Review: Lucian Divine by Renée Carlino

Lucian Divine Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition226 pages
Published January 9th 2017

From USA Today Bestselling author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique and different love story that’s sure to make you question what’s really out there…or who.

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

My thoughts…

Lucian has been Evelyn’s guardian angel since she was born and has been there to protect her, love her, and keep her safe.  As Evey grew older his feeling changed, he fell in love with her and he was so troubled by his feelings, that he turns to drinking whiskey.

One evening at the neighbor bar, Lucian and Evey meet.  He is totally drunk and begins a conversation with her.  She takes pity on him and takes him home so that he can sleep off his drunker stupor.  He then revels himself to Evey, letting her know that he is her guardian angel. 

Lucian is in some serious trouble with God because he has broken all kinds of rules by revealing himself to Evey. He is ordered to erase himself from Evey’s memories, he does as he’s ordered.  Somehow his attempt was not 100% effective and she still remembers.  He asks to set up a meeting with God because he loves Evey and wants to be with her.  His friend angel gave him the idea to kill her/let her die so she could become an angel as well… they heard angel rumors of another angel doing that.  Lucian could never hurt and harm Evey, because he was there to protect her.

I enjoyed this book, it made me laugh out loud more times than I can count.  Lucian Divine was highly entertaining and a little sadness mixed in.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
HardcoverSpecial Edition455 pages
Published May 12th 2015

This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book Carry On.

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Best Seller!

My thoughts…

Twin sisters, Cather and Wren, have been inseparable until their freshman year of college when Wren decides she doesn’t want to share a room with her sister, she wants to go out on her own. Cath is not only left without her sister, but also her best friend that she shared everything with.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan and a Simon Snow fan fiction writer. She writes the story called Carry On, it’s one of the most popular fan fictions out there.  Wren would help Cath with Carry On by editing and just giving ideas for upcoming chapters, but with Wren avoiding Cath, she’s all on her own.

Cath is an introvert whose discomfort with social settings leaves hiding within her fan fiction stories:  Cath's desire was to stay in her room, write fan fiction, eat protein bars and avoid the awkwardness of dining hall, until Cath’s roommate Reagan.  Reagan and Cath’s relationship was the most unexpected.  After a month of basically ignoring each other, Reagan drags Cath outside to the real world, showing her where the dining hall is, taking her to parties, and encouraging her to date Levi (Reagans high school boyfriend and friend).  It’s slow progress for Cath, who eventually comes out of her shell. 

I enjoyed the story on whole but I didn’t particularly care for her love interest Levi, those two together just didn’t seem to fit.  I also did not like excerpts about Simon Snow, I read the first excerpts and skipped the remaining, I just wasn’t interested because of that I will not be reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle

Wardrobe Malfunction Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition259 pages
Published February 18th 2017

From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new standalone romantic comedy.

Vaughn West, Hollywood heartthrob, has been at the top of his game for years. He thinks he’s untouchable—until a betrayal brings him spiraling down. Now, everyone pities him, and if there’s one thing Vaughn hates, it’s pity.

After a few months of working his way through every available actress, pop star, model, and waitress in California, Vaughn needs to get his life back on track and focus on what he does best—making hit movies.

Charlotte Michaels is in love. Just not with one person.
Louis Vuitton…
Christian Dior…
And the list goes on.

Sadly, Charly’s limited bank account doesn’t allow her those luxuries, and the closest she gets are lucky finds in charity shops and working closely with some of those names in her job as a wardrobe assistant.

Now, Charly has landed the mother of all jobs—working on the new Vaughn West movie. Excited doesn’t even cut it.

Only things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that Vaughn is actually a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.

So, why do their clothes keep falling off whenever they’re around each other? And why can’t Charly keep her mind in the closet and off Vaughn?

Getting mixed up with a smart-mouthed, fashion-obsessed wardrobe assistant is the last thing Vaughn needs.

Getting mixed up with an arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, jumped-up actor who has a lack of respect for fashion is the last thing Charly needs.

Things are about to get hot, dirty, and messy in Hollywood. Very messy. Especially if Charly’s closely guarded secret falls out of her closet.

