The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1) by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1)The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“I was thinking” he said some time later as she paused for a drowsy yawn. “Since ye donna have any family to love anymore, ye could love me…”

I want to start off by saying that this had one of the most beautiful prologues I’ve EVER
But that’s pretty much the only thing enjoyable about it.
2.75 stars

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews, I know how hard it is to write and I’m also taking into considering that this is the first in a series and I think the first book this author has written.
What is this book about? Well if you didn’t read the synopsis I’ll just said that it’s about a beautiful Fey like girl who gets kidnapped by a terrible cad who’s also terribly rich and terribly bad. But things aren’t what they seem and slowly Farah discovers the pretenses behind her capture and comes to terms with her past and well as her future. If that sounds good to you go read it! Everyone reads a book differently, I may not have liked it or really recommend it but anyone could read this and love it and others …not so much. Well, after that disclaimer..this is my review.

After the prologue the book becomes a tangle of Anachronism while following Farah’s life in London many years after the prologue. At one point she had a croissant and mentioned that she lived in a bohemian section of London….no…not in Victorian London, you didn’t do ANY of those things. And also the main characters name…is Farah, that isn’t very realistic because ‘Farah’ is an Arabic name and I doubt that many aristocratic Victorian families would name their children an Arabic name, but hey that’s just me. That was what started my distancing from the story and characters. But I willed on because one of my favorite authors recommended this series.
I was glad for a time that I continued because after Farah is with the love interest again, we had a couple of solid chapters of tension and excitement. But after the sex scene the whole book plateau-ed and I found myself not caring to go on and not caring about the couple or the story; I lost interest. The major pull in the plot is finding out if her capture is Dougan which is enough to grab many readers I’m sure but I discovered the truth very early so that excitement was gone from my reading experience.

Much can be said for the writing it is very smooth and well put together. I had no qualms with grammar just the plot devices, which was riddled with so many tropes that are just overused in this genres. It’s so important to try to be original in HR because this is a genre that heavily relies on troupes, which in many cases are great! But…just not in this one. We have, the man who can’t be touched, hidden identity, broody Scottish man, blonde special snowflake heroine. Just all the troupes that are so overused and I, in particular, am so tired of finding in almost every book. Also, toward the end of the book another villain appears and just the whole situation because so Disney villain like…it was cringe-y bad to me. I understand the story needed one more thread of tension but oh it could have been anything else. I kinda hated the direction it took in the end.

I have to say that this does include very time appropriate mentalities, funny enough; since it had so many things that didn’t belong in the time period. This also had some pretty awesome sexy scenes. I wish everything else measured up because it could have been such a good read. I have faith that the series will get better so I will be continuing but this one gets a 2.75 stars.


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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 “Creepy, Dark and Morbid stars”

“There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.”
WOW what a delightful surprise! I went into this book with very little expectations because I’m an avid Historical reader and I find that YA historical is rarely up to snuff….but THIS WAS UP TO ALL THE SNUFF

This was so Dark and Morbid with a healthy dose of mystery and creepiness to keep you tethering on the edge of obsession while reading there wasn’t a dull moment in this book and thank god for it.
I’ll be mentioning slight details which can be considered spoilers but not really…..

Here’s a pic I took of the book :

Ok, so this book is about 17 year old Audrey Rose Wadsworth who has an unusual interest in forensics and corpses. She is an apprentice to her uncle, a well respected and eccentric forensic scientist/ mortician. She does this in secret from her father who is overly protective of her since her mother died and also because he’s a very bad Germaphobe who is terrified of his family contracting a disease since his wife died of one. One day, while attending one of her Uncle’s classes incognito she meets an interesting guy named Thomas Cresswell, who also has a passion for all things dead and all things unsolved. As the murders of the Leather Apron/ Whitechapel fiend/ Jack the Ripper start tearing through London’s east end….Both Audrey and Thomas find themselves very much involved and start trying to solve the greatest of mysteries.


Let me start of by saying I ADORED this book it was fast paced (without seeming rushed) deliciously creepy and beyond interesting

I adored Thomas Creswell he reminded me a lot of a Victorian Richard Gansey mixed with Sherlock Holmes. I loved everything he said he was so witty and sarcastic and so interesting. Watching they both start caring for each other was so cute and beautiful with this backdrop of blood and murder. They were like 2 Ravenclaws solving mysteries, slicing bodies and falling in love. They reminded me a lot of one of my favorite shows Gran Hotel! because that show also had two people falling in love while solving a murder.


Audrey Rose was a fun heroine! I was very surprised to find out about her Indian Heritage! That was a welcome surprise. Her mom was half Indian but exposed Audrey while growing up to a lot of the culture and food which Audrey still appreciates and eats throughout the book. I just loved that splash of color that brought into the story. Audrey was just so interesting its not every day you read about a girl who loves cutting bodies up! And shes so smart and accepting #Ravenclaw and her journey was exciting and thrilling.

I have to mention the writing in this one….it was so so good guys. The writing was concise and descriptive, I felt like every word on the page suited the story and purpose there was not one word out of place all signs point to Keri having a fantastic editor. The writing has a rich ebb and flow that helps you submerse yourself into the story right away. This was very well written I can’t stop saying that! It didn’t feel like reading a YA it didn’t feel like reading something targeted towards teens at all it just felt like a well made book about a mystery. Oh I wanted to mention as well that Audrey didn’t read like she was 17 at all she read way older which I loved immensely.


