Devin

Devin Scott: avid adventurer, aspiring storyteller, absolute bibliophile. My love for books and reading stems from my grandfather. When I was a kid, 10 years old or so, my grandpa would entice my siblings and I to read by paying us a certain amount. The bigger the book, the more money we’d get (the dream job. I’d be a millionaire if the deal was still going). I’ve been a bibliophile ever since. I grew up, went to school, travelled around the country and certain parts of the world, experienced things I’ll never forget, and I never lost my enthusiasm for reading and literature. I’m a fan of all genres, but I’m particularly interested in fantasy and mysteries. I hope these books entertain you and treat you as well as they did me!

Feel free to email me at devin@mcleanandeakin.com for more recommendations!

 

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Inspection: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524796990
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Published: Del Rey - March 19th, 2019

Josh Malerman has created a brilliantly twisted coming-of-age story, highlighting the importance of truth, at any age, and the devastation that misinformation can cause. From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box comes a world of secrets, lies, and dangerous revelations.
     In the forests of Northern Michigan stand two towers being operated by an organization of scientists and ex-felons. The Parenthood, as they call themselves, have an underlying theory about the human condition that they are putting to the test. They believe the opposite gender is a distraction from genius, so by separating twenty-six boys and twenty-six girls and raising them in facilities closed off to the outside world, they hope to breed geniuses.
     J studies at the school meant for the boys, the Alphabet Boys, and they have no idea about the school for girls nearby, or the fact that females exist at all. He has spent his entire life at the Turret with the twenty-five other boys he calls his brothers, all of whom think of the founder of the school as their father, or D.A.D. They are all being trained to be prodigies of art, science, math, and athletics, and this is the only life they’ve ever known—and all they are allowed to know.
     But when J suspects that D.A.D. hasn’t been entirely truthful, his ignorant bliss quickly begins to unravel, leaving him with so many questions. What is beyond the pines? What is the purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? What secrets has their father been hiding from them?
     This novel does an outstanding job of portraying a perspective of the world through characters that are innocent and undeserving of such extreme censorship. Inspection would make a great book club choice, with many social topics worth discussing.


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Golden State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316505413
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 22nd, 2019

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben Winters comes a dystopian story I have never imagined. The Golden State, a country located where California once was, is a society that holds truth above all else, and lying in this new country is the worst offense possible.
    The protagonist, Laszlo Ratesic, is a nineteen-year veteran for the Speculative Service, a part of the government in charge of protecting truth and catching those who would knowingly contradict it. As a part of the Speculative Service, he is one of the few people who CAN express untruths or “speculate” on what could have happened. Laszlo is a capable Speculator who lives in the shadow of his famed brother who was killed in the line of duty. He prefers to work solo and considers himself a lone wolf, but when he is assigned a young, talented rookie for a partner, he finds himself shaken out of his lonely routine and placed on the trail of a suspicious death that leads to a bigger plot of lies and deception.
    In the age of “fake news” and people of power manipulating information for their own gain, this novel’s overall theme has never been more relevant. Exceptional story!


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The Oracle Year: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062686633
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2018

Soule's debut novel is a unique prose with a spectacular execution!
Will Dando, a down-on-his-luck musician living in New York City, becomes the most powerful man in the world overnight. When he awakens from a dream with 108 predictions of the future, he decides to change his own destiny. These predictions could be inconsequential; a woman will drink chocolate milk on a certain date, a reverend will pepper his steak, a man will reveal himself in a laundromat, etc. Other predictions have a more catastrophic effect.
Using the help of his closest friend, Hazma, and a highly-secured website that the world branded as “The Site,” Dando can post trivial predictions publicly while selling exclusive access to other prophecies to multibillion-dollar buyers. In doing so, he attracts the attention of dangerous enemies. Religious organizations, a grandmother assassin, journalists looking for a big scoop, and the United States government are after "The Oracle."
The Oracle Year is an exhilarating tale of faith and power, with an ending you couldn't possibly foresee! It reads like a fast-paced action film, and I won’t be surprised if it becomes a movie down the road.
P.S. Everything in this novel is connected, so don’t overlook any of the predictions!


