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.

Audio Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Okay this may become really ranting as hell, but I can’t help it. So you have been warned.

SUMMARY: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

If you’re looking for a book that is fantasy based/ with gifted people/ a kickass main character/lovable main male character/ lovable secondary characters/journey/ along with a sweet romance this is your book. So if this is your book then please read because it’s a really good fantasy book.

BACKSTORY:

In these fantasy there are seven kingdoms the three that are mainly forced are Middluns, Monsea, Lienid. In all the kingdoms there can people who are gifted or have a Graced which can be a useless or very dangerous. It’s easy to find out if your Graced by the color of your eyes which would be multicolored. If you can be useful the kingdom that you live in can put you in their service. Being Grace always makes you an outcast even if your Grace is harmless.

Katsa being Graced is anything but harmless which makes her a badass. Katsa trained hard to control of her Grace of killing. Though Katsa doesn’t like to kill even if she is labeled as her uncle’s lady killer and feared by everyone. Katsa tries to make up for it by forming an organizing that she keeps from her Uncle because he would never approve of it. The Council is a group that helps the people that the kings would not. It’s not even Katsa who does all the errands that need to be done, but it has spread to all the other kingdoms. With Katsa miss badass herself and trying not let her Grace of killing or her uncle rule her. I also enjoy how she is independent throughout the whole book and stuck to her guns.

And Prince Po of Lienid just went along with it as long as he had her. Loved that. Po is one of those main guys who are supportive of your decisions and don’t try to change your mind. Po is also Graced with a special gift that he has to hid from others. Po understand Katsa better than her other friends could even if they try. My favorite parts are when there fighting together and watching Katsa beat the heck out of him which Po takes as a champ.

 

SOME SIDE CHARACTERS:

Oll who is a spymaster and the one who helped Katsa control her Grace. Then we have Raffin who is heir to the throne who also a man of science. Giddon is a small lord who wants Katsa’s interest but to bad she can’t return them. Helda is a Grace who takes care of babies and became Katsa guide to lady things which again Katsa didn’t care for. Bitterblue princess of Monsea who is a touch girl for someone so young. The things that her and Katsa goes through makes you have mad repeat for her.

AUDIBLE VERISON:

I did a two for one with this book I listen to it while also reading the paperback. So the audible book took me a little to get used to because it was a group narrator. I learned that reading the physical book while reading didn’t work for me. So I just did one or the other and highly enjoyed it.

OVERALL:

This book has a little bit of everything from a good adventure story, friendships, lovable main and side characters, and a romance that was slow but steady. I have Fire which I found out wasn’t a continuing on Katsa’s story. Which bummed me out because I simply loved to see how Katsa and Poe turn out. However, am excited to see what Fire has to offer in after the first book.

AUDIO REVIEW: The BFG by Roald Dahl


 

While reading the BFG I had to keep reminding myself that this is a children’s book. Also I keep thinking how they will make this book into a movie. It should be interesting to see events of the book come out in movie format.
Anyway parts that I liked:
-I enjoyed the BFG I listened to this book and for some reason to me the BFG sounded like Hagrid from Harry Potter. Though the BFG and Hagrid are different in so many ways. Also he couldn’t speak like Sophie could because he taught himself. So he has some words that he made up that are sometimes hard to know. However he is also the runt of the other giants and a dream collector. So instead of eating the children he gives them good dreams.
-I also loved the relationship between Sophie and the BFG. They are both pretty much loners one being an outcast among his peers and Sophie being an orphan. They both hate what the other giants are doing and so make plans on stopping them once and all.
Things  I didn’t like:
-Because I listened to this by audible not only did I have the narrator but also sound effects. Some where fine however some I was just went yuck.
-Also I had a problem with the end like I said I had to remind myself this is a children’s book but come on. I liked Sophie’s plan of having the BFG make a nightmare of what the other giants did at night. However how calm the queen and the servant and such bugged me. Instead they make a giant size things so that he can eat breakfast with the queen. If giants where real that is not how a person would act friendly or not.

-Now on to the other giants which are described as ugly so if I see the movie not looking forward to that. There are nine of them and they each have weird names like Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, or Bloodbottler. They are all great bullies who pick on the BFG relentlessly however when the chance comes up BFG get them back.

