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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 | “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 | “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.

 

 

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Traitor to the Throne” by Alwyn Hamilton.

Wow!, I don’t know what to tell you about this book. It was amazing. I just can’t believe it finished and I still have to wait another year to read the next one. Like the Alwyn doesn’t have anything else to do rather than torture us! I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5.29739361
This book picks up right where Rebel of the Sands ended, and on this one, we see Amani become more powerful than ever, she’s strong, she suffers, she makes tough decisions–but that’s one of the things that I love about this book. That even though this a whole new universe presenting a situation where none of us would ever imagine being in, Amani still gets to be a teenager and learn from her mistakes.
Also, I felt like Jin and Amani didn’t get much quality time, the time that they got to see each other was either through stolen time or very little time because of everything that was going on around them. In the end, I felt bad for them.
The other characters in this story are so full of life. The author introduces us to a couple of new characters that are joining the rebellion, and we lose a couple more to it as well, but the book never stops having a life. Also like that even though, as I mentioned earlier, this book presents the world where we could never imagine our generation in, there are a lot of real world situations going on in this book, and I love how the character incorporated them to this modern and twisted tale. Something that she doesn’t let us forget, is that the rebellion is formed by a bunch of teenagers, and these teenagers even though they have super powers, they face the same problems that we do on a daily basis. They are filled with anxiety, they deal with a lot of stress, they have to make tough decisions, and they suffer because of them, but yet, they keep fighting, they don’t let anything bring them down, not even at the brink of desperation. These kids are super strong, and they think of each other as a family, I can’t wait for the next book in this series because I know that they are going to come back more badass than ever.
A new dawn. A new desert.

If you guys want to catch up and refresh your memory, here’s the link for my review of the Rebel of the Sands book.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi

This book was a challenge for me, it was a slow read for me, and considering on how I can read a b25203675ook in two days or less, this one took me a while. Princess Mayavati is a really a complicated character, the story line is so complicated, and I didn’t understand most of it. It took me three days to get through the first 100 pages. But after that, the book did pick up, and honestly enough, it has sort of the same story line as “WiNTERSONG,” by S. Jae-Jones, where the main character gets married and then the rest of the story is a fight for her marriage.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. Amar was a distant character as well, I’m telling you strong Wintersong vibes. Throughout the whole book, I couldn’t get to actually know him. Was he, in the end, a demon or not? No wonder Maya did what she did to him in the almost end of the story, he wasn’t honest with her. After she gets her memories back, things become more complicated, and then Nritti was a complicated af character. I didn’t understand her at all. Now, Gauri is interesting, I want to see her in the next book, I feel that she’s going to end up with the kid that turned out to be king, and that excites me.

Non-Spoiler Book Review – “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones

3.5/5 stars.

24763621I don’t know, I found this book a little bit boring. I believe that the author prolonged the book too much. This is what I think about when I say that authors overwrite. However, other than that, I think that the story was nice, although a little bit longer than it needed to be, and sometimes downright boring, I did enjoy bits and pieces.
As you guys know, this book is a retelling of the labyrinth movie, back in the 1980s. Yes, there’s a goblin king, yes, there’s little goblins–there’s everything in here. I really liked Elisabeth as a character, I did believe she was selfless, and not even once thought about her throughout this book. Her love for her family was what kept her alive in the end.
I didn’t like how we didn’t get to meet the Goblin King very much, I mean it was just bits and pieces of him, and well, I couldn’t actually get to know him well enough. He was very kind towards Elisabeth, once the mini-game was over, and he always seems to be gentle with her. Until he wasn’t ;). I meant that in a good way, btw.
Personally, I haven’t watched the movie “Labyrinth” myself, so maybe that’s why I didn’t find the story interesting.
I did enjoy the author’s writing, S. Jae-Jones, wrote so beautifully, and just like this story was focused on music, her writing was as well. Did anyone else notice?
Like her writing was so beautiful and lyrical, it was like reading a song the whole time. And is funny, because of the whole book centers around music.
Besides that, I believe that this book is good if you want to relax and enjoy a story that doesn’t make any sense at all in the real world, but if you give it a try you might find yourself headed to the underground.