Happy Release Day to Dracul! {Review.}

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publish Date: October 2, 2018

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The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen — a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen — and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning.

1926361t70bnztsmwIt is strange to say that I never much enjoyed the book, Dracula. It has its perks and points that had me intrigued, but I never fell head over heels. I enjoyed the film with Gary Oldman greatly; as well as Dracula Untold with Luke Evans. (I was in the minority for that, I think.) Regardless, I have always loved the lure of the supernatural and when I heard about this particular book, I was interested. I never thought that I’d receive an advanced copy but I requested…and voila! Despite its large size–just over 500 pages, I finished it in two nights.

This is a stunning mix of both reality and fiction meeting. The events of this story is what inspires Bram to eventually write ‘Dracula’. If you’re looking for a bland, sparkly sort of vampire story, this isn’t it. If you like a traditional, I’m-going-to-scare-the-hell-out-of-you vampire? This is it. Both authors write seamlessly and it’s easy to forget that there are actually two people writing. Dacre Stoker has a wealth of information at his fingertips that he imbued in the story, giving life to the Stoker family in a way that we don’t really get.

I loved the vivacity of the characters. Not a one was dull nor one dimensional. Everyone seemingly jumped off the pages, even Ellen, whom we learn little about until she’s ready to tell about herself. She is a mystery yet, you do feel that you know her well. I loved Matilda, Bram’s sister. She is ahead of her time, not willing to submit to the rubbish rules of society, though using them occasionally to get her way. I loved that she was able to call things as they were even if no one else wanted to see or hear it.

Written as journal entries by the central characters, you’re brought into the mindsets of each of them, all of them forming a stunning read that I guarantee you won’t want to pull away from. I promise that if you like horror, you’ll be intrigued. Rather, you’ll be besotted by this, which I am pretty certain will become a classic and something you return to every Halloween. I loved reading things from Bram’s POV, which we get from childhood to adulthood. I enjoyed that greatly. He was a sickly young boy but when Nana Ellen comes to the Stoker household, Bram improves. No one knows quite how she does it, but eventually, she just leaves which begins the great mystery of their lives.

I read this in June, so I’ve been sitting on my excitement for months. But I’m about to reread it because, hey, it’s autumn and it’s October! Read all the spooky things!

  • I’d give it ★★★★★ stars.
  • I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • I would and have (!) recommend this to a friend. 🙂

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AuthorDacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and the international bestselling co-author of Dracula: The Un-Dead, the official Stoker family-endorsed sequel to Dracula. He is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years. He currently lives with his wife, Jenne, in Aiken, South Carolina, where he manages the Bram Stoker Estate.

J.D. Barker is the internationally bestselling author the internationally bestselling J.D. Barker Publicity Headshotsauthor of ForsakenThe Fourth Monkey, and The Fifth to Die. He was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His works have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and daughter, Ember.

About The Blogger!

I saw this over on Kaleena’s blog, Reader Voracious. It was created by Bethany over at Bibliophile’s Binge!  I thought it would be fun to do something not quite book related and introduce myself more to the newer followers on my blog.

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17626483_10155907965379428_156011700125902827_nName: Clarissa Marie.  But you can call me Riss or Rissa. Or Clary, like Miss Fray from The Mortal Instruments. (I’ve never read those, actually.)

Age: 
32 [My birthday is 9/9!]

Education: 
A little bit of college. I ended up dropping out. But I read voraciously and I keep on learning. I attended East Stroudsburg North High School up in Pennsylvania. I am part of the graduating class of 2005. (Let’s go Timberwolves!!)

Location: 
Florida, USA by way of Pennsylvania and New York.

Job:
Disabled. But I keep busy with my blog and I think of it as a part time job. I just get paid in books. 🙂

These are a few of your favorite things: 
My dog, Tessie, Disney movies, my record player, books (obviously), taking pictures and all sorts of things like that. I’m kind of an introvert.  I also love to write and use Photoshop.

Is there a story behind your blog’s name? Originally I used ‘With Her Nose Stuck In A Book’. But I was afraid Disney would sue me, lol. So I made a play on ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ by making it ‘Clarissa Reads It All’.

What are you looking forward to right now? 
I don’t really have anything I’m looking forward to, actually. I hope my Uncle and Aunt visit soon; and maybe my bestie Cat.

Favorite Ice Cream: 
Chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip.


Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it? 
Coffee. I love Starbucks’ ‘White Chocolate Mocha’ and I love their ‘Peppermint Mocha Frapp’. I don’t add anything to it. It’s just tasty as is.

Favorite Thing To Do On a Rainy Day: Read! Obviously. However, I like to listen to it rain, put some classical music on and just enjoy it.

Favorite Movies: 
Gone With The Wind, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast.

