Review: Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

Hello Readers! November has finally come to us, and I cannot believe that 2017 is almost over! I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween, or any other holiday you recently celebrated. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I had a goal that I was only going to read scary/thriller books during the month of October. But, with me being in college and drowning in school work, real work, and just being lazy, I only ended up reading one scary book. 😦 However, reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco was honestly one of the best decisions I made. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco
WARNING: This post does contain spoilers, but only if you haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet, and I do say where Audrey and Thomas are going in the next book.
5/5 Stars
Synopsis: 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.

To start off, I love serial killers, mass murderers, etc. I’m fascinated with them, just like most of us are. So when I heard about Stalking Jack the Ripper, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I did have a few problems with the ending, but I loved it and I still pre-ordered Hunting Prince Dracula. I was so excited for this, and Maniscalco did not disappoint.
For starters, there are two things that happen fairly frequently in books that I hate. The first is when a tragedy strikes a main character, and they can’t get over it. Audrey Rose suffered a horrible experience with her brother being Jack the Ripper and trying to revive their long-dead mother. I can’t even imagine how that would mess me up. But Audrey Rose being the total badass that she is, did not let that deter her from her studies at the academy. Audrey did suffer some trauma from the event such as seeing things and having nightmares, but throughout the entire book she was working on herself to overcome it.
I also cannot stand it when the main character and their obvious love interest find every excuse possible as to why they shouldn’t be together. Audrey Rose and Thomas aren’t together, but that is because this is the late 1800’s, it’s slightly hard for them to just date and be a couple. They either aren’t together or they’re betrothed. But, Audrey Rose doesn’t dwell to hard on Thomas. Yes, she thinks about him and flirts with him, but it isn’t constant. And I appreciate that so much.
Maniscalco also managed to keep my attention during the whole book, which lately has been a real challenge. It was such a compelling book, I was so sad when I finished it. Maniscalco did a brilliant job of making me think we really were in the late 1800s, and she beautifully captured Romania. I can’t wait to see what adventures Audrey Rose and Thomas have in America!

Have you read this series? If so, let me know what you thought of it, and who think our next serial killer will be!

Happy reading,
Bri

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The Happiness Tag

Hello darlings! For this tag I was tagged by Michaela and Journey into books, and you can find the link to her post here. I thought this tag was absolutely darling, so I decided it would make a sweet blog post. For this tag, I will follow what Michaela and Emma did in their tags, and post 5 things and 5 songs that make me happy. *Emma’s name is linked to her post!*

5 Things that make me happy

  1. So, obviously I’m going to list books as my first thing. Reading, finishing, starting, buying, anything to do with books makes me happy, just as I’m sure it makes you happy! But I also love telling people about the recent books I’ve read, or when I find out one of my friends read a book I recommended to them, and they liked it! It’s such a satisfying feeling.
  2. My second choice shouldn’t come as a surprise either, so of course it’s going to be Disney. Whether it’s a Disney movie, Disney park, or Disney songs, I am all about it. Disney fills my heart with a specific type of joy that I can’t find anywhere else.
  3. It wouldn’t be a truthful list if I didn’t have something scary on it, so Halloween is also making this list. Even as child, I would beg my mom to let me watch scary movies with her. I love them. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and everything that comes along with it is the best. The haunted houses, pumpkin carving, scary movies. It’s the best.
  4. My fourth item, I decided, are airports. I couldn’t tell you why, but I love airports. I always have. I remember being little and my mom saying we were going somewhere, and me always getting extra excited when I found out we would be flying. I would get stressed out and I would drive to our local airport in my town.
  5. As my final item that brings me happiness, I think I’d have to list children. When I was seven years old my first nephew was born, with a second one following 20 days later. Ever since then, I have absolutely loved kids. I now have 10 nieces and nephews and one of my close friends has a daughter that I love to the moon and back.

5 songs that make me happy

Oh dear. This is going to be hard because I have such a strange taste of music, and I don’t keep updated on it. Like at all. Here goes nothing I suppose!

