Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (spoiler-free)

Synopsis:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Published: September 18th, 2018 by JIMMY Patterson

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

Hey everyone! It’s been forever since I last wrote a book review!🙈 But I plan on posting more on here now that Uni is slowly coming to an end, so stay tuned!💕

Now on to the review! Escaping from Houdini is the third novel in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and it is one of my most anticipated books of the year! I was so excited to dive right back into this amazing series and go on yet another adventure with my favourite duo: Cressworth!

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Mini Review: Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell (spoiler-free)

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Synopsis:

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

Published: 2nd November, 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hey everyone! I read this book back in February and wrote a review that I completely forgot about! So now I’m finally posting it…hope you enjoy!

These two short stories were so adorable! From the plots, the characters, the settings and the illustrations (omg the illustrations!😍) everything was absolutely perfect!

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Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (spoiler-free)

Synopsis:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

 All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

 But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

 Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Published: February 7th, 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really, really, really wanted to love this book but it just fell a bit flat for me.

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Review: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry (spoiler-free)

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Synopsis:

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Published: January 30th by Harlequin Teen

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My first Katie McGarry book that I ever read was Pushing the Limits. It was one of the first books that really got me into reading YA contemporary and I remember thinking how authentic and real the characters were, Say You’ll Remember Me is no exception.

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (spoiler-free)

Synopsis:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Published: May 30th, 2017 by Simon Pulse

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oh my goodness! I loved this book! It was so, so, so adorable!😍

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Review: By Your Side by Kasie West (spoiler-free)

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Synopsis:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Published: January 31st by HarperTeen

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I literally just finished this book and I find myself a little, I don’t know, underwhelmed with this one…

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Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (spoiler-free)

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Synopsis: 

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Published: September 19th, 2017 by Little, Brown & Company

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

WOW. WOW. WOW.

This book was amazing!!! Just when I thought Stalking Jack the Ripper couldn’t be any better, Hunting Prince Dracula comes in and blows me away!

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