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ISBN: 9780062338068
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - December 4th, 2018

Maureen Johnson’s new-to-paperback young adult novel is a mystery that any age will devour with enthusiasm. It is the story of a madman and the effects of the crime he committed eighty years ago.
Stevie Bell, an ambitious young sleuth, is obsessed with mystery novels and true crimes. As she goes into her junior year of high school, she hopes to become an FBI agent when she grows up. To impress her future interviewers for the position, she gets accepted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy where she intends to solve a cold case that has haunted the nation and this small Vermont region for the past eighty years. The founder of Ellingham Academy, Mr. Albert Ellingham, was a rich, eccentric philanthropist that thought of learning as a fun experience. He wanted a school that portrayed that belief and so he created Ellingham Academy, a school for incredibly gifted kis.  A school with secret passages, doors that lead nowhere, and an elaborate curriculum that focused on each child’s passion. But when a student was found dead on campus, and the wife and daughter of Mr. Ellingham were kidnapped by a shadowy figure calling himself "Truly Devious," Albert’s hope started to crumble. Then when the body of Mrs. Ellingham was found in a nearby lake days later, with no sign of the daughter, Mr. Ellingham was never the same.
Eighty years later, no one knows what happened to the Ellingham daughter, or who Truly Devious was. That’s where Stevie Bell comes into play. She plans to solve that case and make a name for herself, but there are dangers along the path she is walking- because Truly Devious may not be done tormenting Ellingham Academy.


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By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781641290111
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Published: Soho Crime - November 6th, 2018

This is a collection of five short stories filled with mischief and murder, the main character of which being an elderly lady who is most definitely up to no good!
Maud is by no means “sweet” while she hides behind the fake persona of a confused, elderly woman. She is 88 years old, has never been married, lives alone, travels alone, and enjoys her solitary existence. She may not have any friends or family, but she does have a stellar living situation. Due to a clause her deceased father threw into an old contract, she has been living rent-free in her large apartment in downtown Gothenburg for over seventy years.
In the story “An Elderly Lady Has Accommodation Problems,” a local celebrity who recently moved into the building starts eyeing Maud’s spacious apartment, and Maud believes she plans to take her apartment out from beneath her. What her new neighbor doesn’t know is that Maud will do anything to protect what is hers, including murder.
Maud doesn't stop there. In "An Elderly Lady on Her Travels," she learns that her ex-fiancé, Lt. Gustaf Adelsiöö, is marrying a former student of hers. This woman is not only thirty-five years younger than Gustaf, but is also known as a porn star in the soft-core porn industry, which leads Maud to believe that she is trying to take control of her past lover's estate. It is up to Maud to make sure the wedding never happens.
And then, in "An Elderly Lady Seeks Peace at Christmastime," Maud takes it upon herself to solve “the problem” in the apartment above hers.
All of Maud’s murders have a taste of senior justice to them, and each story takes its sweet time developing something realistic and shocking. You will love Maud, so long as you keep your distance.


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ISBN: 9781492657965
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 18th, 2018

This is a murder mystery for the ages! Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day, with a salute to Quantum Leap. The characters are incredible, with so much depth that you’ll swear they are real people. Be sure to give this book your absolute focus, as it deserves!

The rules of Blackheath are simple. Solve the case of who killed, or will kill, Evelyn Hardcastle and provide proof by 11p.m. A murder mystery that would leave Agatha Christie scratching her head.

Aiden Bishop, a man with an unknown past and mysterious intentions, even to himself, has eight chances, eight days, to solve the case. He relives the same day over and over, each day through the eyes of someone vital to the investigation. It is a race against the clock as he views the same day through the eyes of a doctor with memory loss, a friend of the Hardcastle family since childhood, and six other guests/staff of the residence. He establishes alliances with people he may not be able to trust, and encounters enemies that may not be as they seem, not to mention conversations with different incarnations of himself.