  1. The first song that comes to mind when I think of happiness is going to be Hawaiian Roller Coaster ride from Lilo & Stitch. Lilo & Stitch is my favorite Disney movie, and this song just gets to me every time. (Link to the YouTube video here.)
  2. My second song is like my soul in song form. Which can be none other than Fergalicious by Fergie. This. Is. My. Song. No matter how old I am, this song will always be my jam. From beginning to end I will scream this song at the top of my lungs. (YouTube link here.)
  3. Along with my love of all things scary and Halloween, a song that I can hear in the middle of February and always be excited is the Monster Mash. Yes, I know, what a weird song to add to this list, but I think you guys may underestimate how excited I always am for the fall. (YouTube link here.)
  4. For my fourth song, I’ve decided to include Maroon 5’s payphone. I discovered this song way back in the day when I had just discovered what YouTube was. Even now, this song is still one I sing every time I hear it come on. (Explicit link here, clean link here,)
  5. My last song is going to be Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright. Many of you know this song from the first Shrek movie *Love of my life* and I always listen to this song when I’m feeling some type of way, and it just makes me feel content on the inside. (YouTube link here.)

So that will tie up my five songs, and looking back on them, I chose really weird songs. Oh well, this is fine.
That is going to end this tag, and later this week I will have a series review up for Legend! I just barely finished Champion, and I loved it! I’m so glad I finally read the series! Until next time,

Happy reading,
Bri

Plans for August

Well my readers, another month and has come and gone, and I must say I am extremely excited for August! As of right now, I am sitting in my bed with ice packs on my face and reminiscing of the good old days where I could open my mouth more than an inch and eat taquitos whenever I wanted to. *Sigh* Yesterday morning I went and had my wisdom teeth removed and everything went fine so now it’s all about the recovery period for me. The bright side of having my teeth ripped out of my jaw yesterday was that my new laptop also came! I got a new one for school and I must say I’m super excited!
But, to get to the point of this blog, let’s talk about what I plan on doing during August, shall we? This month has already started off to a fairly decent start with me, because I did just finish Prodigy the second book in The Legend Trilogy! So I will begin Champion today and if I work hard and stop napping so much, I plan to finish it before next week. Once I finish this series, I’m going to read A Shadow Bright and Burning  by Jessica Cluess, find the synopsis on Goodreads here. The sequel to this book,  A Poison Dark and Drowning, comes out in September, so I want to make sure I like the first one enough to keep the second one pre-ordered. After that, I’m not exactly sure what I want to read. The top three books on my list right now are:

  • The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout (synopsis)
  • The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy (synopsis)
  • Zeroes  by Scott Westerfeld (synopsis)

I’m going to leave it at that for now, and when I finish Champion, I will do  a review for all three books, like I did for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I also currently have a tag saved in my drafts right now that I started last week, but have not finished quite yet. Let me know what you guys plan on reading this month!

Happy reading,
Bri

Where I have been

Well hello there again, my loves. It has been quite the while since I posted, and I really wish I had a good reason as to why I have been absent. Things did get crazy with me for a while when I came home from Florida, but for the most part, I’ve been lazy. I kept thinking “You need to post to your blog. You miss it.” And I definitely did. But I just didn’t post. Yesterday I woke up to one of the sweetest comments I have ever read from Kayyreads. *Check out how cute her blog is!*  After reading her comment, I decided that I’m going to get it together and blog more.
If you’re wondering where I have been, the answer has mainly been work, and my bed. Things got really crazy for a few days because I moved out! *yay!* Aaaand then moved back in with my parents two days later. *boo* Long story short, there were many things wrong with the house we had moved into and decided it wasn’t fit for us to live in. So we moved back home and all of my books have been boxed up and scattered between my garage, room, and a storage unit. Although that took up about a length of 4 days, most of my stress has been from that awful experience.
Bookwise, I have not been anywhere really. I finished reading Lord of Shadows and loved it! The ending definitely had me feeling some type of way. Once I finished LoS, I started reading And I Darken by Kiersten White. I thought it was strange at first, but then started to like it, and then ended up not finishing it. After I cut my loses with And I Darken, I decided to read This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and I loved it. I had to try to not cry when I finished it at work. I am now currently reading The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, and I am a big fan so far. I loved the first one and I’m part way through the second.
I’m going to wrap things up for this post, darlings. Due to the fact that the month is nearing an end, I will not be posting a Plans for July. I will do a tag before the month ends, and I will probably post a Plans for August early because I will be gone the first week of August due to me getting my wisdom teeth out. Until next time,