My thoughts…

Vaughn discovers that his girlfriend has been cheating on him with his best friend on national television during an interview.  Vaughn was more upset about losing his best friend than his girlfriend. After the break up Vaughn jumps into the party scene, drinking and women. To get the job that will make his career he must clean up his act, no drinking and no women while filming.

Charly is hired to work as the wardrobe assistant on Vaughn's new movie.  Vaughn is one of her favorite actors and her celebrity crush, she is so excited to be working with him on such a huge project. On the first day of working with Vaughn she accidentally sticks him with a pin in a very painful, inappropriate place, his penis.

What starts out as fun & casual soon turns serious as Vaughn and Charly fall for each other and they both realize they want more. Charly is keeping a secret, she was on her way to tell him, before she can tell him, he finds out from the press.  Once again, he feels humiliated and refuses to talk to Charly.

I loved the interactions and banter between Vaughn and Charly, especially her feistiness towards him.  I had a huge smile reading this.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Teach Me: A Bad Boy Professor Romance by Penelope Marshall

Teach Me: A Bad Boy Professor Romance Teach Me: A Bad Boy Professor Romance by Penelope Marshall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition128 pages
Published November 9th 2016
The Me Series, #1

I'd never fallen for a student—but she was different.

Headstrong and unrelenting, she begged to be claimed. She just didn't know it yet.

I was going to break her, and make her mine.

My thoughts…

Insta-love. I don’t care for it, there wasn’t any developing relationship.  Cher (student) was so adamant that she would never fall in love with any man because of the decisions that her mother made with her father (her mother was the mistress and still is after years and years).  Once Regan (the hot professor) makes his move, she’s all into him and she gives in completely.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Grayson by Lisa Eugene

Grayson Grayson by Lisa Eugene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition208 pages
Published September 25th 2014

A insane love that will keep you from falling---or push you right off the edge.

All she needed was a job…
The last thing twenty-four year old grad student Angie Roberts needs is to worry about her new boss’s father. After all, she’s never even seen him. He remains sequestered upstairs in a house that looks like it should be the main feature in an episode of Hoarders. She had no idea the house was such a dump when she took the job. But she’s concerned about the safety and health of the old man living under such horrid conditions.

What she got was a mystery…
Despite warnings not to venture upstairs, she wanders up to the second floor. What she sees is shocking. The man she finds is a gorgeous, sexy, middle-aged man-- and he's stepping out of the shower. But something is definitely not right. Why would this wealthy, handsome man live in a house in such disrepair while his nine-teen year old son resides in a lavish pent-house? Why does he hide away from society? Why does he come to her rescue and then run away?

What she discovered was heartbreaking…
Angie learns that forty-four year old Grayson Whitmore suffers from schizophrenia. Paranoid, he retreats into his own world.

What she ended up with was a treasure…

Angie is determined to get through to Grayson. They form a friendship that blazes into an inconceivable love fired with raging passion. Angie must now come to Grayson’s rescue because the wicked that has been perpetrated on him is unconscionable. First, though, she must gain the trust of a man whose mind does not allow for such a thing.

My thoughts... 

Angie is a 24-year-old nursing student in need of extra income to help support herself and to help her parents pay their mounting medical bills.  She sees an advertisement on the school bulletin board to clean out a house.  She responds to the ad and meets Charles, Grayson 19-year-old self-entitled son.  He hires Angie based on her appearance and the entire time can’t stop staring at her breast or making suggestive comments.

Angie begins working almost immediately and is surprised to find that the home is in shambles with books, art and furniture everywhere. She is given strict instructions to never go up to the second floor where the owner lives.

Grayson (44) was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, despite his condition he ran a successful business, married, and had a child. With the help of medication, he could live a pretty normal life.  When his wife passed away he stopped taking his medication and has basically become a recluse that is highly paranoid.

When Grayson and Angie finally meet, there is an immediate attraction.  The story progresses with Angie creating ways to see Grayson, by having him come downstairs to help move books or assemble furniture.  Grayson is paranoid and doesn’t believe Angie’s intentions towards him are true.  He suspects that his son Charles has something to do with Angie developing feeling for him. 

With Grayson's interactions with Angie, a friendship/relationship is developed and he begins to trust her.  It was perfect that Angie had nursing training to understand his illness.  Angie never gave up on Grayson and I loved how their relationship progressed. 

This is a wonderful story and the epilogue had me smiling. 

