Books of the Month April 2021

Books of the Month April 2021

Action, adventure, romance, thrills, and inspiration, the best books for April 2021 as chosen by our readers, once again has it all. These are the books that captivated our readers and kept them company during the month of April. Whether you are in the mood for something to scare you or inspire you, take you on an adventure or make you thankful that you are safely at home, don't miss out on these books.

Best Romance

A Cold Dark Place

by Toni Anderson

A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Toni Anderson combines romance and thrills in her novel A Cold Dark Place. Alex Parker is a former CIA assassin who now works for a clandestine government organization. His job is to take out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system and although Alex doesn't enjoy killing her is very good at it. Mallory Rooney is an FBI Special Agent who is busy with an ongoing serial killer investigation. When she begins to suspect that a vigilante is operating outside the law and starts asking questions, Alex is ordered to keep an eye on her. The two falls in love after meeting, but Alex's career makes things very complicated.

Best Action & Adventure

Aegis Rising

by S. S. Segran

Aegis Rising by S. S. Segran

Aegis Rising is the first novel in the fantasy-adventure thriller series, The Aegis League, by S. S. Segran. When a plane carrying a group of five friends crashes in the remote forests of northern Canada, they end up being rescued by the descendants of an ancient civilization. Their saviors have secretly lived in the area for over two millennia and inform the teens that a darkness is descending on humanity's horizon. The friends realize that their arrival at the hidden valley might not have been a mere accident and that they are the chosen ones who must face off against the threat looming over humanity.

Best Mystery & Thriller

Bodies, Baddies, and a Crabby Tabby

by Sherri Bryan

Bodies, Baddies, and a Crabby Tabby by Sherri Bryan

Sherri Bryan weaves an exciting mystery in Bodies, Baddies, and a Crabby Tabby. It is the first book in her Bliss Bay Village Mystery series and sees the protagonist, Megan Fallon, end up in somewhat of a pickle. Not only does she suffer from empty-nest syndrome, but so also becomes unemployed and loses her fiance to her hairdresser. All of this convinces Megan that she needs a change of scene and some long-overdue friends and family time. However, when Megan returns to her childhood village home, she finds that community members are turning up dead at an alarming rate. Megan takes it upon herself to investigate, but everyone is a suspect, and some of the villagers are harboring shocking secrets.

Best Children's Book

My Mom is the Best Mom

by Clifford Herriot

My Mom is the Best Mom by Clifford Herriot

My Mom is the best Mom by Clifford Herriot is a delightful children's book written from a dog's point of view. It is a humorous and heartwarming book that is filled with adorable photos to illustrate the story. The pups in this book are determined to prove that their mum is simply the best, and they have plenty of examples to back this statement. My Mom is the Best Mom is not just an adorable book for children but will delight any dog owners who love and cares deeply for their pets.

Best Young Adult

The Tethering

by Megan O'Russell

The Tethering by Megan O'Russell

The Tethering by Megan O'Russel is the first book in her series of the same name and stars a high school loner named Jacob. He loses everything when his school is ripped apart by magic, and he ends up being thrown into a world of enchantment. Fate brings him together with Emilia, a witch who is the heir of her clan who has been raised to help hide her people right under the human's noses. The two face an enemy as war threatens to destroy all that they hold dear. While Emilia is determined to save the world, Jacob wants nothing more than to protect her, but will they find love or be destroyed by an enemy that can shatter their souls?

Best Fantasy

Fury Rising

by Yasmine Galenorn

Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenom

Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn is the first book in her Fury Unbound series of urban fantasy novels. This book introduces readers to a minor goddess named Kaeleen Donavan, who is oath-bound to Hecate and in charge of hunting down Abominations. Hecate orders her to recover a magical device that is stolen by the Order of the Black Mist, but in the process, discovers that they are out to do more than stir up trouble. The leader of the Black Mist is eager to set up a new world order with himself on the throne, and Kaeleen, along with her friends, must put an end to his plans before they end up in a war that could end civilization.

Best Historical Fiction

The Good Know Nothing

by Ken Kuhlken

The Good Know Nothing by Ken Kuhlken

The Good Know Nothing is the second book in the Hickey Family crime novels by Ken Kuhlken. It is set during the summer of 1936 when an old friend brings Los Angeles police detective Tom Hickey a book manuscript. This manuscript appears to be a clue to the mystery of his father Charlie's long-ago disappearance. Even though it could cost him his job and family, Tom chooses to follow the lead, which sees him crossing paths with the novelist B. Traven and pursuing a legendary outlaw. However, the answers that he finds are not what he expected.

Best Horror

Blood Loss

by Andy Maslen

Blood Loss by Andy Maslen

Blood Loss by Andy Maslen is a brutal and unsparing novel about vampires. The story is laid out in a series of journal entries, text, emails, blog posts, and other documents that chronicles how a successful lawyer named Caroline Murray discovers their existence. Caroline used to think that vampires are the stuff of fantasy, and at first, she is reluctant to believe the warnings given to her by a woman named Ariane Van Helsing. However, Ariane's family has been fighting the vampire for centuries, and she knows how much danger Carline and her fiance are in.

Best Literary Fiction

Perhaps She Only Imagined It

by Sarit Brik

Perhaps She Only Imagined It by Sarit Brik

Perhaps She Only Imagined it by Sarit Brik is a tale of love and madness that will cause readers also to examine and re-evaluate their own lives. The heroine of this tale is on the brink of her fifties and battling with all kinds of tormenting thoughts. From the fear of missing out to the loss of beauty and memory as well as some dread over the demise of love and life. The story takes the form of a sequence of memories and pivotal moments in her life, some of which are real and some of which are imaginary.

Best Science Fiction

Crash Land on Kurai

by S. J. Pajonas

Crash Land on Kurai by S. J. Pajonas

Crash Land on Kurai is the first novel in The Hikoboshi Series by S. J. Pajonas. Yumi Minamoto is a starship journalist with a hot temper, making it hard for her to turn around her poor reputation. Things go from bad to worse when her vessel comes under vicious attack while on a mission with her brother to investigate a neighboring colony. Before her escape pod takes her to a nearby moon, Yumi's boss hands the bleeding and disoriented journalist a data device with secret, valuable information on it. Unfortunately, Yumi loses it during the crash and finds herself along with her fellow survivors in an alien civil war where she is used as a pawn in negotiations.

Best Paranormal

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight

by Rae Lori

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight is the first book in the Ashen Twilight Series by Rae Lori. The heroine, an Aziza Faerie named Ariya, crosses into the mortal realm as she tries to escape a vicious and deadly elemental creature. There she discovers an underground world of Nightwalkers, Lycans, and Shifter Elves who exist in hiding beneath human's eyes. Rae ends up falling for Jace Archane, the Nightwalker Regent Prince, which causes love and loyalties to be tested as a new enemy is unmask through age-old rivalry.

Best Non-Fiction

Open Heart

by Akil Taher, MD

Open Heart by Akil Taher, MD

Open Heart is the remarkable and inspiring story of Dr. Akil Taher. The book chronicles the journey of his transformation from a middle-aged couch potato with a dangerously bad diet into a vital and energetic athlete who relishes new challenges and adventures. Dr. Taher relates how he continued to lead an unhealthy lifestyle and ignore the warnings of his heart disease and other chronic ailments despite knowing better. However, after his bypass surgery, he set out to radically change his life in order to heal not just his body but also his spirit.

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FEATURED AUTHOR - Horror and suspense author Meg Hafdahl is the creator of numerous stories and books. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery, and Horror, and Eclectically Criminal. Her work has been produced for audio by The Wicked Library and The Lift, and she is the author of two popular short story collections including Twisted Reveries: Thirteen Tales of the Macabre.