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

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

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Published: September 18, 2018

Read as: US Hardcover

Average Goodreads rating: 4.15

My rating: 3

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.

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

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

Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company

Published: September 19th, 2017

Read as: US Hardcover

Average Goodreads rating: 4.38

My rating: 3.5

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life? Continue reading

Review | The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang

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Publisher: Harper Voyage

Published: May 1st 2018

Read as: Audio (Audible download)

Average Goodreads rating: 4.12

My rating: 4

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising. Continue reading

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

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

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Published: September 20th 2015

Read as: Paperback, owned

Average Goodreads rating: 4.02

My rating: 4.5/5

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. Continue reading

Review | Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

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Title: Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan Books Ltd

Published: August 4 2015

Read as: UK paperback

Average Goodreads rating: 3.88

My rating: 2.5

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood… Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice. Continue reading

ARC Review | The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

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Title: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: September 11th, 2018

Format: eARC

My rating: 3/5

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.  Continue reading

Review | Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

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TitleInk and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Publisher: NAL

Published: July 7th, 2015

Average Goodreads rating: 3.96

My rating: 3.75

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Continue reading