Happy reading,
Bri

Plans for June

Ah, another month is upon us. Along with this month comes heat, freedom of school, and more time to read books. Lets face it, we all know that is probably our highest priority.
For this month, I have a lot I want to get done. While I was in Florida I didn’t read a single page of Lord of Shadows, so now I’m trying to get caught up. Once I finish Lord of Shadows I have a list of books I want to read, that list including:

  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  • The Dead list by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu.

Now, I know those are a lot of books for one month, and I doubt I will be able to read all of them this month, but I like having long lists. (:
That will be all for this post, so I will see you darlings another day!

Happy reading,
Bri

Return

Hello my darlings! Goodness, I sure have missed you. Today, I walked into my house for the first time in a little over a week and boy or boy was I so happy! Florida was absolutely amazing, but it sure does feel good to be home. I missed my books and my dogs so much.
Later today or tomorrow I will post a Plans for June blog, and hopefully get back on track! What have all you loves been doing while I was gone?

Happy reading,
Bri

(P.s. I didn’t read even a page of Lord of Shadows while I was gone. I was either always at a park or I was sleeping. Oops.)

Review: Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Hello again lovelies! So, before we get started on this review, I wanted to mention a few things. This is a combined review, so it will have Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom in it. Also, if you want to see pictures and videos of my adventures in Florida, and of course Harry Potter World, add me on Snapchat! My  user name is Briannamaye. So I don’t post very often on my story, so if you want to be spammed with extra videos or pictures, just send a chat to me, and we’ll work something out! (: IMG_1650

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom

WARNING: This post does not contain spoilers, so read away!

4.5/5 stars

Six of Crows synopsis: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Crooked Kingdom synopsis: I didn’t post the synopsis for Crooked Kingdom because it did involve a spoiler for Six of crows, but if you really want to read the synopsis anyway, you can find it on Goodreads here.

So I started Six of Crows and wasn’t feeling it, really at all. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t seem interesting to me. Fast forward to few chapters though, and I realized that I couldn’t put it down. Crooked Kingdom was even better for me. Bardugo wrote this story in such a beautiful way. There were so many details that she added that make the story flow so smoothly. I tried to predict what would happen during the story, but Bardugo always had more tricks up her sleeve, which threw me off. I loved it.
I was totally in love with the characters in this story. Kaz Brekker fascinated me with how smart he was and how he was constantly at least one step ahead of everyone. Inej was a total badass who kept a good soul after all the things that the team did, and Wylan did everything he could to fit in with the Crows and make as part of their team. Jesper made mistakes but he always tried to be better, Nina’s humor made me laugh all the time, and Matthias realized that different people think differently, and sometimes you’re raised believing the wrong things. Each and every one of these characters made the story, and I loved every bit of it.
Bardugo also made the setting critical to the story. What better way to sell a heist than to use the criminal from the slums? Everything fit perfectly together and I was amazed at how much I actually liked this story. *I may have cried a little when it was over, but it’s fine.*

So that concludes this review, and once again, I’m so sorry it took me so long to post it. I’ll see you next time, or maybe I’ll see you on my snapchat!

Happy reading,
Bri

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

*Drum roll* Alright guys! I’ve been gone for too long, but sadly, this is not my full return. I graduated training from my new job, and it’s been super fun! The school year is almost over, and then I will be absent again because I’ll be in Florida, hanging out with everyone’s favorite mouse. (I’m coming for you, Mickey.) But, back to the point of this post, A Court of Wings and Ruin was released and I demolished it in 2 days. Let’s see what I thought, shall we?

