With Bated Breath: June New Releases


June 7, 2013 by Heidi

With Bated Breath June


Yes, yes, I realize that we’re a week into June and I’m just now getting my With Bated Breath post up, but I was a tad bit busy last week what with the BEA and all, and it just didn’t happen.  Some of my most anticipated reads of the year come out this month, particularly my number one: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman!  We’ll see if I read it right away, or put it off so as to really savor it.

Trailers this month aren’t stunning, but if you watch one of these videos, make it the interview for The Wig in the Window.  It’s fantastic on the parts of the kids and the author.

Also want to say yay for Random House for listening to complaints about whitewashing for Zettel’s American Fairy series (book 2, Golden Girl, releases this month).  The paperback of book 1, Dust Girl, uses a new cover model who is definitely of a proper ethnicity for the main character who is half black/half white.  It looks like the same model for the paperback was used for the cover of book two.  This was the sort of mistake that should never have been made in the first place, but the fact that the publisher has worked to remedy it is an important step towards erradicating this practice.

June 1st/4th

WBB June 1

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
The Wall by William Sutcliffe
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

WBB June 2

Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory
Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

WBB June 3

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Outcast by Adrienne Kress
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

WBB June 4

Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It ed. by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thompson
The Apprentices by Maile Meloy
Tides by Betsy Cornwell
Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter | My Review

June 6th/8th/11th

WBB June 5

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Ghost Time by Courtney Eldridge

WBB June 6

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes
Linked by Imogen Howson
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox

WBB June 7

One by Leigh Ann Kopans
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Rush by Eve Silver
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

June 11th/13th

WBB June 8

Burning by Elana K. Arnold
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman
The Hostage Prince by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

June 18th

WBB June 9

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Defy the Dark ed. by Saundra Mitchell
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler

June 18th/25th

WBB June 10

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel

WBB June 11

Sidekicked by John David Anderson
Weather Witch by Shannon Delany
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury
Ink by Amanda Sun

WBB June 12

Cold Steel by Kate Elliott
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
In the After by Demitria Lunetta

My Top 5 Most Anticipated June Reads

WBB June Top 5

What June releases are you most looking forward to?

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  1. Ooh, so many good books! I see a lot of ones I’ve got ARCs/Galleys of and can’t wait to read/finish them! Also just found some new books to check out! :)

  2. Is it weird that I’ve already read/bought all the books I’m excited about for this month? It is. I’m so glad that Elliot’s Trilogy is out, though, so I can now finally read the entire trilogy over the summer. Hopefully. Great list, as always, Heidi! :)

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I’m hoping to read the whole Elliot trilogy this year as well. Starting Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist first though, so I probably won’t get to it until the fall.

  3. I’ve been meaning to read that Zettel fairy book since it’s set in Kansas, and had no idea that the protagonist was of mixed race. I’m glad they’ve changed the cover model!

    I’m excited for Neil Gaiman’s new book! And I’m looking forward to The Lost Son. I wasn’t a fan of Tessa Gratton’s Blood Magic, but I love the premise of this one and enjoy her short stories, so I’m hoping it’s good!

    • Heidi says:

      She is! She’s light enough to pass as white if she stays out of the sun, but the original model they used was obviously 100% white, I was very happy with the changes. I liked the first book–it wasn’t amazing, but it was fast paced and engrossing, and I totally understand your desire to read books near home!

      Heidi (YA Bibliophile) started listening to The Lost Son and said it’s great so far! Hoping you enjoy it as well.

  4. I have quite a few of these from Netgalley that I am super excited about. Order of Darkness looks delicious, though I haven’t read book 1 in the series. Obviously The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my number 1 for this month, I will definitely put everything aside to read it ASAP and I am currently reading Sea Change! I am less than 15% in but I am having some trouble with the way in which the author writes. People keep saying “lyrical,” and it’s not. As someone who can read in multiple languages and who has a degree in early literature it is unusual that I am so jolted out of a story by the narration. I am hoping that it gets better and I do already love the friendship between the main characters :]

    • Heidi says:

      I know, I’m totally waiting for the Phillipa Gregory YA series to finish up next year so that I can devour it. Really interested to see what you think of Sea Change at the end! I THOUGHT it was odd when I saw it at The Strand–it’s not supposed to be released yet.

  5. Bonnie says:

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is also on my most anticipated for June! Also really looking forward to Tarnish. Great month in releases. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Just one more week before new Gaiman!!! I’ll probably pick up the Gilt/Tarnish series after it’s complete, but I’m hoping to hear as good of things about Tarnish as I did about Gilt.

  6. Chachic says:

    Wildlife! I’ve been hearing good things about that. I enjoyed reading Six Impossible Things so I’m really curious about Wildlife. Sigh, I wish Australia books were more readily available. I keep wanting to give Fishpond a try but there are so many good ones that I have a hard time choosing which ones to get. And I can’t get ALL of them because Aussie books are pricey.

    • Heidi says:

      I know!! There’s so many Ausie books I’d love to read, but they’re so expensive/hard to get a hold of. I’m glad that more seem to be being picked up by publishers over here, but it’s hard to wait so long sometimes.

  7. You know these are really MAMMOTH posts you put together, Heidi. All the images and links and trailers. I know that’s a ton of work and time consuming so THANK YOU for going to all that trouble:)

    I recently got a copy of Cold Magic by Kate Elliot from paperback Swap and I am excited to check it out. Looks like you’re a fan of the series, so that raises it in my estimation right there:)

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Heather! They do take an obscene amount of time for something so quick to look at, but it’s always a good project for when I’m catching up on the DVR. 😛

      I actually haven’t read Kate Elliot’s series yet! It’s one of the four I’ve sworn that I’ll read this year though, so I’m certainly going to get to it. It probably would have been my pick for the Summer Reading Challenge if I’d decided to participate, alas, I’ve been so crazy lately I’m worried about dedicating myself to anything.

  8. I’m pretty excited about The Shining Girls and Tarnish. I reviewed Gilt on my blog a few months ago: http://alexandrampatterson.com/2012/05/12/book-review-gilt-by-katherine-longshore/

    • Heidi says:

      I’ll probably wait on Gilt and Tarnish until the entire series is released next year, but if I continue to hear great things I’ll certainly be reading it!

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