After spending three years of writing on sticky notes and connecting them with string, creating what he called a “highly suspicious murder wall”, Stuart Turton’s The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last chapter, and perhaps even after that! It is a captivating, complex debut that I won’t soon forget.


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Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316422734
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 18th, 2018

“I seen a kid killed,” said the stranger. “Strangled.”
International bestseller Robert Gailbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, gives us the exhilarating fourth book of the
Cormoran Strike mystery series.
Billy, a disturbed young man with a nervous tick, comes to private investigator Cormoran Strike’s office, claiming that he witnessed a crime when he was a child. There are many holes in his story, because he is mentally troubled, but there are specific details within it that leave Strike wondering if this is more than just the delusions of a madman. Before Strike can properly question him, Billy panics and runs out of the office.
Hoping to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and his former assistant (now partner) Robin Ellacott follow a trail that leads through the backstreets of London, to an anti-Olympics political group, and into an enigmatic inner sanctum within Parliament.
This book picks up where the
Career of Evil left off, at the wedding of Robin and Matthew. Feelings with Robin are tense after Strike firing her, and the newfound fame that he has inherited after catching the Shacklewell Ripper has shattered his anonymity; he wonders if anything will be ‘normal’ again.
The most striking Robert Gailbraith novel yet, Lethal White is an enthralling mystery that only makes the Cormoran Strike series that much better!  My only complaint is that it was only 650 pages long.


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This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543965
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Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018

In a side-splittingly vulgar detective story that breaks all the mystery genres clichés with protagonists unlike any other, Edgar Cantero has twisted something truly original.

Danny Mojave, an officer for the San Francisco Police Department, has been undercover for the past eighteen months, slowly infiltrating and climbing the ladder of an infamous drug cartel in San Carnal, California. When Mikey Lyon, the hot-tempered, irrational son of the cartel boss is found murdered with signs pointing to a nearby Japanese cartel as the culprits, Danny knows that a gang war is imminent. There is only one man he hopes to prevent it, even if “man” isn’t necessarily the right noun to use.

Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are twins that share everything; an office, a desk- and the same body. Adrian is “the internet with Asperger’s”. He is logical, brilliant, yet apathetic to nearly everything and everyone. He is the left side of the brain. Zooey is creative, emotional, impulsive, and depraved to her core. She is the right side of the brain. These siblings are in constant battle, each trying to control their body and struggling to subdue their counterpart. 

Danny must rely on A.Z. Kimrean, or particularly Adrian, to prevent a gang war that will sweep through the San Carnal area before it even starts. 


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The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

S.A Chakraborty’s first novel is a historical fiction that is guaranteed to captivate the fans of fantasy novels and mythology. Nahri, a young con-artist that uses her special gifts of seeing illness in others to swindle the gullible people of eighteenth century Cairo, unknowingly summons an immortal djinn warrior that was forced into slavery over a thousand years ago. As the last living descendant of a powerful djinn healer, it is up to her, the djinn warrior Dara, and a rebellious prince named Ali to prevent a war that threatens to destroy Daevabad, the City of Brass.


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ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

A captivating blend of fiction and nonfiction, The Word is Murder is a murder mystery done in a way that I have never seen done before. Anthony Horowitz, writer of the Alex Rider children's books, wants to branch out into writing adult novels. He has just finished his Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and as he ponders what he will write next, disgraced Detective Inspector Hawthorne approaches him with an offer. Hawthorne wants Anthony to write about him and the case he is working on. Anthony is hesitant about the idea of working with the offensive detective until he hears the details of the case. A healthy older woman enters a funeral parlour to plan her own service. Six hours later, she is strangled to death in her own home with her curtain cord. With a past of mistakes and an enigmatic text sent right before her death, the case is riddled with questions that need answering. As Anthony attempts to work in the real world of nonfiction, he quickly realizes that he is at the center of a story that is beyond his control. This is a detective novel that is as unique as it is intriguing!


