Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Pages: 326 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

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.”


my review

I have such mixed feelings about this book. I originally gave it three stars when I just finished reading it. But then when I thought back on it, I decided to give it four stars.

When I first started reading it I was so disappointed. I thought I was going to DNF it which was really upsetting me because I don’t generally buy hardcover books unless I absolutely can’t wait for softcover. This was one of those cases where I absolutely needed to read this book ASAP. A lot of it had to do with the fact that the cover is gorgeous and it was old England which is one of my weaknesses. I however made a big big mistake. I honestly didn’t know who Jack the Ripper was. I think if you don’t know anything about him, you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise! Not such a great surprise! I don’t do gore, but let me tell you, Jack the Ripper is all about gore. Nasty nasty gore. There were parts of this book that I absolutely struggled to get through. It was making my stomach turn, but I had to keep reading.

Once I got past the gore parts which was the beginning half of the book, the book was absolutely amazing. I think what makes this book the best is that ending!! WOW!

So if you can handle the gore of books, I would say read this, it’s such a good book!

Zodiac Book Review

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Title: Zodiac

Author: Romina Russell

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 325 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 2star


goodreadssynopsis

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?”


my review

For me this book was just ok. I really feel like I am not giving it a fair review though.

First of all I was going through a reading slump when I was reading it. So I stopped for a few months.

Then when I finally did pick it up, it just didn’t do anything for me. It was interesting enough that I didn’t DNF it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the writing. I think if your zodiac sign is one of the main character zodiac signs, you’l find it interesting to read all the characterstics. You can tell that Russell put a lot of research into the different traits of the different signs.

Also to be fair, I think the more fantasy books I read the more I think they might not be my thing. There are some fantasy books I end up loving, some I can’t get through, and then ones like this that are just ok.

If you like fantasy, different worlds and zodiac stuff, I really do think you’ll enjoy it. Also that cover is gorgeous!

Book Journal

journal

I was wondering if any of you bullet journal? or even have a book journal? what are the benefits and the disadvantages of doing this?

I started thinking about this recently for a number of reasons.

  1. In series I find that if I don’t read them all back to back I forget what has happened in previous books. Especially if I have to wait a year for the next one to come out because I read so many books in between. So I thought this might be a good way to keep track of what happens in a book.
  2. I find when I go to write reviews because I’m so far behind I don’t even remember what happened in a book, or I don’t really comment on everything and my reviews are so generic.
  3. I think it would be kind of cute to have a journal filled with the books I’ve read.

What kind of things would you put in a book journal?

 

Christmas Under the Stars Review

Christmas Under the Stars

Title: Christmas Under the Stars

Author: Karen Swan

Release Date: November 3, 2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Chick Lit

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

“A gripping, festive novel, Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan reveals the devastating power of secrets.

Worlds apart. A love without limit.

In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. Just weeks away from their wedding, they work and play with Tuck and Lucy, their closest and oldest friends. Meg and Lucy are as close as sisters – much to Meg’s sister’s dismay – and Tuck and Mitch have successfully turned their passion for snowboarding into a booming business.

But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help – and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot.

As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth – is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best?”


my review

A few things before I talk about this book.

One: Karen Swan has easily become an automatic buy for me. Any time I see one of her books come out, I buy them right away.

Two: I think the fact that her covers and titles are always Christmas related does her no good. I say this because it’s misleading. Her books while they have a Christmas chapter, are never really Christmas related. I feel like people might be missing out on her amazing books because of this. So if you’re reading this, and you don’t try her books because they sound Christmas related … THEY ARENT!

Ok onto the actual book. I don’t even know what to say, her books are always fantastic. This book had me laughing, crying, angry, happy, excited!

The plot twist at the end had me shocked and I still am like WOW!!!!!!!!!!! yes with that many exclamation points!

Fabulous fabulous fabulous!

There are so many stories within this story. So much character development. So many layers to each character!

So much romance!!

I would literally read this book again, it was that great!

Sleigh Bells in the Snow Review

Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers,#1)

Title: Sleigh Bells in the Snow

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release Date: October 4, 2013

Publisher: Mills and Boon

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Chick Lit

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

Once upon a time Kayla loved Christmas

Now she’s more dedicated to her job than decking the halls, and can’t wait for the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to be over.

Until she arrives at the enchanting Snow Crystal ski resort, determined to win gorgeous owner Jackson as a marketing client.

But wooing Jackson professionally quickly turns personal as they spend flirty festive nights in this glittering winter wonderland.

With snowflakes swirling and sleigh bells ringing…could Jackson be the one to make Kayla fall back under the Christmas spell?


my review This was my first book by Sarah Morgan and it definitely won’t be my last. Ever since I read this book I find myself checking every bookstore I go to to see if I can get another of her books.

