Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Have Coffee With | aka I rave about Shakespeare *again*

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I am actually terrible at meeting authors. I completely freeze up and forget how my tongue works, I sometimes splutter “I LOVE YOUR BOOK” as I’m running away from the signing desk, and I will happily walk around the rest of the day clutching an important book to my chest.

Despite all of this, and the enormous anxiety that meeting my favourite authors brings me, there are still some fantastic writers I would love to meet (and flail in front of) preferably in front of a rather large latte.

(Also, the “top ten Tuesday” prompt never said they had to be alive. Heh.)

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Upcoming Releases I’m Hella Excited For #2

I have a couple of books I am super duper excited for already waiting on pre-order. You’d better believe that as soon as these babies are in my hands, they are being devoured.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – release date Sep 18th 2018

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I don’t think it’s possible that I could be any more excited for this book. I’m planning on rereading the first two in Maniscalco’s series before this one comes out, and I cannot wait! It promises to be amazing!

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens – release date Oct 4th 2018

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I’ve literally had this on pre-order since the title was announced a couple of months ago. This is the sixth book in Robin’s amazing series, and I cannot wait to read it! If you love murder, Enid Blyton, and the 30s, definitely pick up this series.

What If It’s Us? by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli – release date Oct 9th 2018

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Now, I’ll admit that I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, but I’ve read and loved all of Becky’s novels (you can read my review for her latest here!). This one promises to be really good, and the cover is super cute. I’ll be trying to pick up at least one of Adam’s novels before it’s release date, but no promises!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – release date Oct 23rd 2018

Am I really excited for this one? Yes and no. Aside from Tower of Dawn which is kind of a spin-off anyway, I’ve read all of the Throne of Glass series but got rid of my books because I’m just not the biggest fan. However… I do want to know how it all ends! I won’t be buying this probably, but I’ll order it in via the library.

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So here’s some books I’m excited to read over the next couple of months! These span from now until almost two months exactly.

What are some releases that you’re excited for? Are any the same as mine? Let me know in the comments below! Until the next post… Hx

Book Review | Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

33784373After the tragic events that occurred in London, Audrey Rose and Thomas have travelled to Romania to attend a prestigious medical school. Love is brewing, Audrey Rose and Thomas are finally able to learn together; but death has followed them everywhere. With bodies turning up drained of blood, Audrey Rose is wondering if the rumours are true: that Dracula has arisen from the dead… 

I. loved. this. book.

After ripping (heh) through Maniscalco’s first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper, I knew that I was going to love this one. I wouldn’t say that it is better than Jack, and although I think that I actually preferred that one, this certainly does not suffer from second book syndrome.

Why did I enjoy book 1 more? Well, I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I think it’s the excitement. Audrey Rose was suffering a great deal throughout this book, battling depression and grief, and I feel like she didn’t have this weight in book 1. This is no criticism to the author, because it gave a different feel to the book and gave scope for so much character development. It just gave a very different tone to the book, but I liked this far darker version. I think I would like to reread both back to back and come back to this part of my review in the future!

So let’s start with the plot. Whilst I guessed the murderer right at the beginning, I was actually left questioning my decision the entire way through, and that’s what you need in a murder mystery novel. Maniscalco throws in so many red herrings and new ideas that you really are left guessing. She dug up an old myth, and I felt like it was really fascinating how she interweaves history and turns it into this incredible book.

The characters are, of course, brilliant. Audrey Rose and Thomas – ugh, can they just get married and have cute babies already?! I loved the diversity that Maniscalco managed to incorporate despite the time period it is in. I thought that Audrey Rose’s reaction was quite appropriate too – I thought she might have been more shocked, considering lesbianism in the 1800s wasn’t exactly able to be as open as it is nowadays, but she stayed completely true to her character in her response to it.

I think that’s something I really like about Kerri Maniscalco’s writing – her consistently. I find that some writers really exemplify their characters after they find what streaks readers enjoy, but she has managed to mingle character development and consistency throughout both of the novels.

I also liked how there wasn’t a huge jump between books #1 and #2. I feel like, again, this can be a huge mistake some writers make, especially when it’s a book following a debut, and also when lots of readers have had a lot of time between two books. I took a while to find my feet again in Hunting Prince Dracula, but I think that that’s partly because it’s been a year (??) since I read book 1.

Maniscalco set us up brilliantly for book 2, though. The setting was so delicious! I cannot explain how much I loved the setting for this book. It was chosen so well, and I feel like it really helped the book along and to be far more creepy than it could have been!

Overall, these are incredible books and I highly, highly recommend them. I zipped through both of them, and I cannot wait for book 3! I’m excited to see what mystery Maniscalco aims to write about next. I think that it’s a really great concept for a book series – unsolved mysteries that are explored by a really plucky, strong female character.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Source: bought from Wordery

Book Review | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

51wpm7kpqil-_sy344_bo1204203200_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.

I think I enjoyed this book. I gave it 4/5 on Goodreads, but I would imagine it’s more like 3.5/5. That isn’t saying I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, but I think there’s a fair bit I want to discuss!  Continue reading “Book Review | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco”