this month (and the end of April)! Even though I’ve talked it about it endlessly around the blogosphere, I have to mention that Divergent by Veronica Roth is out today! I’m beyond excited to dig into the intriguing dystopian read!

1. After Midnight by Lynn Viehl

Genre: Fantasy- YA

Published: May 8, 2011

Series: 1st in the Youngbloods series

Excitement Level: 6/10- Realms of Fantasy called this book: “Twilight crossed with Romeo and Juliet.” Is that a recipe for awesomeness or what??

Amazon Description: “Ever since the death of their parents, Catlyn Youngblood and her two older brothers have shared a nomadic existence, always moving from place to place. When they at last settle for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks she might finally have a normal life.

While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic boy named Jesse Raven. Even more strange than her overpowering attraction to him is Jesse’s apparent aversion to daylight. Only under the cover of darkness can they meet. As Cat and Jesse’s bond grows stronger, Cat discovers an incredible secret about the Ravens’ and her own family’s pasts—a secret that could destroy their love. Their families, knowing the truth, conspire to keep them apart. But Cat and Jesse will risk everything to be together . . . including death.”

2. Exile by Anne Osterlund

Genre: Fantasy- YA

Published: April 28, 2011

Series: Companion novel to Aurelia

Excitement Level: 9/10- Even though I haven’t read the first book, I’m already hooked from reading the premise. Assassinations, exile and love- sounds like a winning combo! 🙂

Amazon Description: “Crown princess Aurelia is a survivor. She survived attempted assassination. She survived the king’s rejection. She survived her mother’s abandonment. And now, in exile, she must survive her kingdom-from hostile crowds to raw frontier to desert sands. But even as unknown assailants track Aurelia and expedition guide Robert, she knows what her greatest risk is: falling love…”

3. The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley

Genre: Fantasy- YA

Published: April 26, 2011

Series: 1st in a planned series

Excitement Level: 6/10- I really enjoy books with transformations. In this case, Molly the scullery maid becomes an unlikely hero for her kingdom. I’m there!

Amazon Description: “Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid. She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret: She sees visions, and those visions always come true.

One day, while she’s working in the king’s great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by. Molly finds him unbearably handsome—but also unbearably rude. But what does it really matter? She’ll probably never see him again.

In time Molly is promoted to polishing silver and is given a priceless royal treasure to work on: the king’s great ceremonial hand basin. But there’s something odd about it. The silver warms to her touch, a voice commands her to watch and listen, and then the visions appear. They tell the story of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years. There have already been deaths; soon there will be more.

As tragedy after tragedy strikes the royal family, Molly can’t help but wonder: Will the beautiful Alaric be next? Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse. Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria?”

4. One Magic Moment by Lynn Kurland

Genre: Fantasy- Romance

Published: May 3, 2011

Series: Part of the de Piaget family series, which can be read out of order

Excitement Level: 7/10- Despite the very romance novel-esque cover, I’m really, really interested in reading this book. I’ve read Kurland’s Nine Kingdoms series and really enjoyed the characters and setting. Let me say this: These books are more of a “romance with fantasy” than “fantasy with romance.” You have been warned. 🙂

Amazon Description: “Medieval studies scholar Tess Alexander is thrilled for the chance to live in a medieval castle. But then a trip to the village brings her face-to-face with the owner of the local garage, who looks a great deal like the man who married her sister…800 years in the past. She’s determined to remain objective about magic and destiny, but she can’t help wondering about that mysterious, sword-wielding mechanic.”

What May releases are you dying to read??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.