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

The Conspiracy of Us The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover330 pages
Published January 13th 2015
The Conspiracy of Us Series, #1

A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance--perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with.

My thoughts…

In The Conspiracy of Us, Avery West is flung into a world she never imagined could exist. She finds out that her father’s family was part of a secret society that spanned back to the days of Alexander the Great.  Avery’s mother has been protecting her all these years by moving place to place so they cannot be found because of her violet eyes.  Now Avery is part of a quest to uncover the lost tomb of Alexander, and discovers things about herself she could never imagine.

I was pulled into Avery's adventure from the very beginning until the last page.  The Conspiracy of Us has all the elements of an adventure movie, a thrilling fast-paced story about a secret society and an ancient prophecy.  I’m excited to move onto the second book in this trilogy, Maps of Fate.  The last book, The Ends of the World is to be released in July of this year (2017).

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond

Dirty Like Me Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition353 pages
Published November 2nd 2016
Dirty Series, #1 

A gorgeous rock star.
An indecent proposal.
How can a girl resist?

Struggling barista Katie Bloom doesn’t even know who Jesse Mayes is until she inadvertently wins the coveted role of sex kitten in his hot new music video. But by the time she’s in bed with him, she knows his reputation.

Love maker. Heartbreaker.

Making out with a stranger in front of a camera crew isn’t how Katie imagined herself getting over a broken heart, but when Jesse touches her, sparks fly. The sex is fake but the chemistry is real, and soon the steamy video is blazing up the charts.

Then Jesse makes Katie an irresistible offer: act as his girlfriend for six weeks while he promotes his new album. The only catch? Their sizzling make-out sessions will be for the cameras only.

Which is fine with Katie, since she's not about to trust her heart to rock's most legendary lover. Her body? Maybe…

My thoughts…

Jesse and Katie met by chance in her best friends’ office. Unbeknownst to Katie the incredible sexy man is a rock star and the connection that those around them see has Katie landing a modeling job doing a music video with the famous rocker.

While filming the music video for Jesse’s an upcoming album release the sparks fly between Katie and Jesse.  The fans love Katie, Jesse comes up with the plan after the video for Katie to be his fake girlfriend for the promotion of his new album.

Jesse and Katie had more than just great chemistry together, the time they spent together just pretending to be a couple made them both realize just how well they fit.

I’m very much looking forward to getting more of these rockersIf you enjoy contemporary romance that also has steamy sex, this is a series you will want to read.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

Mack Daddy Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition282 pages
Published February 11th 2017 

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend, Lorelai, so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

My thoughts...

Mackenzie 'Mack' Morrison and Francesca 'Frankie' O'Hara meet when they become roommates while attending college.  Their first encounter ends up being Frankie’s most humiliating moment but these two form a fast friendship and soon develop deeper feelings between them.

They keep things platonic as Mack has a girlfriend living in D.C.  As the time comes for Mack to move out and head back to D.C., they both can no longer deny their true feelings for each other.  Mack’s plan is to break up with his girlfriend back home and then come back to Frankie as a free man.  Frankie never hears from Mack again, which leaves her heartbroken.

Now after eight years, Mack is back in Frankie's life determined to get her back.  He is now a father and Frankie is his son’s teacher.  Frankie can’t believe her eyes when she comes face to face with the man that left her and broke her heart. 

I would most definitely recommend Mack Daddy to anyone who loves second chance romance and friends to lovers’ stories. 

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Kindle Oasis

I’m so excited, it was a fabulous mail day.  The Kindle Oasis that my husband purchased for me was delivered today, Valentine’s Day.

Recently I’ve been having battery issues on my Samsung tablet.  I could only read for about three hours or so before the low battery symbol would appear.  I would then have to switch over to my phone to continue reading.  It was just a pain to have to download onto both devices.  I switched back to my old Kindle (2nd Generation) to have all my books on one device, which also had battery issues.  It would hold the charge for about a week, which is fabulous compared to three hours.  But, it didn’t have all the fun features as the Kindle app or newer Kindles, it was somewhat difficult to read in the evenings with low lighting and when I returned a borrowed book… I didn’t even bother doing it through the Kindle.