Favorite Books:
I’ve said it so many times, so I’m not saying it again, lol. I’ll give you a hint though, one of them is mentioned in my favorite movies.

Good hint? LoL. 

One Item on Your Bucket List: Go to the UK!!

Scariest Thing You’ve Ever Done: 
I went helmet diving in Mexico! What an experience!

Fun Fact or Two: 
I was the class clown my senior year. Everyone kind of knew me and I liked the recognition. I just enjoyed the ever living hell out of making people laugh.

I have apparently been saying since I was a little girl–before I ever saw or read GWTW–“Tomorrow Is Another Day.” My parents tell me I’ve always been a “regular Scarlett O’Hara.” If it’s meant as an insult, I don’t take it that way.

book blast: The Notorious Black Bart 1883.

The Notorious Black Bart 1883
by A.E. Wasserman

Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Archway Publishing
Paperback; 124 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Western

 

 

Englishman Lord Langsford is leaving California after an adventurous visit, but finds more excitement in a Dime Novel that he shares with his two fellow travelers on the train bound to New York: This is the embellished but true tale of Black Bart and Special Agent James B. Hume of Wells Fargo & Company.

It’s California gold country and the notorious Black Bart robs his twenty-eighth Wells Fargo Stagecoach. The stage driver shoves down the heavy cash box then whips his team into a gallop away from the gunslinger. When the outlaw dismounts his horse to gather up his loot, a rattler slinks onto the road and bites him through his boot. He shoots off its head, but his horse bolts, leaving him snake bit and on foot. The gold from the local mines is heavy. He must carry the bounty out of the Sierra Mountains or die trying.

Special Agent James B. Hume of Wells Fargo & Company, a friend of Lord Langsford, has been after Black Bart for eight years. Now for the first time, Hume has some of the outlaw’s possessions. He has to use his wits, but the gunslinger has nearly a week’s head start. Can Hume catch the outlaw once and for all? Or will Black Bart escape to terrorize again?

Available on Amazon

About the Author

The daughter of a newspaperman, A.E. Wasserman grew up in a household filled with books and stories. At age 14, she wrote her first novella and never stopped writing.

A.E. Wasserman’s current mystery/thrillers series, featuring Englishman Langsford has garnered international attention, not only in the U.S., but Europe and the U.K. as well. Her work is critically acclaimed as richly atmospheric; her writing style bold and well-crafted.

After graduating from The Ohio State University, she lived in London, then San Francisco. Currently she resides in Southern California with her family and her muse, a Border Collie named Topper.

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Clarissa Reads it All

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Book Nerd

Monday, October 1
Hoover Book Reviews

Tuesday, October 2
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Wednesday, October 3
Bri’s Book Nook

Thursday, October 4
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Friday, October 5
CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, October 8
100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, October 9
What Is That Book About

Wednesday, October 10
Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, October 11
The Book Review

Friday, October 12
A Darn Good Read

Top Ten Tuesday.

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This week’s theme is Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read. The themes come from That Artsy Reader Girl. It was “created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” As says the blurb.

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-Ransom Riggs
. I haven’t read Tales of the Peculiar yet, which is quite stupid of me, as it is sitting on my shelf! I have a signed edition too. I really ought to. I was planning a reread before the next book comes out next month. I should get on that soon, shouldn’t I?

 

-Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t finished the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series yet. I have all of them I just haven’t gotten to them yet. I also haven’t even attempted to read Catwoman or the Throne of Glass series. Isn’t that ridiculous of me? I have most of them (not the ToG series). That’s definitely getting read. Problem is I keep getting review copies and I need to read those first. #BloggerProblems (lol)

 

-Kristin Hannah. I haven’t read anything from her beyond The Nightingale, which again, ridiculous on my part since I have The Great Alone on my shelf. If you haven’t read The Nightingale yet, I highly recommend it. Well developed characters, emotional, excellent descriptions…you’ll definitely fall in love with this one.

 

-JK Rowling. I’ve never read Tales of Beedle the Bard nor have I read anything more than the synopsis, a few blurbs, and the reviews of Cursed Child, which I have no intention of reading as it sounds like dreadful fan fiction. (Not that I dislike Fan-Fic! I love it, I just prefer it to be written well.)

-Susan Elia MacNeal. I haven’t gotten to read the last two of her Maggie Hope mystery series and that’s driving me mental because I love the series. And I’m in good company too–former President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary, and their daughter, Chelsea are all big fans too! Speaking of Pres. Clinton, I need to read his book with James Patterson, ‘The President is Missing’. [Please don’t argue about the Clintons in comments please; I am simply stating that they’re fans.]


-Barack Obama.
I haven’t read President Obama’s book ‘The Audacity of Hope’. I did read ‘Dreams of My Father’, which is wonderfully written. I have always admired the way he speaks and his writing is no different. His voice shines through.

