Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

HuntingPrinceDraculaHunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Published by Little, Brown & Company on September 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Historical, Horror

Pages: 448 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

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Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.

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.

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September Book Haul ~ 2017


Fall release season is upon us and my wallet is already suffering. Just look at that stack! Some of these were even bought with gift cards and it still feels like a lot.

I got The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke, Warcross by Marie Lu, Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor, Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Shadowhouse Fall By Daniel Jose Older, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess, and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken. Not pictured is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows which I received in my Owlcrate.

Did you pick up any titles in September?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Witches

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Wicked
  3. Akata Witch
  4. A Discovery of Witches
  5. How to Hang a Witch

Back to witches and wizards and magical beasts!!! The October Top 5 Wednesday topics are all inspired by those Halloween vibes and this week we’re starting off with five top notch books featuring witches. Of course I’m starting off with the Harry Potter series. Hermione, Ginny, Luna, Mrs. Weasley, and Professor McGonagall are some of the best and I absolutely adore them. Next I had to include Wicked since Elphaba and Galinda are so amazing. Next is a recent read, Akata Witch, with a Nigerian tale of magic. It’s been a while but I really loved A Discovery Witches and thought the lore and worldbuilding was so well done. Last but not least is How to Hang a Witch with a modern day haunting set in Salem.

Did any of these magical stories make your Top 5? Any witch book recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: The Bird’s Nest


Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser comes from Shirley Jackson’s The Bird’s Nest. Its my first book by her and I’m not quite sure what to make of it yet. Check out these quotes to see for yourself:

My own practice has dwindled because of most of my patients are dead…

And another:

I make no excuses or apologies for my medical views, although perhaps my literary style will leave something to be desired…

Have you read any of Shirley Jackson’s books? Interested in The Bird’s Nest?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine

MechaniqueMechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine

Published by Prime Books on May 10, 2011

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 284 Format: Paperback Source: Gift

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin… 

Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic.

That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape.

But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes.

Two of Tresaulti’s performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.

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ARC Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

ThatInevitableVictorianThingThat Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical

Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria. 

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September in Review ~ 2017


Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick



Goodreads: 131/100

Rock My TBR: 12

Flights of Fantasy: 44/45

Diverse Reads: 32

PopSugar: 26/40

Pirate/Seafaring Related Books (just for fun): 9

Life, Etc.

Fall is here! Fall is here! Fall is here! September is always an exciting month since my favorite season starts to roll in. Plus with the crazy amount of book releases there is so much to look forward to. Honestly I’ve been basking in the cool evenings and trying to consume as many books as possible. My challenges are all carrying on quite nicely and I’m loving life at the moment.

Once again I’ve fallen behind on television and movies which is made more difficult now by the return of a lot of shows. I did decide to pay for Starz so I could stay up to date with Outlander. Priorities! At the beginning of the month I got to take a most exciting trip to Orlando for HP World and BookNet Fest. It was absolutely amazing! And this weekend I’ll be seeing Leigh Bardugo in Grand Rapids. Fun! Fun! Fun!

How was your September? Are you a fan of fall?

Let me know in the comments below!