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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Hunting Prince Dracula,” by Kerri Maniscalco

Again, an amazing, intriguing and intense story by the wonderful Maniscalco.

4.5/5 Stars

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In this story, we follow Audrey Rose and her friend Thomas to Romania, where they are to compete for a spot in a prestigious forensic studies school. The twist in this story is that they are going where the infamous Dracula lived—the school is situated in his castle.

A quick history lesson for you guys, Prince Vlad Dracula reigned in the Country of Romania around the 1600s and when he died people believed he turned into a vampire. This book was written in a late 1800s perspective and I find it fascinating the way the author makes these connections and chooses these myths and folklore to create an amazing story. Maniscalco manages to fuse both, history and fiction in a way that will have you at the edge of your chair with goosebumps all over your body.

We meet a variety of different characters and I must say that I despised the headmaster of the school, but there were some interesting developments throughout the story. I also loved how she incorporated a romance that, in that period of time, would have been seen as wrong and unforgiving—but that didn’t stop the author from bringing that aspect in, which I found very brave. You’ll see what I’m talking about once you read the book.

In other words, if you like solving mysteries, page-turning thrillers, murder investigation, and you are curious about Dracula, then this is the perfect book for you. With the right amount of romance, action, and suspense, Maniscalco will have you craving for me after each page. I cannot wait for the next to come out, “Escaping Houdini,” I’m so excited.

I recommend it to 14+ years-old.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Stalking Jack the Ripper,” by Kerri Maniscalco.

4/5 stars

This was a very interesting story that dealt with postmortems, forensic sciences, and cadavers–I mean, who doesn’t want to read a book like this? Maniscalco brings us this very intriguing story (that I consider more of a spinoff) about Jack the Ripper and A little bit of history behind Jack the Ripper, for those of you who don’t know, he was a serial killer from England that murdered women in the late 1800s. Anyways, back to the story, Audrey Rose is our main character and she’s full of curiosity and an insatiable passion for the forensic sciences.

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Nathaniel is her brother whom she loves and her father is crazy, oh and her uncle is a forensic scientist that she apprentices under. The book was written in the time period of the late 1800s so you can imagine all the formalities and social classes and royale tea parties and all that jazz. Maniscalco writes beautifully and very detailed scenes that include customs from that era. Those were one of the aspects that made this book very interesting. Thomas was another interesting factor in this book–he plays our love interest, but he’s infuriating as he is charming. He managed to get in Miss Wadsworth neves as much as he managed to get on mine (LOL), but he was very cute and I look forward to reading more about him in the next books.

The fact that she decided to incorporate Jack the Ripper into this story makes it even more interesting, and I cannot wait to read the next book. I honestly was kinda skeptic about reading this book because it was a James Patterson publishing and I could care less about James Patterson in general, but that’s why I didn’t give it a try. However, I truly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more books by this author. I would recommend this book to anyone 14 years and older.

Non-Spoiler Book Review, “The Museum of Heartbreak,” by Meg Leder

4/5 stars

This was an awesome cute read. College and work won’t allow me to read as much as I want to, and well, I can never find time to review books anymore, even if I end up reading them. I have so many hand written reviews that I haven’t had chance to publish them here.

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Okay, back to the review, this was such a cute refreshing read. Penelope Marx is our main character and she’s very much like all of us. Or more so like me, because I don’t know how you guys are, lol. She believes in fairytales and happy endings and true love, and loves fictional boyfriends, etc. She experiences her first crush with this new kid that comes to school, and well, you can imagine how everything goes from there.

This is a story about friendship, growing apart, and then finding each other. It’s about heartbreak and unexpected love. The storyline is very interesting and the writing is cohesive and makes a lot of sense. I never felt like I got lost in the story and the book maintained a peaceful flow. I truly enjoyed reading this fluffy romance book, and I would recommend it for readers 14 and up.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Warcross,” by Mary Lu

4.5 Stars

This is was an amazing new story, it was so refreshing to read, it was like opening myself to a new world, and it felt wonderful.  This story involves hackers, video games, and a whole new developed world, where is not too far from our future.