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Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683690399
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

Andrew Shaffer gives us a laugh-out-loud mystery that demonstrates the importance of bromance and the effect we can make on those around us.  He uses two recognizable and respected politicians, Joe Biden and Barack Obama to get his point across.
It’s six months after the 2016 elections, and former VP Joe Biden is working on his bathroom floors, feeling misplaced in a perplexing America, yearning for the time when he helped make a positive impact as Vice President, and jealous that the Barack Obama has been jet skiing around the world with celebrities instead of giving him a call occasionally. But “Uncle” Joe’s feelings of displacement quickly shift to curiosity when one of his favorite Amtrak conductors dies in a suspicious accident with drugs on his person.
Finn Donnelly wouldn’t ever drink, let alone do drugs, so Joe Biden takes it upon himself to find out what really happened to him in the hopes of clearing his name. Although he’s not alone on the case! The 44th President of the United States, code name “Renegade”, and his strict Secret Service agent, Steve is there as back-up.


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ISBN: 9781455524235
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 23rd, 2018

Where suspense meets mystery, you get The Late Show! Michael Connelly introduces Detective Renee Ballard, an intelligent, passionate detective of the LAPD. After filing a sexual harassment complaint against one of her superiors, and being ultimately betrayed by her former partner, she is banished to the midnight shift, also called "the late show."
Partnered with a detective who doesn't care for the job as he once did, and who's only want in life is to take care of his dying wife waiting for him at home, they rarely follow through to the end on cases that happen on their watch. They instead pass it off to the day shift detectives that come in after they leave, which irritates the driven Detective Ballard.
That all changes when, on a seemingly ordinary night, two cases leave Ballard wanting justice. A woman is found beaten nearly to death, abandoned in a ditch, and is later revealed to be the victim of a potential hate crime. Not an hour later, a gunfight at a downtown LA club leaves five dead, one victim being an innocent waitress that dies in Ballard's arms as she rushes the bystander to the hospital.
With her new partner not wanting to do more than he needs to, Renee knows that she needs to go off-script with these two cases. After finishing her night shifts, she spends her days tracking down those that are responsible, which leads her into more danger and more conspiracy than she ever could have ever imagined. This is a thrilling, intriguing mystery with a character worthy of being a role model. If you are a Harry Bosch fan, you will not be disappointed with this new Michael Connelly novel!


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

Thomas Senlin, a brilliant yet cowardly headmaster of a school in a small fishing town, visits the legendary Tower of Babel with his newly wedded wife Marya for their honeymoon. As the couple peruse the shops at the base of the tower, they lose track of each other in the ever-changing marketplace. After days of searching for her, he believes she went to the tower in the hopes of using it as a meeting spot. What Thomas quickly learns is that the guide books he'd read before their trip could never prepare him for the twisted reality of Babel. With an unknown amount of "ringdoms" reaching into the sky, each level more dark and corrupt than the last, Thomas must ascend the tower in order to find and rescue his beloved wife. The man of knowledge must become a man of action, but will he recognize the man the Tower of Babel turns him into?


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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501116858
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Published: Scribner - January 9th, 2018