I’m sure after hearing me complain for months, Bryan thought a new Kindle would be the perfect gift… and he was right.  It was a toss-up between the Voyager and the Oasis, in the end I decided on the Oasis.  I couldn’t be happier.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Kindle 2nd Generation & Kindle Oasis

Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Paperback388 pages
Published January 8th 2015

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

My thoughts… **spoilers**

All the Bright Places was a well written, engaging, complex and emotional novel, both heartbreaking and beautiful.  Why two stars?  I didn’t like the ending, I was saddened and extremely angry, I felt that more should have been done to help Theodore Finch.  I was hopeful that Finch would get his Happily Ever After with Violet, it never happened because he commits suicide.  

Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

The Chemist The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardcover518 pages
Published November 8th 2016

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

My thoughts…

If you decide to read The Chemist do not give up, I admit that I put it down twice and then came back to it.  The story doesn’t pick up until Chapter 4 when Alex meets Daniel on the train.  The previous chapters give the reader plenty of information on Alex, her background, her expertise and why is on the run from her former employer. 

I know there has been quite a few negative reviews for this novel by Stephenie Meyer, but overall, I enjoyed it. I'm a big Jason Bourne fan and found the likeness between the main character Alex and Bourne, entertaining and exciting.  The Chemist is a fast-paced, light suspense novel that quickly sucked me into Alex’s world of chemical torture, after Chapter 4 of course.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover306 pages
Published September 1st 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My thoughts… **spoilers**

Madeline was diagnosed with a rare disease as a child, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, SCID. Because of this, she can’t go outside, can’t touch people, can’t even be around people unless they’ve been decontaminated first.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door and the boy catches her eye.  Olly, the boy next door, and Maddy begin emailing each other.  Olly and his family struggle with an abusive father and Maddy can hear Olly’s dad yelling from her window and she worries about his situation.  Maddy keeps her relationship with Olly a secret from her mother and it causes a rift to form between them.

Maddy’s mother does everything to keep her alive and far away from the outside world, she discovers her relationship with Olly and forbids her to have any more contact with him.  Maddy decides she wants to get out and see the world and live. She lies to Olly about her taking medication to help her illness and gets him to go on a trip to Hawaii.  While on the trip she does become ill and has to be hospitalized.  When she returns home, she begins to question her mother about her illness.

Maddy discovers that there was never any paper work, lab results or doctor’s notes diagnosing her illness.  It turns out Maddy was never sick to begin with, her mother had been lying entire time and acted like she didn't know and it was all a mistake.  Her mom pretended Maddy was sick so she could keep her safe and not lose her like she lost her husband and son in a car accident.

Even though the illness was a little farfetched and the hired nurses didn’t suspect she wasn’t sick… I still enjoyed it.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition288 pages
Published August 28th 2012
Penryn & the End of Days Series, #1

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My thoughts…

Why didn't I read this book sooner?! 

This book follows the story of Penryn as she tries to rescue her sister Paige.  Penryn is a teenager who lives in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by the angels, she struggles to survive the chaos and protect her physically disabled younger sister and mentally unstable mother.

The male lead character is Raffe, a warrior angel who Penryn finds broken and wingless on the street after a group of angels attack him and tear off his wings.  Penyrn is forced to fight the angels after her sister accidentally exposes them while hiding.  This group of angels takes Penryn's sister and flies off taking her to their nest.  Penryn needs Raffe’s help in finding the nest to rescue her sister.  They slowly develop an agreement to protect each other while they each work towards their own personal mission.

I truly enjoyed Angelfall, it was a thrilling, fast paced and action packed fantasy.  I’m happy that I finally read this and I’m eager to find out what happens next, the entire trilogy is available.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Book Outlet

I’m so happy, there is nothing like getting a large box of books in the mail, all for little ole me.  I recently discovered Book Outlet, an online store where you can purchase Read-iculously Low Priced books.  I had previously ordered a book through Amazon that was sold from Book Outlet, but I had no idea I could go there directly to shop.  I wish I would have known that sooner.

The only thing about Book Outlet, it’s a hit and miss.  They only have so much inventory of a title and chances of getting an entire series at once is not likely.  The good thing is that inventory changes often and there are always new titles to choose from.

