With Bated Breath: February New Releases


February 1, 2013 by Heidi

With Bated Breath February

February–shortest month of the year, and I still managed to put together a list of more books I’m interested in than days are in the month.

Some thoughts:

  • Caitlin Kiernan–why did you bother to write under a pseudonym if you’re just going to plaster ‘writing as’ on the cover? I do not see the point.
  • I’ve been on the edge about Etiquette and Espionage, but the trailer really did it for me.  I want in.  Looks like it could be just the book to turn to when I’m crying over no more Pink Carnation books.
  • The Pulse trailer was also fairly successful in making me want to read it.
  • The trailer for Scarlet is terrible.  The books, however, is only terrible if terrible is the new awesome.
  • I love the ‘learn to make a peach cake’ video from the author of A Tangle of Knots.  What an easy, creative, fun way for an author to promote their book without much of a trailer budget.  Also I am now hungry.  And singing The Presidents of the United States of America…

February 1st/5th

Life in Outer Space by Melissa KeilCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterThe Reece Malcolm List by Amy SpaldingHysteria by Megan MirandaLife in Outer Space by Melissa Keil | Goodreads|Amazon
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster | Goodreads|Amazon
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding Goodreads|Amazon
Hysteria by Megan Miranda | Goodreads|Amazon

February 5th

Pantomime by Laura LamA Natural History of Dragons by Marie BrennanBlood Oranges by Kathleen TierneyEtiquette and Espionage by Gail CarrigerPantomime by Laura Lam | Goodreads|Amazon
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan | Goodreads|Amazon
Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney (Caitlen Kiernan) | Goodreads|Amazon
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger | Goodreads|Amazon

February 5th/7th/12th

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerThe Ruining by Anna CollomoreFade to Black by Francis KnightThe Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Goodreads|Amazon
The Ruining by Anna Collomore | Goodreads|Amazon
Fade to Black by Frances Knight | Goodreads|Amazon
The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord | Goodreads|Amazon

February 12th

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys book coverPivot Point by Kasie WestNotes from Ghost Town by Kate EllisonA Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys | Goodreads|Amazon
Pivot Point by Kasie West | Goodreads|Amazon
Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison | Goodreads|Amazon
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff | Goodreads|Amazon

February 12th/19th

Revel by Maurissa GuibordThe Lives We Lost by Megan CreweHattie Ever After by Kirby LarsonFuse by Julianna Baggott
Revel by Maurissa Guibord | Goodreads|Amazon
The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe | Goodreads|Amazon
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson | Goodreads|Amazon
Fuse by Julianna Baggott | Goodreads|Amazon

February 19th/21st

The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination ed by John Joseph AdamsMind Games by Kiersten WhiteShards and Ashes ed by Melissa Marr and Kelly ArmstrongThe 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway
The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius ed by John Joseph Adams | Goodreads|Amazon
Mind Games by Kiersten White | Goodreads|Amazon
Shards and Ashes ed by Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong | Goodreads|Amazon
The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway | Goodreads|Amazon

February 21st/26th

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten MillerThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson book coverDualed by Elsie ChapmanPulse by Patrick Carman
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller | Goodreads|Amazon
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson | Goodreads|Amazon
Dualed by Elsie Chapman | Goodreads|Amazon
Pulse by Patrick Carman | Goodreads|Amazon

February 26th

Star Crossed by Jennifer EcholsAlso Known As by Robin Benwayhe Magician's Tower by Shawn Thomas OdysseyDream and Shadows by C. Robert CargillFragments by Dan Wells
Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols | Goodreads|Amazon
Also Known As by Robin Benway | Goodreads|Amazon
The Magician’s Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey | Goodreads|Amazon
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill | Goodreads|Amazon
Fragments by Dan Wells | Goodreads|Amazon

What February new releases are you most excited for?

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  1. Umm I’m sorry….how did I not know about A Natural History of Dragons?? I NEED THAT ONE FOR SURE. Notes From Ghost Town also looks awesome (kind of reminds me of In the Shadow of Blackbirds which I just read and LOVED) AHH some I haven’t even heard of before!! How do you find these?!?

    • Heidi says:

      Doesn’t A Natural History of Dragons look amazing?! I know it’s right up your alley. And YES Ghost Town looks amazing, I still haven’t read The Butterfly Clues (her first book), but it’s sitting all pretty on my shelf so hopefully I will.

      Glad to hear you loved Shadows of Blackbirds! That’s one I’ve had my eye on, excited to hear your thoughts.

      I find them with my powers of awesome. 😛

  2. Bahahaha, I ask myself about the pseudonym with your other writing names on the cover often in Cover Snark. If you want people to know it’s you, how about you just…NOT use a pseudonym. Radical thought, I know.