WARNING: This post does contain a half spoiler. Basically, if you haven’t read this book yet you’ll read a sentence at the bottom and just be a little confused.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 stars

Image result for A court of wings and ruinLooming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Okay, so I was very excited for this book. I actually had a 2 year-old with me when it was delivered to my house, and even she was excited about it. So a lot of people felt that the beginning of this book was slow because Feyre was with Tamlin, but I loved that? I mean Feyre was a total badass in the Spring Court, and I loved reading about her getting her well deserved revenge. Feyre: 1 Tamlin: 0
Lets also talk about Ianthe for a second, should we? THIS GIRL MAKES ME WANT TO SPIT. Like seriously, Ianthe makes me so angry.  Ianthe basically thought she was hot stuff, and that made me want to feed her to a Naga.  I really wanted to she a cat fight between her and Mor, but to my despair, that didn’t happen.
Along with other characters, Nesta grew on me a lot during this book. I had a strong disliking for her during the first book because she treated Feyre horribly, and only cared about herself and Elain. In this book though, I felt she matured and opened herself up a lot in this book, and I learned to like her a lot.
As for everyone else, I still loved them a lot. I felt that this book was really good for character development, and you saw a lot of characters from other courts, which I found very intriguing. I also loved that Rhysand made Feyre live up to her High Lady title. He showed her what it takes to be a High Lord, and he showed everyone else that a High Lady demands respect.
The plot was also artistically done, and there was so much that happened! There was never a dull moment and I found that quite enjoyable. There were so many key factors, and Feyre went through so many trials, I loved it.
However, I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. What happened to Lucien when he went to find the queen? Does the mating bond with him and Elain finally come together? Does Mor find her happiness with someone? Does Feyre find Bryaxis, and if she does, does he return willingly? I need answers!
In the end though, Maas has once again fascinated me with her story of Prythian, and I was satisfied with Feyre and Rhysand’s conclusion. I’m already looking forward to her next book, and I’m deeply curious who the next story will be about. If you’ve read ACOWAR already, let me know what you thought, and what questions you have, if you have any!

This week I will hopefully get up another review, either Six of Crows or History is All You Left Me, and maybe a tag? I’m not fully sure quite yet, but I’ll try to do my best to keep busy, but not overwhelm you guys. Or maybe I will, I don’t know. (:

Happy Reading,
Bri

May Update/Apology

Alright guys, I owe you an apology. I’m the worst at blogging, and bookstagraming, and posting to twitter. I’ve been so busy and tired lately, I haven’t done much other than sleep and work. I’ve so caught up, in fact, that I didn’t even post about how excited I am that ACOWAR was released and how much I love it on my bookshelf! I haven’t finished History Is All You Left Me quite yet, but I’m very close and then I’m going to jump right into ACOWAR. I’ll try to do better about posting, I promise.

I’ve missed you guys! Let me know what you’ve been up to, and if you’ve read ACOWAR already, let me know what you thought of it!

Happy Reading,

Bri

P.s. I’m coming up close on 50 followers, so I’ve decided to host a giveaway to thank you guys. More details coming later.

Plans for May (Personal)

Hello again darlings! If you don’t already know why I’m posting two May Plans posts, you can find out why here. To keep this as short as possible I’m going to dive right in.

May is going to be one of the best months of the year for me, I can already tell. For those of you who don’t know, which is probably all of you, I am still a senior in high school. However, when May and school mix, that can only mean that I’m graduating soon!! Yay!! Along with graduation comes a senior trip. I, however, will not be going on a senior trip with my class, because Mykenna and I are going to Disney World instead! Mykenna and I are huge Disney fans, and you guys have no clue how excited I am for this trip. Also, we live in southern corner of Utah, so travelling from Utah to Florida is exciting! (And terrifying!) We’re staying on the resort and will be in Florida for eight days. So that means I will be absent for a while. 😦 I promise I won’t forget about you guys and I will keep blogging until the very last minute.

Today is also the first day of my new job, so I’d appreciate it if you sent some luck my way. If you’ve been to Disney World recently, or plan to go soon, let me know! Let’s talk about our Disney addictions.

Happy reading,

Bri