Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

2020, REVIEW

Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Pages: 336
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

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.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

My thoughts

I am familiar with the story of Jack the Ripper, having frequently heard about the story throughout my childhood. I believe this story was really well cone and the author was very compassionate with the victims. I appreciated the note at the end of the books explaining the differences. The characters are extremely well done and I liked both the main characters. I enjoyed the relationship between Thomas and Audrey Rose, I thought it was done quite well. The story does describe everything in gory detail but it is creative and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series

My CAWPILE ratings are:

Characters: 9.5

Atmosphere: 9.5

Writing: 9

Plot: 10

Intrigue: 10

Logic: 9

Enjoyment: 10

Let me know if you have read this series in the comments below

Happy reading
xoxo

September TBR

2020, TBR

Hey readers…

Just a quick little post to let you know the books I am hoping to get too this month. Clicking on each book cover will take you to it’s Goodreads page.

I am really looking forward to all the books I am reading this month and hope I can get to all of them in time.

Two of these are re-reads, so I should be able to get through these pretty quickly and they are:
1. City of Bones
2. Scythe

what are you reading this month, let me know in the comments.

Happy reading
xoxo

August Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Readers….

I have had a mixed month for reading this month, I have finished 4 books this month and put down 2 books.

I have put these two books down but this isn’t because I hated them, it was because at this time these just weren’t the books I wanted to read.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse was a very religious based book and even though it was an interesting book I just wasn’t something I wanted at the time I picked this book up.

The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin, at the beginning of the book I was slightly confused but it has interested me and I do want to see what the whole plot is about. I will get back to this by the end of the year but just not this month

I have really enjoyed everything I have read this month, I finished The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty on audiobook. This one is a re-read for me and I enjoyed it more than the first time I read it.

The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell, this was read as an ebook, for an online read along and I am so glad I dived into it as it was a series I had been looking at for a while and just never picked up.

If It Bleeds by Stephen King is the first set of short stories I have read by Stephen King and I really liked them, there was one story I wasn’t too sure about but apart from that I felt they were the correct length for each story and the right amount of creepy and thought provoking.

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the 2nd book in the Dresden files series and I enjoyed this so much. This series is becoming a favourite of mine and I can’t wait to carry on with a book a month and dive further in the series with Harry Dresden.

Reviews for all these books will be coming in the next couple of weeks so make sure you keep your eye out for them.

What did you read this month? let me know in the comments below.

Review: Storm Front

2020, REVIEW

Author: Jim Butcher
Pages: 384
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

My thoughts

Wizards and detectives! sign me up… as soon as I read that I was extremely interested and wanted to dive into this series.

Characters = 8.5

I thought the characters were extremely likeable and developed throughout the story. Harry Dresden is the main character and he is extremely funny. He makes some choices throughout, which sometimes where debatable and if made ever so slightly differently he would have had an easier ride but he was funny throughout about these choices.

Murphy is the female detective in the plot and she is a strong female character who doesn’t take anything from anyone but is still self conscience about how she is doing in the job role.

Atmosphere = 7

The atmosphere throughout was good and I felt all the moods and emotions, there were times were it lacked a little but it didn’t take away from the story.

Writing = 8.5

I really liked the writing style and the way it was written. It is written in first person and I think that adds to the way the story works.

Plot = 8 and Intrigue = 9

I really enjoyed the plot for this book, it was a murder/mystery detective plot with the twist of supernatural with a wizard detective consultant. This plot was everything I didn’t know I wanted in a book. It plot was just so intriguing and I think it was done really well.

Logic = 8.5

I gave the logic an 8.5 because I thought the choices the characters made where choices that made sense but if they made changes, for example, just communicating with another character, the choices would have had a better outcome now matter how logical they seemed. I could feel myself thinking “oh Dresden” when he just didn’t make that one little phone call.

Enjoyment =10

I loved this book and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience reading it. I dove straight into the 2nd book of the series and can not wait to see were the series goes.

overall the book got a 8.5 which equals a 4 star and I would highly recommend this series to everyone. One thing to note is that for some people it takes a couple of book to get in to.

What are your thoughts on this style of review? Let me know in the comments below

– Happy reading XO

Weekly update

2020, Midweek update, updates

Hey readers..

I am just going to do a quick little update on what I have finished reading and what I am currently reading.

I have finished three books this week and put aside one book. Any ratings are done through the CAWPILE system by The Book Roast over on YouTube.

1. If It Bleeds by Stephen King – I gave this a 4 stars, following the CAWPILE rating system

2. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, this was a re-read for me and I really enjoyed this book a little more this time. I think is because I now know the characters. I upped my rating for 3.5 stars to 4 stars

3. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher, this is the 2nd book in the Dresden files series. I am loving this series so far and will definitely be carrying on with this series, this book got a 4 star from me.

I am currently reading Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I am enjoying this book a whole lot more than the start of the first book and I cant wait to see what happens in this world and see how the development of the characters goes.

This week I will be going camping from Saturday till Monday with family so I am unsure how much reading I will get done this weekend.

I hope your all enjoying your reads, let me know what your currently reading or what you have recently finished in the comments below

-Happy reading XO