Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri ManiscalcoHunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Published by Little Brown & Company on September 19, 2017
Pages: 434
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
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In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco's haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

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.

Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of my favorite books of 2016, so I was HIGHLY anticipating the sequel – and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The characters were epic, the writing was gorgeous, the plot was intriguing, and the twist ending was !!!!!!!!!!!!

Audrey Rose will forever be one of my favorite kick-butt heroines. She’s bold, fierce, and intent on living life her way. She was also a bit too stubborn for her own good at times, too determined to do things on her own when she should have gone for help. But she never backed down from a challenge, even when others were rooting for her to fail. I admired her courage and determination.

Thomas was so wicked, I loved it! He was cheeky and cocky and hilarious – a total charmer! He definitely had some moments where I wanted to smack him (i.e: the way he tried to make decisions for Audrey Rose, and didn’t listen to her when she asked him to stay out of certain things; also, when he spoke to the professors about Audrey Rose behind her back). But, overall, I think his character development was great, and he had a lot of growth in the end. Also, the revelations about him in this book were !!!!

I will forever ship Audrey Rose and Thomas. Their chemistry is electric, and the sexual tension between them is on fire. I REALLY hope there’s a third book because I CAN’T wait to see what happens next, now that they’re _________ (you know if you read it; I don’t want to spoil it!).

The secondary characters in this book were all on point, but I REALLY LOVED Daciana and Ileana!! I loved everything about them as individuals, as well as the relationship they had. And the revelations about both of them were !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hope that, if there IS a third book, we get to see more of them!

I REALLY wanted to like and trust Anastasia. I was super intrigued by her, and I really wanted to know more about her right off the bat. I can’t discuss much else about her without spoilers, but she was another character where… the revelations about her were !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prince Nicolae was… interesting. I never really knew how to feel about him and never fully trusted him. But he was an intriguing character to meet and learn about. I was very amused by Professor Radu. He reminded me of a weird cross between Lupin and Quirrell (from Harry Potter). And Headmaster Moldoveanu was just a complete and total jackass.

The ending was one huge WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! moment. It was SUPER intense and there were a lot of *biting my nails* moments. It also had some heart-pounding/creepy thriller moments. The whole book felt like this slow burn that built up and up and up, until the ending crashed into you like a high-speed train – at which point, it didn’t let up until the very last page.

If you couldn’t tell from my review, I absolutely ADORED this book and I’m PRAYING there’s a third book! I can’t get enough of this world and these characters! I HIGHLY recommend this one!!!!


Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Blog Tour)

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Blog Tour)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 20, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
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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.


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Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (September 20, 2016 – Jimmy Patterson) This book was an incredibly twisted, epic read, so I’m really excited to be a part of this blog tour! I hope you enjoy my review!


I’m morbidly fascinated with Jack the Ripper – both fictional and non-fictional. So when I first heard about this book, I KNEW I had to read it! And it was soooo good! It’s definitely in my Top Five Favorite Books for 2016! It was dark and fascinating, the writing was incredible and the characters were epic!

Audrey Rose is, without a doubt, one of my favorite female characters in a long time! She’s so bold and fierce – sharp like a whip and hilarious – and so determined to break the rules of society and carve her own path.

Thomas cracked me up! I adored his personality and his cheekiness. He’s so full of himself and he’s completely cocky but he makes me snicker! He was also a shameless flirt and it made me like him even more! His chemistry with Audrey Rose was electric and intense. I loved when she called Thomas a fiend – it just fit him so well!

Nathaniel is hilarious – the words ‘quippy’ and ‘cheeky’ pretty much cover his personality! But he’s also kind for supporting his sister. On the flip-side, I never fully trusted Blackburn and I despised Audrey Rose’s father. I’d love to discuss these characters, as well as a few others, in greater detail but alas, spoilers! So I won’t. But I wish I could! … Go read the book so we can discuss this stuff!!!!

The ending was INSANE and a complete mind-f*ck! I seriously… I don’t even know. I finished reading this a whole month ago and I still can’t process my thoughts and feels from the ending of this book, at all. I’m still in shock and still going, “…Seriously..? But… How…? Wait… seriously…?” I mean, at some point, I started having strange theories and wondering, but they seemed so ludicrous, I brushed them aside. And then… NOPE! I WAS RIGHT!!! If I could do an emoji from my computer right now, it would be the one with its mouth open in shock and hands on its face.

Kerri’s writing was on point! It flowed and it made me feel as though I was actually living the story (as opposed to simply reading it). Also, I couldn’t help but wonder about all the crazy things Kerri must have had to google for this book, haha!

Overall, if you couldn’t tell from my gushing, fangirl review, I loved this book so very much! The plot was intense and intriguing; Kerri is an amazing writer; and the characters were beloved and well-developed. I HIGHLY recommend this book for those fascinated by Jack the Ripper and those who love a good mystery and/or thriller!


Favorite Quotes:

“Roses have both petals and thorns. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate.” (This is, quiet possibly, my favorite quote ever).

“I promise. I’ll be as silent as the dead.” … “The dead speak to those who listen. Be quieter than even them.”

“I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam-driven parts.”

“Just because I was a girl interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I needed to give up being girly.”


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kerri-maniscalcoAbout the Author:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
9/12: No BS Book Reviews – Review
9/13: A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post
9/14: The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review
9/15: My Friends Are Fiction – Q&A
9/16: Pandora’s Books – Review
Week 2:
9/19: Polished Page-Turners – Review
9/20: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
9/21: Chapter By Chapter – Guest Post
9/22: What Sarah Read – Mood Board
9/23: That Artsy Reader Girl – Review