April 2014 Most Wanted



I know I always highlight upcoming releases in my Catalog Creepin’ posts but typically those are far off when the catalog just comes out. I wanted to highlight the books I’m excited about/intrigued about that I think you should be looking at, too! I change my categories at random! You can find old Most Wanted posts here.


OH MY GAWD. I was trying to do this post and almost had a mental breakdown trying to choose because SO MANY GOOD ONES that I am legit excited about!! Normally I’m good about showcasing one for each category I make but this time you are getting more because I couldn’t bear to leave any of these off the lists. WAH there were so many more I want to add but I’m resisting.


3 YA Debut Picks


Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Factors for wanting it: It just sounds so different. Sophie’s best friend dies & everyone assumes it was her fault — a drug deal gone wrong because Sophie was addicted to her pain meds. She gets put in rehab and gets out and is pretty much all alone and tries to piece together  who murdered her best friend. It sounds suspenseful and I’m curious about the “secret” though some shelves on Goodreads kind of give that away I think?
Amazon | Goodreads

Open Road Summer by Emery Taylor
Factors For Wanting It: UMM ROAD TRIP & looks like a perfect summer read. It had me there. Planning on reading this soon.Amazon | Goodreads

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
Factors For Wanting It: It looks offbeat and awesome and I love interesting family dynamics. Also looks kind of heartbreaking, too.
Amazon | Goodreads


YA Historical Fiction Picks


The Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman
Factors for wanting it: Nazi Germany! A girl who is the niece of Adolf Hitler!
Amazon | Goodreads

Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Factors for wanting it: Soviet Russia! KGB! Seems like alternate history goodness with some paranormal or supernatural thangs?
Amazon | Goodreads

Contemporary YA Picks

teen realistic fiction releases

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Factors for wanting it: ROAD TRIP! FRIENDSHIP! And honestly I’m kind of a sucker for thinking about those big, intangible things. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!
Amazon | Goodreads

There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos
Factors for wanting it: I love sibling stories, bucket lists and stories dealing with grief.
Amazon | Goodreads

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Factors for wanting it: I love Jenny Han! Also this was why I always hid my journal like crazy as a teen…I’m mortified for Lara Jean in this! Basically she writes a letter, never to be sent, to her crushes rather than admitting them and one day someone mysteriously as mailed ALL of her letters to their respective crush and so obviously she has to confront THAT.
Amazon | Goodreads

Adult Fiction Picks


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Factors for Wanting It: A woman working the booth at BEA gave me this and I had never heard of it. She thought it would be a good crossover novel!  Plus it’s a book about a bookstore owner!
Amazon | Goodreads

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
Factors for Wanting It: Ballet! Also, I’ve heard good things about her first book!
Amazon | Goodreads

A YA Sci-Fi Pick

The Taking by Kimberly Derting Factors For Wanting It: I love Kimberly Derting’s first series so I’m hoping this one will be excellent too! Plus love the premise — a girl wakes up behind behind a Dumpster with no recollection of how she got there and she finds out she has been missing for 5 years. Also, possible alien abduction?!
Amazon | Goodreads

A Retelling

Dorothy Must Die
Factors For Wanting It: I LOVE ALL THINGS WIZARD OF OZ. So um yes I need this retelling!
Amazon | Goodreads

April Releases I Have Read:

Love Letters To The Dead & The Geography of You & Me (thoughts forthcoming)



So guys, which ones have you read? Which ones are you excited for? What are some other April releases you are looking forward to or have read that I don’t have on here? And for the love of puppies, please tell me which ones I should read FIRST out of these?

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Great list, Jamie! April has so many great new releases it’s making my head spin. I’m looking forward to Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.

  2. I seriously cannot say enough AMAZING, GUSHY things about Prisoner of Night and Fog. The writing was beautiful and it transported me into Munich Germany without any problems. Yes, read this one first. I am not normally a fan of historical fiction unless it’s in the WW2 era (most specifically about Hitler & the Holocaust) I am about halfway through The Taking right now and it is really good. Sekret didn’t work for me which really made me sad. Hopefully it works for you. I pre-ordered Open Road Summer on the recommendation of several people. I plan on buying Far From You soonish.

    Happy reading Jamie!

  3. Yep, definitely want all the debuts you listed in this post. I think Open Road Summer is going to be one of my next reads. I need to read my ARC of Sekret soon. I’m also surprised The Museum of Intangible Things is in this post as I thought it was a fall release–I still need to read that author’s debut. I’m also looking forward to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

    Basically, I’m going to go broke in April because so many great books are coming out.

    • I got Sekret at ALA and I was trying to wait until closer and think I’m going to go on a little historical fiction bender!

  4. Oh yes, Far From You really does sound different – in a good way. So I’ll definitely be checking it out. While I’m not a huge fan of retellings, Dorothy Must Die just sounds/looks so GOOD. Must. Check. It. Out. 🙂 And I love me some good sci-fi so fingers crossed The Taking.

  5. I have also been shouting from the rooftops about Prisoner of Night and Fog. I won’t start fangirling over it now, but I will say just get it!!!!

    I’ve been seeing To All the Boys… on a lot of blogs lately. I wasn’t interested before, but looking at your short synopsis, I’m intrigued to give it a try now. I love a good sci-fi so I wanna try The Taking, too.

    It saddens me that I’m not as excited for Dorothy Must Die now that I’ve had a sneak peek at it. It’s not what I thought it would be, but I do hope it does well with others,

    • I have the Prisoner of Night and Fog and you are making it really hard for meeeee. I think I may make it be my next read!! I looove Jenny Han and To All the Boys was one of my most anticipated of 2014. I hope you check it out! I’ve been going back and forth whether or not to read my arc bc apparently there are changes to the ending.

