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…..

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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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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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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

****4.5 fairy stars****
ok. so. Paloma has alot of feels. and if you’ve read this book please read this review because I have alot of questions, or maybe they’re just feels IDK OMG

****Mild spoilers ahead*****

so I almost didn’t finish this book..I know.. I know …my was very slow start for me and plus I was just coming outta a huge epic book slump and i haven’t read why in a whileeeee to say the least.

this book is about a girl with a fairy name, who gets whisked into a world shes always dreaded in order to fulfill an ancient destiny.
the parallels with beauty and the beast are evident and at first I thought i wasn’t gunna like it its so new, interesting and intriguing that you simply get lost in all the things unsaid. and as the story starts to unfold…you are right there with Feyre realizing fate,love and destiny its so beautiful

Ok so the fandom for this series is intense everyone is all about Rhysand and Feyre so while i was reading it i was confused because this elusive Rhysand was no where to be found….i was like is Tamlin Rhysand…does he become Rhysand where is this Rhysand omgg and then i started to fall in love with Tamlin and i was MORE CONFUSED what is real? what is right? how could everyone just not care about is this book made based revolving around a couple and the OTP isn’t even the couple…HELP

I love the WORLD OF THIS BOOK it was so lush, evocative and deadly its true to the anceint folklore and myths about fairys ..and im such a geek that ive read some of the ancient myths about the aos si/ sidhe and those are some fearsome cruel unrelenting motherfuckers and im so happy that maas incorporated the dark,twisted, eerie and unnatural aspects of the fairy universe

I loved the whole mask thing and the main antagonist of the story I admired her cruelness because the fairys of old the celtic fairys are loathsome creatures and so many fairy books try to make them so sexual and humanlike when thats not the case.

I LOVED LUCIEN I wish he had his own book im such a sucker for the deformed hero omggg and it didn’t hurt that he was a read head…(I MIGHT have a SLIGHT red head fetish)

Cont’d of things paloma didn’t understand:
-why was everyone so thirsty to have Feyre live in their court…Tamlin, Rhysand next thing we know the Summer and winter will be cursing Feyre too LMAOOO
-why oh WHYYY was the frase: “my bowels turned watery” in every other chapter..I get it Feyre your scared but ..that frase??? everytime I read I I burst out laughing it sounded so ridiculous

things paloma appreciated:
– the cool AF tattoos Rhysand gave Feyre very reminiscent of the the bond Persephone made in the underworld when she ate the six pomegranate seeds.
-loved all the parallels to Hades and Persephone between Feyre and Rhysand…(when the maids fixed her up and put a gossamer gown on heart screamed persephone
– the number one thing i appreciated was the last chapter when rhysand comes to Feyre to “say goodbye” ..and he was about to leave and went rigid and looked at her with shock stumbled and left….wtffff was THATTTTTTT omgggg also the whole scene was very Hades! thats my alltime OTP so hard but AGAIN how could she make us love Tamlin only to have how is she going to fall outta love with Tamlin and get to rhysand…idk ..i need answers.

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my wine pick for this book is: Tarima Monastrell
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