April 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be sharing my most anticipated releases for next month, even though I can’t believe we’re at the end of March already! How did that happen?! Anyway, onto the post!



Waiting for Murder– I’ve read quite a few of Fleur Hitchcock’s books and I especially like her more modern thrillers like Murder in Midwinter and Murder at Twilight, so I have very high hopes for this even though I don’t know a huge amount about the actual plot.

Rumaysa: A Fairytale– this sounds absolutely incredible. It’s written by a Muslim author, and it weaves together the stories of Rumaysa, Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara. The blurb just sounds so amazing and I think I’m going to love this, not least because I was SUCH a fangirl of the author’s blog when I first started blogging!

Starboard– I read Bloom in January and it’s fair to say that I’m a huge fan, so I fully intend to read everything else Nicola Skinner writes. This is about a young social media star who ends up the captain of a rather special boat, I believe, but to be honest I’d read Nicola’s version of the phone book so I just clicked add to basket straight away anyway!

A Street Dog Named Pup- this story about a dog living on the streets is absolutely guaranteed to break me and I’ve no idea why I’m choosing to put myself through it. But knowing Gill Lewis, it’ll be amazing, so I guess that’s a good incentive to put myself on an emotional rollercoaster. Also one of the dogs has the same name as one of my girls!

A Girl Called Joy- this sounds like a little slice of bookish sunshine and I’m really looking forward to meeting Joy! I was a huge fan of Jenny Valentine’s YA when I was younger (and am badly overdue rereading them now so I can appreciate them properly!) and I’m excited to see how her MG writing will compare.


The Girl in Wooden Armour- this is another book I heard about at the recent David Fickling Books event, and it sounds like a really interesting fantasy, which I’m always up for giving a go!

The Abbey Mystery– this is the start of a new series that follows a young Jane Austen solving mysteries, and they sound like a lot of fun so I’m very much looking forward to picking this up! Plus I really enjoyed the Tigers in the Tower by the same author last year, which bodes well for me enjoying this too.


Into the Volcano– if you’re new around here, you might not know I’m an insufferable fangirl for Jess Butterworth. I raved about When the Mountains Roared and Running on the Roof of the World especially, and a new book from her is always SUCH a treat. I couldn’t tell you what this is about if you paid me but she’s an absolute auto buy for me regardless.

How to Save the World With a Chicken and an Egg– to be totally honest, I know very little about the actual plot of this, but the words seaside, mystery and animal rescue were enough to tempt me in and I’m very excited to get to this! Also, how apt is the title for Easter? I’m definitely going to try and fit it in that weekend.

Moonchild: City of the Sun– I’m a big fan of Aisha’s books so far, and this is the second in the Moonchild series. I’m really excited to see what happens next in this gorgeously described world with fascinating magic and amazing characters.

Mina and the Undead– this sounds like SO much fun. It’s set in New Orleans in the 90s and it’s a murder mystery with a horror twist, and it follows a girl named Mina who is working at a horror movie mansion for the summer.

Destination Anywhere– I was legit devastated when this got postponed last year (to the point where I cried for several hours). I am DYING to get my hands on it so I can finally read Peyton’s story, in which she goes on a one way trip abroad after her life pretty much falls apart at the seams, just when she thought everything was finally going well.


Kate in Waiting– while I’ve not been quite as up to date with her books in the last few years (I’ve somehow still not read Leah on the Offbeat), I adored Simon Vs and even more so Upside of Unrequited, so I’m really excited for this. It’s about two best friends, and what happens when one of them properly falls for their mutual crush. I want lots of Becky’s brilliant humour and lovable characters and for this to be a fun summer read, plus I’m lowkey obsessed with the colour of the cover so I’d probably have bought it anyway…

Last Night- I can’t even tell you how BUZZING I am for this!! I read all but one of Mhairi McFarlane’s back catalogue last year (and gave 4 of the 5 5 stars!), plus If I Never Met You was my joint favourite romance of the whole year (and I read a LOT of romance in the hellscape that was 2020…). This is about two friends who seem to have always harboured other feelings for each other too, is the gist I’m getting from the synopsis.

Second First Impressions– I loved the Hating Game when I read it in January, I quite enjoyed 99% Mine the same month even though I thought bits of it were really rather odd, and I’m very excited to read Sally Thorne’s 3rd book, which is an enemies to lovers set in a retirement home and focusing on two people who work there.

The Road Trip– I didn’t love Beth O Leary’s second book the Switch quite as much as I did the Flatshare, but I did still really enjoy it and I think she’s such a UK romcom talent! This is about an ex couple who have to go on a road trip together along with their friends so they can get to a wedding in rural Scotland, I think.


Thank you so much for reading! What books are you looking forward to in April? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Middle grade/young adult book blogger

4 thoughts on “April 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read”

  1. I still need to read some more of Fleur Hitchcock’s Murder books, I enjoyed Murder in Midwinter.
    My copy of Starboard arrived this week and I cannot wait to read it, and I can’t wait for the new Jess B book either!x

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