Friday, August 14, 2015

*Mail Call* August 10-14

You may or may not have noticed that I didn't make a mail call blog post last week...If you did notice, it's because last week I didn't get a single book in the mail (it was awful!) My mail room made up for that this week by delivering seven books and one fancy notebook to me this week (and because of my location and circumstances, sometimes I might have mail at the mail room that I can't get because other people don't pick up their packages regularly, so the staff can't open up new connexes.) So without further ado, heres the rundown of this weeks book mail. 

Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner

The Murder on the Eiffel Tower that I got, is actually just a really cool notebook that came with one of my other books, probably as a promotional piece, and it's done it's job because I'm actually really interested in reading the actual book now too. 


The brand-new, shiny Eiffel Tower is the pride and glory of the 1889 World Exposition. But one sunny afternoon, as visitors are crowding the viewing platforms, a woman collapses and dies on this great Paris landmark. Can a bee sting really be the cause of death? Or is there a more sinister explanation? Enter young bookseller Victor Legris. Present on the tower at the time of the incident, and appalled by the media coverage of the occurrence, he is determined to find out what actually happened. In this dazzling evocation of late nineteenth-century Paris, we follow Victor as his investigation takes him all over the city and he suspects an ever-changing list of possible perpetrators. Could mysterious Kenji Mori, his surrogate father and business partner at the bookstore Legris operates, be involved in the crime? Why are beautiful Russian illustrator Tasha and her colleagues at the newly launched sensationalist newspaper Passepartout always up-to-date in their reporting? And what will Legris do when the deaths begin to multiply and he is caught in a race against time? 
Murder on the Eiffel Tower is painstakingly researched, an effortless evocation of the glorious City of Light, and an exciting opening to a promising series of eight books featuring Victor Legris.
Mr Fox Meets New Friends by Gary Beheler

Mr. Fox Meets New Friends was written for children of all ages. It tells the story of three unlikely friends. A search for food ends up with a gift of friendship instead of just a full stomach. It demonstrates how friends can come in any shape, form, or size when you are least expecting it.

Second Chances by Sarah Price
At twenty-five years of age, Anna Eicher has never married. When she was seventeen, her parents convinced her to break off her courtship with Freman Whittmore, the youngest son in the Whittmore family and her best friend. Afterward, a distraught Freman moved away from Lancaster County.
Eight years later Freman has returned to visit his sister, who is renting the Eichers’ house for the winter. Now the owner of the largest dairy farm in his church district, Freman has neither married—nor forgiven Anna.
Although he begins courting someone else, Anna hopes to convince him that she has never stopped loving him. Will Freman be persuaded to forgive Anna and open his heart again?

How Real by Renae McBrian

Sixteen-year-old Emmalyn Walker's life is turned upside-down when she is bullied out of school for severely injuring one of the school's top athletes. Abandoned by her friends, she befriends Larissa, the sweet girl from across the street, and Drew, a hard-to-read boy with a knack for being too honest. 

While Larissa does everything in her power to keep Emmalyn afloat, Drew drags her down, encouraging dangerous behavior and dark secrets.

The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating
A seemingly idyllic Midwestern college town turns out to be a nexus of horror in this spellbinding novel—emotionally and psychologically complex, at once chilling and deliciously dark—from a thrilling new voice in fiction.

When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with cataclysmic consequences ensues. Emily’s lover, a college professor, finds himself responsible for her twin daughters, whose piercing stares fill him with the guilt and anguish he so desperately tries to hide from his wife. A low-level criminal named The Gonk takes over the cottage of a reclusive elderly artist, complete with graveyard and moonshine still, and devises plans for both. His young apprentice, haunted by inner demons, seeks retribution for the professor’s wicked deeds. The town itself, buzzing into decadent life after sundown, traps its inhabitants in patterns of inexplicable behavior all the while drawing them toward a night in which the horror will reach its disturbing and inevitable conclusion. 

Delving into the deepest recesses of the human capacity for evil, Kevin P. Keating’s masterful novel will captivate readers from first to last.
Pride of the Clan by Anna Markland
Catastrophe changes Margaret Ogilvie’s life when her three older brothers drown. She undertakes a perilous journey across the Scottish Highlands seeking the protection of the man she was betrothed to as a child; a nobleman she hasn’t seen for eight years. Shocked to discover his role in the assassination of a king has implicated her in his plot to take the throne, she finds herself in dire need of a champion. 

Rheade Robertson is duty bound to aid his older brother, the clan chieftain, in his sworn quest to capture the assassins of King James Stewart. Protecting Margaret from persecution will mean defying his brother. Can he bring the murderers to justice and save an innocent woman from the executioner’s axe? Or will family rivalry and a vengeful queen destroy his hopes for a future with the courageous lass he loves?

Secret Seekers Society: The Wrath of the Wendigo by J.L. Hickey
I got this book because I contributed to J.L. Hickey's Kickstarter campaign to finance the editing and cover design etc. I loved the first book in the series and I'm excited to read this one. 
The third book in J.L.Hickey's best selling YA Paranormal adventure the Secret Seekers Society. Follow Hunter and Elly as they prepare for their second year in their Enlightenment classes which includes a dangerous field trip alongside their parental Seekers deep into the Michigan wilderness to investigate the recent sightings of one of the most vicious cryptids they've ever encountered, a Wendigo. Elly struggles with her new "curse" stemming from her run in with Solomon's Seal, and Hunter attempts to come to an understanding over his true feelings for Olivia.

George's Grand Tour by Caroline Vermalle
A sometimes poignant but optimistic tale, George's Grand Tour is a heartwarming read in the vein of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryand The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared that teaches us we're never too old to get out of our comfort zone and have an adventure.

At the age of eighty-three, retired butcher George Nicoleau is about to set off on the greatest adventure of his life. George and his neighbor Charles have long dreamt of a road trip, driving the 3,500 kilometres that make up the stages of the Tour de France. And now that George's over-protective daughter has gone to South America, it's time to seize the moment.

But just when he feels free of family ties, George's granddaughter Adèle starts calling him from London, and he finds himself promising to text her as he travels around France, although he doesn't even know how to use a mobile.

George is plagued by doubts, health worries, and an indifference to modern technology. And yet—might the journey still prove to be everything he had hoped for?

A gentle story with wide, cross-generational appeal, George's Grand Tourhas been a European bestseller with sales of two hundred thousand copies.

Caroline Vermalle writes in French and in English. She worked as a producer for the BBC prior to becoming a writer. She is currently somewhere around the globe, traveling with her husband and son.
So there you have it. Those are the books I got in the mail this week. I'm most looking forward to reading Second Chances (because I'm really curious about that Amish retelling of Persuasion) and Pride of the Clan (because kilt.) Which of these books looks most interesting to you? - Katie  

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