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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow I really enjoyed this book! I love the interactions between Audrey Rose and Thomas and how it wasn’t really a lovey-dovey romance between them. The fact that they aren’t so in love with each other that they can’t see what is going on around them is really refreshing when it comes to YA reads. The “twist” at the end I definitely saw coming, but then again it is VERY hard for a plot twist to actually shock or surprise me. I liked how Kerri actually used pieces of history to form the basis for her book, it made the entire thing feel more realistic even though no one really knows what happened to Jack the Ripper in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed how Audrey Rose didn’t conform to society and stood up for herself and didn’t let anyone tell her what to do and was a fantastic main character and I cannot wait to pick up book two so I can follow Audrey Rose and Thomas’ journey together!
Definitely one of my favorite reads of October, and I highly recommend it!

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great read! I find that I guess plot twists before they happen and they don’t surprise me, so I was thrilled that the plot twist in this book actually surprised me! I absolutely did not see it coming, and I thought that the book was going to have a completely different ending. I never would’ve suspected who the actual killer was. I enjoyed that the clues pointed you in one direction until the last 10 pages or so, when you finally figure out who the real killer is. The first half of the book was kind of slow, but mainly because it was setting everything up for the last 80 pages or so. Once Quincy starts to remember what happened to her at Pine Cottage the plot picks up speed and I couldn’t put it down! Overall, this was a great thrilling read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys plot twists and thrillers.

The Bakersville DozenThe Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! I definitely did not see that twist coming, although I did have my suspicions about Jude because he seemed too good to be true. It was fun to compare the actions of everyone involved and try to come to my own conclusion about who did it, but I never would’ve suspected who the mastermind was! I really enjoyed the pacing and even though the characters weren’t really fleshed out, I think it worked just fine with the story. I did NOT like Hannah at all, she was so annoying and it seemed like she didn’t truly care about Bailey and her feelings. Good read if you want something a quick read with twists.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it was a snow white retelling, but with some extra elements added in. Like magic and dragons and Sasha. My favorite character was Kol, and I wish we would’ve gotten to see more of him and his story (even though he wasn’t the main focus of the book). The whole girl fighting for her rightful place as queen trope is very prominent in YA fantasy novels, but I have to admit that those are my favorite type of books to read! Can’t wait for my copy of the next book to come in so I can read that as well.

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book, and at the same time I didn’t like this book. For me, the plot twists didn’t really make sense and seemed kind of forced. Its been a while since I’ve read this book, so maybe if I re-read it I can get more out of the book the second time around. I loved the plot and the world building.

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Night FilmNight Film by Marisha Pessl

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF at around 75%. There’s just something about this book that I couldn’t handle, it was a struggle for me to even get as far as I did. It felt like the main character was just going in circles and he didn’t really know what he was doing or what he was getting himself into, and the group he formed with the two teenagers felt a little forced. I loved how the book had extras throughout, like websites and photos to help you really feel like your in the story helping them investigate. I also really liked the paper the book was printed on, which sounds strange, but this is an almost 600 page book that looks like it is less than half that. Its a nice heavy paper, and made reading the pages an enjoyable physical experience. I do think that the idea behind the story is great and I do honestly want to know what happened to Ashley Cordova, and I do want to see how the book ends. I’ll probably get around to finishing it at some point since there is no way that I can leave a book unfinished.

ZooZoo by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve got a BS in Environmental Conservation, so this book was especially chilling for me. It may be kind of a far stretch, but something like this could be possible in the future what with animals (and humans) always evolving. This book just sucked me in and kept me interested from start to finish. Definitely a must read if you enjoy mysteries and animals. Its not an outright scary book, but it definitely gets you thinking about what if?

Currently Reading

I’ve just picked up The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher. Its the story of the teenager who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started the events that would lead to World War I. It also has elements from the authors own experiences in that region in the 1990’s and should be an interesting read!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED finally getting to see what Chaol has been up to for the last few books, and it was just as great as I expected! The relationships/sex scenes in Tower of Dawn were not as detailed *ahem* as in the last books, which was really refreshing and let you focus on the action and story of the book. That big reveal about Erawan was fantastic and I honestly did not see it coming! Now we wait for the next book to see what happens.