There are a handful of mysteries that spark my curiosity from the very first chapter, captivating my attention, forcing me to stay up reading until 3am for the opportunity to know more. As fellow bibliophiles, I'm sure many of you know exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe you haven't had that feeling in a while or have been searching for such a mystery. If so, this is the book for you.
Meet Lydia Smith, a very shy and secretive 30-year-old working at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. It's a large bookstore with an even bigger following of regular customers, also known as BookFrogs, that spend nearly as much time wandering amongst the shelves as the booksellers working there.
When Lydia finds one of the BookFrogs, Joey Molina, has hung himself in the history section of the store, it leaves her traumatized and disturbed, especially when she finds a photo of herself, blowing out the birthday candles at her 10th birthday party, on Joey's person. She is even more shocked when Joey's meager possessions are bequeathed to Lydia, with secret messages addressing her hidden in the pages of his books.
With these events, and the reappearance of her childhood friend Raj Patel, it forces her to revisit the catastrophic events that happened twenty years ago; to question things she never wanted to think about again; and worst of all for Lydia, confront her father whom she hasn't talked to in years. Lydia must put aside the order and solitude of her life if she wants to find the answers of not only why Joey killed himself, but who is behind the traumas of her childhood. Matthew Sullivan's debut novel is one I won't forget any time soon.


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

Dr. Anna Fox was a children psychiatrist until she developed a severe condition of agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces, leaving her imprisoned in her own home, afraid of leaving and going out into the world. With not a lot to do, she loves spending her days watching noir films, playing games of chess online, and drinking many bottles of wine. To satisfy her want to connect with the outside world, she likes to look at her neighbors through the lens of her camera.


When the Russell family moves in across the street, it reminds Anna of her estranged husband, Ed, and her daughter, Olivia. One night she sees something devastating happen at the Russell’s house, something she shouldn’t have seen, and it leads her to ask the question: “Is it paranoia if it is actually happening?”


A.J. Finn’s debut novel is a thrilling story that gives you something familiar, then throws you a curve ball, with wild twists occurring throughout the book! “The Woman in the Window” is a guarantee to be one of 2018’s best mystery/thriller novels!
 


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ISBN: 9781250066923
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 24th, 2017

Jeffrey Archer does a spectacular job of captivating his audience with well-developed short stories in his latest collection “Tell Tale”, bringing a different element of splendid story-telling to each one, with themes that are sure to resonate with you.
In the story “A Road to Damascus”, a young boy discovers the price of his family’s wealth which changes the course of his planned life. A young woman who is hitchhiking back to college learns that not everyone is as they seem in “A Wasted Hour”. And Archer’s longest story of this collection, “The Senior Vice President”, is about a decent man that refuses to have his retirement benefits swindled from him by the corporation he has been with for decades, so he comes up with a plan that goes outside the lines of the law.
Many of these stories have endings that leave you shocked, and with characters that you quickly grow fond of (or hate), this is the kind of fantastic collection that you can expect from Jeffrey Archer!


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ISBN: 9781620104415
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Published: Oni Press - October 31st, 2017

The Tea Dragon Society is a beautifully illustrated and well-written graphic novel that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, as she learns the intricacies of the world of tea dragons. Dragons exist- but they are not what you think. There are many kinds of dragons, all of them the size of a small animal, and each having different types of tea leaves growing from their horns. She learns the dying art form of taking care of these dragons from the loving tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik, as she tries to befriend their shy and forgetful apprentice, Minette.

Katie O’Neill delivers powerful life lessons about friendship and love in this creative graphic novel! 


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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Marie Lu’s newest novel is an exciting, futuristic adventure that I would describe as “Ready Player One” meets “The Hunger Games”!
    Warcross follows the point of view of Emika Chen, an eighteen-year-old bounty hunter with a knack for hacking and a fascination for the virtual reality game Warcross.  Emika, like millions of others in the world, escapes the struggles of the normal world by enjoying the game that has been sweeping the globe for the past ten years. When Emika hacks into the Warcross Championship Opening Ceremony, accidentally putting her avatar into the game while over half a billion viewers are watching, she becomes a celebrity overnight.
    The next day, Hideo Tanaka, the billionaire creator of Warcross, calls her and offers to fly her to Tokyo for a job opportunity, which Emika sees as a chance to leave the slums of New York City. The job: use her skills as a hacker and her experience as a bounty hunter to find a mysterious hacker going by the name Zero before he can cause any damage to the Warcross enterprise. To keep her mission a secret to the public, Hideo enters her as Wild Card to participate in the Warcross championships, thus hiding her in plain sight.
    With Emika’s attention constantly being pulled from the job at hand, making sure her team stays in the tournament, an unexpected romance that flourishes, and disastrous plots coming to the surface, this science-fiction thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat!


