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Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 19th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller 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?

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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.

My Review:

So, first off I really liked book one. When I saw this was going to be centered around Dracula, I was ecstatic. The question was, is Dracula an immortal going around killing people or is it someone impersonating him? Well, you have to read to find out!

Audrey Rose is a strong female character that doesn’t want anyone to stand up for her besides herself. A few times this got annoying when she got mad at Thomas for no real reason, but I get it. She wants to prove she can handle her own situations.

Thomas… Thomas… Thomas… what a great character and the cutest little flirt ever put into a book. Loved him! The banter was perfect!

You want creepiness? You got it! There was some awesome parts where I was like yes! I love creepy! There was a twist, that I didn’t guess so that was good for me, because I am usually not surprised by outcomes.

Last off, I have to know what the next book will be about!!!!!

 

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But Then I Came Back: Author Interview + Giveaway

BUT THEN I CAME BACK

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Title: BUT THEN I CAME BACK

Author: Estelle Laure

Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Pages: 512

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl, feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?

 

Author Interview:

What gave you the idea for But Then I Came Back?

Well, I was working on a whole other book about love and romanticism and one of my best friends committed suicide. I continued trying to write the other book, but I was plagued by questions of life and death and why it is we persist in living when it’s so hard sometimes. I was constantly pondering my own passion for life and arguing both sides with myself. The other book just wasn’t coming together and I was destroyed so I wasn’t producing the way I wanted to be. I finally gave in and poured all my grief and confusion into this book. Yeah, you’re welcome.

What is Eden’s greatest strength and weakness?

I think her greatest strength is her openness to wisdom. She likes books and information and thinking about existential concepts. That makes her interesting to me and strong as a person because she can take things in and grow. Her weakness has to do with ignorance. She hasn’t lived much of a life. She hasn’t traveled or experienced much diversity or economic strife. She’s been mollycoddled by adoring parents. Except for a single experience of rejection, until her accident she’s been unchallenged which makes her unable to understand things in a real way which is why the whole thing is such a shock.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was six I used to write stories while we drove around in a VW bus. Over time I was around people who I thought were better and more creative than me and I dropped it, only picking it up again after I had my son. I don’t know what clicked, but I have written in some form or another every day since and I’m totally serious when I say if I never published again in my life I would write every day anyway.

What is your favorite book so far that you have read this year?

Like 2017? I really loved UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichart. Totally devastating and beautiful. I also read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and think pretty much anyone living in America should read it.

Can you tell us a little more about Joe from But Then I Came Back?

Joe is quiet, thoughtful, great with his hands. He doesn’t get sucked into normal guy games. He doesn’t like sports or video games and is used to hard work. He likes flowers and plants and cars. He is loyal, so loyal that the thought of falling in love while his friend is struggling between life and death feels like a betrayal. He takes things seriously but can be playful. He comes from a mixed background. He has seen strife and doesn’t trust the system. He doesn’t know if he believes in God. He can’t figure out how the world could be so cruel. He’s thin and cut from hard work and when he has kids he will make sure they’re cut and thin from hard work, too. He’s not going to be following any YouTubers any time soon.

Do any of the characters from But Then I Came Back have characteristics from people you know in real life?

Sure. Things always leak in there, but if I try to make them exactly like a real person it becomes limiting because I feel I need to protect them or do them justice and I always fail. Gigi is probably the most based on a real person. George was my grandmother’s best friend was from Martinique, a woman who read cards and talked to ghosts. Her apartment was full of owls and she seemed more in the spirit world than on earth. She was extremely feisty and I was totally fascinated as a little kid. When my father read this book he wrote back and said, “It was nice to see George again…I mean Gigi.”

 

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About Estelle:

Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her children.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a hardcover of BUT THEN I CAME BACK, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule: 

Week One:

3/27/2017- Literary Dust– Interview

3/28/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

3/29/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

3/30/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

3/31/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

Week Two:

4/3/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

4/4/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

4/5/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview

4/6/2017- Just Commonly– Review

4/7/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

 

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Review: Defy the Stars

Title: Defy the Stars

Author: Claudia Gray

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

My Review:

Defy the Stars begins with action from the get go. Noemi goes to save her best friend and meets up with a mech named Abel. They war off against each other, until Abel says that he is under her command.

Abel has been in solitude for thirty years aboard a deserted ship. He begins the book with thoughts and dialogue that are very robotic which makes sense because he is a mech. He reminded me of Jude Law’s character in A.I. Eventually, as the story progresses, Abel seems to become more human with his thoughts and emotions. He was funny even when he wasn’t trying to be, and I loved that.

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Noemi was awesome! She was a strong character and puts everyone ahead of herself. I liked reading from her point of view just as much as I did Abel’s.

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi books, because a lot of the wording gets on my nerves, a lot of it did do that here, but I still enjoyed the story. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the following book.

 

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Review: Frostblood

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Publication Date: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

My Review:

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now, so when I finally got approved for an ARC I was beyond ecstatic. The whole fire and ice thing mine seem to be nothing new, but I love it!!! Unfortunately it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be.

Ruby’s village was destroyed when the King’s men discover her. After the village is gone, she is locked away in a cell for months until a monk and a young man with a face hidden behind a hood come to rescue her. She is believed to be the one that will help defeat the Frost King.

This book went back and forth for me. There were some pretty good scenes, but then there was some info dumping that I could have done without. I loved Ruby’s fire powers though. It reminded me of Elsa if she were to have had fire power!

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Arkus was an interesting character, and there were parts of him that I loved learning about along the way. He was intense at time in his broodiness, but he had good reasons. The romance that evolves between Ruby and him is sweet, but I just wish I had connected better with the characters themselves. However, when the two trained together with frost against fire it was perfection.

Things got a little slow for me again when Ruby goes to the kingdom. This point I feel like things should have picked up. Yes there was some gladiator styled moments, but I still did not feel excited. The ending got pretty good so my feelings are really all over the place with this book. Overall the book was just an okay read for me, but I still will most likely read the next book.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Frost Blood

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

 

Date of Publication: January 17th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon. All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

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