Book Review // Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco

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Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper # 1)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Publish Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Historical Fiction/YA/Mystery

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. Continue reading “Book Review // Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco”

Book Review // There’s Someone Inside Your House by: Stephanie Perkins

 

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Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Published: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre: Thriller/Mystery/YA

Summary: Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

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Book Review :: Write to Kill by Jack Braddock

Title: Write to Kill
Author: Jack Braddock
Publication Date: June 17, 2018
Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Horror

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I get emails daily from a site called Free Booksy. You get an email list of kindle books that are, at the current time, free to download. I’ve downloaded quite a bit of those and I finally picked one to actually start reading. I’m glad I picked this one to start.

This book is a collection of stories that mostly end in murder. They are actually well written stories. To give you a brief summary from goodreads:

A short story collection of mysteries headlined by “Write to Kill”…Erin had a promising career in writing romance but it fizzled out as fast as it started. But then she receives a package from a fan/wannabe writer which contains a manuscript which is one of the best stories Erin has ever read. Erin then plots to lure her fan to her home, kill her and then sell the book as her own work. Will she be able to pull off the the murder and get away with everything she has planned? And does the crazed fan have an agenda of her own?

That one is the first story of the book. It’s about a romance author who has basically lost her spark and is desperate for a best seller. She receives a manuscript and is so enthralled with the story that she had to have it for herself – that means getting rid of the author. I kid you not, she plans this author’s death just so she can publish her story.

I won’t give away the ending because even I was a bit stunned at how it ended.

Some of the stories were kind of slow and while they weren’t bad, they weren’t the best. The whole new priest and wife moves into town story wasn’t all that great. The final story, which is about a man who has an affair and wants a divorce, winds up really getting kicked in the butt by Karma. Granted, his wife was also having an affair, but to me, he got it worse because he had to do something about the mistress.

Yeah, I’ll just leave that to your imagination.

My thoughts:

This was a pretty good collection of stories. Just because one story didn’t really come out the best in my opinion, doesn’t mean that the whole collection isn’t a great read. I believe that if you like reading short stories in this particular genre, this is a good and simple (and quick) read. It’s definitely worth checking and at least reading the first story.

The first story was definitely the one I liked the most.

Book Review :: Dark City by: Sarah Kay Moll

Title: Dark City
Author: Sarah Kay Moll
Published: July 23, 2018

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My recent review from Hidden Gems. I really liked the way the plot was presented and it’s not my normal reads (Russian mafia stuff like that). Hidden Gems gives you a deadline so I had to pull through it, even on parts that were kind of dull…or a little disturbing.

Gist of the summary from Amazon:

Jude has a tender heart. Yet he was born into a criminal empire and groomed from childhood to step into his father’s violent footsteps. To survive, he created a second personality. Ras is everything Jude isn’t—cruel, remorseless, and utterly without fear, as incapable of love as Jude is of malice.

But when Ras meets a ruthless socialite, he begins to feel a strange stirring of emotion, a brush of Jude’s passion against his own dark heart. Meanwhile, Jude finds himself with a knife in his hand, the evil in Ras’s soul bleeding into his own.

As the walls between them crumble, they could lose everything—their lovers, their family, and their hold on the dark city itself.

Coming together could break them…or make them whole.


I had to really remember that in retrospect Jude IS Ras. Mentally no, and really not all the way physically either. I can’t imagine trying to write stories like this – I think I would get myself confused.

Good example would be Ras liking a woman while Jude loves a man. Ras starts to feel certain things for Jude’s boyfriend. Can monsters feel? That was a question Ras asked. I almost felt bad for Ras…

When Jude created him, according to Ras, he kept all the good for himself and gave Ras the bad – which was what Ras was created for…but still, bummer.

Jude also has an older brother, Eli, who knows that something is wrong with Jude. However, Jude is the favorite some so what Eli says is wrong, even if true. I do like Scarlett. She went through some sh*t and came out on top and truly understood Jude/Ras. She was probably one of my favorites in the book.