Book Outlet books are marked down because most of the titles are marked with a small line or dot on the edge of the book by publishers who sell Book Outlet their returns and excess inventory. This mark ensures that the books will not be returned to the publisher for a second credit. The books they sell are not used, they are unread and in excellent condition.  I know I don’t mind a small line or dot on the edge of my books, I’m all about saving money… to buy more books!

This is my first book haul from Book Outlet, hardcovers, except the two by Cynthia Hand, paperback.

Hallowed (Unearthly, Bk #2) by Cynthia Hand
Boundless (Unearthly, Bk #3) by Cynthia Hand
Redemption Road by John Hart
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, Bk #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Fragile Spirits (Souls, Bk #2) by Mary Lindsey
The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, Bk #1) by Maggie Hall
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, Bk #1) by Susan Dennard
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

I’m not sure if I’ll post photos of monthly book hauls, although in the near future I’m planning to participate in Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga, at Tynga’sReviews. 

Please let me know if you read any of these books and what you thought about them.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Paperback384 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 

A nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women - a decade apart - told in reverse. A brilliant debut from an amazing new voice in thriller writing.

It's been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without trace. Then a letter from her father arrives - 'I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.' Has her father's dementia worsened, or has he really seen Corinne? Returning home, Nicolette must finally face what happened on that terrible night all those years ago.

Then, another young woman goes missing, almost to the day of the anniversary of when Corinne vanished. And like ten years ago, the whole town is a suspect.

Told backwards - Day 15 to Day 1 - Nicolette works to unravel the truth, revealing shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne.

Like nothing you've ever read before, All the Missing Girls is a brilliantly plotted debut thriller that will leave you breathless.

My thoughts…

This is a story about the disappearances of two young women, a decade apart   Nicolette (Nic) left home ten years ago after her best friend Corinne went missing, she has never been found and her case is still open.  Nic receives a call from her brother Daniel stating that their father, who suffers from Alzheimer's, is not doing well and some decisions must be made about his house and aftercare.  Shortly after she returns home another girl, Annaleise, goes missing.  Annaleise just happens to be Nic's neighbor and was recently dating Nic's exboyfriend, Tyler. 

I was impressed with the way the story was told in reverse, starting in the present then moving backwards in time, unfortunately I ended up getting confused for a bit.  Eventually I was able to catch up and understand how it all played out. 

All the Missing Girls is great read but you need to be prepared for the story told in reverse.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: 'Salem's Lot by Stephan King

'Salem's Lot 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
HardcoverBook Club439 pages
Published October 17th 1975

Something strange is going on in Jerusalem's Lot ...

but no one dares to talk about it. By day, 'Salem's Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine tingling horror.

My thoughts…

Salems’ Lot is the first and only Stephen King novel I’ve read.  I was looking forward to reading it, especially since finding a 1975 edition at a used book store.

The first 300 pages or so is describing everything, every character, the houses, and the town.  The novel heated up when the vampires began killing off the towns people, then it slowed once again.  It wasn't even scary, I was expecting a chilling thriller and I didn’t get that. 

I was hopeful that Salems’ Lot would be the novel to encourage me to read more of Stephen Kings novels, I was a bit disappointed with this and I’m not certain if I should try another King novel.  Any suggestions on King novels?

Happy Reading ~ Jovi

Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The Stranger The Stranger by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardcover386 pages
Published March 24th 2015 

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

My thoughts… **spoilers**

In The Stranger, the focus is on Adam and his wife Corinne. The stranger approaches Adam one evening to reveal a secret that his wife has been hiding for the past few years.  Corinne purchased a positive pregnancy test and ultrasound photos from the internet.  When Adam confronts his wife about it, Corinne packs her bags and asks Adam to give her a few days to herself. She swears to Adam there is more to the story than the secret.

Adam is then on the hunt to find the truth behind the secret and the stranger that approached him.  Adam then proceeds to search for Corinne because she hasn’t contacted him or their children.  Adam begins to discover information about 'the stranger' along the way. Turns out the stranger is part of a group that makes it their business to discover and expose people's secrets, sometimes engaging in blackmail along the way.  How does the stranger know so much personal information?  By hacking the internet. 

My one issue with this book was the ending. I am still not completely convinced on how this story concluded, it was a bit of a mess and felt like it was an attempt to try and tie up all the loose ends.  Sorry, no ending spoilers, you’ll have to read it yourself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery with lots of twists and turns.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi