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review 2015-02-04 08:00
Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer
Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer - Publishers Lunch

Two times a year Buzz Books offers you a sneak peak at a lot of upcoming titles from all major publishers. You can find these Buzz Books at the 'Read Now'-section of Netgalley, and many titles offer you a link after the excerpt so you can request the title as well.

I was however, a little bit disappointed this time as one of the books Creatures of A Day was linked to a widget but had already been archived. (I assume the publisher didn't know this meant the title would be unavailable even for those using the widget)


Some of the books that sparked my interest (and I got an ARC for some of them) :


Gonzo Girl - Cheryl Della Pietra


Gonzo Girl


Long after the last drink is poured and the final gunshot fired, Cheryl Della Pietra's novel inspired by her time as Hunter S. Thompson's assistant will linger in your mind.

Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That's when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.

After surviving an absurd three-day trial period involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, Alley is invited to stay at the compound where Reade works. For months Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker page-by-page, all while battling his endless procrastination, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, mounting debt, and casual gunplay. But as the job begins to take a toll on her psyche, Alley realizes she's alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted literary icon who may never produce another novel and her fate may already be sealed.
A smart, rollicking ride told with heart, Gonzo Girl is a loving fictional portrait of a larger-than-life literary icon.
This debut novel is raucous, page-turning, head-spinning, and side-splitting as it depicts a boss and mentor who is both devil and angel, and a young heroine who finds herself tested in the chaos that surrounds him. An intense story, Della Pietra's tale about writing, firearms, psychotropics, and the pros and cons of hot tubs will suck you in and take you on ride.


The Last Bookaneer - Matthew Pearl


The Last Bookaneer: A Novel

The bestselling author of The Dante Club takes us deep into a shadowy era in publishing ruled by a forgotten class of criminals
  A golden age of publishing on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: Books could be published without an author’s permission with extraordinary ease. Authors gained fame but suffered financially—Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few—but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers got their books on the cheap. The literary pirates who stalked the harbors, coffeehouses, and printer shops for the latest manuscript to steal were known as bookaneers.
Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to protect authors and grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers, of course, would become extinct. In The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl gives us a historical novel set inside the lost world of these doomed outlaws and the incredible heist that brought their era to a close.

On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon two adversaries—the gallant Pen Davenport and the monstrous Belial—set out for the south Pacific island. Pen Davenport—a tortured criminal genius haunted by his past—is reluctantly accompanied by Fergins, the narrator of our story, who has lived a quiet life of bookselling before being whisked across the world on his friend’s final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest: to steal Stevenson’s manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers’ trade forever.   Yet Samoa holds many secrets of its own, and the duo’s bookish concerns clash with the island’s violent destiny. A colonial war is afoot between the British, American, and German powers; even as Stevenson himself quietly supports native revolutionaries from high in his mountain compound. Soon Pen and Fergins are embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself. Illuminating the heroics of the bookaneers even while conjuring Stevenson himself to breathtaking life, Pearl’s The Last Bookaneer is a pageturning journey to the dark heart of a forgotten literary era.


Second LifeS.J. Watson

Second Life

Julia’s life is comfortable, if unremarkable, until her sister’s brutal murder opens old wounds. She finds solace in her sister’s best friend, Sophie, but when Sophie reveals the extent of her sister’s online life, Julia becomes convinced that the truth about her death lies deep in the dark, sordid world of online chatrooms and internet sex.

What begins as Julia’s search for the truth about her sister quickly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. After all, the internet is her playground, and why be just one thing when you can be as many as you like? What could possibly go wrong? After all, it’s only cybersex, isn’t it? No one’s going to get hurt.

But then she meets the dark and mysterious Lukas in an online chat room, and things begin to get very dangerous indeed.


Normal - Graeme Cameron


This is a love story. No, really.

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you as you pass him and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving to let you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don't know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he's carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he's holding there against her will--one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her.

This is how it's been for a long time. It's normal...and it works. Perfectly.

Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room...the others. He doesn't need any of them anymore. He needs only her. One small problem--he still has someone trapped in his garage.

Discovering his humanity couldn't have come at a worse time.



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review 2015-02-03 08:25
Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring
Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring - Publishers Lunch

In this second edition for YA books more small bits and pieces from upcoming books. You can easily get this one in Netgalley's Read Now-section.

Some books looked very promising, others less. I was a bit disappointed though to find that many books were only available to reviewers from the US.

I managed to get a review copy of the following books so far:








Undertow - Michael Buckley




Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.


Painless - S.A. Harazin




A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis--or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can't do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. He can't tell if he has a fever and his temperature is rising. Abandoned by his parents, David now lives with his elderly grandmother who is dying. When David's legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.


Seed - Lisa Heathfield




All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.

At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement... and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.

Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.


The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie


The Haunting of Sunshine Girl


Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

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text 2015-01-27 12:05
Around The World In Books #2
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (Time Trips) - Joanne Harris
My Grandma's a Ninja - Todd Tarpley,Danny Chatzikonstantinou
The Room: The Definitive Guide - Ryan Finnigan
Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers
Broken Skies - Theresa Kay
Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon - S.A. Mulraney
Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring - Publishers Lunch
The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides - Ben Tripp
Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer - Publishers Lunch

Follow my travels as I visit the world via books (since I have neither the money nor the time to do it in real life). It's not meant as a challenge (for my) but I'm just curious to see how many places I visit whilst reading. So I keep track of them and update the maps every ten books. Prepare and get ready for the next ten stops...



Thanks to the new Buzz Books I've got three books this time that I can't map at all. The Buzz Books for obvious reasons as they are hardly 'real' books. My Grandma's A Ninja is a picture book that didn't really gave any information as to where it was taking place either.


This leaves seven books, 3 countries and 2 continents. Not bad, not bad at all...

Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph brought me to Brittany, that ironically is a part of France nowadays. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Time Traveller showed England in a parallel universe, while The Accidental Highwayman portrayed 18th century Britain. Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon took me to the other site of the world, Washington state (US), The Room to San Francisco (California, US) and Broken Skies is set in some post-apocalyptic America.



Part 11-20:

Countries Visited: 3 (France, UK, US)

New Countries Visited: 1 (France)

Continents Visited: 2 (Europe, North America)

New Continents Visited: 0

American States Visited: 2 (California, Washington)

New American States Visited: 2 (California, Washington)

New Places: 4

Most Visited Country: USA (3)

Most Visited Place: English countryside, UK (2)

Not Set: 3




Countries Visited: 5 (France, Germany, Spain, UK, US)

Continents Visited: 2 (Europe, North America)

American States Visited: 5 (California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington)

Most Visited Country: USA (7)

Most Visited Place: London, UK (3)

Not Set: 4


Also read my earlier travels:

Part 1


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