So, since I ve never actually figured out the art of writing reviews for sequels I m just gonna direct you to my review of Stalking Jack the Ripper for any coherent thoughts on this series you might be interested in while I gush here about how much I loved this book 1 I am in actual love with Audrey Rose and her genius self and will never not be and if this book series turns one person she trusts into a murderer I will riot She needs a break someone buy her a bath bomb2 I also love Thomas and his stupid, emotionally stunted ass hole self and if he ever makes the ill advised decision to play dead and make me ugly cry again I will kill him for real myself 3 The school setting was perfect 4 Audrey Rose s aversion to marriage is so damn relatable to me and it s so interesting to read about because it is never explored in YA5 The audiobook voice actor is so talented it s insane6 GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY7 I don t give a shit about romance but if Audrey Rose and Thomas don t end up together by the end of the fourth book I will no longer believe in love Lead the way, Wadsworth I m simply along for the brute strength and charmOmgah This was FANTASTIC I loved the first book, but this one blew it out of the water Kerri Maniscalco can WRITEThank you to the publishers for sending me a gorgeous arc Every page was brilliant The prose was gorgeous I loved loved loved it Mind you, I had to skim some of the bloody parts weak stomach eek But seriously you guys, don t miss thisFlowers need plenty of water to grow Love, too, needs attention and affection or else it slowly withers away from neglectLet s start with the most important matter Thomas Freaking Creswell.Just when you think you have him figured out, well trust me You have no idea He was the highlight of this book The banter and chemistry was OFF THE CHARTS I mean, he was pretty freaking great in the first book, but the heat between him and Aubrey Rose was multiplied ten times over here Just because they ended on a happy note in the last does NOT mean anything loses its steam Like wowDo you want to know what I think The Truth Yes He gazed unabashedly into my eyes Make it scandalous too This is bit too serious for my tastesNot to mention, Thomas is hiding one little detail that makes him EVEN MORE LEGIT OH MY LORD Ugh I can t spoil but likeermergersh Seriously can someone freak out with me please Aubrey Rose and Thomas are off to attend an academy set in the Brahn Castle in Romania Dracula s castle yes it exists The setting was so flipping cool Creepy castle with secret passageways Check Enchanting forest and medieval village Check Bits of history and rumors woven throughout Check I ll admit the story was a bit on the creepy side and I m not really a fan of horror or macabre, but I was able to skip the bits that disturbed me easily enough Sorry Kerri, you re brilliant with the whole cadaver scenes but ahhh I had to skim that Either way though, the story was brilliant have I said brilliant enough I m going to say it I don t want to give anything other clues about the plot, but just enjoy the ride But even aside from the cool as crap setting and the edge of your toes storyline, the character development was phenomenal Aubrey Rose is suffering from PTSD throughout the book, and it wasn t dealt with lightly I was a little unsure of how everything played out in the end of the last book, but I was impressed with how well it was written in this one Thomas, on the other hand, has his own dealings that broke my heart But even amidst it all, they find little ways to move forward I also loved the addition of Thomas s sister who is BAMF omg But most of all I loved discovering everyone s secrets ahhhFor there are no limits to the stars, their numbers infinite Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by the stars An amount too boundless to countSo all in all, this gets a glowing review from me My Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy In This New York Times Bestselling Sequel To Kerri Maniscalco S Haunting 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 Killeror 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 Medicineand To Another Notorious Killer, Vlad The Impaler, Whose Thirst For Blood Became LegendBut 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 9 18 17 PUBLICATION EVE UPDATE don t forget to submit screenshots of your preorders to receive the MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL novella ends TONIGHT at midnight open INTL even though it says US CA, promise UPDATE The map for finished copies of HPD has been revealed Check out my social media if you d like to see it I m also hosting two giveaways, one on twitter and one on instagram xoxo 8 8 17 UPDATE SECRETS ARE SO HARD TO KEEP, but the wait is officially over i can FINALLY share the HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA pre order campaign with you i wrote an exclusive STALKING JACK THE RIPPER novella narrated from Thomas s point of view