The story is a bit slow start, but it doesn’t last long. You learn that Jude calls his parents by their first names (or in his dad’s case, he calls him sir) for a reason. His dad is violent but at the same time remorseful. It gets confusing but it fit his character.

There are mentions of abuse physical and sexual (Vance, the dad, is abusive to his sons, especially his wife). Scarlett…well let’s just say that her first kill really deserved it.

I really enjoyed the author’s story. It’s completely different from what I normally read. The style of writing is pretty straight forward but doesn’t lack detail. I like how we get some back story about Jude and how in his early years had caused him to create Ras.

I’d give it 4 stars. Difficult to put down but just remember there are mentions of abuse, so be fare warned. I’m sensitive, but I didn’t find this a difficult read. It’s mentioned, but never described. I like how an author is able to mention that without having to go into such great detail.

The city isn’t the only darkness…

Book Review: Go Home, Afton (Book 1) by Brent Jones

Title: Go Home, Afton

Author: Brent Jones

Published: June 25, 2018

Afton Morrison has suppressed some dark and violent impulses her whole life. Her inner voice, now more of less takes the shape of Afton herself sometimes named ‘Animus’ and urges her to kill a known but not convincted sexual predator. Afton works in a library and had dinner every week with her brother. It’s hard to kill someone when you’ve never done so…and when there’s someone in the shadows watching your every move.

As you all know, I just reviewed the first book in the Dexter series so I was real excited when asked to review this book first in its series. Yes, this is almost a female Dexter. There were talks of the next Jessica Jones but since I don’t know anything about that series, I’m going with what I know from Dexter.

This book was so difficult to put down. It’s not a long book, about 140 or so pages, but the story is so compelling. Afton is an amazing character who does indeed struggle with an incident in her past. That doesn’t make her any less of a badass. Animus is her dark passenger but instead of it just being a voice, Afton sees her as almost like an evil twin. Yikes.

The series was written by Brent Jones. I enjoyed how he told this story. It’s told in Afton’s point of view but she’s not struggling to fit into a normal life. The woman retaliates when an idiot kid vandalized the library! That part was so funny. The only complaint is that it left with a cliffhanger and I have to wait for the second book!!

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4 stars. I will say there are mentions of sexual assault and abuse. It’s not overly detailed but it is there. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.

Book Review: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Published: May 5, 2004

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I am sorry that it took me so long to write this review. I finished it a few nights ago and life just kind of pulls me out of my bookworm world. Anyway, I wanted to do this from different points of view. One as someone who has never seen the show, and the other as someone who has seen the show. BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!

I made this post as a current read a while back, so if you haven’t read that post, here’s the summary of the book.

Dexter Morgan is a blood analyst for the Miami Metro Police by day, and closeted serial killer by night. The book is told from Dexter’s point of view. He talks about being two people, Dexter and his ‘Dark Passenger’. The ‘Dark Passenger’ is a need in Dexter to kill. He doesn’t feel any emotion as any other human does. He doesn’t kill just anybody for shits and giggles, he has a code. This code is set by his foster father, Harry, who teaches Dexter to use it for good instead of…well evil.

The first book is basically an introduction and circles around a plot to catch a serial killer who is kidnapping hookers and draining their blood. No, not vampire. He drains their blood and cuts them up into pieces and leaves them in plain sight – and his sights are apparently set on Dexter.

So you have Dexter, who tries (in my opinion a little too hard) to act normal around other people, including his sister, Deborah. Deborah is a beat cop who wants desperately to transfer to homicide.

My review on the story AS A BOOK:

The story as a whole was a pretty good start to a series. As I said, Dexter tries WAY too hard to fit in as someone who doesn’t feel much of anything. This also means flirting back with one of the detectives who has an unhealthy crush on him. Migdia LaGuerta is a female detective and while she takes her job seriously, she’s not exactly the best detective. Dexter describes her as one who knows how to play the political game more than being a detective.

