Category: Review

Hunting Prince Dracula


Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
418 Pages
Published: September 19, 2017

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

Description from Amazon:

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.

Kim’s Review:

I have been waiting for this book to be released for months! And I have to wait another year for the 3rd book . . . grrrrrrrrrr!!! Booknerd problems!!!

Ok! I love the characters in this series!! Audrey Rose is one of those badass chicks that fought the true feminism fight in a time when women were supposed to keep their mouths shut and their brains turned off. She’s smart, she’s beautiful, and she embraces her differences. I fell in love with her in Stalking Jack the Ripper and I was slightly disappointed with her emotional state in Hunting Prince Dracula, but considering the ending of the first book, I can also understand her fragility. But she pulls herself together and she solves the mystery . . . which caught me by surprise, let me tell you!

Then there’s Thomas Cresswell, deduction expert and dreamy scientist. I absolutely love the cute sexual tension and witty banter between the two. There really isn’t anything inappropriate other than typical teenage fantasies, so I would definitely count this safe for teens. Seeing those little things about Thomas that distract Audrey Rose was like watching my husband walk through a room! I loved it! All the flirting between Audrey Rose and Thomas was what I enjoyed most about this book. Not to say that the mystery wasn’t interesting, it was just a little slower than I had anticipated. I couldn’t put Stalking Jack the Ripper down, but Hunting Prince Dracula took me a little longer to get through. But, by the time I finished, the story had all come together, the details fell into place and I was happy.

This is an awesome book, part of an awesome series and I seriously can’t wait for the next book! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for historical fiction, a fun mystery, or a strong heroine. I think teens, even as young as middle school, would enjoy this book!

Purchase Links:
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Short Story Sunday: Dear Aylissa

Today I am sharing my review of the short story Dear Aylissa by E.J. Bennett.

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: October 14, 2017
5000 words on Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: October 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description from Amazon:

Hazel dedicates her life to helping children. A social worker who see’s difficult children everyday. When she unexpectedly ends up with a young girl in her care, Hazel deep down thinks something is wrong.

It isn’t long before she learns the truth. Hazel sets out on a mission. But can she complete her goal or will unforeseen circumstances stand in her way?

Jessica’s Review:

E.J. Bennett is back with another short story for us this Halloween!  Last year it was Find Me and this year it is Dear Aylissa.  She also released another short story House of Horror in February this year.  Dear Aylissa is a short story at just over 5000 words and it delivers!  You have to have talent to be able to write a short story that keeps the reader on their toes and has a beginning, middle, and conclusion.  E.J. Bennett accomplished that!  I was pulled in from the beginning and read it during my lunch break.  Her descriptions are spot on and I could picture everything as I was reading Dear Aylissa!

Dear Aylissa is a well written short story and I didn’t know what direction it was going. It is a good scary Halloween story.  Even with the story being as short as it was, I liked and identified with Hazel: She has a difficult job, is 30 and still single; I did not meet my husband until I was 30.

Since it is such a short story, I won’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away. If you like scary short stories then give this one a try!

Dear Aylissa is recommended.

I received a copy from the author for a review.  Thank you E.J.!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495251&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495993&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

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Star Trek: Spock Reflections


Author: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
104 Pages
Published: July 19, 2012

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

Description from Amazon: A Vulcan, on Romulus? Absurd! Or is it? In the follow-up collection to the smash hit Star Trek: Countdown movie prequel, we discover what could drive a man to abandon all he knows and go to live with the Federation’s sworn enemy, his real motivations, and how he looks back at what brought him to this place in his life.

Kim’s Review:

My second graphic novel and I do believe that I am now a fan! I never used to think that graphic novels were “real reading,” but I was wrong! Of course they’ll never replace novels, but graphic novels are a fun easy way of enjoying a story. I saw Spock- Reflections at a pawn shop for only $3, so I said, “what the heck” and bought it. I read it in one sitting and was nearly in tears by the time I finished. I’ve been a life-long trekkie. My dad started us on the original series back when we were in elementary school and I as I grew up, the other parts of the franchise, movies, TNG, DS9, etc., seeped in and expanded my fandom. Then I married a Star Wars fan who had never seen anything other than the remake movies . . . yeah that has been interesting! 😊

I really loved this book. Spock has always been my favorite character and I was devastated when Leonard Nimoy passed away. As dramatic as this is going to sound, Spock Reflections actually gave me some closure. I got to see many different portions of Spock’s life that I hadn’t actually known before. And this story was centered around the death of James T. Kirk and Spock’s reaction to it. Spock has always struggled to reconcile his human half with his Vulcan half and this book showed that reconciliation in such a beautiful way. I don’t think this is the graphic novel to start with if you’re not a Star Trek fan, I would definitely recommend watching the original series and, at least, the first three original Star Trek movies before reading this book. But, for the Trekkies out there, this is an awesome graphic novel, even if you’ve never tried them before.

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