that s right for everyone who s ever wanted to be inside Mr Thomas Cresswell s Sherlockian brain, this is your chance.MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL is a special limited edition offer you won t be able to get this novella anywhere else once the campaign is closed.from deductions, to sass, and how he felt meeting Audrey Rose for the first time, i hope you enjoy Cresswell s story details on how to pre order giveaway can be found on is open internationally, even though it says US CA That s for physical giveaways and this novella is a digital download I checked with my publisher all receipts must be received and uploaded by September 18th at midnight Here it is The cover reveal plus first chapter are up on Entertainment Weekly 3 10 17 update the cover plus first chapter will be revealed on MONDAY 3 13 17 welli m obviously super biased because i wrote it, but i love this next installment so much and cannot wait to share the official summary and title with you xoxo 1 Stalking Jack the Ripper 2 Hunting Prince Dracula 3 Escaping From Houdini Are you guys ready for some serious fangirling This series has utterly bewitched me Perhaps it was time for fathers to teach their sons how to behave around young women They were not born superior, no matter how society falsely conditioned them We were all equals here. While we got to see Audrey s feminist snark come into play a little in SJTR, she is loud, proud, and feminist as hell in this sequel I am so here for this Despite struggling with PTSD from the ending of the first book and her PTSD is represented really solidly , when she arrives at Bran Castle, Audrey refuses to let the headmaster or any of her male colleagues look down upon her True to her nature, she claws her way to the top despite her trauma and the scorn of the men around herMr Thomas Cresswell would descend into each circle of Hell if you needed him to You are the beating heart inside his ribcageReally, though, my favorite thing about this book was how much time we get to spend with Thomas and how much his character develops He is shamelessly head over heels for Audrey, and while he occasionally slips up, his intentions are always good He learns from each mistake along the way and views her as his equal in all ways In a genre filled with unhealthy and or unrealistic relationships, Kerri has written a romance that feels authentic, legitimate, exciting, and so sweet His eyes were my favorite constellations to gaze at each fleck of gold surrounding his pupils were new galaxies begging to be discovered. Audrey develops tremendously as well, and opens her heart to the possibilities of a life filled with than just cutting open cadavers and chasing down villains I found it really delightful to watch her come to terms with the idea that she could be a strong, feminist woman without sacrificing her emotions or blossoming romanceSociety at large is staggeringly obtuse If one simply looks to others for their opinions, they lose the ability to think critically for themselves Progress would never be made if everyone all appeared and thought and loved in the same mannerDid I mention there s a queer romance in this book Because there s totally a super precious and adorable f f relationship between a couple of side characters If you couldn t tell already, I loved every freakin moment of Hunting Prince Dracula The setting is incredible a creepy old castle, what could I ask for and the suspense is on point I know there were some complaints that SJTR threw out too many red herrings, but I don t feel that was the case at all with this sequel I found myself legitimately considering every possible avenue for the culprit, and while the ending didn t shock me, I loved how everything played out Plus, we learned some delicious secrets about Mr Cresswell, which I really hope will come into play in the next book If you enjoy YA suspense thrillers, mysteries, gothic horror, and or an adorable romance in bloom, I highly encourage you to pick this series up ASAP You won t regret it Thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books Little, Brown and Company for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review I have always wanted to travel to Romania so it was fun to go with Audrey and Thomas Audrey and Thomas are going to study at a medical school inside of Bran Castle Oh what joy But along the way, while riding on the Orient Express, they find a body outside of Audrey s compartment with a stake through his heart And thus it begins.There are some wonderful new friends they meet at the school and some not so nice AND bodies show up What is happening to these people The towns people think Vlad has come back But I know the real story It s a little cray, but not too much There were some little tidbits of things that I enjoyed finding out though Also, Thomas finds some interesting things out about his family tree This was so much fun I could just picture every little thing going on and the creepy atmosphere Oh the joy