Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya historical fiction, ya mystery

Book Review | STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, by Kerri Maniscalco

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)by Kerri Maniscalco

Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Books
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

My Review:

I’m not really big on mysteries to be honest (and yet I ended up reading two at the same time somehow), so I wasn’t completely sure I would be interested in this. But, I love all things that take place in Victorian England, plus Jack the Ripper is grotesquely interesting to read about, so I thought I might enjoy this (plus I also got the ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula at BookCon so…kind of felt like I should at least give it a try).

Turns out, I kind of loved it! Continue reading “Book Review | STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, by Kerri Maniscalco”

Book Challenges, Personal

All Hallow’s Read-a-Thon

Yes, yes, it’s only September, but you know what?  I love Halloween.  Lots of people do.  And so, I want to introduce to this blog something I’ve been hosting on tumblr for the past two years: All Hallow’s Read-a-Thon.  (Not to be confused with All Hallow’s Read, which is about giving books on Halloween.  Cool idea, but not what this is.)

Basically it means dedicating the month of October to reading as many Halloween-ish books as possible.  This could include horror novels, books by authors like Stephen King, books about vampires, witches, ghosts, etc.  They don’t have to be scary, they could just be paranormal.  Last year, for example, I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson, plus I started House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski but that was dense and ended up taking me through November to finish.

Last year and the year before I also made challenges throughout the month, but I think I might skip that this year.  I might just do a few reading sprints still, or maybe do a Bingo for it (it seems to be a popular thing to do with reading now).

Let me know if you’d be interested in joining something like this.  I don’t get a lot of participants, but we have fun anyway!


Discourse: Some Books are Just Not YA

Before I get flak let me just say, I love YA.  Of course I do.  I enjoy them much more than the stories in adult literature for the most part.  I swear most of them are about mothers who’ve lost kids, or wives who’ve lost husbands in some way, or they’re psychological thrillers where the protagonist just kind of forces their way into the mystery of another character, or it’s “historical fiction” but tells the story of one character from one time period and then another from a more modern one and somehow forces a connection between the two.  I mean, how many of those have you seen floating around?  I’m sure many people enjoy them but I could honestly care less.  So I turn to YA.

Oh, but there is a whole section now called NA – New Adult – which is supposed to be perfect for my age-range (the college to post-grad/twenty-something range).  Except it’s not.  Almost all NA books I’ve seen are romance books – and not the kind that are light and fluffy, but the ones that seem to revolve around sex and “finding oneself” after college.  I’m sure there are great storylines attached to these, but when the summary is telling me mostly about the relationships and sex and stuff, you’ve lost me.  I’m not interested in that either. Continue reading “Discourse: Some Books are Just Not YA”


Not Good (For Me, Anyways)

Re: I Can’t Read a Sequel Without Rereading the First Book First.

Godsgrave is hitting the shelves.  In fact, I’ve already seen it at the store I work at.  I didn’t buy it yet, though, because money.

And I know for a fact that it starts off with a refresher (I…may have the egalley but am definitely not going to be finishing it in time for the publication date lol.  But I glanced at the first few pages and there’s a little refresher of who’s who and such!)


I still feel the small niggling feeling

There in the back of my head

It’s Nevernight and it’s saying “Reread me!  Reread me!”

Shhh, no, I don’t have time!!  I need to know what’s next for Mia now!!!

Wow gosh this probably sounds like a crazy person talking to herself sorry not sorry.


Shout Out to my Favorite, Libba Bray

I’ve mentioned that Libba Bray is my favorite author right?  (Confession, still need to read Beauty Queens.)  Well, read this interview from EW and see just how amazing she is and seriously I need to meet her one day.  (I’ll probably clam up and not say anything but still.)

It’s all about feminism and females authors and in the movie business and just…amazing.  She’s amazing.  I love her so much.

Book Challenges

August 2017 | #ARCAugust Wrap-Up & Books Read This Month


Well, it’s September 1st, so that means #ARCAugust is over.  I had an original goal of 12 books (yup, I knew I wasn’t going to be doing that) and managed to read 7 of the 12 with only 1 that I started and did not finish.  Not bad if I say so myself.  12 was kind of a stretch for me, so 7 is probably more than I should have expected.

The books I read for #ARCAugust and the month of August are:

The one egalley I started for #ARCAugust but did not finish was Zero Repeat Forever, by Gabrielle Prendergast.

Of the ones I read, I most enjoyed This is Not the End, Shimmer and Burn, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  All were excellent reads in their own way and definitely ones I would recommend.  Thank you to Read.Sleep.Repeat for hosting #ARCAugust!  It definitely helped push me to read the ARCs and egalleys I needed to.  Too bad there isn’t one for September, cause I still have so many more to read.

Sadly, because I focused on #ARCAugust, I got absolutely nothing read for BeatTheBacklist.  :/