April has arrived in its full glory here. It is the onset of summers. With the sun getting confident day by day, the weather is turning warmer and warmer. As for me, I am on my early vacations, visiting my hometown, as I type away this post. Vacations mean lots of reading for me. And so, this First on Friday of April, I bring total six books which I plan to read

Let me begin with

  1. WICKED SAINTS (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan


A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


I think this is one book that has gained lot of buzz around it… and I really don’t see the problem there. I mean just read the blurb and you will understand. The moment you do, I am pretty sure that you won’t be able to stop yourself from getting this book in your hands. Wicked Saints is surely a promising one and I am surely reading it this April. What about you?

  1. THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves


Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way – she just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others.
Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all. 


I came across this book and stopped after reading the title. As I read the gist, I could feel an underlying hint of something mysterious involved in the whole storyline. My curiosity to find out what the last sentence in the blurb holds makes me bookmark the book.

  1. THE DNA OF YOU AND ME by Andrea Rothman


How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons project to their targets in the olfactory bulb, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired fresh-faced graduate student Emily to study that question. What Justin hasn’t told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research.

Emily was born focused and driven. She’s always been more comfortable staring down the barrel of a microscope than making small talk with strangers. Competition doesn’t scare her. Her special place is the lab, where she analyzes DNA sequences, looking for new genes that might be involved in guiding olfactory neurons to their targets.

To Emily’s great surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden. As they shift from competitors to colleagues, and then to something more, Emily allows herself to see a future in which she doesn’t end up alone. But when Aeden decides to leave the lab, it becomes clear to Emily that she must make a choice: follow her research or follow her heart.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label. 


I chose this upcoming novel under the romantic genre. First of all I loved the title of the book. Second the story line through the blurb, gave me a vibe of realistic and practical relationships between the protagonists. I wanted to know how the story unfolds between them and hence marked it.

  1. THE BINDING by Bridget Collins


Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.


There are three main reasons for marking this book to read.

I loved the cover.

It gives me a vibe of Ink-heart trilogy and I had loved that series like anything.

The fantasy plot involves magic involving books and that is one of my favorite tropes.

I am excited to know how the story is going to be and how the author gives a different treatment to it. One of the most awaited book for me this year.

  1. Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Quartet #2)


Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Roshani Chokshi and her sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.


This book has been chosen by me as a Family Read. Yes, I am going to read it along with my girls this April. Being related to Hindu mythology, it will take less time for my kids to connect with it. On the other hand it is going to be easy for me to make them understand the unfolding of the story if they get stuck up somewhere. So this book is going to be the bonding medium for all of us as we spend our vacation.


So that is all folks. This is the book list for my First on Friday. As I end my post I am heading over to my Amazon store to order my picks to commence my reading from this Friday.

Do let me know which books among them have caught your fancy? Do tell me your choices. I would love if you can recommend some books from your TBR to me as well.

Have a Great and Good Friday

Written by Preeti

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