New Arrivals!

My new books! I want to dive into them right now – actually, I already read one or two… couldn’t wait. 

Books for review

Buzz by Anders de la MotteBubble by Anders de la Motte

Buzz by Anders de la Motte & Bubble by Anders de la Motte

Buzz is the sequel to Game, which I read and reviewed in Dutch. I only liked the first book so-so, but I did like the premise of the story, and was curious to see how the story would continue in this next book. Bubble is the third and last installment of the series. From Netgalley for review (ebook).

The publisher says (Buzz): “It’s been four months since HP Pettersson was dragged into a ruthless Alternate Reality Game that nearly cost him his life. Although he now has everything he ever wished for—freedom, money, and no responsibilities—he isn’t satisfied. He’s plagued by insomnia and paranoia, and misses the adrenaline rush of the Game. He misses the attention. At times, he even hopes the Game Master will find him. And when HP catches the eye of a rich and powerful CEO for all the wrong reasons, he may get his wish. But he quickly learns that sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for . . .”

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Mind of Winter By Laura Kasischke

Mind of Winter bLaura Kasischke

This book I got from review from Harper publishers. It sounds like a good thriller. It’s my first book by Kasischke.

The publisher says: “On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.

As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.”

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From the library

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

I’ve seen this book on other people’s blogs and when I noticed it in the library I decided to take it home. I have no time to read it, so let me know if you think I should definitely make time for this book. Or if I shouldn’t.

The publisher says: “Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won’t endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen – he’s got the scars to prove it.

What he doesn’t know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he’ll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing . . .

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A Book I Was Given

Lexicon by Max Barry

Lexicon by Max Barry

Suzanne of Bibliosue asked whether I was interested in reading this book. She didn’t like it too much but thought I might. And since Leslie said she loved it, I thought I probably also would. I read another book by this author a few years ago, Jennifer Government, that I enjoyed a lot. The book is a lovely hardover with author’s notes! Thanks so much, Suzanne!

The publishers say: “At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematicsthey are taught to persuade. Students learn to use language to manipulate minds, wielding words as weapons. The very best graduate as poets, and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose.

Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card Monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organizations recruiters. Drawn in to their strage world, which is populated by people named Brontë and Eliot, she learns their key rule: That every person can be classified by personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately unlocked by the skilful application of words. For this reason, she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the schools most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an outlier, immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if ancient stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power.”

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Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

8 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. harvee says:

    I think I might like Lexicon. Happy February!

  2. BookerTalk says:

    I’m in a quandry over Alex Woods also.

  3. I am still curious about Game….

  4. Lexicon sounds interesting … happy reading, Judith!

  5. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of the Extence title – intriguing synopsis. I have Max Barry’s Lexicon on my TBR pile, it should be right up my alley…

  6. Leslie says:

    Yes, I loved Lexicon. It made my 2013 Best Books list. And now you’ve reminded me to request a copy of Bubble before it gets archived. I’m reading Buzz this month.

  7. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on ‘The Universe versus Alex Woods’. This is on my TBR list and I’ve been eager to read it.

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