With Bated Breath: BEA Edition


June 9, 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.

Hi friends! As you know, it was a quiet week for me online, but a busy week for me in real life as I attended my first BEA!  I thought I’d take this issue of WBB to share with you some of the BEA books I’m most looking forward to.  I put in about 15 books, so instead of having an unforgivably long post with all of the blurbs, I’m just giving you links like I do for the monthly posts.  Do check them out, they’ll all be out this year, so I hope you find something to put on your own radar!

Book I hadn’t heard of before, but am now SO excited to read:

book cover of Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhillbook cover of Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmullbook cover of The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill | GoodReads|Amazon
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull | GoodReads|Amazon
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer | GoodReads|Amazon

Don’t Iron Hearted Violet and The Land of Stories look adorable?  And Summer and Bird looks absolutely gorgeous.  I am in love with this cover, and it doesn’t hurt that the story sounds great as well—they all do!

Debut authors I’m hoping are winners:

book cover of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messengerbook cover The Dark Unwinding by Shanon Cameronbook cover of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger | GoodReads|Amazon
The Dark Unwinding by Shanon Cameron | GoodReads|Amazon
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | GoodReads|Amazon

So excited to try all of these!  I liked The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, so Throne of Glass is already winning for me.  I’m most nervous about The Dark Unwinding, because steampunk always makes me nervous, but whenever I fall for one, I fall hard.

Companions/Series Continuations worth aching for:

book cover of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valentebook cover of Palace of Stone by Shannon Halebook cover of Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente | GoodReads|Amazon
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale | GoodReads|Amazon
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce | GoodReads|Amazon

My excitement over the new Valente book really can’t be contained, but I’ll save my fangirling for my recap post (spoilers: SHE’S LOVELY).  I enjoyed Princess Academy and have been wanting more of Hale’s Middle Grade in general, so of course I picked up Palace of Stone. I haven’t actually read Sisters Red or Sweetly yet, but my understanding is that Pearce’s books are just getting better and better, so I feel no shame whatsoever reading Fathomless first!  So sad about the cover changes though. I LOVED the style of the old ones, why did they do this?!

Starts to NEW series by authors who’ve done right by me:

book cover of A Mutiny in Time by James Dashnerbook cover of The Diviners by Libba Braybook cover of The Raven Boys and Maggie Stiefvater

Infinity Rind: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner | GoodReads|Amazon
The Diviners by Libba Bray | GoodReads|Amazon
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | GoodReads|Amazon

Gahhhhh! I’m positively ecstatic about all of these.  It’s my sincerest hope that The Raven Boys is of the same caliber as The Scorpio Races, and that The Diviners marries best aspects of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine/Beauty QueensI’m almost afraid to read A Mutiny in Time before the series is all out, because the Maze Runner trilogy was one of those series that made me the way I am with my series/cliffhanger hatred (really liked that series, but seriously, way too much waiting!).

Just plain excited for:

carnival of secretsbook cover of Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marshbook cover of Redshirts by John Scalzi

Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr | GoodReads|Amazon
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh | GoodReads|Amazon
Redshirts by John Scalzi | GoodReads|Amazon

Again, the drool…it’s puddling.  Melissa Marr is one of the only authors I can name who has a decent sized backlog and I have read all of them.  Not only that, I have really liked to loved all of them.  On top of that, I’m super excited for these other two as well.  I haven’t read Marsh or Scalzi before, but I’m thinking these are a great place to start.

Of course, these aren’t the only ones I’m excited for, but they’re a touch of the top!  I hope you’re all gearing up for a fantastic second half of 2012, because it’s going to be chock full of awesome.

What are you waiting for with bated breath?


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  1. Oooooof! So many BEAUTIFUL books here…prettttyyy. I am especially loving the look of ‘Iron Hearted Violet’ which reminds me of the upcoming Pixar film ‘Brave’. ‘The Diviners’ has a gorgeous cover and I saw the book trailer for ‘The Raven Boys’ today and kinda loved it. It’s good in a awful sort of way…lol. Looks like you got an amazing haul- can’t wait to read your reviews of some of these! x

    • Heidi says:

      Iron Hearted Violed DOES have a bit of a Brave look about her, and I love it! The fact that there is a dragon involved also has me very excited. I’m very optimistic as it’s by Little Brown, who publish some of my favorites.

      I just saw The Raven Boys trailer today too! It was very different, but it did the job of getting me really excited to read the book. Crossing my fingers that it is as good as The Scorpio Races!

  2. Ahhhh, I want to read Iron Hearted Violet SOOOO BAD. You have no idea.

    Also? I am the most excited for Jepp, Who Defied The Stars.

    • Heidi says:

      Um well hey. I have Iron Hearted Violet. You have In a Glass Grimmly. Just sayin’. After we finish we should totally do a trade. 😛

      And yes! Jepp looks sooooo good, I’m so excited.

  3. Oh, look at all the pretties…so beautiful…akidahaiugfaibcerh *chokes on own drool*

    I truly can’t wait for The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There!!

    • Heidi says:

      I know! I’m so excited for that one I can’t even contain it. I might have to reread the first one so that I can post about both on my blog.

  4. I totally missed Jepp. I think it was only around on Tuesday? I didn’t see it anywhere on Wednesday and now I have THE SADZ!!! It sounds so awesome! I can’t wait to read The Raven Boys. And Throne of Glass. And Palace of Stone. And Keeper of the Lost Cities (although I didn’t get it). There were so many great books there! I just read MY #1 book to get a BEA this year: Prodigy, the sequel to Legend. IT WAS AMAZE.

    • Heidi says:

      Awesome that you already read Prodigy! I didn’t plan well, and am forcing myself to finish reading other books before I start in on the BEA haul. It’s kind of killing me. The Jepp signing was actually on Wednesday morning, I went there right before getting in line for Throne of Glass where I met you!

  5. I’m anxiously awaiting Throne of Glass, I’m getting a chance to read a copy on tour with SBB, SO excited about that one! The Raven Boys, check. Carnival of Souls, check. The Diviners, check, yep, your’re upcoming reading list looks a lot like mine Heidi! And there are a coupe I’ve not yet heard of so thank you, thank you for the heads up:)

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, glad we have similar plans this fall! Your posting the book trailer for Raven Boys the other day just about made me drop everything I was in the middle of and pick it up. Why oh why do I have prior reading obligations?

  6. flannabanana says:

    Did you find most of these on your BEA adventures? Or most of them? Either way, that would be so, so amazing. I really want to read Redshirts, Jepp, and the new Princess Academy. You’re right that the Summer and Bird cover is freaking phenomenal.

    • Heidi says:

      I got all of these! Most of them are signed. Princess Academy isn’t though, so I’d totally ship it to you after I finish it if you’d like! Hoping I’ll click with it better than I did the first since I didn’t love the audio production of that one.

  7. Jasmine Rose says:

    OMG, this post! SO many books I’m already excited for and even a few I hadn’t heard about which I’ll be looking into :]

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