Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Page Length: 326 pages
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Source: 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.

Blog Tour: First We Were IV (Guest Post)

Today I have the immense pleasure of joining the First We Were IV blog tour. Alexandra Sirowy's  third novel, First We Were IV is a thriller novel that just came out this week. Fun Fact: Alexandra Sirowy participated in the first year of the Meet the Newbies blog event! Without further ado, Alexandra shares a guest post on rebellions and her favorite fictional rebels.

Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Genre: YA Thriller
Page Length: 448 pages
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: Publisher
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A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction
Page Length: 321 pages
Publication Date: September 13, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Borrowed via library
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Zodiac Books: My Dream House Design

I am such a huge fan of Romina Russell's Zodiac series. These books keep getting better and better! I can't believe Thirteen Rising - the final book - will be out this August. Side note: Zodiac was the first ARC I ever got from Penguin! I know, I'm so sentimental... You can check out my reviews for Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon by clicking on the hyperlinks in the book title text! 

Although it's been awhile since I read Zodiac, I do recall that the main character, Rho, had an awesome house near the ocean on her Cancerian planet. So below I've included my own design for a hut by the sea!