 

I enjoyed this book and want to more from Roald Dalf other than this book and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like Matilda, and The Witches which both have movies out that I’ve seen but never read. If you want to jump back into your inner child then try this book out. Then if you enjoy it you can see it on the screen.

REVIEW: Crash by Nicole Williams


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Harper Teen/2012

Page Count: 365

Format: Paperback

This book has been sitting on my shelf and I believed to get rid of it. However I had the whole good/evil book nerds on my shoulders saying I should give the first book a chance. So I did and was surprised.

PLOT: This is Lucy Larson senior in high school and she is going to a new school and downside from her old life. However one thing that has always been constant is dancing. That was until she meet bad boy Jude Ryder was a rap sheet longer than any kid his age should have. Since the day they meet there was attraction with a lot of trouble rolled into one.

Lucy and Jude are the typically bad boy meets good girl crap. Lucy is a girly girl but she does have an attitude which I enjoy. Then Jude the orphan bad boy who tries to be good however seems to find trouble. When there together its not that bad. However there where something’s
However I will say that Lucy does seem more down to earth then most characters like her. So I didn’t dislike her as much as I thought I would. The school thing was kind a of funny how at first no one wanted to talk to Lucy because of Jude. But after no one still really be her friend, but be friendly enough.

I didn’t like.
-Lucy can never make up her mind if she wants to be with Jude or not.
-Then she starts dating another guy when they broke up. Which is B.S since they just spilt up.
-How Jude would hide things from her that will come out later. So just damn tell her.
Then there are something’s I liked
-I liked Jude more than Lucy. He is a little boy trying to act more of a grown up.
-I liked that Lucy stopped being so distance from each other.
-I loved that both Jude and Lucy were named after Beetle songs it makes it more like faith.
-I did enjoy the fact that Jude was trying to be open with his past and when he does something wrong. However its always after Lucy is pissed off at him.
I enjoyed this book for the purpose it was a fast easy read that I may continue with I haven’t decided. The ending didn’t really make me want to read the next book Clash (plus its the shortest book in the trilogy.) However its on my self when ready.

Review: Poison Study


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Author:Maria V. Snyder 
Series: Study #1
Page Count:409
Publisher:Mira 
Source:Amazon 
Format: Paperback 
Summary: Yelena is a convict waiting to be hanged when she gets a interesting job offer. To becoming the new poison taster for the Commander. Yelena takes the postion not knowing the dangers she now faces. Not only with maybe poisoning but assassin attempts and her past coming to finish her off.
This book is heartbreaking how good these book was. 
The characters were interesting to watch who could be trusted and who couldn’t. We had our main girl Yelena who was charge with a murder that she admitted doing to become the Commanders poison taste tester. Then we have Valek the Commanders assassin and second hand man. To see Yelena grow from being always in the flee position to trying to not be the victim was a great thing to see. She started learning ways to protect herself so that her past won’t repeat itself. Valek is a badass from day one and he has so many tricks that make his brilliant in his field. As he starts to open himself to Yelena you see that there is more to him then what you might have first thought. There is a love interest between the two but it is slow built and doesn’t take from the story itself. 

 Then there’s the lovable side characters like the power duo Ari and Janco. They are both like brothers to Yelena and it shows that care deeply for her. The Commander himself is a very rule driven person. That hasn’t been corrupted and deeply cares for his people. He always listen to both sides before a ruling and has deep loyalty to the people he rule over. 

The story was interesting in the way that there are different military districts. And each MD has a different color and what they do to keep Ixia running smoothly without trading with other places. This book has some of the characteristics of Grave Mercy in a way that you could not trust anyone and that there’s spies everywhere. There was times where I was raging at something that happened in the book and put it down for a breather. You learn a lot about how to be a poison taster, or fighting, even some about magic. 

I can’t wait to get to the next book especially after that ending. Like I needed to buy more more books but for this series I will. 

