Book Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: ★★★★★


I’ll be honest with you. I got this book for Christmas last year (2016) and it took me AGES to finally pick it up and finish it. I tried TWICE to read it – TWICE – and ended up putting it back down both times because I’m assuming I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I’d been in a reading slump for a pretty long time. I read Stalking Jack the Ripper late last year, I read The Fault In Our Stars earlier this year, and I read Everything, Everything last month. That’s it. I didn’t put the book down twice because I hated it, or because it was a horrible book. I put it down twice because I just wasn’t in the mood to read in general.

But, I’ve been very excited for A Court of Thorns and Roses ever since I first discovered it last year, so I decided to try again! And I did the thing! I finished it! I’m so proud of myself, and so beyond happy. Before I was even 50% done with this novel, I went out to Barnes and Noble and purchased A Court of Mist and Fury! I can’t wait to start it! Then, I’ll have an excuse to buy A Court of Wings and Ruin! I’m so looking forward to enjoying this world and these characters even more.

I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses for so many reasons. I’d heard that it was a Beauty and the Beast re-telling; that’s what initially drew me to it. That, and the book cover. Side note: red is my favorite color, ever!

I was hooked after reading the first five pages. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this novel. The storyline was constructed very well, and the pace was good. I have nothing negative to say in regards to the plot. I think Sarah J. Maas is a genius.

The characters are the very best part of this story if you ask me. I love Feyre; she is strong and she is weak at the same time. She would do anything – from hunting for food to risking her own life – to keep the people she loves safe and happy. Tamlin is such a charming, powerful, lovable character. Lucien, my personal favorite, brought a sense of humor to the novel. There are many, many evil and cruel characters who you hate to love and love to hate.

This novel is filled with a beautiful storyline, wonderful characterization, action, and anticipation which will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have the second book at the ready so you can pick it up as soon as you read the last sentence of this one.

I hope you enjoyed this gorgeous book as much as I did! Let me know your thoughts below.

xoxo, Megan


Book Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
My Rating: ★★★★★



Because the second book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula, is coming out this month (and I’m so beyond excited for it!) I decided to finally sit down and write a review for what is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a long time.

I discovered Stalking Jack the Ripper one day in 2016 when I was browsing through Goodreads, trying to find a new historical fiction to pick up. The title and the cover of the novel are what initially drew me to it. I’ve always been absolutely intrigued by serial killers; don’t ask me why. A very small part of me always wanted to work as a police officer, or for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That being said, an entire book about a well-known murderer? Right up my street.

Audrey Rose is quite possibly one of the greatest female main characters that I’ve read about in a while. As someone who has always been very enthralled by forensic science, I could personally relate to her very much so. She’s a kick-butt woman who doesn’t let anyone control her life – she’s not afraid to be herself, although she’s often looked down on for her interests. That’s inspiring.

Thomas Cresswell, Audrey’s partner-in-crime, if you will, is also a very interesting character. He brought a sense of humor to what was a relatively dark story.

In my opinion, I never once guessed who the killer was. I had a few ideas throughout the story, but I was never correct. The ending was shocking and beautiful, and I shed a few tears. I’m very happy with the ending that Kerri went with.

The writing was very nice, from the beginning of the novel to the end. I was never bored. I was never ready for it to be over. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. I never wanted to put it down!

In conclusion, Stalking Jack the Ripper was a BIG hit for me! I can’t wait for Audrey’s story to continue in a few weeks.

Did you enjoy this novel? If your answer is no, what did you dislike about it? Let’s have a discussion!

xoxo, Megan