Monthly Wrap-Up

Books Read This Month | September 2017

September is over, so it’s time to look back at what I read this month!  Which was…not a lot sadly.

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I managed to read 5 books, apparently, only 1 of which counts for the Beat the Backlist challenge.  These would be:

All of them except for SJTR were an egalley or ARC.  Of them all, I most enjoyed Speak Easy, Speak Love and Jane, Unlimited (which was actually a nice surprise because I didn’t think I was going to like that one at all.  I didn’t not enjoy any of the books I read this month, either, which was nice for once.

 

 

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Book Review

Book Review | HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco

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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)by Kerri Maniscalco

Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Books
Pages: 448
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.

Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.

When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.


My Review:

After reading Stalking Jack the Ripper I immediately dived into this one, eager to read more about Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell. Not only did I enjoy the first one, but this was going to be focusing on the legend of Count Dracula, so I was even more intrigued to find out what would happen in it. Continue reading “Book Review | HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco”

Book Review

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)

Synopsis:

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”