I’ll admit this was a complete cover buy for me. It was winter, close to Christmas. The cover had glitter! It was the ultimate girly cover!

I was so pleasently surprised that the story was fantastic. The characters are well developed. It really is one of those books where you feel like you are watching the people’s lives.

The story is fantastic, it’s interesting, you find yourself feeling with the characters, rooting for certain characters. There’s sub plots which are equally interesting.

There’s romance, there’s steamy scenes. It was amazing!!!

February 2017 Review

February wasn’t a good reading month for me. I was in a reading slump, I had so much going on in life, so overall I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I’m hoping that March is a better month. I also have some time off work in March so hopefully I get some reading done during that time. Actually as I was doing this post I realized I did read quite a bit in February … oops! I guess these were all from the beginning of the month.


I read these in February:

To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)  The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1)  Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)  Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)  Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)  Deadly in High Heels (High Heels, #9)  Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)  Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)


Currently Reading:

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)



Favorite Book this Month:

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)


Books I Bought This Month:

Most of these books weren’t bought by me. Some of them were gifts for my birthday but I helped choose them.

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book  My Not So Perfect Life  Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale  Before I Fall  Big Little Lies  Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #19)


What I might read in March:

Before I Fall  Big Little Lies  My Not So Perfect Life  Girl in Pieces  Holding Up the Universe  Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)  Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)

 

Winter Review

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 10, 2015

Publishers: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 823 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 5star


goodreadssynopsis

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series. ”


my review

I LOVED this book!

Seriously this entire series is just pure love!

The characters are absolutely amazing. They are so well developed. I mean really well developed. As you’re reading it you know instantly which chatacter is talking even though it tells you at the beginning. It’s just such a distinctive tone for each person.

Also staying true to the whole fairytale business, the romance between each pairing is just amazing. I ship Winter and Jacin so hard! Even Cress and Thorne <333

I also think the entire book wrapped up the whole series perfectly. A perfect ending to an amazing series!!!

 

 

January 2017 Wrap Up

January was a fabulous reading month for me. I had a lot of time off of work so I was able to do a lot of reading. I do fear that all this reading is going to put me in a bit of a reading slump, so I have no idea how my February 2017 wrap up will look like. As of right now, I really don’t want to read anything! That’s a scary thing to say. I did manage to read 12 books in January. Have you read any of these books? Any look interesting?


I read these in January:

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)  Don't Even Think About It (Don't Even Think About It, #1)  Ripped From the Pages (A Bibliophile Mystery, #9)  Passenger (Passenger, #1)  Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)  To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)  Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)  Fearless in High Heels (High Heels, #6) Danger in High Heels (High Heels, #7)   Homicide in High Heels (High Heels, #8)  Deadly in High Heels (High Heels, #9)


Currently Reading:

I haven’t decided yet! I’m either going to go for something short and light, because I’m trying to tear down my TBR list, or something I’m super excited about.


Favorite Book this Month:

This is a hard one but as you can see I got super into the High Heels Mysteries, so one of those would be my favourite, I can’t choose which one!


Books I bought this Month:

I’ve been trying very hard not to buy any books because like I mentioned I’m trying to get through my bought to be read list. It was at 78 books and I have it down to 63 books which is amazing to me! But I completely fell in love with the cover of this book and the colour I had to go buy it!

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

 

 

The Winner’s Curse Review

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Pages: 355 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.”


my review

I will admit that I bought this book purely for the cover. I am an absolute sucker for books that have dresses on the cover so this one was no exception.

I had debated for a while as to if I should actually buy it or not because I had been hearing such mixed reviews. A lot of people didn’t like it, but then there were some people who loved it.

I am one of those that absolutely loved it!

I really liked Kestrel, she does what she thinks is right rather than listening to anyone. I love characters like that! She is also compassionate. There was just something really likeable about her.

I don’t want to give away any of the plot but the whole Kestrel/Arin thing was really well done!

The story is quite original as well, lots of plot twists, and turns. It’s just a really great book.

2016 Wrap Up

So this is a bit late, but I figure better late than never!

I don’t really know how to wrap up my reading in 2016. I definitely didn’t read as many books as I had wanted to. With work and just a bunch of other things going on I didn’t get a lot of reading done compared to oher years.

I read 65 books and a total of 23 114 pages.

I’ll just post what my best books of 2016 were, so the books I gave 5 stars to. I don’t often give books 5 stars.

Dangerous Girls  Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)  Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)  Yoga Girl    The Crown (The Selection, #5)  Love & Gelato  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)