Well, accept when they were doing autopsies Luckily this time around I wasn t snacking I learned my lesson in the first book The next case will take place somewhere in America I wonder what they are going to do next I can t wait Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Hello everyone, I would really love it if you all start addressing me as Sherlock Holmes because your girl right here, solved it I mean I had my theories and ideas and screamed when I was right oh em gee I really didn t like the first book because it was just so dull and focusing a lot on the forensics, leaving me uninterested and bored, but this book was so much intriguing and interesting Spoilers from the previous book from here on So what is this book about After finding out who Jack the Ripper was and facing very disturbing events, Audrey s father let s her go to Romania to study at one of the best forensic schools with Thomas Creswell Somebody is murdered on the train she s traveling on and a killer is on the loose murdering people the way Dracula did This book is honestly so great Audrey Rose is the perfectly, flawed and strong character She s bullied and made fun of because of her sex No one thinks she s capable of doing anything because she s a fucking female But she speaks up and doesn t back down She proves to them that s she s just as capable as males and can do whatever the fuck they can And it s fabulous Oh Where in a medical dictionary does it say a woman cannot handle such things What is a man s soul made of that a woman s is not I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam driven parts. She s so strong and badass She wears dresses and cuts open dead bodies She shows, that as a woman she can do anything anyone else could I honestly don t understand why it s so hard for people to just understand the fact that a woman should be treated equally as anyone else and she can do ANYTHING Perhaps it was time for fathers to teach their sons how to behave around young women They were not born superior, no matter how society falsely conditioned them We were all equals here. She has anxiety, hallucination and flashbacks of what happened in the previous book She s dealing with the loss of her brother and mother And tbh, that makes her so so perfect Thomas Creswell is the best person to exist He s always teasing Audrey with dirty jokes, trying to get a kiss from her, always there to support her, HE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE , but so does everyone because we re all humans He goes through some incredible character development and learns so much about himself He s a little closed off and mysterious And he s always there to support Audrey and respects herYou are not mine to take He brushed his lips against mine Softly, so softly I might have imagined them there My eyes fluttered shut He could persuade me to build a steamship to the moon when he kissed me We could orbit the stars together You are yours to giveI need this boy in my life I just love how he s not portrayed as the perfect, heroic guy Audrey here takes her own lead while he helps her He isn t the main hero and of a sidekick type when solving the mystery and it s perfect She saves him multiple times and he s totally fine with that I mean, it should be fine with everyone This book is so much intriguing and complicated from the previous I, personally, LOVE Romania, Vlad Tepes and the whole Vampire, Dracula thing I remember watching this one show about the whole history of Vlad, his castle and how he was imprisoned and the gore and murder So the mystery and plot were much interesting Romania is beautiful and I just loved it there s a F f Couple And I Love Them Spoiler about who dunnit and how ya girl solved this case I knew for a fact it was going to be a female because of how Maniscalco portrays woman empowerment and I realized the murderer was definitely going to be a woman Then Anastasia s giddy, cheery behavior, taking Audrey out to the woods at night and giving her the warning of being careful, her being the headmasters daughter and also talking about how she has to prove she s good enough as a woman in their eyes I realized she was trying to appear innocent by trying to help out Audrey with the case Then when we find out she s the headmasters niece or something, we all go, nahhh she can t be it, BUT I KNEW IT WAS HERRRRRR because it s all too suspicious I got hints that she was the murderer because of all that, but then when she died I was like, aw shit, it s not her and thought it was thomas s sister BUT THEN AT THE END THIS BITCH IS BACK AND I WAS LIKE AW YEAH FUCKERS, I WAS RIGHT EAT ALL OF MY DUST HOLMEYYYYSPOILER ENDS So like, overall, you guys should really read it because this book gives amazing messages about feminism, equality and it s such an intriguing read Also, I m opening my own detective school where y all can learn from me because I m fabulous at this pp 3 1 2 stars, rounded up because well, it was really entertaining, and also overall