Hoohoo, friends of the blade!
Looking outside, spring has arrived full force. The sky is blue, the temperatures are (way too) high, the bushes are blooming and my mood lifted instantly. Of course the season also brings some new spring releases, some of which are quite exciting! I collected the (for me personally) most interesting book releases for April 2022 in this list, both German and English. I hope you’ll find something exciting there too!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin: Die Spiele von Solstasia by Roseanne A. Brown
Alle zehn Jahre findet im Königreich Sonande das berühmte Solstasia-Turnier statt, bei dem alle Nationen des Reiches zusammenkommen, um dem Wettstreit der Champions beizuwohnen. Doch für die junge Königin Karina geht es um viel mehr: Um ihre Mutter wiederbeleben zu können, braucht sie das Herz eines Königs. Daher bietet Karina dem Gewinner des Festes ihre Hand an…
Zur gleichen Zeit kommt Malik mit seinen beiden Schwestern in die Hauptstadt Ziran, voller Hoffnung auf ein neues Leben fern von Krieg und Gewalt. Malik freut sich auf die Festlichkeiten rund um Solstasia – bis ein rachsüchtiger Geist seine kleine Schwester Nadia entführt und einen furchtbaren Preis für ihr Leben verlangt: den Tod von Königin Karina. Für Malik gibt es nur eine Chance, Karina nahe genug zu kommen, um sie zu töten: Er muss das Solstasia-Turnier gewinnen …
Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor
All her life, Jani has dreamed of Elsewhere. Just barely scraping by with her job at a tannery, she’s resigned to a dreary life in the port town of Durc, caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the Hotel Magnifique comes to town.
The hotel is legendary not only for its whimsical enchantments, but also for its ability to travel—appearing in a different destination every morning. While Jani and Zosa can’t afford the exorbitant costs of a guest’s stay, they can interview to join the staff, and are soon whisked away on the greatest adventure of their lives. But once inside, Jani quickly discovers their contracts are unbreakable and that beneath the marvelous glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.
With the vexingly handsome doorman Bel as her only ally, Jani embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa—and the other staff—from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d’hôtel. To succeed, she’ll have to risk everything she loves, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.
Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill
This summer, Reese Camden is trading sweet tea and Southern hospitality for cold brew and crisp coastal air. She’s landed her dream marketing internship at Friends of Flavor, a wildly popular cooking channel in Seattle. The only problem? Benny Beneventi, the relentlessly charming, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing culinary intern–and her main competition for the fall job.
Reese’s plan to keep work a No Feelings Zone crumbles like a day-old muffin when she and Benny are thrown together for a video shoot that goes viral, making them the internet’s newest ship. Audiences are hungry for more, and their bosses at Friends of Flavor are happy to deliver. Soon Reese and Benny are in an all-out food war, churning homemade ice cream, twisting soft pretzels, breaking eggs in an omelet showdown–while hundreds of thousands of viewers watch.
Reese can’t deny the chemistry between her and Benny. But the more their rivalry heats up, the harder it is to keep love on the back burner…
She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.
Dreams Bigger than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders
Rachael Townsend is the first artist ever to leave Earth and journey out into the galaxy ― but after an encounter with an alien artifact, she can’t make art at all.
Elza Monteiro is determined to be the first human to venture inside the Palace of Scented Tears and compete for the chance to become a princess ― except that inside the palace, she finds the last person she ever wanted to see again.
Tina Mains is studying at the Royal Space Academy with her friends, but she’s not the badass space hero everyone was expecting.
Soon Rachael is journeying into a dark void, Elza is on a deadly spy mission, and Tina is facing an impossible choice that could change all her friends lives forever.
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.
Will Chen plans to steal them back.
A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a mysterious Chinese benefactor reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.
His crew is every heist archetype one can imagine—or at least, the closest he can get. A con artist: Irene Chen, a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering major who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they’ve cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down.
Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they’ve dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted attempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.
