Audiobook Review: Hunting Prince Dracula


Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2

Format: Audiobook

Length: 11 hours & 58 minutes

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: 

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.

FIRST OFF:

It’s taken me forever to actually write this and not make it random. Also SPOLIERS ahead because second book and I need to get this all out.

This book has the same issue as the last book where some parts dragged on. Also the names of the new characters where close sounding to each other that I sometimes forgot whose who. That however didn’t take away from how this book broke me and put me back together all the same.

Let me explain by reviewing or ramble about the book:

This leads off right after the ending of the first book where we have our two favorite characters Audrey Rose and Thomas heading for Romania. Since this book is following right behind the first book we see Audrey Rose dealing with how it ended, and she’s not doing that well. We don’t get the girl who refused to be put in a box and follow what society wants from her. Now she is deeply depressed and seeing things that are not there. It was so hard to see Audrey this way because in the first book she was so strong and though she still showed the pain was still there. Especially since she was in a another country going to a all men school, learning a profession that is for men, and knowing no one but Thomas.

And poor Thomas Cresswell. He was with Audrey Rose and knew everything that happened in London, and yet how smart he is put his foot in mouth more than once. I understand that he wants to protect Audrey Rose from being in a school that didn’t want her. However he forgets that though she is grieving she is still strongly independent. So instead being helpful he instead makes Audrey Rose mad for embarrassing her.

MYSTERY:

Again like in Stalking Jack the Ripper there is a murder spree happening that Audrey Rose and Thomas want to get involved in yet no one wants to let them. And yes the killer was a bit predictable, but the way to the reveal was interesting. Especially since there was puzzles involved and whole lot of fun detective work. Also I felt like their lives were more in danger this time around, and had me worry about my babies.

ROMANCE:

The romance was heartbreaking at times, because what do you get when put two hardheaded independent people together. Plenty of misunderstanding, and Thomas keep putting his foot into his mouth and just seemed to make things worse. Though for most what he did would seem very loving of him Thomas forgets that Audrey Rose is to independent and will not see it that way. Which caused friction between them for most of the story. However I believe they needed this, and they grew from it making them a better couple. That ending attest to that for sure and makes me more excited to see what the next book has instore with that.

THE AUDIOBOOK:

I love listening to this book because Nicola Barber does a beautiful job telling the story smoothly and helping with all the slow part seem more interesting. She did each voice very well as she did in the first and how she continues on with the third book. Even though the book was 11 hrs. and 58 mins. I read this in one sitting because Audrey Rose and Thomas remind me so much the two main characters of the show Castle.

WRAPPING THIS UP:

So as you can tell by my rambles to this book I loved it and just think it gets better as the books go. Kerri Maniscalo is doing a really good job with her historical retellings that keeps me addicted with her worlds and her characters.

Audiobook Review: The Shadow Cipher


Author: Laura Ruby

Series: York#1

Format: audiobook

narrator: Andy Verner

Length: 10/14

Summary: it was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment. And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers. Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.

This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter. The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice. For a 10 hour audio this one went fast and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how they each had a role to play, Jamie drew out when they found a new thing. While Theo was the textbook giving the history. And Tess she is also very smart, but also can lie the best out of the three of them. Also the friendship is sweet for they all are fighting for a common cause and that’s so no one would leave the only home they know. Plus the twins have a giant cat who is everything. She goes along with most of there adventure. She keeps Tess calm and scare off baddies what’s not to love.
Where the puzzles took them was basically all around New York from the Statue of Liberty, to visit Alexander Hamilton, to get on crazy trains, and even go under ground. There was plenty twist and turns some obvious, but there was plenty of them to keep me going into the end.

Alas cliffhangers are not fun, because that ending makes me want the next book which isn’t until next year.

 

Audiobook: RoomHate


Author: Penelope Ward

Series: n/a

Format: audible

Narrator: Zoe McKay

Length: 9h/3m

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Amelia and Justin where childhood best friends until a misunderstanding made her leave him behind. That was until Amelia’s grandmother passed away and left her house to both of them. And now have to spend the summer with the boy she left behind along with his girlfriend. Awkward.

My Thoughts:

And it kept going and I couldn’t stop listening and so finished it in a day.

Justin though was a bastard in the beginning I still loved him because hello bad boys make me just a happy reader. While Amelia just want to talk to Justin to settle there differences and maybe become friends again. However Justin wants nothing to do with her. The battle in the beginning had me pause my audiobook because I couldn’t handle it. Laughter and smiling like a lone makes you have weird looks. Then as they slowly went into friendship mode and the slow burn I lived for.

Let me just say this book had no cheating. I know I was shocked and very happy that Penelope didn’t take that route. Because yes there was some sexual tension and long looks between Justin and Amelia however they respected Jill enough not to act on it. I loved Jill to and would love a spin off for to have a happy ending. Because she became friends with Amelia when Justin was being a bully. So yes for her story and have Justin and Amelia costar.

Another thing I loved the development of this book. It wasn’t just the summer and they reconnected and end there’s no there was more. The setting was cute in the way that the house was on a little island. So small town along with living on the water. This was such a realistic way that a relationship should develop especially with the history they have. It had to go slow and work the way up to more and I got that with this book and was surprised.

The narrator Zoe McKay did a wonderful job at telling the story in both voices. Plus mainly you get the story in Amelia’s voice and in the epilogue you get Justin. Which kind of sucks because there are parts I would have loved read through Justin’s view.

Other than that I loved this story and highly recommend to anyone who loves childhood friends who get a second chance at something more.