BOOK REVIEW: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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It’s time for another book review!

Today’s review is on the mystery YA novel titled Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. As soon as I saw this book I was instantly intrigued. I have always been fascinated by the history of Jack the Ripper, and I love time-period novels. So this was basically a MUST READ for me!

The novel’s main character is Audrey Rose, a young girl who secretly apprentices with her uncle. During this apprenticeship, she is performing autopsy-like surgeries on the victims of Jack the Ripper. This is considered extremely improper for a young woman during this time. Her uncle also has another apprentice, a young man by the name of Thomas.

The bulk of the story takes place after Audrey Rose’s uncle is arrested for the Ripper murders. She and Thomas work together to find out who the Ripper really is, knowing that it could not possibly be her uncle.

I really enjoyed this book, and all of the mystery that it contained. I was completely surprised by who the Ripper actually turned out to be, and I think that is what I loved about this the most. Throughout the whole story I was convinced that the Ripper was one of two people, but I ended up being completely wrong! I love when a book is able to throw me off like that; it makes it that much more exciting!

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, time-period pieces, and/or YA. There is a sequel to this which is titled Hunting Prince Dracula which I am BEYOND excited to read. Vampire stories are some of my all time favorites, and I can’t wait to see what that one has in store for me!

If you didn’t see my latest blog, I have recently started a BookTube channel on YouTube! I would love for you to go and check it out, and subscribe there as well 🙂 I will be posting a video review of this book on their very shortly, so look forward to that!

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XO, Sarah

 

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Hello everyone!

I recently started a BookTube channel and I am so excited to share this with you! I have recently discovered the community that is BookTube, and to be honest, I’m surprised it took me this long! For those of you who don’t know, BookTube is a corner of YouTube where people talk about books. Videos range from currently readings, TBRs, wrap-ups, book reviews, book hauls, readathons, and so much more!

The reason why I started this channel is because I want to make more friends in the reading community who I can share my love of books with 🙂

I would love for you to come and check out my channel, and if you like it, please subscribe! 🙂

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XO, Sarah

Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

A while ago author David Meredith reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving a free copy of his book The Reflections of Queen Snow White in exchange for an honest review. Due to life happening, it took me a while before I was able to start reading it. Even though I had it waiting for a while, I am so glad that I picked it up! I am a lover a fairytales, so I was very excited to receive this retelling of Snow White.

What happens after happily ever after?

That is the question that Meredith’s story answers. It takes place many years after the story of Snow White that we are used to hearing about. In this retelling, Snow White has a daughter who is about to be married, and her Prince Charming has unfortunately passed on. Snow White has been in a deep depression since her husband’s death, feeling as if there is no hope for her without him; that he was the one who made her strong.

The majority of the story actually tells of times between the wedding of Snow White and Charming and the time that the story takes place in. What I really enjoyed about this is that they are not just flashbacks that Snow White has on her own. These memories are revealed by the infamous mirror on the wall. I absolutely love this portrayal of the mirror. Usually in retellings of this tale, the mirror is seen almost as much of a villain as the Evil Queen. That is not the case for this one. I do not want to give away too much information about the story, so I will not say too much about the mirror. However, I will say that the mirror proves to be one of the most important characters in the story.

I could not put this story down! I finished it in two days, and that’s only because I had to work and sleep. Otherwise, it would’ve been finished in just one! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fairytales! Thank you so much to David Meredith for this story!

If you would like to read it, you can get it from Amazon by clicking here! For a paperback copy it’s $5.99, for Kindle it’s $1.99, or if you have Kindle Unlimited you can download it for free! 🙂

You will definitely enjoy this wonderful story!

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XO~Sarah

 

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Book Review: “Three Dark Crowns”

Book Review: “Three Dark Crowns”

It’s time for another book review! I received Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake in my December OwlCrate box. If you don’t already know, OwlCrate is a monthly Young Adult book box that not only sends you a book each month, but also a few literary inspired items as well! To sign up, go here!

The main premise of the book is that each generation there are a set of triplet queens born. After they turn sixteen, only one of them can be the queen of the island, so it comes to a sort of fight to the death between the sisters. Each of the sisters have their own powers: one is a poisoner (ability to survive poison), one is a naturalist (has control over nature), and the third is an elemental (control over the elements).

I thought there was great character development with the three sisters throughout the whole story. I felt that I really got a sense of each of them and how they really felt about the process of ascending to queen.

There was slight hints of romances within the story, but the did not overpower the storyline. I think this is great, especially because the story is focused on three female leads. There are so many stories that have female leads that are focused around their love lives. It is refreshing to see a story that does not have such a focus on that.

The story definitely leaves on a HUGE cliffhanger! Luckily, book two will be coming out later this year! If you are interested in royal ascensions, sister relationships, and a taste of magic, then I recommend this book for sure!

If you have recently read a new book, let me know which one so I can try it out too! 🙂

 

XO,

Sarah

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Book Review: Stolen, by Lucy Christopher

One of my passions in life is reading; to me there is no better way to end your night than with a good book and a glass of red wine. Today I would like to talk about the book Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I picked up this book on the recommendation of one of my good friends who is also a lover of literature (Shout out to Rachel!). I am so glad that I took her recommendation! This is unlike any other book that I have read so far. It tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped, and shows the life she was forced to live during that time.

The novel is in the second person narrative from the character, Gemma. This type of narrative is not the most common when it comes to literature, and is one of the reasons why this novel has stood out to me so much. Instead of the story being told in the present, or even just a typical retelling of events, this story is written in the form of a letter. It is not just any type of letter though, it is a letter written to the man that kidnapped her.

It is a beautifully written story that showcases some of the effects that the victims of abductions can incur. We see the complex feelings of fear, desire for escape, and the beginnings of Stockholm Syndrome developing in Gemma. Her captor, Ty, has hopes of Gemma falling in love with him, and we see the progression of what exactly this case of abduction and Stockholm Syndrome can do to someone. It is so interesting to see the changes in someone’s mind when they experience an event such as this.

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that will captivate you and tell you a story of events that we don’t experience in our daily lives, then I definitely think you should pick this up! You can buy it here!

XO,

Sarah

P.S. What are some of your favorite books?

 

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