Legendborn – Der geheime Bund by Tracy Deonn
Mit ihrem Studium an der UNC Chapel Hill beginnt für Bree Matthews ein neuer Lebensabschnitt. Endlich weg von zu Hause, von der erdrückenden Fürsorge ihres Vaters und vor allem von den Erinnerungen an ihre verstorbene Mutter. Doch bereits an ihrem ersten Tag auf dem Campus wird Bree Zeugin eines Dämonenangriffs. Wieso kann Bree – im Gegensatz zu ihren Kommilitonen – den Dämon sehen? Und wer sind die Mitglieder dieses geheimen Bundes, die sich selbst als Nachfahren der Artusritter bezeichnen und sich ganz ungefragt in Brees Leben einmischen? Die Antwort auf ihre Fragen scheint in der Vergangenheit ihrer Mutter zu finden zu sein. Und in ihrem eigenen magischen Erbe ….
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.
But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.
As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Infinity Courts #2
It’s been ten months since Nami narrowly escaped the Four Courts and Ophelia’s wrath. Ten months since she was betrayed by someone she once considered a friend. Someone she poured her heart out to. And now her family here in the afterlife are gone, captured, and Nami is utterly alone.
On the run, only steps ahead of the AI forces pursuing her, and desperate to free her friends, Nami must take the allies she can find, even if she doesn’t fully trust them. And as she tests the limits of her own power, she must also reckon with the responsibility that entails.
Stakes are high as Nami navigates old enemies, unexpected allies, and an ever-changing landscape filled with dangers and twists at every turn. Along the way, she’ll learn powerful truths about who she can trust and the sacrifices that must be made in order to fight for a better, freer world for all.
Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare
When Reggie Johnson answers a job ad in the paper, she’s astonished to find that she’s not applying to work at her favorite card game, Spellcraft: The Magicking. Instead, she’s applying to be an actual familiar for an actual witch. As in, real magic.
The new job has a few perks – great room and board, excellent pay, and she’s apprenticing to a powerful witch. Sure, the witch is a bit eccentric. And sure, there was that issue with the black cat Reggie would prefer to forget about. The biggest problem, however, is warlock Ben Magnus, her employer’s nephew and the most arrogant, insufferable, maddening man to ever cast a spell.
Reggie absolutely hates him. He’s handsome, but he’s also bossy and irritating and orders her around. Ben’s butt might look great in a crystal ball vision, but that’s as far as it goes. But when someone with a vendetta targets the household, she finds herself working with Ben to break a deadly curse. Apparently, when they’re not fighting like cats and dogs, things get downright…bewitching.
Theoretisch Perfekt by Sophie Gonzales
Darcys Ratschläge in Sachen Beziehungen: auf den Punkt. Ihr eigenes Liebesleben: eine einzige Katastrophe.
Jeder weiß: Wer Hilfe in Sachen Liebe benötigt, wendet sich an Spind 89. Was niemand weiß: Hinter den anonymen Ratschlägen steckt Darcy Phillips. Und so soll es, wenn es nach Darcy geht, auch bleiben. Doch dann wird Darcy ausgerechnet von Alexander Brougham – seines Zeichens Schwimm-Ass und heißester Typ der Schule – beim Leeren des Spinds erwischt. Darcy will unbedingt verhindern, dass ihre geheime Identität auffliegt. Denn wenn herauskommt, dass sie hinter dem Spind steckt, könnten einige Dinge ans Licht kommen, auf die sie nicht gerade stolz ist. Und die Chancen stehen mehr als gut, dass Darcys beste Freundin und heimlicher Schwarm Brooke nie wieder ein Wort mit ihr wechselt. Damit Brougham Darcys Geheimnis für sich behält, bleibt ihr also nichts anderes übrig, als seinen persönlichen Dating-Coach zu spielen. Das Ziel? Broughams Ex-Freundin zurückgewinnen. Was könnte da schon schiefgehen?
Now that’s it with my little list of exciting book releases. Spy anything you’re also excited for?
Which spring releases are you most looking forward to? What languages do you enjoy reading in?
Until next time,