Featured, Lists, Pop Culture

Get Pop Cultured With Our April Book Recs!


Get Pop Cultured With Our April Book Recs!

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Riverdale, A Quiet Place, & More!
Hey there, epic book nerds! Hopefully you’ve read some amazing YA in the last month, but also have been keeping your eyes peeled for new shows, movies, and music as well! There has been so much coming out lately that’s just been amazing on all fronts! And because we don’t want you to miss a single bit of it, we’re here to help.
Every month we’ll be coming back with new of-the-moment shows, movies, and more, and pairing them with the books we think are perfect for their fans. Check out our very first round right here! Plus, we took some of your recommendations from last time into account and tried our best to find books that matched! This month? We’re tackling things like Riverdale, A Quiet Place, and so much more! So what are you waiting for? Scroll through and find your next favorite read!

Pop Culture Book Recs: April 2018

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Black Panther, Queer Eye, & More!

Riverdale (The CW)

The series follows Archie Andrews’s life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.
Fans of Riverdale should read The Hazel Wood and The Lies They Tell!
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Its facade is just the beginning; this story gets much more twisted as you go
Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland…
THE LIES THEY TELL by Gillian French
Everyone has a dark side, and no one is telling the truth about their town tragedy
Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor knows about the Garrison tragedy. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’ father, who was the caretaker of the property, but Pearl just doesn’t believe it. Befriending Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, could mean getting closer to the truth. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister new web of secrets…


Westworld (HBO)

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence..
Fans of Westworld should read Vengeance Road and Gunslinger Girl!
Questionable morality in a gritty Western landscape
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice…

The past and future collide in this imagining of a dystopian Wild West
Seventeen-year-old Serendipity Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great…

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales exist.
Fans of Once Upon a Time should Queen of Hearts and Hunted!
QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes
A dark, creepy, and fresh new take on a story you thought you knew
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game…
HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
A feminist spin on a classic you love, with lush, fantastical twists
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with the wealthy—but it has dangers of its own. When her father goes missing, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been tracking.


The Originals (The CW)

A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.
Fans of The Originals should read The Queens of Innis Lear & Anna Dressed in Blood!
A dark, modern, deviously entertaining take on a familiar concept
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal ports…

Supernatural, swoony, gothic romance paired with dark magic
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore…


New Girl (Fox)

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into a loft with three men.
Fans of New Girl should read The Upside of Unrequited and Down and Across!
Pure, perfect, laugh-out-loud humor and a super voicey protagonist
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and luckily, she comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick…

DOWN AND ACROSS by Arvin Ahmadi
Self-discovery, romance, and an adventure that’ll make you smile
Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming, Scott’s parents pressure him to get serious…

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Black Panther, Queer Eye, & More!

Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Fans of Infinity War should read Flamecaster and Invictus!
FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
High-stakes storylines intertwine in an effort to undermine a tyrant
Ash is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Elsewhere, abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur…

INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin
Hilarious and epic, an amazing group cast works to save time itself
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship to steal valuables from the past…

A Quiet Place

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Fans of A Quiet Place should read Pitch Dark and House of Furies!
PITCH DARK by Courtney Alameda
A terrifying space read, aliens who hunt by sound, and a pair of teenagers trying to survive their wrath
Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts. Laura belongs to a shipraiding family. Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill…

HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux
Inventive new horror that’s as emotionally resonant as it is shocking
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment…


Ready Player One

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Fans of Ready Player One should read Ender's Game and Ink, Iron, and Glass!
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
An iconic, futuristic adventure that mashes fun with tactical genius
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet…

INK, IRON, AND GLASS by Gwendolyn Clare
The imaginative power to create worlds—and the risks along with it
KA certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality. But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world…


I Am Number Four

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list.
Fans of I Am Number Four should read Generation One and The Young Elites!
GENERATION ONE by Pittacus Lore
The epic new spinoff story once you’ve finished the original series
Taylor Cook thought of the invasion as just a bad dream. It had ended over a year ago, and none of the fighting happened anywhere near her small town. She’d heard about teens who were suddenly developing incredible abilities, but she had never really believed it. Not until the day she discovered she was one of them—a human with Legacies…

Superpowered outcasts toeing the line between right and wrong
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts…

Call Me By Your Name

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a student and his father’s research assistant.
Fans of Call Me By Your Name should read Release and History Is All You Left Me!
RELEASE by Patrick Ness
A coming-of-age, heartbreaking story that will probably make you cry—but with a twist of urban fantasy beneath the surface
Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart. At least he has his boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and best friend to keep him sane…
The deconstruction of a relationship that will shatter your heart
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course…
Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Black Panther, Queer Eye, & More!

Be Careful – Cardi B

Do you know what you doing?
Whose feelings that you’re hurting and bruising?
You gon’ gain the whole world
But is it worth the girl that you’re losing?
Fans of Be Careful should read American Street and That Thing We Call a Heart!
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Fabiola’s mother is detained, and she must navigate her loud American cousins, their gritty home, and a surprising romance, all on her own… 

Shabnam Qureshi is facing a summer of loneliness and boredom until she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while her former best friend, Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, finds Jamie worrying…


Say Amen (Saturday Night) – Panic! at the Disco

All the people I know aren’t who they used to be
And if I tried to change my life one more day
There would be nobody else to save
Fans of Say Amen should read Three Dark Crowns and The Merciless!
THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose… it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins…

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream. Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn…


Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood

So I apologize if you don’t like what you see
But sometimes my emotions get the best of me
And falling apart is as human as it gets
Fans of Cry Pretty should read Love, Hate & Other Filters and Delirium!
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams…
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure.Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake…


Love Is Madness – Thirty Seconds To Mars feat. Halsey

I know the moment I looked into your eyes
I’d have to swallow all your lies
Fans of Love Is Madness should read To Kill a Kingdom and The Winner's Curse!
TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human…
THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone…


Youngblood – 5 Seconds Of Summer

Say you want me, say you want me out of your life
And I’m just a dead man walking tonight
Fans of Youngblood should read Top Ten and Who's That Girl!
TOP TEN by Katie Cotugno
Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants—and frequently does. But somehow their relationship just works…

WHO’S THAT GIRL by Blair Thornburgh
Junior Nattie McCullough has always been under-the-radar. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her. But when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix—who has recently hit the mainstream big-time—returns home to play a local show, that’s just what she gets…


What TV shows, movies, music—anything, really—do you want to see some book recs for? Let us know in the comments below, and check back next month!
Up next:

Must reads