April books on my radar . . .

Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from Radarfavorite authors and other times by some new author I might try.

The list helps me not forget books and the Goodreads links help me keep track of the books. And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too!

This month I only have a few books to add to my lists!

April 7

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite books. I need to read some more books by Ms. Kearsley.

a-desperate-fortuneA Desperate Fortune

by Susanna Kearsley

Series: None

Published by Sourcebooks Landmarks

Genre: Historical Fiction

528 pages

Synopsis: For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects.

It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise.

When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.

As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take… to find the road that will lead her safely home.

A debut book and a great sounding fantasy.

the-grace-of-kingsThe Grace of Kings

by Ken Liu

Series: The Dandelion Dynasty #1

Published by Simon & Schuster

Genre: Fantasy

640 pages

Synopsis: Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

April 14

The main character is a woman!

a-crown-for-cold-silverA Crown for Cold Silver

by Alex Marshall

Series: Unknown

Published by Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

656 pages

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.

Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.

April 28

I don’t read much distopian, but the premise sounds interesting. It’s also probably a young adult book and I don’t read many YA . . . but it still sounds interesting…lol


by Sharon Cameron

Series: Unknown

Published by Scholastic Press

Genre: Distopian

464 pages

Synopsis: History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Again I don’t read a lot of YA, but I like the idea of a city beneath NYC.

the-girl-at-midnightThe Girl at Midnight

by Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight #1

Published by Delacorte Press

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.


What books are you excited about this month?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “April books on my radar . . .”

  1. I’m excited for Homefront by Jessica Scott, Prison of Hope by Steve McHugh, and Dark Heir by Faith Hunter. They’re all authors I’ve read before and enjoyed.


    1. Oh, I’ll have to check these out, Bea…especially Dark Heir. I’ve been meaning to read a book by her for quite awhile. Thanks for giving me additional books to look at!


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