With Bated Breath: December New Releases


December 1, 2012 by Heidi

With Bated Breath: December

This month’s With Bated Breath post shall be short and sweet as publishers, authors, and us readers all have much more important things to worry about come December and the end of the year!  Just 5 books on my radar this month:

The Farm by Emily McKay book coverThe Farm by Emily McKay
December 4th, 2012 by Berkley Trade

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…

I picked up an ARC of The Farm while at BEA this summer.  I haven’t heard a lot about it thus far, but it sounds really interesting to me and I’ll likely be giving it a shot.

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells
December 4th, 2012 by Night Shade Books

All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature — until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance. The Fell, a vicious race of shape-shifting predators, menaces groundlings and Raksura alike. Determined to crossbreed with the Raksura for arcane purposes, they are driven by an ancient voice that cries out from . . . .The siren depths.

You guys!  This is one of those series I’ve been anxiously waiting to tie up publication so that I can dive into it and devour them all at once.  I know I’m going to love this series and have already been hearing great things about this final installment.

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress book coverThe Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
December 6th, 2012 by Dial

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all 

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Frequently described as a steampunk Charlie’s Angels, I’m somewhat wary of The Friday Society, but also hoping it will be a completely fun read–it certainly seems to be!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken book cover
December 18th, 2012 by Disney Hyperion

When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her–East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Okay…I know the ending of The Darkest Minds is probably going to enrage me, but I’ll be reading this one regardless.  I have not yet read Alexandra Bracken, but have wanted to for some time!  At least after I throw this at a wall, I’ll have Brightly Woven to turn to as a stand alone.

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder book coverScent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
December 18th, 2012 by Harlequin MIRA

Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

Sigh.  I have yet to read any Maria V. Snyder, which is pretty sad since I am such a fantasy fan.  I’ve heard mixed reviews on this follow up to Touch of Power, so I’m more likely to start with her Study series, but this series is still on my radar.

That’s it for December!  After reading a couple of reviews, I’ve determined that Falling Kingdoms won’t be getting a chance from this fantasy fan, so if you think I missed it–I didn’t.  What are you most looking forward to reading this December?  Will it be new releases, catch up for 2012, or holiday reads?


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  1. I’ve never heard of Martha Wells before, but hers sounds like a series I’ll really enjoy. I can’t wait for The Darkest Minds either – I loved Brightly Woven, so I can’t wait to see what you think of it when you finally do pick it up! :) Great list this month, Heidi – short and sweet!

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, I’m sure you’d love Martha Wells (she says not having actually read her yet herself). I’ve heard NOTHING but amazing things about this trilogy from all sorts of fantasy readers I trust.

  2. I’ve been waiting for The Siren Depths to come out before diving into the whole trilogy as well – now that you’ve reminded me I may actually start The Cloud Roads sometime this weekend.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who saved that series up! And you’re really getting right on it if you’re starting The Cloud Roads this weekend. I probably won’t get to it until after the new year, but then I should be banging out the trilogy fairly quickly!

  3. janicu says:

    I think that THE SIREN DEPTHS actually came out before December 4th – I just got a copy a few days ago. It is mine, my precious! *pets cover*.

    • Heidi says:

      Did it? Well complete fail on my part. I’m glad you already got your copy! I love the covers for this series, I can’t wait to start The Cloud Roads soon.

  4. Li says:

    THE FRIDAY SOCIETY sounds intriguing – I’ll have to keep an eye out for reviews, because it could either be a lot of fun, or go badly wrong.

    I’ve not yet read the Martha Wells series – like you, knowing the final book is now out will bump the first book up my TBR pile!

    • Heidi says:

      I’m right there with you Li, I actually didn’t add Friday Society to my TBR until I’d read a few good reviews because I was that hesitant. It sounds fun–not amazing, but fun.

      We both need to get on the Martha Wells bandwagon!

  5. You know what, I haven’t read any reviews of Falling Kingdoms yet but I just picked it up the other day and read a few pages with a resounded “MEH” I moved on to When She Woke. I am also feeling this way about Jepp. Oh well. Maybe I’ll do a giveaway!

    I am interested in Martha Wells! Is this the last book in the series? If so that will be on my TBR for January!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I’ve heard very mixed things about Jepp, so it’s not a priority, and I’ve read some really bad reviews for Falling Kingdoms that had way too many cues that it was not the right book for me. Meh! Indeed.

      Yes! This was the final book in Martha Well’s trilogy. The first is Cloud Roads, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about.

  6. WHAT! How have you not read any Maria V. Snyder?

    That said, I’ve never read any Martha Wells. Someday. :-)

    • Heidi says:

      I know, right?! I hadn’t even HEARD of her until everyone started comparing Grave Mercy to her Study series when it came out. I loved Grave Mercy, so clearly I need to be all over that–especially since they’re available for Kindle on Overdrive from my library so I don’t even need to pay or leave the house to acquire them. Book fail.

  7. Kristen says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of the Raksura books since I love this series! They’re all good, but I think The Siren Depths is my favorite. I’m glad that there will be some Raksura novellas released so I don’t have to leave this world and characters behind!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, Kristen! Yours are some of the amazing reviews I’ve read for the Raksura series, and I was so happy to see you say The Siren Depths was your favorite–glad to know it ends on a high note! It’ll be getting prioritized for 2013 for sure.

  8. A copy of The Farm found its way to my doorstep just last week, so I’ll be reading it soon. I hope we’ll both like it. And like you, I’m eyeing Friday Society with distrust… but of course I won’t be able to resist. *sigh* I’m predictable like that AND I have a soft spot for steampunk.

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, yes, excited to hear what you think of The Farm. I’ve heard good things so far, but not amazing things.

      I’m just hoping that The Friday Society does steampunk right and doesn’t fizzle out like too many of them do!

  9. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Friday Society and The Farm, Heidi! I also have a copy of The Darkest Minds en route to me now, I’m looking forward to starting it too:)

  10. VeganYANerds says:

    December looks like a good month! I have Scent of Magic but I need to read book 1 first and I have The Darkest Minds but haven’t read it yet, either!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, I remember Scent of Magic from your last book haul post! I hope you enjoy the books, I heard really good things about Touch of Power.

  11. LOL — we should trade books because our tastes seem pretty opposite. The Farm sounds too scary for me and I’m not a big fantasy reader, though I did love the Poison Study series — a blogger friend basically forced me to read it and I’m glad she did.

    I am getting SO burned out on dystopian YA but I’m 3/4 way through Darkest Minds and it’s interesting. The plot structure feels more — okay, I better save all this for my review.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    • Heidi says:

      Lol, yeah, I try to go out of my little fantasy box sometimes, but haven’t been very good about it lately. I’m reading a contemp at the moment and loving it! I know what you mean about dystopian burnout, I’m right there with you–I honestly didn’t think that The Darkest Minds was dystopian. We shall see how I take it when I get there!

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