With Bated Breath: April Events and New Releases


April 1, 2013 by Heidi

With Bated Breath April

Pst…I think spring is finally coming!  And with is some good times and good books.  This month there are a few events going on around the blogosphere that I want to highlight, because I for one am a huge fan.  I encourage you to check them out and participate!

Upcoming Events

Fairy Tale Fortnight

My favorite vlogger, Misty, is hosting her annual Fairy Tale Fortnight along with Bonnie from A Backwards Story through the 6th.  It’s a fabulous two weeks celebrating one of my favorite genres with authors, guest posts, reviews, and giveaways–I really recommend stopping by!

Women in SF&F Month

Kristen of Fantasy Cafe has once again decided to host a Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Month throughout April.  This was another one of my favorite events around the blogosphere last year, as not only did I get tons of fantastic book recommendations, there were thoughtful and interesting discussions about women in these (my very favorite) genres.  Plus, this year I’ll be taking part!  This event’s not to be missed if you’re a SciFi or Fantasy reader, period.

Old School Wednesdays

Over at another of my favorite blogs, The Book Smugglers, Ana and Thea have decided to add on to their new (completely marvelous) Old School Wednesdays feature by including a read along!  There’s going to be one book to read and discuss each month, and this month will be the first starting with the voted for Terrier by Tamora Pierce on April 24th.  I, for one, intend to participate!

Dewey's Read-A-Thon
Finally, April 27th marks the date of the first of 2013’s biannual Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!  I was unable to take place in the last read-a-thon, but did do this last April and had a lot of fun (though I only got one complete book read).  I’m planning to participate again this year, barring any unforeseen plans that crop up prior.

April New Releases

Next up, we have the April new releases I’m keeping an eye on, I’m skeptical of a few, but we shall see.  This month has just as many author talks as strait up trailers, which I often enjoy more (particularly Joe Hill sold me on his book), but the best trailer of the month goes to Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, though if they make a trailer for Barry Lyga’s Game, I have a feeling that’ll win out because the I Hunt Killers trailer was awesome.

This month I’m most excited for Dark Triumph, Quintana of Charyn, and The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, but I’m also quite interested in Lauren Willig’s new book, as well as Patrick Ness’ The Crane Wife.  I’ve also heard awesome things about In the Shadow of Blackbirds that have me completely sold, and even have my eye on Mary Roach’s new non-fic since I was a fan of Stiff.

April 1st

Gulp Adventures of the Alimentary Canal by Mary RoachThe Other Half of the Sky ed by Athena Andreadis and Kay HoltAwakening by Karen SandlerThe Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach | Goodreads|Amazon
The Other Half of the Sky ed. by Ahtena Andreadis and Kay Holt | Goodreads
Awakening by Karen Sandler | Goodreads|Amazon
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness | Goodreads|AmazonUK

April 1st/2nd

A Corner of White by Jaclyn MoriartyNowhere but Home by Liza PalmerThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithLove Irresistibly by Julie James

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty | Goodreads|Amazon
Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer | Goodreads|Amazon
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith | Goodreads|Amazon
Love Irresistibly by Julie James | Goodreads|Amazon

Stolen Magic by Stephanie BurgisEmilie and the Hollow World by Martha WellsRiver of Stars by Guy Gavriel KayDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis | Goodreads|Amazon
Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells | Goodreads|Amazon|Review
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay | Goodreads|Amazon
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers | Goodreads|Amazon

April 2nd/4th/8th

Vengeance Bound by Justina IrelandStung by Bethany WigginsIn the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat WintersMoonset by Scott Tracey

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland | Goodreads|Amazon
Stung by Bethany Wiggins | Goodreads|Amazon
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters | Goodreads|Amazon
Moonset by Scott Tracey | Goodreads|Amazon

April 9th

The Ashford Affair by Lauren WilligHammer of Witches by Shana MlawskiThe Flame in the Mist by Kit GrindstaffRump by Liesl Shurtliff

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig | Goodreads|Amazon
Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski | Goodreads|Amazon
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff | Goodreads|Amazon
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff | Goodreads|Amazon

April 16th/18th

Breath by Jackie Morse KesslerTaken by Erin BowmanGame by Barry LygaThe Symptoms of my Insanity by Mindy Raf

Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler | Goodreads|Amazon
Taken by Erin Bowman | Goodreads|Amazon
Game by Barry Lyga | Goodreads|Amazon
The Symptoms of my Insanity by Mindy Raf | Goodreads|Amazon

