June 23, 2012 by Heidi
With Bated Breath is a regular feature at Bunbury in the Stacks where I feature books I’ve recently added to my TBR, whether they be up-and-coming, or books from the past that have been brought to my attention.
Since my last edition of With Bated Breath was composed solely of forthcoming books I’d picked up from BEA, I figured this post would be made solely of books I’ve recently added to my TBR that are already out! Check them out:
In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy’s charms–no more than trinkets when worn by others–are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason’s apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king’s carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all…
Berry’s debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales–and now she’s done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.
I am such a huge fan of a well-done fairy tale esque story, so when Thea of The Booksmugglers wrote a fantastic review of Secondhand Charm after being burned by some major duds, I knew I had to have it. This one’s certainly on my radar for when I’m hankering for some magic.
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story– of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.
A couple of weeks ago, I was having one of those days where I had a hankering to listen to some of the music I hadn’t for some time. I busted out Poe, and upon hearing it my boyfriend reminded me that she’d written the album, Haunted, as a companion to her brother’s novel, House of Leaves. Now, I like Haunted so much, I started wondering why I’d never picked up House of Leaves—I must do so! If you aren’t familiar with Poe, the album is available to check out on Spotify.
On an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers. It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in a deadly web of deceits.
Arilou is proclaimed a beautiful prophetess–one of the island’s precious oracles: a Lost. Hathin, her junior, is her nearly invisible attendant. But neither Arilou nor Hathin is exactly what she seems, and they live a lie that is carefully constructed and jealously guarded.
When the sisters are unknowingly drawn into a sinister, island-wide conspiracy, quiet, unobtrusive Hathin must journey beyond all she has ever known of her world–and of herself–in a desperate attempt to save them both. As the stakes mount and falsehoods unravel, she discovers that the only thing more dangerous than the secret she hides is the truth she must uncover.
Not long ago, Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit started a fun new meme called ‘Recommend a…’ in which people recommend books fitting a topic of the week. One week the topic was ‘Recommend a book with a green cover’, and my friend Amy of Tripping Over Books recommended this one. Fantasy in the jungle?! My heart was immediately sold, and I just know I’m going to love this one when I get to it.
All’s not well in the Marvel Universe in the year 1602 as strange storms are brewing and strange new powers are emerging Spider-Man, the X-Men, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Black Widow, Captain America, and more appear in the waning days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. As the world begins to change and enter into a new age, Gaiman weaves a thrilling mystery. How and why are these Marvel stars appearing nearly 400 years before they’re supposed to?
If you held a gun to my head and made me pick a favorite author, I’d probably (cry and wet myself and) say Neil Gaiman. That said, the only graphic novels I’ve read of his have been my adored Sandman series. Needless to say, when I saw this one land in blogging buddy Anna’s (Pocketful of Books) book haul one week, my need for it became substantial. Superheroes out of time?! Want!
Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise’s parents died when she was too young to remember them. There’s always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.
When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar…
The lovely Jasmine (A Room With Books) has a feature each week wherein she features a cover that she loves. Well, she may have been talking cover and not story for this one, but it still caught my eye! It sounds cute, and I recently just started reading contemporary Middle Grade, so this could be a good fit.
Seven clever stories answer one simple question: what’s in the box?
Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels—or mayhem—inside. Artists include middle school favorites Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier (Smile), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), as well as Jason Caffoe, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Rad Sechrist (all contributors to the groundbreaking comics anthology series Flight), and upcoming artist Emily Carroll.
Librarian extraordinaire, Miss Anderson (who will remain a librarian extraordinaire in my mind despite her giving up her post to head back to grad school) reviewed this one on her blog, The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh, and it caught my eye. I love this format for graphic novels, and I love screaming ‘WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!’ ala Brad Pitt, so it seemed right up my alley.
That’s it for this edition, let me know what you can’t wait to read!