Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Synopsis: Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.
When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.
I was so excited when I was able to get an early copy of this book because I had read and adored the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, when I read it last year! While I did enjoy Hunting Prince Dracula, I unfortunately didn’t like it as much as I did the first book. Some parts in this book seemed to drag on for too long and I began to lose interest a bit. Also, I was a bit confused sometimes as to what was actually going on because there was so many different people and so many different possibilities. What I did love (just like I did in SJTR) were the main characters, Audrey Rose and Thomas. They’re spectacular both as individuals and as a couple! I really loved their chemistry in this book. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in their next adventure!
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Synopsis: 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.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for SO long now and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it! What really gave me the extra push was that I read a different book by the same author last month and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed Graceling a lot as well! It was an interesting fantasy novel with a main character who I really liked. I enjoyed most of the side characters, especially Bitterblue and Raffin. While some parts dragged a bit, I liked the book overall. I’m a bit bummed that the next book in the series, Fire, doesn’t seem to feature Katsa, Po, and Bitterblue. But I’m pretty sure they’ll be featured later in the series so I’m looking forward to that!
Author: S.K. Ali
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Synopsis: There are three kinds of people in my world:
1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.
2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?
3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.
TW for Saints and Misfits: Sexual assault
I went into this book not knowing too much about the plot other than the main character, Janna, is sexually assaulted at some point. This takes place pretty much right at the beginning and is something that (obviously) makes a huge impact on Janna throughout the novel. While I liked reading about Janna and I feel like a lot of people will really relate to her, I also felt that there were way too many side characters. I got confused several times while reading because I couldn’t remember who was who. I also don’t think the story had a very good flow to it. I noticed this especially with the ending – it was way too abrupt. I feel like it definitely could have been added to. However, I was never bored while reading Saints and Misfits and I most definitely don’t regret reading it!