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ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Broadway Books - March 15th, 2016

A friend recently demanded that I read this book, and I’m so glad he forced me to! I finished it in a weekend; I was so enthralled by it. Scott Hawkins’ first novel meshes science-fiction, horror, and dark comedy so brilliantly that if you ever think you know what will happen next, he proves you wrong and throws you a curve ball.

Father, a god in the form of a man, goes missing. The Library, an ancient realm with all the secrets of the universe inside, is unguarded. Twelve people who were forcibly adopted by Father at a young age to study different topics (also known as catalogs) don’t know what to do. Other than bits and pieces of their childhood, the library, their studies, and Father are all they’ve ever known. But some of the twelve know something the others don’t: the one who controls the Library claims power over life, death, and all of creation.

Carolyn, the one who studies and knows every language ever created (and some that haven’t been created yet), has a plan. As a battle for the Library quickly approaches, with competitors that have powers far superior than her own, secret allegiances are revealed.

Where does a duffel bag with $327,000 come into play? What bigger role does Steve the plumber have in Carolyn’s plan? With a cast including a murderous psychopath wearing a tutu, a war hero with the name Erwin, and a lion named after a bomb, this is a novel I demand you to read. You will thank me.


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ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

This is the first book of a mystery series that follows the misadventures of Cormoran Strike, a former soldier now private investigator living in downtown London, and his new assistant/secretary Robin, a young girl working for a temp agency.

A famous supermodel named Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, jumps to her death. Being a celebrity, the police take the case very seriously and, after much investigation, conclude that her death was of her own volition.

Months later, her brother John Bristow, still refusing to believe that his sister would commit suicide, comes to Cormoran Strike for help. After losing his leg to a landmine in Afghanistan, Cormoran uses his expertise to become a private detective, but he is now down on his luck. His longstanding girlfriend just dumped him, he is down to one client, and he is not even sure how he’s going to be able to pay for his new secretary. Needing the money, he decides to take the case and look into the death of John’s sister, which leads him into the upper social circles of supermodels, designers, and rock stars.

Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter and Casual Vacancy), does a spectacular job with showing a celebrity-obsessed London, and creates exceptional character depth in this book! You’ll get a real sense of Cormoran’s desperation and loneliness, or Robin’s eagerness to help her boss and learn more about the exciting realm of being a private detective. A must-read mystery series!


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ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

This is perhaps my favorite book of all time simply because of the level of impact it has made on my life. It’s no surprise to me that millions of copies have been sold worldwide (translated to 71 languages), was at one point an international bestseller, and has inspired generations of people.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece centers around a young shepherd boy by the name of Santiago. “The boy”, as he is often called throughout the book, has recurring dreams of visiting the pyramids of Egypt and finding treasure there. He ignores these dreams, deciding to instead focus on his sheep and winning the heart of a local merchant’s daughter, until a gypsy woman tells him that this is a message from the universe and that he should heed this omen. He sells his sheep, heads to Tangier in northern Africa, beginning his quest for worldly treasures.

Santiago’s journey takes him far and wide, leading him to riches of a different kind. Along the way, he meets many interesting people that each teach him different life lessons, such as a crystal merchant that is content with the cards life has dealt him, a seemingly homeless man that is a king in disguise, an Englishman hoping to learn how to turn metals into gold from the famous Alchemist in the oasis of the desert, and the Alchemist himself.

Even though it is a fiction, it almost reads as an inspirational self-help book, similar to ‘The Celestine Prophecy’. I loved this book for all its important messages it has taught me, and there is a reason I give this book as a gift as often as I can to the people I love. And now, after 25 years of being on the market, they offer this story as a graphic novel!