of much higher quality than book one And wow, I suddenly love the two leads I m going to be talking about this a lot in relation to Stalking Jack the Ripper. So here s that review.First let s talk about the mystery, because that was something I didn t like in book one and wow, I love him The cleverness of the solution here has really stepped it up I didn t guess the solution at all Okay, for the most important part, let s talk about characters, because that is the real success of this book I really really really like Thomas I only liked him in the last book and I never like love interests in books like these He s such a good man There s a scene in this book where he totally fucks up, and I was expecting it to be glossed over completely, but he immediately apologizes and doesn t blame Audrey Rose at all Speaking of such, I love Audrey Rose Audrey Rose is suffering from severe ptsd and I think the way she is written here is so clever, so beautiful, so stunning I love her And I also love their relationship Just every scene between them is so tense I love it K, let s talk about Same issue with the lack of discussion of colonialism in Audrey Rose s backstory she s biracial and Indian and that s really awesome but colonialism is like not discussed at all BUT I will say the feminism thing has improved a lot so many of the major characters in this book are ladies and it s great There are even side sapphics and it s what I deserved But perhaps in the vein of feminism, I adored the narrative around Audrey not wanting to be protected and Thomas having to learn not to violate that but being totally willing to work on his own privilege I felt like the takedown of that was missing from book one Unfortunately, I did think this one could ve used some editing down it s a hundred pages longer than the first book and it really drags in the middle Part of that is the fact that the plot points feel less convoluted and weird and thrown in, which is good, but Kerri Maniscalco hasn t quite gotten a handle on how to make plot points that aren t convoluted but are still interesting, which means there are just fewer interesting plot points.I think my slump ruined my enjoyment of this book a lot but also it was good I m so invested in the two leads Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube Delightfully morbid I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper It was a book I will always hold dear, mainly because I was enchanted by the gloomy Victorian London ambience and disturbingly fascinated by the gruesome murders and their riddles Yet Hunting Prince Dracula, with its mystifying touch, with lores whispered by supersticious villagers and seemingly crazy professors, medieval orders and forests covered in white snow yet somehow tainted by crimson blood and chilling howls, is the reason I bowed to Kerri Maniscalco s exquisite penHas the Immortal Prince returnedAfter the tragic events of Stalking Jack the Ripper, Wadsworth and Cresswell head to Romania, to attend the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science But the prestigious Academy hides many secrets, from dark corridors and chambers to brutally murdered corpses that indicate one thing the Impaler Lord has returned, seeking blood Whose blood though and why, that s a different story Trying to reason with evidence of the supernatural while fighting the nightmares that haunt her, Audrey Rose must find some answers and give justice to those who have already perished, before her time comes to join them in the eversleeping realms of DeathThere s nothing quite like the aroma of a bloaded corpse to get one in the mood for adventureMy dear Mr Thomas Cresswell cound not be right From the grey streets of Victorian London, Kerri Maniscalco transferred us to Romania, and painted with her colourful palette Dracula s castle and picturesque villages, blending red with white White for the blinding snow For the innocence lost For the shroud that covered the victims of a villain utterly terrifying, that made your stomach churn with disgust and terror Red for Wadsworth s lips, lips that craved to taste Cresswell s with a searing need Red for the Prince of Blood, and his horrendous domain For the autopsies performed by brilliant students who could not shut down their humanity The atmosphere was eerie Foreboding Danger lingered in every corner Everyone was a suspect, and everyone a potential victim There were many times I wished for Ms Harvey s traveling tonic to help me steel my nerves and keep reading But in this deadly and macabre puzzle that gave you gooseflesh and toyed with Wadsworth s and your very own sanity, between the constant suspense and the legends of warrior societies and a brutal Prince worshipped by his countrymen, Kerri Maniscalco managed to ease the tension and make your lips curl up with mirth.I suspect you already know the reasonI have a feeling you haven t invited me here for kissing Though it never hurts to ask You re dressed for sneaking about Dracula s castle