April 18th/23rd

Summerkin by Sarah PrineasUnnatural Creatures Stories Selected by Neil GaimanThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene WeckerQuintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Summerkin by Sarah Prineas | Goodreads|Amazon
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman | Goodreads|Amazon
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker | Goodreads|Amazon
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads|Amazon

April 23rd/24th
House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned VizziniArchlight by Josin L. McQueinThe Rules by Stacey KadeA Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini | Goodreads|Amazon
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein | Goodreads|Amazon
The Rules by Stacey Kade | Goodreads|Amazon
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar | Goodreads|Amazon

April 24th/29th/30th

Club Monstrosity by Jesse PetersenThe Program by Suzanne YoungThe Loop by Shandy LawsonNOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen | Goodreads|Amazon
The Program by Suzanne Young | Goodreads|Amazon
The Loop by Shandy Lawson | Goodreads|Amazon
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill | Goodreads|Amazon

The Last Academy by Anne ApplegateOne + One = Blue by MJ AuchThe Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher HealyA Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

The Last Academy by Anne Applegate | Goodreads|Amazon
One + One = Blue by MJ Auch | Goodreads|Amazon
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy | Goodreads|Amazon
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn | Goodreads|Amazon

What are you looking forward to this April?

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  1. I am so excited to get my hands on In the Shadow of Blackbirds! I’ve heard so many great things about it, so I am thrilled to finally be able to read it this month. I am also so anxious to read The Game. I haven’t seen any ARC Reviews of it, so I’m not sure what to expect, but since I loved I Hunt Killers, I’m hoping the sequel is just as good. A Corner of White is one I can’t for everyone else to read this month, since I loved it, and I need to get to Arclight – I totally forgot it was releasing this month!

    Also, YAY for awesome events! I’m going to try to participate in the read-along on The Book Smugglers and will definitely check out all these other great events. Thanks for linking to them, Heidi! :)

    • Heidi says:

      Doesn’t Shadow of Blackbirds sound SO GOOD?! I’m really pumped about all the great reviews I’ve been seeing. I actually think I’m going to wait to read Game after the next one comes out, because I hear major cliff hanger of rage things…I’m glad you’re doing the Smuggler’s read along! I don’t think I’m actually going to get to Terrier this month, which bums me out, it’s just so long and I don’t have the time. Hopefully I can participate in May!

  2. Jasmine Rose says:

    Yay! I’ so glad you posted about the readathon, because I liked participating in it last year, but didn’t know when it would be happening again.
    There are a few books I’m pretty excited for this month, but I think Rump is definitely my most anticipated (I’m a little sad I’ve had an ARC since ALA but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.)

    • Heidi says:

      Oh I’m glad I could tell you about the read-a-thon, Jasmine! I’m bummed, because it turns out I have to work that day, but I’m hoping to read around my shift. I’m really excited to see what you think about Rump when you get to it.

  3. Li says:

    I’m looking forward to the Women in SFF month (plus your contribution!). Old School Weds should be fun as well, though TERRIER is probably my least favourite of Tamora Pierce’s books – it’ll be interesting to see everyone else’s take on it.

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Li! I hope you’re enjoying Women in SF&F Month, I know that I am adding TONS of books to my TBR. I really wanted to read Terrier with everyone, but I just don’t think I’m going to have time this month. :(

  4. Book bloggers are so fun.

    So many exciting April releases! Can’t wait!

  5. In the Shadow of Blackbirds was very good! It had equal parts creepy and sad and sweet…I loved it. I also can’t wait for Rump and The Flame in the Mist, I have TFitM from NG and I will be reading it soon actually! This is actually the FIRST that I am hearing about The Golem and the Jinni and it sounds..different…but also awesome!

    Also I just started Heroes Guide last night..YAY!! SPRING READING TIME!!

    I am debating Old School Wednesdays with TBS, it’s bound to be awesome but also that graphic? LOVE.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, your thoughts on Shadow of Blackbirds is one of the big reasons I want to read it! Rump looks adorbs, and The Golem and the Jinni sounds awesome to me, but I haven’t seen any advanced reviews for it yet. The OSW graphic is amazeballs, though now that I realize Terrier is almost 600 pages and I have another library book I HAVE to read before it’s due (holds on it), I don’t think I’ll have time to participate this month. Hopefully next time!

  6. Holly says:

    Thanks for reminding me of how overwhelmed I am with April ARCs I still need to read/review and new releases I want to buy ASAP. Why is there so much in April? *dies*

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve been so good at restricting myself with ARCs this year, and I still feel a tad overwhelmed! I swear I have one a week I need to get through. I’m trying to hold off and wait for Dark Triumph at the library, but we’ll see if I can stay patient or if I end up buying it. 😛

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