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Marie Lu, takes us to a couple of years in the future where everyone in the world is using these glasses that project a virtual reality world. Some people play for real, others just live in it.It is honestly amazing to read about, and I don’t know how to explain it to you, so you have to read the book to actually understand the story. Emika is a bounty hunter, she catches people that cheat and do illegal things in the games. She loves the game and everything there’s is to it. She enjoys being part of it. She also lives in New York City, and you know how expensive it is to live in the city–and she’s getting evicted from her apartment, so in a desperate attempt to save her life and still have somewhere to live, she commits a mistake.

Then she’s just introduced to this whole new world that she knows very well, but that now she gets to see from behind the scenes. Honestly, I really recommend this book, it’s an amazing story and anyone from 15 years and up can read it. I do wish that Lu would focus more on the development of the world and the games than some other stuff she was paid attention too, she was very redundant in some cases but other than that it was a very great story.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Shuffle, Repeat,” by Jen Klein

4/5 stars

This was a beautiful book with an amazing story. I think it has DUFF and Easy A vibes. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, more than I expected, and this is my first book by this author and I’m very satisfied with it.

26067503This book follows the story of June and Oliver. June’s mom and Oliver’s mom arrange for both of them to ride together to school. June doesn’t like this arrangement, but there’s nothing she can do about it. June and Oliver know each other, or knew each other–but then they grew up, and high school happened. June believes that High School traditions are stupid and can’t wait to go to college to leave all of that stupidity behind. Oliver, on the other hand, believes that high school is all there is and that you need to make your high school years the best because you will remember them forever.

Since they have different opinions about high school, they argue most of the time, and to pass the time they listen to music on their way over to the school, hence the title. This story is full of fun, humor, lies, friendship, and future. I would recommend this story to anyone who’s having conflicting feelings about high school or college, and how two strangers can overcome anything, and find the truth in their hearts. 14 and up could read this. Enjoy!

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Eliza and Her Monsters,” By Francesca Zappia

4/5 stars

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I really enjoyed reading this book. The last book that I read by this author was “Made you up,” about a year ago, and I really did love it. This one did not disappoint. Francesca’s writing is beautiful and consistent, and I’m very curious as to see if she was the one who drew the art for her book because it is seriously amazing.

Eliza is the creator of a very popular web comic, and when I mean popular, I mean really popular. Like people have tattoos over her webcomic popular. Millions of people read her comic. But no one knows who she is in real life.

In school, she’s treated as a dork and a freak, and one day she decides to stand up for this kid, Wallace, because he was being bullied, or well, pressured is the most correct term. Anyways, he discovers that she likes Monstrous Sea, which is the web comic that she creates. Some pages fall out of the sketchbook she always has in hand and he sees them, but he doesn’t think that she’s the creator. I mean why would he. Anywho, they form a connection over the web comic, which in terms turns into romance, and I like it because Eliza is getting out of her comfort zone, and is the cutest thing to see her get all flustered when he directs any of the attention to her.

This story is about, love, trust, depression, because Jesus, Eliza is always depressed or in a mood. But it is also about friendship and losing people who are very close to you. Would recommend if you’ve read anything by Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon, or Ned Vizzini.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Flame in the Mist,” by Renée Ahdieh

4.5/5 Stars

I’m really impressed by how this book turned out to be. I put it off for a while because I was afraid it would not meet my expectations. But who was I kidding? Renee is one of the best of authors when it comes to YA fantasy. The amount of research and love she puts into her books shows throughout her story, and it is so impressive to read. This is a Mulan retelling23308087, and our main character, Mariko, is such a strong resemblance in terms of personality. She’s stubborn, loyal, witty and opinionated. Okami is stubborn as well, and If I’m being honest, both of them were alike, in a lot of ways.

Yes, many of the names are confusing AF, (she does have a glossary at the end of the book though), and half of the time I didn’t know what the hell what’s going on–but pay attention to the little details because they might surprise you in the end. The book was written in the third person and there are many points of view that might seem insignificant to you, but that will make sense in the end.

I loved this story, Renee is such an amazing author, and the story line and plot twist and character development were so good. I never once got bored reading this story. Well, everyone once in a while I would because of the little snippets of other characters POV, which I didn’t realize its importance until the end of the book, hence me warning you above to pay attention to the minor details so they don’t surprise you.