With Bated Breath: July New Releases


July 1, 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.

July marks the release of some of my own most anticipated titles for the year including Team Human, Seraphina, House of Shadows, and Thieftaker.  Not to mention, a new Fables!  I cannot wait, especially after finding Super Team to be a little disappointing.  Also So Close to You marks my second Long Island read for the year (the first was Partials)—always excited for books that take place in familiar surroundings.

July 3rd

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody book coverThieftaker by D.B. Jackson book coverbook cover of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody | GoodReads|Amazon
Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson | GoodReads|Amazon
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan | GoodReads|Amazon 

There is a trailer for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, but considering it made me actually not want to read this book, I decided not to post it here.

July 5th


The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando book coverFrostfire by Zoe Marriott book cover

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando | GoodReads|Amazon
Frostfire by Zoe Marriott | GoodReads|Amazon

June 10th

House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier book coverSeraphina by Rachel Hartman book cover

House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier | GoodReads|Amazon
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | GoodReads|Amazon


On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming book coverArtemis Fowl The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer book cover

On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming | GoodReads|Amazon
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer | GoodReads|Amazon

So Close to You by Rachel Carter book coverThe Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse book cover

So Close to You by Rachel Carter | GoodReads|Amazon
The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse | GoodReads|Amazon


Fables Vol. 17 Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham book coverLost Girls by Ann Kelly book cover

Fables vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham | GoodReads|Amazon
Lost Girls by Ann Kelley | GoodReads|Amazon

July 17th

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer book coverThe Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee book cover

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer | GoodReads|Amazon
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee | GoodReads|Amazon


July 24th/July 31st

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard book coverPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry book cover

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard | GoodReads|Amazon
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry | GoodReads|Amazon

Let me know what you’re looking forward to most this July, especially if it’s something I’ve overlooked!


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  1. I love the title “The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life.” Definitely grabs a defensive response right away!

    • Heidi says:

      Agreed! I only heard of that one in the past couple of weeks, but it piqued my interest right away. Sounds like a fun contemporary.

  2. Only commenting to say that I cracked up at your comment about 52 Reasons to Hate my Father. I’ll be honest, the summary doesn’t even make me want to read it, but I’m looking forward to seeing what you think!

    • Heidi says:

      Eh, it’s one of those that I probably would read if it fell into my hands, but I’m unlikely to seek it out. All of the reviews I’ve read have been good, but it also seems very shallow and predictable, which can be fine if I’m in the mood, but I really haven’t been.

  3. I like your list! Of your picks I am most looking forward to Team Human, Thieftaker (That one looks amazing!), The Forsaken, The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life and Pushing the Limits!

    I had not heard of House of Shadows but the Goodreads synopsis looks interesting, thanks for the heads up:)

  4. THIEFTAKER. BOOM. Also, House of Shadow sounds FANTASTIC. Seraphina, too. But THIEFTAKER. I NEED IT NOW.

    • Oh my god. I hope it doesn’t suck. Don’t you hate when that happens over a book you’re DYING to read? When you have that moment of “HOLY CRAP, I am setting myself up for disappointment.” I hate it. So much.

      • Heidi says:

        And yes to all of this! I’m so convinced it’s going to be awesome, but I haven’t heard anything yet, so if it’s not, there will be TEARS.

    • Heidi says:

      I know!! Thieftaker is going to be my next ARC read, after I finish my Ann Rinaldi book and Crewel. So freaking excited.

  5. flannabanana says:

    How cool is that cover for The Forsaken? I hadn’t seen it before. Gah, you know how I feel about book trailers. I started watching the Seraphina one (I really liked that book!) and had to just stop. I’m glad you didn’t post the trailer for 52–might’ve not been able to control myself and clicked it.

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, I DO know how you feel about book trailers, especially the ones with people. I like some, but usually prefer the ones that are animated somehow. Have you watched The Raven Boys one? It’s pretty cool.

  6. This is unrelated but I read a book set in Long Island during my contemporary month: Lie by Caroline Bock. Just thought I’d share that.

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, I somehow missed that one (I missed a lot of posts in June unfortunately to real life craziness), I’m going to check out your review!

  7. How awesome was Seraphina, bro? COULDN’T GET ENOUGH FANTASY. Loved the yummy Prince Lucien too! If you haven’t read Something Strange and Deadly and Pushing the Limits, you SO should, by whatever means necessary!

    And AAHHHHH Team Human! CANNOT. WAIT. For serious.

    • Heidi says:

      I haven’t read Seraphina YET, but plan to within the next week or so. Also I picked up Pushing the Limits at BEA, and considering your review and a few others, I am in agreement that i need to read it. Just waiting for the next contemporary mood to strike!

  8. tinalinatime says:

    The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life sounds like a fun read! I hope its a good one! :)

  9. Chachic says:

    I really want to read Seraphina! I’ve heard nothing but good things about that book. I have a feeling I’d enjoy reading it. I’m also looking forward to Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols, I’ve seen positive feedback on Twitter so I’m hoping it will be just as good as Going Too Far.

    • Heidi says:

      I haven’t read any Jennifer Echols, and the idea of it hasn’t really grabbed me (it’s hard to find contemporary that does). I ought to try sometime though as I’ve only heard fantastic things! Excited for Seraphina too, hoping to start it within the next week. =)

  10. Jasmine Rose says:

    So many good looking books!
    Team Human looks like the best thing since sparkly vampires (like “since sliced bread? Anybody? Anybody? Okay, bad joke) 😛 And no, if you’re wondering I’m a Twilight super fangirl or anything.
    I so can’t wait for The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life. Love me a good scavenger hunt!
    I’m not really a fan of the cover of The Forsaken (it weirds me out) but I AM looking forward to the book. The trailer totally cinched it for me. So excited!
    THE LAND OF STORIES!!! I can’t believe Chris Colfer wrote a book and it’s not adult and nonfiction or anything like that. It’s middle grade! Woo to the Hoo!

    • Heidi says:

      I know, right? I usually am so wary of celebrities crossing lines like that, but I’m SO excited for Land of Stories. I hope it’s good! I DO like The Forsaken cover a lot, but I know you’re not alone in not really digging it.

      Also I did giggle at your bad joke. 😛

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