Mailbox Monday December 23, 2019

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Wild Dog


Wild Dog,
by Serge Joncour
Translated from the French by 
Jane Aitken
Literary fiction
Release date 4/7/2020,
by Gallic Books

I received this book and the next through Meryl Zegarek Public Relations.

“It was as though some frenzied ritual were taking place up there in the woods, a savage brawl that seemed to be making its way towards them…
Seeking to escape the stresses of modern life, Franck and Lise, a Parisian couple who have made their living in the film industry, decide to rent out a cottage in the calm, quiet hills of the French Lot.
But nothing is quite what it seems. In this remote corner of the world, there is no phone signal. A wild dog emerges, looking for a new master. Ghosts of a dark, savage past run wild in these hills, where a mysterious German lion tamer took refuge in the First World War…
Franck and Lise are confronted with nature at its most brutal. And they are about to discover that man and beast have more in common than they think.”

A Hundred Million Years and a Day


A Hundred Million Years and a Day,
by Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Translated from the French by
Sam Taylor
Literary fiction
Release date 6/16/2020,
by Gallic Books

“Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.

Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.”


Mailbox Monday December 16, 2019

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The One And Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan,
by Katherine Applegate
Published on 1/17/2012,
by HarperCollins

I won the monthly giveaway organized by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.
I chose this one from her list, because I so enjoyed Home of the Brave, by the same author.  I read it in 2 hours, which ended up being 2 hours of crying at the same time!!

“Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.”

The Return

The Return,
by Rachel Harrison
To be released on 3/24/2020
by Berkley

I entered the giveaway and won.

However, when I read the synopsis, I had no idea it would be about horror. But that’s how Goodreads readers have mostly classified it in. And a review is also talking about supernatural elements, so I’m not sure I’m going to read it. Have you read it?

“An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance.
Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.”

The Missing SisterThe Missing Sister,
by Elle Marr
To be released on 4/1/2020
by Thomas & Mercer

Received for review for Criminal Element
I accepted it because it’s set in Paris!

In Paris, her twin sister has vanished, leaving behind three chilling words: Trust no one.
Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…
Alive. Trust no one.
Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.
As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…


Mailbox Monday November 18, 2019

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I didn’t post last Monday, because I wanted to use that day to post my September recap, and now I have 5 books to post about!


A Noel Killling

A Noël Killing,
by M.L. Longworth
Published on Nov 12/2019,
by Penguin Books,
Received for review in Criminal Element

Christmastime in the south of France is as beautiful as ever, but when a shady local businessman drops dead in the middle of the festivities, Verlaque and Bonnet must solve the case while keeping the holiday spirit alive.
Antoine Verlaque, examining magistrate for the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, doesn’t like Christmas. The decorations appear in the shops far too early, festive tourists swarm the streets, and his beloved Cours Mirabeau is lined with chalets selling what he regards as tacky trinkets. But his wife and partner Marine Bonnet is determined to make this a Christmas they can both enjoy, beginning with the carol sing at the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, a beautiful service in a packed church.
Just as the holiday cheer is in full swing, a man is poisoned, sending the community into a tailspin. The list of suspects, Verlaque and Bonnet quickly discover, almost fills the church itself, from the visiting vendors at the Christmas fair to the victim’s unhappy wife and his disgruntled business partner. In A Noël Killing, with the help of an ever-watchful young woman named France, the pair must solve the murder while the spirit of the season attempts to warm Verlaque’s stubborn heart.”

Or What You Will

Or What You Will,
by Jo Walton
Jul 7, 2020!
by Tor Books/Macmillan
Won through Shelf Awareness

“From the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of Among Others, an utterly original novel about how stories are brought forth.
He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god.
But “he” is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years.
But Sylvia won’t live forever, any more than any human does. And he’s trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he.
Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he’s got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her.”

Summer of ReckoningSummer of Reckoning,
by Marion Brunet
April 15, 2020!
by Bitter Lemon Press
Received for review from the publisher

Winner of the prestigious French mystery prize 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature policière.

“A psychological thriller set in the Luberon, a touristic French region that evokes holidays in magnificent pool-adorned villas. For those who live there year-round, it often means stifling poverty and boredom. Two teenage sisters have grown up in a world where the main distractions are hatred of Arabs and booze. When Celine, 16, discovers she is pregnant and refuses to divulge her lover’s identity, her father embarks on a mission of revenge. A dark and upsetting account of an ailing society, filled with silent and murderous rage.
Brunet uses her tense and efficient novel to tell us a story of “people at sea, on a boat punctured just above the waterline, never far from a shipwreck”. No one describes better the poisonous claustrophobia of families trapped in small rural towns. She writes with a scalpel about couples, family, sexism, racism and poverty.”

The One-Pot Weight Loss Plan, The One-Pot weight Loss plan
by Shelley Rael

December 3, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Sustainable weight loss is about more than dieting – it’s about changing your lifestyle. The One-Pot Weight Loss Plan has 85 mouthwatering one-pot recipes and a 28-day meal plan to help you lose weight quickly- and keep it off over the long-term.
You won’t feel like you’re missing out on your favorite foods with recipes like Pesto Quinoa Bowl, Turkey Chili, Ground Beef Tacos, and Strawberry Cheesecake that take only one “pot” to make and are packed with flavor. You’ll also get brief weekly exercise plans, handy grocery shopping lists, a helpful template for creating your own meal plans, and more.”

The 30-Minute Ayurvedic CookbookThe 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook,
by Danielle Martin
December 10, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“A healing diet for a healthy body―an Ayurvedic cookbook full of quick and tasty meals.
The traditional South Asian system of medicine―Ayurveda―is based on the concept of balancing your body to achieve total wellness. A diet centered around Ayurveda teaches us that the right food can ultimately balance and heal us. The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook makes it simple to eat an Ayurvedic diet, with 90 delicious recipes that take half an hour or less to prepare.
The recipes in this Ayurvedic cookbook are labeled for specific benefits―like digestion, heart health, weight loss, constipation relief, and more―so you can quickly find meals designed to benefit your individual healing process.”

Real Chemistry Experiments

Real Chemistry Experiments:
40 Exciting Steam Activities for Kids
by Edward P Zovinka
Juvenile Nonfiction/Chemistry
December 10, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innovator with these fascinating chemistry experiments. Each one has a clear purpose or question that’s being asked, step-by-step instructions, a list of materials you’ll need, questions to help you record your observations, and more. By the time you’re through, you’ll have chemistry for kids down to a science!”

My first grade workbookMy First Grade Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support First Grade Skills,
by Brittany Lynch and Robin Boyer
Juvenile Nonfiction/Chemistry
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Discover a great way to keep the learning going all year round. Bursting with exciting challenges, My First Grade Workbook is an educational activity book that young students will love.

From word searches and crosswords to color-by-sum and secret code puzzles, this first grade workbook is filled with loads of enjoyable games and activities that help kids learn as they play.”