 

-Jean Plaidy. I am pretty sure that I’ve missed a few of her books. She was pretty prolific, no matter which of her pseudonyms she was writing under. It’s funny, my mother read her when she was younger as Victoria Holt and when I told her that Jean Plaidy was the same person, we had a good laugh.

-Ann Rinaldi. When I was a kid, I was assigned In My Father’s House to read for school. I admit, I complained. I didn’t want to do assigned reading for school. But once I started, I was in love. To the point that I made my parents bring me to the bookstore to find more of her books. But I know I haven’t read all of them…and despite being a grown woman, I’d like to read them.

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-Dr. Maya Angelou
. I have only read some of her poems. I want to read all of her work! It’s wonderful, it’s enlightening and soul-inspiring. I’ve listened to her speak and I always admired her. I followed her on Facebook too; loved her posts.



-Alice Walker
–I believe she’s written more than The Colour Purple, which is one of my favorite books of all time and the movie? Makes me cry every time. You should see it if you haven’t. If one book and film can be so powerful, I wonder what the rest of her work is like.

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Spotlight: The Light Over London


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publish Date: January 8, 2019

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Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. 

It’s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antique dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier’s life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages.

In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene’s life had been decided for her—she’ll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul’s unit is deployed without warning.

Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women’s branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a Gunner Girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other Gunner Girls relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side.

Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties.

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Authorjuliakellyheadshot2Julia Kelly is the award-winning author of books about ordinary women and their extraordinary stories. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London. She also writes contemporary romance novels as Julia Blake. Readers can visit JuliaKellyWrites.com to learn more about all of her books and sign up for her newsletter so they never miss a new release.

Random Good Luck.

Did a leprechaun kiss me or something?

(I know, that’s a terrible generalization of the Irish, and I apologize. Please note that my family hails from Ireland; like several hundred years of ancestry there. I’m sort of poking fun at myself and them.) Anyway, I think someone smiled upon me or something amazing because I tell you guys, I am not very lucky. However, the last two days, I found out that I won two different giveaways. Firstly, a copy of Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness yesterday on Twitter. And then today, a copy of Light Over London by Julia Kelly on Goodreads. Cue my silly screenshots of my congratulatory acknowledgments.

I guess luck is smiling down upon me. 🙂 Not to mention, my uncle and aunt are belatedly sending me the All Souls Trilogy as a birthday present. Happy me is happy! Haha.

I hope you guys are having a good week and I wish you lots of luck too! ❤

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Mirror, Mirror. [A Review.]

I got this book for $1.97 at Books-a-Million and I am sorry I spent even that much. This was a DNF. I suppose I shouldn’t even put up a review, but I am in the mood to do so. Maybe you guys will have enjoyed this and you’ll tell me what I was missing.

It started out promising but then it just weird. And it wasn’t even weird in a good way. It was just hard to follow along and it wasn’t enjoyable. It’s supposed to be a retelling of Snow White, and whilst there were some mentions of it, it just wasn’t really what I was expecting at all.

Bringing in the Borgias didn’t even help, which says something given that I find Cesare and Lucrezia amongst some of the most fascinating historical figures. I will totally give the author credit for his research. It’s good if you know who the Borgias are and the political atmosphere was then, but if you don’t understand it, you’ll still manage to be kind of lost.

I just didn’t understand the hype about this; my friends were raving and I was just left going, “….what the hell did I just read?” I hate when books feature beautifully written atmospheres but the characters are flatter than a Florida landscape. (And I can tell you–it is flat here.) This was some 1-D level of flatness. The main character, Bianca de Nevada, is nothing like Snow White, except for her looks, but she’s naive and lacks in personality. Seriously, it was kind of like…why was she even there? There was no development there and I doubt it would have changed in what remained.

Also, that mention of the unicorn and the hunter sexual encounter with him ejaculating was just peculiar. I gave up around there.

My library can count on this one in my next donation. Is Wicked any good? I have it on my bookshelf, but if it’s as boring as this one, I’ll donate it too.

  • I’d give it ★ star.
  • I bought this copy for myself. What a waste. :/
  • I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend.

When Elephants Fly: A Review.

When Elephants Fly Tour BannerThere are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.