Review: Cinder


Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Chronicles #1
Page Count: 387
Format: Hardback
Source: Book Outlet
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Rating:*****/5

Summary:Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.  -Goodreads

Well it seems that I got bite by the Luna Chronicles bug that seems to have gotten to everyone. And am okay with that. Cinder is my first fairy tale re-telling and am glad that I started with the Luna Chronicles series. Marissa Meyers shows how to take a tale that everyone who grew up watching Cinderella with a new twist. Like how its not a regular girl but a cyborg, or that its not in a fairyland but in a futurist New Beijing. Also it’s not about girl meets guy and falls in love, but have real problems.

The Story: In Commonwealth the people are suffering from a plague that is killing them faster then they can figure out where its coming from or how to cure it. Its interesting that Meyer Marissa made New Beijing into a futurist world where technology pretty much rule everything. There is some similarities in the both stories but even those have a difference in it. Case in point there is still the stepmother and sisters. However in this spin Cinder became a legal guardian to the father after a trip to Africa. Or that the youngest sister Peony is actual nice to Cinder. Its things like that that makes the story different and not the same.

The Characters: One thing I enjoyed is that we saw the prince more in this book then we every did in the Cinderella. Not only that but you see things in his point of view. Prince Kia has so much things to deal with at such a young age, but he’s all for the people like he should be. I enjoyed Cinder and how she doesn’t fall right for Prince Kia. It was a lot like a cat and mouse chase between them more her than him. But Cinder also showed her insecure about being part cyborg and tries to hide it. Loved Iko the android who has one of the best corkys personalities I’ve read a book in awhile. She wasn’t programed like other androids and so like to speck her mind. Which could be both troublesome and funny at the same time. Plus Iko was a great friend to Cinder even if it sometimes can embarrass Cinder.

Villain: Of course goes to Queen Lavanna because no one can top her in craziness. I love how she was so proud that on the moon none of her people does raids. Will no crap you can control them to think anything you want. How scary is that plus the fact you don’t know what her face looks like thanks to glamours. She one crazy bitch with a capital B and she just calls it politics.

I fell like I’ve gushed enough and its time to start Scarlet to see what happened after a ending like that.

Review:1-5 Night Huntress Series


titles: Halfway to the GraveOne Foot in the Grave, At Grave’s End , Destined For an Early Grave, This Side of the Grave

Author: jeaniene Frost

Format: e-book

My Thoughts:
I started Halfway to Grave just to see if I would like to continue, and boy did I continue. I got addicted to Cat and Bones story how there love began and the ups and downs that happen in between. There is some repeat of the stories where there is someone after Cat because of her uniqueness being a half breed. Then Cat and company look for this bad guy or guys, and go stop them. And the company that Cat and Bones keep have a great humor to them that I loved to read about. My favorite is Vlad for to many reasons to property say.

My favorite book has to be Halfway to the Grave and At Grave’s Ends. The first one for the fact we get introduced to Cat and Bones. The beginning of their relationship was rocky for Cat hates everything about her vampire half and Bones try to show her that she shouldn’t hate it but embrace it. The third book is also my favorite because it showed the hard times a relationship can  have, and they had plenty.

This series is such a good time read and I really enjoyed this books and can’t wait to get the last book Up From the Grave then start her spin off story. Let me know if you read any books in these series and which one is your favorite?

Until next time Happy Reading 🙂

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


Format: ebook
Publisher: Penguin
Page #: 352
Summary:
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.
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My thoughts:
Is it sad that am glad to be done with this book. I was so looking forward to reading it when I first heard about it but not so now.
First off the main character Harper is not my cup of tea. For someone who supposedly so smart she is really dumb. Gosh I wanted to shake her so bad when she just push the signs of her life not being so prefect aside for her image. I don’t know how she doesn’t become tired from acting prefect in everything I was tired just reading about it. The only characters I actual like where Mary Beth for being herself and not being born to walk in high heels. And David he was a nerdy kind of guy who did what and dress like he wants and don’t care what others thing. Oh the aunts where a riot in a half as well. Everyone else blah to me.
Second of the story itself dragged on to much for my liking and it focused more on the relationships then the action. Which I usual don’t mind, but there was to much in these story when I really wanted action. The action I did get was good my favorite though has to be the last three characters. It actual surprised me because I didn’t think that’s how it was going to go down.
Good twist,but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series. I do want to know what happens since there was kinda a cliffhanger and the end however I don’t think I’ll actual buy more likely burrow it from the library.
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