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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061969577
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Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2011

Imagine a civilization so entuned with their planet that half of the population is gifted with superhuman abilities; flight, invisibility, control over the elements, and so much more. Such a civilization exists, and they live on the planet Lorien.

Or they did, before the Mogadorians race invaded their planet to slaughter them all and deplete Lorien’s natural resources. They succeeded in killing that ancient civilization, except nine Lorien children with nine adult protectors made it out safely and escaped to Earth. The Mogadorians know where they’re headed, and they know that these nine children weren’t chosen at random. They will be the strongest of their kind. They follow the nine Lorien children to Earth to hunt them down. For the children’s safety, their protectors (also known as Cepans) number them 1 through 9 and use a spell that forces them to be killed in order (One, then two, then Three, and so on). Then they disband, one Cepan per child, and travel to different parts of the world to protect them even further.

But the Mogadorians have found numbers One, Two, and Three. The nine children are all connected to each other, so they know those three are dead. This book is the story of John Smith, and he knows he’s the next to die, because he is Number Four. Aliens and superpowers, with Mogadorian hunters close on the hero’s tail! What else could you want from a young adult novel?!


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ISBN: 9781595547309
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Published: Thomas Nelson - July 27th, 2009

Ted Dekker does a fantastic job blending together a suspenseful, action-packed plot with thought-provoking, religious metaphor. Because of that, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific genre for The Circle Series! Its range is guaranteed to satisfy various types of readers.

The novel starts with Thomas Hunter, a man who owes powerful people a lot of money, running through deserted alleyways of Denver, trying to flee from assailants that are there to collect his debt. He barely escapes, until a bullet comes out of nowhere, turning his world black.

He wakes up with a head wound in a world unlike anything he’s ever seen. Good and Evil are clearly represented (a Green Forest and a Black Forest), and a river circles around the entire world separating the two forests. He remembers the alleys of Denver, but it all seems like a foggy dream, despite the fact he has a head wound. When he falls asleep in that world, he awakens in a dumpster in an alleyway. He quickly learns that one he falls asleep in one world, he wakes up in the other, but both worlds present catastrophic problems, some of which are caused by Thomas himself.

Where does reality end, and the dream begins?


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Narcissus and Goldmund: A Novel Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Ursule Molinaro (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312421670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 2003

Herman Hesse is in our Classics sections for a reason. He was a German man that was deeply affected by the spiritual thought process of Eastern culture, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, and wrote novels, stories, and essays that continue to grab the imaginations of readers 55 years after his death.

‘Narcissus & Goldmund’ takes place in Medieval Germany and centers around two young men that are fundamentally different. Yet despite their differences, they form an everlasting friendship. Narcissus is a brilliant, young teacher at a cloister school, pursuing his scholarly and religious goals of becoming an abbot. He becomes rather fond of a student a few years younger than himself, Goldmund, a naturally bright dreamer. Goldmund reciprocates Narcissus’ fondness and really admires him and his brilliance.

While out gathering herbs in a field, Goldmund meets a beautiful Gypsy woman who invites him to make love. That is the moment Goldmund realizes he is not meant for the monk lifestyle, even if it means leaving the monastery and his best friend. With Narcissus’ blessing, Goldmund sets out on an adventure to nowhere, hoping to find the meaning of his life.

As the book continues, Goldmund meets many attractive women, sees the best in humanity through his love of art and sculpting, and witnesses the worst in human existence as the Black Death destroys town after town. Throughout all his travelling, all his trials, all his lessons and lovers, Goldmund never forgets about his best friend Narcissus. As he goes older, he wonders if he will ever see Narcissus again, or if Narcissus was even alive.

The themes of this book revolve around the differences between mind and body, logic versus art, the scholar and the wanderer. I love this book because it shows that friendship can withstand anything.


 

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