  6. Ooooh. Those are some good picks right there! I love the look of Open Road Summer, but there are SO many books I want to read in April. SOOOO MANY! I’m waiting on The King by J R Ward. I get butterflies just thinking about its release date! *is a complete dork*

    I’m currently tucking into Prisoner of Night and Fog. Been waiting on this one for a long time too.. And could not believe my luck when I was granted an ARC. *actually hyperventilated.. a little..*

    As for where to start? Duhhhh. Close your eyes and make a grab for a random pick? :s

    • Gahh I swear my ARC of prisoner and fog keeps catching my eye on the shelf and maybe that’s a sign?! So hard to choose though!!

  7. I love, love, love Prisoner of Night & Fog! I try to not contribute to hype for books TOO much and save it for just my favorites. Prisoner of Night & Fog is DEFINITELY one of those. It’s my favorite 2014 debut I’ve read(and pretty much my favorite book of the year right besides maybe Cress). I loved it!

    I also really loved Open Road Summer & Far From You! I’m curious to see what everyone will think about Dorothy Must Die. . . I’m staying away because I don’t really like Wizard of Oz things but if the reviews are good I may begin to reconsider. It just sounds so fascinating. & I’m really looking forward to the Museum of Intangible Things!

    • Ahhh you are saying such great things about all the arcs I’m having a hard time choosing between! Wish I could read them all at the same time!! Gotta think what I’m more in the mood for ….or just do eenie meenie miney mo. Ahhh well at least they are all good.

  8. Like many others commenting, I’d definitely recommend Prisoner of Night and Fog. It’s well-written, exciting, and authentic. Loved it!

    It’s not on your list, but I have been raving to everyone within hearing distance about Noggin by John Corey Whaley. The premise is…odd. But it’s so, so good. Maybe my favorite from this year!

  9. I would pick Prisoner of Night and Fog, definitely – I don’t think that comes even close to a YA story that’s been told before. Plus, early reviews have been spectacular.
    Of those, I’ve read There Will Come a Time (really liked – male povs ftw), and Open Road Summer (liked but didn’t love like the majority have). I can’t believe how many April releases I have to try to get through next month! Good luck!

  10. Open Road Summer, Prisoner of Night & Fog, and Museum of Intangible Things are all sitting on my shelf waiting to be read! 🙂 & I look forward to getting to them – especially ORS. I’ve heard such phenomenal things about that book!

    Okay, Jamie – you seriously need to read AJ Fikry! Initially I wasn’t too impressed – it was so completely different from the book I thought it was going to be – but then I was hooked. I laughed, I CRIED, I had underlined and highlighted SO many passages and sentences. It really is a fantastic book and I won’t be at all surprised to see it on Best Of lists and as book club picks!

    Sekret is a book I’m really looking forward to. I’m a big fan of Russia (mainly Imperial Russia, though!), and this one sounds great.

  11. Casting my vote for Open Road Summer because I’ve heard SO MUCH GOOD. Can’t wait to get to it myself 🙂

  12. So many good suggestions! Far From You definitely sounds like it would be interesting, as well as the Jenny Han book! I’m also going to look into Astonish Me as well! I just took out her first novel from the library, so thank you for the recommendations 🙂

  13. Ahh, I am so looking forward to Prisoner of Night and Fog!! The Museum of Intangible Things is on my TBR as well. Love that cover! I hadn’t heard of Astonish Me but since it’s about ballet I think I’m going to have to add it to my Goodreads now. 🙂

  14. I have Prisoner and Dorothy on hold at the library! Can’t wait!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  15. Do you watch Once Upon a Time?? If not, YOU SHOULD CATCH UP QUICK. They just brought the Wizard of Oz into it and Oh. My. God. it’s suspenseful.

  16. There’s a few on that list I have my eye on, I’ve read The Geography of You and Me, was a nice story, enjoyable but maybe could have been stronger (Review: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/the-geography-of-you-and-me/)

    Enjoy your reads!

    R x

  17. I can’t wait to read Prisoner of Night and Fog, that book looks amazing!!! I just read Sekret and really liked it. Such an interesting time period and I loved that it was set in Russia. A lot of these are coming up on my TBR list as well. I hope you enjoy them!

  18. Ever since the weather has been getting warmer (just kidding, it snowed again yesterday), I’ve been in the mood for road trip books! I re-read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and now I’m finishing You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith. It hasn’t been as good as Amy & Roger, but it’s decent. Now I’m looking forward to Open Road Summer and possibly The Museum of Intangible Things.

  19. OH MY GOODNESS! I hadn’t heard of Dorothy Must Die, but I will be going out to buy it tomorrow. The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite stories as a kid, and this looks fantastic. So thanks for sharing! I’m also excited for Far From You and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry.
    One book that’s not on your list that I’m super pumped about is Love Letters to the Dead, which comes out tomorrow. Wooo!
    I really enjoyed your list, and I’ve added quite a few of them to my wish list.

  20. The Prisoner of Night & Fog is so beautiful! I can’t wait until it comes out so everyone can read it.

  21. Far From You was a debut??? I had no idea! Now I’m even more impressed by how fantastic it was – you really need to read it if you can get your hands on a copy Jamie!

    And I can’t wait for Open Road Summer and The Museum of Intangible Things either 🙂 I’ve been so into road trip books after Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour!

  22. Prisoner of Night and Fog looks interesting! I watched a documentary called Night and Fog for Intro to Film AND I thought the camp scenes in Rose Under Fire were so… I don’t even know how to put it into words! So wonderfully written, but such incredibly sad things happening. Anyway, I think I’m in need of a book like that. And probably follow it up with something like Geography of You & Me! :]


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