    TBH, I think most book trailers are awful, so I don’t tend to watch them.

    • Heidi says:

      Right? I just don’t get it…WHY use a pseudonym at all?!

      Most book trailers are awful, but on occasion I really enjoy one. I like the more arty ones, I’m not a fan of having characters cast for me. I’m sure my hatred of the Scarlet trailer if because I’ve already read half that series and none of the actors they cast look anything like the characters in my head.

  3. I never understand the point of using pseudonyms when the author’s “real” name is also on the cover. But wait, why were you hesitant about E&E? Did you have mixed feelings about her adult series?! I’m enjoying it so far, although the names are making me slightly ill.

    I always like seeing these round-ups–they’re a handy shopping list. As well as a guilt-inducing reminder of all the books I need to hurry up and review….

    • Heidi says:

      I haven’t read anything by her before, but I’ve heard such incredibly mixed reactions to Parasol Protectorate that I just don’t know if I’m going to like her work or not. I think I will though, and I’m determined to try.

  4. I desperately want to read My Life in Outer Space, so I’ll have to see if I can find a copy in the US, but I’ll be springing onto Etiquette and Espionage as soon as I can, along with Out of the Easy. The 30 Deaths of Adam, Natural History of Dragons, and City of a Thousand Dolls all look (and sound!) amazing, but I think I’ll wait for more reviews to come in before I decide on those. And, of course, I need to still see about Scarlet, although I probably will read it because of Wolf. 😉 I’ll be sure to let you know what I think, Heidi, and lets hope I become as big a fan of Marissa Meyer as the rest of you! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      It looks like you’re going to be able to buy Life In Outer Space via Kindle! I just finished Out of the Easy last night, and Keertana, you will really enjoy it! I certainly did, with only a few minor issues. The characters were all so REAL–I was totally stressed out while reading it. 😛

  5. There are so, so many of these that I’m hoping to read. I’ve already read The Reece Malcolm List, which I adored; I’ve been looking forward to Jen Echols’ Star Crossed every since she announced she was publishing an adult novel; I read an early copy of The Madness Underneath and really, really liked it (that series is so fun); at ALA, the ladies at Bloomsbury convinced me I’d love Also Known As; and I’m also intrigued by the early reviews of Notes from Ghost Town and Hysteria.

    February is usually such a slow book month, it seems, but there are a lot of good ones coming out this month!

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve heard only great things about The Reece Malcolm List, though I’m not sure it’s for me (the fact that the love interest has a gf bothers me, it’s the reason I wasn’t a huge fan of Anna and the French Kiss–BUT I’ve already been recommending The Reece Malcolm list to readers who enjoy that type of contemp). I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Madness Underneath! I have an ARC as well, and will hopefully be reading it in the next week or so. I have high hopes for Also Known As, I loved Benway’s Audrey, Wait!, and since I heard such great things about Butterfly Clues (which I own but have yet to read), I’m very interested in Notes from Ghost Town. I’m hesitant about Hysteria, because I was pretty meh about her debut, Fracture, but am still tentatively hopeful.

  6. Ahhh, I Just spent so much money on new books while I was visiting the Bay Area—The Raven Boys, The Storyteller, Bittersweet, and What’s a Dog For? (gotta have some non-fiction in there somewhere—but now I have that many more books to read. SIGH.

    I really hope A Natural History of Dragons lives up to its incredible title, cover art, premise, etc.

    • Heidi says:

      Gah, I really want to read more non-fiction this year! I ought to start checking them out more on audio, that seems to be the best way for me to work them in. I’m really excited to check out Natural History of Dragons–it just looks so gorgeous!

  7. There are a bunch here that I’m so excited to read–Reece Malcolm, Life in Outer Space, Scarlet, Adam Strand, and Out of the Easy, for sure. I’m glad I have them all sitting here, STARING AT ME, like the jerks they are:) Well some are on my Kindle so they’re not too intimidating.

    Like you and all the other commenters, I think it is pointless to write under a pseudonym if you’re just going to put your real name on the book–especially when your pseudonym is so similar to your real name! Stupid.

    I never watch book trailers. I went to see the Fierce Reads tour last year and they made the entire audience watch book trailers for all 5 authors AND listen to a song made up for the tour. I wanted to leave.

    • Heidi says:

      That’s what books do–they STARE at you. That’s why I like them to be on my Kindle as well…especially the big ones. Bwahaha, I remember the amazing horribleness of your recounting the Fierce Reads song. So embarrassing, I cringe.

  8. Chachic says:

    How can I not know that Jennifer Echols has an adult title that will be released soon? Definitely adding that to my wishlist!

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