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Warning: if suicide, abuse, mental illness, and animal abuse triggers you in any way, this may not be the book for you.
This is one of those books where you can’t talk too much about it for risk of spoiling it. And that is a good book to me because it means it’s going to have your attention from the first page to the last. Lily’s perspective presents the story to us from how she sees and let me tell you–it packs quite the punch. It’s emotional, it’s heart-wrenching, gut-churning and just…it’s kind of magical, actually, in the way it takes you on a roller coaster and you’ll still want one.
I think this book will touch on your own fears of losing yourself to an illness and it also teaches empathy. You can’t help but feel it towards Lily’s mother, who has paranoid schizophrenia. She can’t help the way she behaves and it makes it hard–for me, anyway–to really feel any hate towards her. I understand slightly Lily’s worry about ‘triggering’ it, considering my own biological mother’s mental health.
I know this review is very short. But I really don’t want to give anything much away. I think the slow point is the romance, but I really did enjoy the rest of it.
  • I’d give it ★★★★ stars.
  • I recieved a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • I would recommend this to a friend. 🙂
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Praise for 
WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY

“Nancy Richardson Fischer has managed to combine so many important topics-family, mental illness, extinction, animal welfare, and adolescence-into an accessible, moving and extraordinary story.” ―Ellen C. O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Global, Space for Giants

“This book was an absolute pleasure to read. I encourage everyone to read this inspirational book and discuss mental illness and tolerance and the need to improve wildlife protection.” ―Katie Rowe, Pritzker Genius Award nominee, Co-founder Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

“This moving coming-of-age adventure story is a captivating page-turner that crescendos to a valiant and surprisingly delightful conclusion filled with hope for both humans and elephants.” ―Patricia Sims, Filmmaker, When Elephants Were Young. Founder, World Elephant Day

“When Elephants Fly is a compelling read, beautifully threading the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, mental illness and elephants.” ―National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos

“Not only does this book show the reader the perils of keeping elephants in zoos and having them perform in circuses, it does it with heart, grace, and imagination.” ―Nina Berry, author of The Notorious Pagan Jones and the Otherkinseries

“Unlike anything I’ve read before in YA, When Elephants Fly is both a fascinating adventure and a stirring coming-of-age novel. There are few clear heroes or villains, and no easy answers for Lily as she moves into an uncertain future. The bond between elephant and girl is deftly wrought-reminiscent of Alec and the Black in Walter Farley’s classic, The Black Stallion, but for an older, contemporary audience.” ―Sara Zarr, author of Gem & Dixie

 
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I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it’s very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I’m not very good at it.

After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.

For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I’d visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences I got tired of writing other peoples’ stories and not my own.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I’m not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

 
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A-Z Book Blog Tag!

I found this book tag and I don’t remember where! I’m also finishing this on my phone, I started a few days ago. If you are the creator, let me know and I will properly credit you! It looked like fun and I am tagging all of you to join me. 😊

Author you’ve read the most books from:

J.K Rowling or Jean Plaidy. I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and I read a lot of Jean Plaidy’s historical fiction novels. There are so many!

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I really, really love those books. I credit them with making me see that YA books were changing and that they weren’t all mushy and terrible.

Currently Reading:

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I tend not to drink as I don’t want to stain the pages.

E–reader or Physical Book?

Physical book, however, I am not opposed to an e-book because I’m still reading!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Probably Louis de Pointe du Lac from the Vampire Chronicles, haha. I was quite…theatrical then. He might have seen me as a female Lestat.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Court of Thrones and Roses.

Hidden Gem Book:

I think any Indie book is a hidden gem because those authors don’t get all the exposure traditionally published authors get.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Oh gosh. When I got my very first physical ARC! I have to keep this answer here because that was an awesome moment for me.

Just Finished:

Still reading The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel and The Kennedy Debutante.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica, romance, religious, self-help. Thank you but no.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I believe that honor goes to The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George.

Major book hangover because of:

I don’t think I’ve had one, to be honest .

Number of bookcases:

Two big ones and a half sized one. I also use the top of my dresser, lol. I could do with more but my room is small, so I get creative. I also donate to the library every few months.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

In My Father’s House by Ann Rinaldi.

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed or my armchair.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Oh Will. Also, what is up with Sam Clafin playing two characters (Will and Finnick) I absolutely love?!

Reading Regret:

I wasted my time attempting Fifty Shades. I wanted to see what my friends were raving about. Lol, what a load of tripe. I have already expressed my hatred so I’ll spare you.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

A Court of Thorns and Roses! But I have them all and I will get to it. I also need to finish the Three Dark Reigns series. Rather, catch up.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Gone With the Wind, Little Women and Charlotte’s Web.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Dorian Gray. I blame Ben Barnes for this. He was also Prince/King Caspian in the Narnia series.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Hrm…The Gown and then America’s Princess.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Eating Goldfish. You guys know what I mean, the little goldfish crackers.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Hamilton Affair.

Your latest book purchase:

A Discovery of Witches.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel. Soooooo good!

Happy Release Day!

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: jimmy patterson
  • Publish Date: September 18, 2018)


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The #1 New York Times bestselling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues in this third bloody installment! 
A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. 

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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