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Book Review | ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI, by Kerri Maniscalco

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Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)by Kerri Maniscalco

Publish Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Books
Pages: 431
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?


My Review:

Sad to say what was one of my most anticipated reads of this year turned out to be quite the disappointment. I read the first two books in this series last year and absolutely loved them, and so I was fully expecting to enjoy this one as well. However, with a combination of a plot that felt far too drawn out, dialogue that seemed over-the-top and confusing, and a sudden addition of a horrid love triangle, I could not bring myself to like this one as much I did the first two. Continue reading “Book Review | ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI, by Kerri Maniscalco”

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Book Review | THE DEVIL’S THIEF, by Lisa Maxwell

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The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2), by Lisa Maxwell

Publish Date: October 9, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 704
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss, and as an ARC from BookCon 2018, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.


My Review:

I absolutely adored reading The Last Magician last year so of course this was going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year. I loved Maxwell’s world-building in this first one, and it continued to be just as great in this one, if a little more confusing with some new information, and of course the characters are definitely what kept me going. There were some flaws, though, and it did feel like it dragged a bit at times, but overall I was mostly content with it as a sequel. Continue reading “Book Review | THE DEVIL’S THIEF, by Lisa Maxwell”

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Book Review | AN ARGUMENTATION OF HISTORIANS, by Jodi Taylor

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An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #9), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 421
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”―these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St. Mary’s under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There’s an ambitious programme hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs. Midgely’s objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr. Markham’s stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status.

And as if that’s not enough―the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan, but hey―what’s the worst that could happen?


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | AN ARGUMENTATION OF HISTORIANS, by Jodi Taylor”

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Book Review | AND THE REST IS HISTORY, by Jodi Taylor

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And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: April 13, 2017
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 355
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last.

No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him.

No one knows quite how, but Markham’s marital status remains unknown.

Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot could mysteriously materialise on the South Lawn, but it does.

But they do know that Clive Ronan is back.

They do know that he hates them and that this time he has good cause. And they do know that he will bring death and destruction in his wake.

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary’s from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople, and from tragedy to triumph and back again, in this, the eighth book in The Chronicles of St Mary’s.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | AND THE REST IS HISTORY, by Jodi Taylor”

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Book Review | WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?, by Jodi Taylor

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #6), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: August 20, 2015
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 328
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

In What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Max is back, with a new husband, a new job, and a training regime that cannot fail . . . to go wrong. Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, and mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to a boil—and wait for the bang!


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?, by Jodi Taylor”

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Book Review | A TRAIL THROUGH TIME, by Jodi Taylor

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A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: July 24, 2014
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 348
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

In A Trail Through Time, Max and Leon are reunited and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. Sadly, that doesn’t even last until lunchtime.

The action races from seventeenth-century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to fourteenth-century Southwark as the historians are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide-and-seek before seeking refuge at St. Mary’s—where new dangers await them. Overwhelmed, outnumbered, and with the building crashing down around them, will this spell the end of St. Mary’s?


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | A TRAIL THROUGH TIME, by Jodi Taylor”