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!

 

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The Alchemist Cover Image
$16.99
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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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Novels) Cover Image
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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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Black (Circle #1) Cover Image
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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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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501116858
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Published: Scribner Book Company - 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 Library at Mount Char Cover Image
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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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The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678102
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Published: Harper Voyager - November 14th, 2017

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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Tell Tale: Stories Cover Image
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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: 9780399547966
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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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Narcissus and Goldmund Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Ursule Molinaro (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780312421670
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Published: Picador USA - February 1st, 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.


Ready Player One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Ready Player One is a stimulating tale unlike any other.
The year is 2044 and the world is in utter turmoil. There are no more fossil fuel resources, poverty is at an all time high, the seas are rising due to environmental issues, and there’s an energy crisis on a global scale. The only solace the people of Earth have is the virtual reality game ‘The OASIS’, a digital universe created by the computer genius James Holliday.
When Holliday dies at the age of 67, with no heirs or family, he creates a fascinating quest to determine who will inherit his 2.5 billion dollars and have control over the OASIS. Holliday, obsessed with everything involving the 80’s pop culture, gives the world a riddle which will lead them to a hidden Easter egg. The rules are simple: solve the riddles and the ingenious puzzles that follow, collect three keys, pass through three gateways, and reach the egg, winning the prize.
For years after his death, nearly every person on Earth searches for Holliday’s hidden Easter egg, yet not a single person has solved the first riddle. When Wade Watts, an 18-year old who lives with his aunt in a vertical trailer park in Oklahoma City, becomes the first person to solve the riddle, he knows that his life will never be the same. What he doesn’t know is that there are dangerous people willing to do anything to obtain the billions of dollars and control of the OASIS, even willing to kill those who come in their way.
This is a dazzling novel full of nostalgia, anticipation, thrills and games. Ernest Cline has successfully blended genres in a way never seen before.


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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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The Late Show Cover Image
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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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The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
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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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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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