Deborah relied WAY too much on Dexter to solve this murder case for someone who wants to be in homicide. She was almost too needy and too desperate to where it was hard to like her, even when she gets into trouble. I have the second book so I hope that her character better develops with the next story.

I do like Lindsay’s style of writing and how he has Dexter telling the story from his view and his ‘Dark Passenger’. Dexter does his research before going after a kill. This story he killed a priest who kills little boys and a man who kidnapped teenage girls for trafficking. Not that I condone killing, but at least it’s not someone completely random and not without some merit.

I’d say the start of the series is a 3.5/5 stars. Just so you can get into the introduction of Dexter and be just enough curious as to what is in store for him in the second book.

My review on the story from the show! So beware of possible spoilers for both book and TV show from this point!

I mostly started this because I’m binge watching the show and I’m on the final season. I had no idea it was a book series, so naturally, I jumped on it. I don’t like that the cover is replaced by the show cover, but that was what I could get so I sucked it up and got it.

The first book covers the first season. There are a lot of differences, however.

Migdia LaGuerta is MARIA LaGuerta in the show and she’s a Lieutenant not a detective. She’s also pretty damn hateful especially toward Deborah. She is in the show, but not as much in the book.

Dexter doesn’t try as hard in the show to be normal as he does in the book. He doesn’t flirt with anybody when they flirt with him (Thank God they didn’t do that story line with him and LaGuerta in the show). In the book, she comes onto him…by grabbing his crotch! Can we say sexual assault!

Deborah is less annoying and less needy in the show than she is in the book. Again, I hope that changes in the second book, which I will read and review.

Rita, Dexter’s girlfriend (and really she’s only there to make him seem normal) doesn’t make much of an appearance in the book as she does in the first season. So many story lines in the first season and I’m almost disappointed they aren’t in the book. The book is just 285 pages long, so I didn’t expect a lot.

See, something like this always gets my hopes up. I watch a show or movie and find out it was a book first and then I get the book and my expectations are set high. That’s one of the reasons I refuse to watch Ready Player One because I want to read the book first. Although, I do need to see Love, Simon, because Simon Vs. The HomoSapiens Agenda was a really good book.

The book was a good start. I’m definitely going to read the second book. The series is great if you’re not setting your hopes on it after watching the show. If you are interested, I would definitely read the book (or all books) first before watching the show. IF anything, Michael C. Hall is an amazing actor. And he narrates Stephen King’s Pet Semetary – I am definitely listening to it mostly to hear his voice.

Good starter to a book series, and the show is just as good. If you like to watch one guy kill the bad people while he helps the police hunt for them as well, definitely worth it.

Current Read: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by: Jeff Lindsey

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first of an eight book series. It was also the inspiration for TV show Dexter that starred Michael C. Hall.

If you’ve never heard of this series or the show: Dexter is by day a blood analyst working for the Miami Metro Homicide and by night…serial killer.

But he’s a serial killer killing the bad guys. What makes him different? Well, he has a code that was taught to him by his foster father. Dexter has what he calls a Dark Passenger and feels the need to kill.

Rather than get him help, Dexter’s foster father teaches him to channel the need by only killing the guilty.

Dexter does his research before he kills. His first kill in the book is a priest who killed children. Dexter makes them face what they did before he kills them.

I’m binge watching the show and I’m on season 7. I just picked up the first two books. I’m almost halfway through the first book.

So far there are small differences from the book and show.

Dexter makes more of an effort to act normal in the book.

LaGuerta is a detective in the book. I still haven’t met Dokes just yet.

I’ll be sure to update more when I get further in the book.

The book is in Dexter’s point of view. Technically so is the show, but you still have character backstory.

I love the show. I’m not overly fond of seasons 7. To me, the story is kind of weak and things seem to happen in a span of time that sometimes the show just doesn’t explain.

Like Angel having a sister suddenly. Or a year has gone by between seasons. That annoys me sometimes.

Anyway, so far the book is good and I’ll be sure to review it more when I’m done.