I also wanna shout out that lush and exotic circus scene that had me so lit while I was reading it! Little moments like that made the book just so special and of course, all the amazing Victorian pictures in many of the chapter breaks.

The whole time while reading this you’re trying to figure out who did it…who is doing all these killings, right alongside Audrey Rose and I thought I had EVERYTHING figured out I was so sure of myself but when the big reveal came…I was open mouthed gaping at this book…it took me COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE

My only complaint with the book is that there should have been just a bit more romance. Don’t get me wrong I know this book isn’t a romance and theres death and killing going on but it took forever for Thomas and Audrey Rose to kiss and I just kept thinking WTF. Thomas mostly funny flirted with her and Audrey just didn’t really express any outward feelings for him until the end……..that bothered me. But besides that this was an amazing amazing read and it blew me away. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the next one.

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Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) by Kristen Callihan

Moonglow (Darkest London, #2)Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok its official you ALL need to stop sleeping on the utter creativity and beauty this is Kristin Callihan; because this series is a notch above the rest.
4 **** ‘dark, paranormal, steampunk werewolf’stars

Her second installment in the incredibly creative “Darkest London” series is even more ingenious than the first one. Moonglow follows Miranda’s sister whom we met for a bit in the first book and she was HILARIOUS, everything she said had me literally cackling and her story is just as intense as her sister’s.
There is a rogue danger Were loose in Victorian London and he’s killing women who all have acquired the very specific blend of scents that Daisy made and sold to her perfumer. (Actually I think the perfumer sold her blend without her knowing)
Ian and Daisy meet when this were almost attacks her and then they very hesitantly band together to try and solve this mystery. Along the way they get to know each other more and we the reader get to fall deeper into this magical, steam punk London where things really aren’t what they seem.
I really enjoyed this! This series is really like a less dark and more romantic Penny Dreadful.

Daisy Ellis Craigmore was so unique!
She is what is called a nose which means that she has a superior sense of smell. So she uses her talents to make unique one of kind perfumes! Her talent is even up to snuff with that of Ian the werewolf. I loved her diverse interest! We mostly get HR heroines who love books or love being annoying but she was interesting.
Daisy was CURVY I can’t express how amazing this was to read! We don’t get enough curvy women in any books ever and her curves were only celebrated by her sexy redheaded Scottish lord Ranulf.
I loved Lord Ranulf. What character development! He kinda sucked in the first book with his whole obsession with Miranda and all but he was just a lost soul…who was totally found lol
If you know me at all you know I love the following things
->Scottish men
-> Red heads
-> Victorian London
-> Werewolves

And this has LITERALLY ALL OF THEM

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rishi is precious

I really enjoyed this book. I’m aware of the negative reviews on this and I’ve read them before I actually read the book…I can agree with many of their points…for example -> Dimple kinda fucking sucks…shes immature, selfish oh so selfish shes rude ugh she sucks but also shes a teenage girl and you have to cut her some slack..yes she’s one of my least favorite YA characters but also….so many people read and loved the Lara Jean series and she is just the WORST the WORST character even worse than Dimple.

This is a a feat in diversity it warms my heart and thats not even the only reason to support this by reading it….its also very swoony (when you overlook teenaged Dimple *rolls eyes*) because of my precious Rishi.
He honestly made this book even cuter he was the CUTE. he was just everything and I just loved Rishi with Dimple.
They complemented each other so well and while I disliked her immensely when she was with Rishi she was palatable.

reading this is not only cute and swoony but its also so informative! I learned so much about Indian culture and what its like growing up Desi.
which is why this book is so important for teens to read all kinds of teens heck not just teens anyone who wants a cute time and whats a look into a world unlike their own.

tidbit: I’m kinda upset at all the super negative reviews because they’re mostly DNF’d because they hated Dimple when a lot of the time the same people who hated this book because of Dimple loved the Lara Jean series ….maybe you should take a look as to why you liked one and not the other *sips tea*

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m speechless

this is one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read.
I want to read this book every year….every time I need a lift
this is a book that is meant to be reread and reread and loved even more.
I understand now why its a modern classic
you really need to read this at least once it your life.
it’s truly life changing.

I’m still in search of my own personal legend.
but I will be paying even closer attention to all the omens and signs the universe and god sends me
I believe with everything in me in maktub.

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Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (Goodreads Author), Nicholas Boulton (Narrator)

Flowers from the StormFlowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

this was the first time that my beloved romance podcast let me down

this book was such a let down wow

I was told this was the angstiest Historical Romance……………………………………………………………………………………………………..it wasn’t.

1.5 stars

this book is bad guys so bad
not disrespect for those who love it but wow I can’t believe I put myself through that.
I’m fully aware that this a classic but its the literary equivalent of someone trying to make a salad burger quesadilla….they just all dont mesh
nothing goes together.

I found the heroine to be understandably naive but then at a certain point it got so monotonous her views so unfavorable that I grew to extremely dislike her.
and the Duke…ugh I just didn’t care for him I didn’t sympathize with either of them and its sad because the Duke went through so much but its almost like the author tries so hard SO HARD to put everything bad in the way everything sad that the result is something ..just unpalatable.

I think this is my retirement from old school romances…I hated Whitney, my love and Kingdom of Dreams and not this…yea by..I’ll stick with Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas

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