Be still my thawing, dark heart You certainly know how to make a young man feel alive, WadsworthAnd along this witty and charming duo, you also felt alive Belly rumbled with laughter, heart that pounded rapidly with the snarky dialogues that oozed sarcarm yet tenderness and affection at the same time, lungs that ran out of air when tension was too much to handle, Cresswell and Wadsworth are a couple the likes of which you haven t encountered so far Wadsworth struggled with her demons, and the wounds the events of the previous book were raw and fresh, depicted in a powerful and devastating way I won t lie and say that I was on board with every decision Wadsworth made I think that she could become so fixated on her independence that she misinterpreted the attempts to protect her as actions to cage her, and she could be really unfair towards Cresswell But she came a long way overcoming her emotional trauma, and her development was evident Her sharp mind and equally sharp tongue make her a remarkable heroine.Now let s talk about CresswellYou ve stared fear in its nasty face and made it tremble You will make it through this, Wasdworth We will make it through this That is a fact tangible than any dream or nightmare I promised I d never lie to you I intend to honor my wordAs my dear friend Nastassja once said, Mr Thomas Cresswell turns bloody and creepy into sexy so, so easily While his social skills are still rusty, and his good intentions don t always work out as planned, his arrogant and completely inappropriate remarks, his flirtatious ways and the intensity of his feelings towards Wadsworth make him utterly delectable Their scenes crackled with pent up tension, and you couldn t help but pant a little even when there was no touching involved Only heated stares Innuendos Sinful thoughts And a love deep and powerful From every challenge, they emerged stronger Together and as individuals I think I m in love with them both All in all, a delicious and macabre tale, with the perfect blend of suspense, horror, Romanian folklore and sparking romance, Hunting Prince Dracula surpassed its predecessor and established Wadsworth and Cresswell as the new hot duet of crime solvers ARC generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and over on BookNest.euBEFORE Delightfully morbid, with the perfect blend of suspense, horror, Romanian folklore and sparking romance, Hunting Prince Dracula surpassed its predecessor and established Wadsworth and Cresswell as the new hot duet of crime solvers Full review to come As I was not a huge fan of Stalking Jack The Ripper, I was unsure if I would continue with the series until hearing rave reviews of book two, especially from people who also did not enjoy the first installment I did enjoy Hunting Prince Dracula than book one, but it still just wasn t for me.CW murder gore, sexism, ptsdMy absolute favorite part of this series is the characters and romance I wasn t the BIGGEST fan of Audrey Rose in book one, but I actually loved her in book two I adore her independence, her intelligence, her passion, her determination she just has so many loveable qualities I also love Thomas even than I did in book one which I didn t think was possible He is analytical, witty, flirtatious, respectful and all around wonderful I adored the development of their relationship in this installment It is so refreshing to see a YA couple that view each other as equals Thomas and Audrey have a fulfilling, healthy relationship and they complement each other in the best way Their growth as a couple is the perfect slow burn and I would honestly read anything where they are together, even if this series is definitely not one of my favorites.I really enjoyed the setting of this story I ve always loved vampire folklore so the added exploration into how these legends play into Romanian culture was fascinating I also loved the choice to transform Bran Castle, a place of great mystery and history, as the primary location of the novel It was equal parts enchanting and creepy.Truthfully, there are not many distinctive critiques I have for this novel It s just not a favorite of mine I do not frequently reach for historical fiction, but the plot of this series is too intriguing for me to pass up The prose is fine, but nothing profound in my opinion Similarly, the mystery was okay I will admit I was bored for some of the story as I feel it was extremely slow paced up until an intense ending I just was not as engaged as other mysteries I have read While this series is overall not for me, I am glad I read book two and I definitely plan to read book three I don t feel it is within my capacity to love this series as much as others, but I really love the premise of each story and hope to be surprised even by the next installment I received a free copy of this book from Little Brown at Book Expo 2017 I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own.
- 435 pages
- Hunting Prince Dracula
- Kerri Maniscalco
- 13 March 2019 Kerri Maniscalco