Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince DraculaHunting Prince Dracula By Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical, Horror
Pages: 448 pages
Published: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: 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. Continue reading “Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula”

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Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the RipperStalking Jack The Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical, Horror
Pages: 326 pages
Published: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: 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.

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Arc Review: Emma In the Night By Wendy Walker

Emma in the NightEmma in the Night By Wendy Walker

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 320 pages
Published: August 8th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime. Continue reading “Arc Review: Emma In the Night By Wendy Walker”

Comic Review: Rough Riders By Adam Glass

Rough RidersRough Riders By Adam Glass (Writer), Patrick Olliffe (Artist and Regular Cover Artist), Gabe Eltaeb (Colorist), and Sal Cipriano (Letterer)

Genre: Comic
Pages: N/A
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Collecting the first seven issues of the epic AfterShock series!
At the cusp of the 1898 World’s Fair, America is poised to become Earth’s most industrious nation. When a terrible power emerges from the darkness, a group of unlikely heroes team-up to stop it. A tortured Teddy Roosevelt recruits a struggling Coney Island magician named Harry Houdini: a hard-drinking, gun-slinger, Annie Oakley; a financially strapped and aging Thomas Edison; and a boisterous, womanizing African American boxer with a big chip on his shoulder named Jack Johnson. These legends of old will soon wage a shadow war that will change the course of history for America, and the world. That is of course, if they don’t kill one another first.
Don’t miss out on this first collection from ADAM GLASS (executive producer of Supernatural & writer of Suicide Squad) and PAT OLLIFFE (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).

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Book Review: Worlds Between My Teeth By Tim Meyer

Worlds Between My TeethWorlds Between My Teeth By Time Meyer

Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Pages: 307 pages
Published: June 10th 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Plot: A dream you can’t wake up from. A cruel game you never wished you played. An enormous shadow living beneath your lake. An invasion of your world.

Worlds Between My Teeth collects TWELVE short stories designed to keep you up past midnight. Strap in. Tim Meyer, author of IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS and SUNFALL: SEASON ONE, grants you access to the portals in his mind. Welcome to his WORLDS…

TRACK LISTING: 1. The Dream Eaters 2. The Lemures 3. The Cherry Collectors 4. Worlds Between My Teeth 5. Gingerbread Death Machine 6. Under New Skies 7. The Ice King 8. Box Game 9. Armala’s Hunt 10. The Old Church 11. The Pumpkin Tree Giveth, The Pumpkin Tree Taketh Away 12. The Man Who Never Frowned

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Book Review: The Lying Game By Ruth Ware

The Lying GameThe Lying Game By Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Adult, Suspense
Pages: 370 pages
Published: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Gallery/ Scout Press
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

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Arc Review: The Red Hunter By Lisa Unger

The Red HunterThe Red Hunter By Lisa Unger

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 359 pages
Published: April 25th 2017
Publisher: Touchstone
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house–one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past–and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course–because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the terrifying monsters at the door.
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Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody By Anna Kendrick

29868610Scrappy Little Nobody By Anna Kendrick

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Humor, Memoir
Pages: 275 pages
Published: November 15th 2017
Publisher: Touchstone Books
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


My Review: So this book has been on my radar since I heard it was coming out. I knew this would be a book I listen to on audio book. My favorite thing about celebrity autobiographies is that it’s always read by them. I’m not a huge Anna Kendrick fan but I’ve always found her funny so I figured this would be something I enjoyed.

I really enjoyed getting to know Anna more. I didn’t realize her career started as early as it did. She did Broadway when she was younger. So I did end up finding out a lot of things I didn’t know about her. She would talk about the movies she’s been in and the people she’s worked with. I enjoyed her talking about Zac Efron and Chris Pine. She even had some mentions of George Clooney in there. I also found some of the stories pretty amusing. She did end up getting some laughs out of me.

I think my favorite part of this book was the energy she brought to the reading. I ended up enjoying it a lot more because she was very outgoing and energetic. She was having a good time and making jokes. There were times when I found myself zoning off because I always get like that with audiobooks but I was brought back into it by Anna’s voice.

Overall I felt like I got to know Anna a lot more. I didn’t know too much to begin with. It was very enjoyable because of how Anna went about reading it. She brought a lot of energy to the reading. I will be checking out more of her movies in the future. The only thing I wish I did was have the book in front of me so I would have paid attention more.


Have you guys read or listened to this book? I would love to get your thoughts on it.

Book Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Published: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hogarth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

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Book Review: This Is Our Story

This is Our StoryThis Is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Goodreads Synopsis: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own. Continue reading “Book Review: This Is Our Story”