Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon | Review

Posted October 7, 2016 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Blog Tours, Book Reviews


Hi everyone! I’m back with the final installment of the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour. The final book on this tour is Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. Gilt Hollow just hit shelves last week and it is a fantastic spooky fall read! Keep reading to see my review!

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon | ReviewGilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
Published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing on September 27th 2016

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves. 

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I am so happy that I received Gilt Hollow as part of this blog tour! I honestly didn’t know very much about this book until it showed up on my doorstep, and even as I started reading, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into. But I was very pleasantly surprised, and now I can say that I really enjoyed this suspenseful fall read!

Gilt Hollow had me hooked right from the beginning. Initially, I wasn’t a huge fan of Ashton, but I was so interested in learning his story and finding out what happened on the night he supposedly committed murder. I eventually grew to love all of the characters, as well as the town of Gilt Hollow itself. What a fun town Gilt Hollow was. I would absolutely love to live in this PSL-obsessed, save-the-whales, knit-a-scarf-for-a-tree kind of town (no, I’m not making this up).

Gilt Hollow had the perfect amount of suspense for me. I am a big chicken, so I can’t read anything too scary. But this was just the right amount of suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat and wondering who the killer was…without keeping me awake at night. I definitely had multiple theories going as I was reading and I really couldn’t figure out what would happen in the end.

The only thing that I didn’t love about this book was the romance. But honestly, I am a cynic who hates romance in my books. So if you don’t mind romance, you might not have a problem with it at all. The romance didn’t overshadow the action in the book, and I was rooting for Willow and Ashton to become friends again. I just enjoyed the suspenseful storyline so much more than the romance that I wanted to skip the flirting and find out who the killer was.

Honestly, Gilt Hollow was the PERFECT October read for me. It was exactly what I was looking for this fall. It was suspenseful and spooky without being too scary. And the book takes place around Halloween, too, so it’s perfect to read this month! This was a fantastic solo novel by Lorie Langdon and I hope you go check it out. If you pick it up, let me know your theories as you read!

4 Stars

Purchase links for Gilt Hollow!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author!


You may recognize Lorie’s name as the co-author of the bestselling Doon series, which is a reimaging of the musical Brigadoon. A few years ago, Lorie left her corporate career to become a full-time author and stay-at-home mom. She now spends her days dodging automatic water-gun fire and trying to translate her effusive imagination to paper. Gilt Hollow is her first solo novel.



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Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: 5 Reasons to Read Wendy Darling: Vol. 2 by Colleen Oakes

Posted October 1, 2016 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews


Hi everyone! The Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour is back! Next up on the tour is Wendy Darling:Vol. 2: Seas by Colleen Oakes. Since this is the second book in Colleen’s Wendy Darling series, I wanted to make sure I didn’t include any spoilers in this post. So instead I have included some reasons for you to pick up this series and celebrate the release of book two!

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: 5 Reasons to Read Wendy Darling: Vol. 2 by Colleen OakesSeas (Wendy Darling, #2) by Colleen Oakes
Published by Sparkpress on September 20th 2016

From the author of Queen of Hearts comes the much anticipated sequel to Wendy Darling.
Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream - and the betrayals have just begun.
Will Wendy find shelter with Peter's greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game, one that could forever alter not only her family's future, but also the soul of Neverland itself?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


5 Reasons to Read Wendy Darling: Vol. 2

    • Dark fairy tale retellings are PERFECT for this time of year. Nothing says fall more than a dark fairy tale retelling to me. I love to grab a cup of tea and curl up with a blanket and a creepy fall read. And the Wendy Darling series is definitely dark. Which leads us to our next point…
    • The original Peter Pan story is SUPER dark. It is not the Disney story that we are all used to. There is a full grown man (Captain Hook) trying to kill Peter Pan, who is a child! Also, in the original story, Peter Pan kills any of the Lost Boys who seem to be growing up. There is a lot of darkness that can be found in the tale of Peter Pan, and Colleen Oakes was not afraid to jump right in to that side of the story….
    • Colleen Oakes creates fantastic dark retellings. Seriously, Colleen is great at reimagining fairy tales that we know and love and giving them a dark and creepy twist. You will not be disappointed in this series. Colleen also gives the Peter Pan tale another twist as well….
    • Wendy Darling is the real hero of the story. And Colleen has given us a whole series to honor her. Honestly, where would Peter and the Lost Boys have been without her? They needed a voice of reason to help them. They never would have survived without Wendy’s help. Wendy has always been a real hero in this story and it’s time for her to get her own recognition.
    • We all still secretly wish we could go to Neverland. Don’t deny it. We all have that child in us that wishes they could find a way to stop growing up. 🙂


Purchase links for Wendy Darling: Vol. 2!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author!

colleen-oakes-headshotColleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom Series, the Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016), and the Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Oakes can be found swimming, traveling or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel. Visit her on Twitter @ColleenBlooms.


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Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Review

Posted September 29, 2016 by MC / 3 Comments

Categories: Blog Tours, Book Reviews


Hi everyone! I’m back with another installment of the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour. Next up on this tour is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Three Dark Crowns just hit shelves last week and it is a perfect read for this time of year! Keep reading to see my review!

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | ReviewThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. 
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose...it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown. 

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When I first picked up Three Dark Crowns, I was hoping for the perfect read for the gloomy, chilly, fall weather that we have been having where I live – and I was not disappointed. This is a great book to get you into the fall spirit. In the typical Kendare Blake style, it is dark and twisty and it doesn’t pull punches. I know this sounds silly, considering the title is Three DARK Crowns, but it was even darker than I expected – in a way that kept me turning the pages, yet also saying, “EWWWW gross.” 🙂

Three Dark Crowns tells the story of Katharine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe, triplet queens who each hold different powers. In the tradition of their land, when they turn sixteen, the queens must try to kill their sisters in order to become the one true queen. (Sounds like a lovely family, doesn’t it?) The queens were raised separately, so that they could learn to strengthen their power and eventually overcome their sisters. I personally liked Mirabella and Arsinoe more than Katharine, but all of the queens were pretty darn badass. One of my favorite things about this book was that, while there were romances, the queens made it perfectly clear that they did not need a man to get things done. The romances did not overpower the story, because the queens were strong and powerful on their own. While I really enjoyed the story of Three Dark Crowns, I did have a few things that prevented me from loving it as much as I could have.

I don’t normally have problems with multiple points of view, but I struggled a little bit with Three Dark Crowns. I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked because I kept jumping from person to person within the story. For me, this made the middle part of the book drag a bit, because I didn’t feel very connected to anyone. However, as the story continued, I did find that I cared for the queens – it just took me a while to get there. There was also a very strange love triangle that popped up in the middle of the story that didn’t seem to make much sense to me. Hopefully this is more fleshed out as the series continues, so its existence makes a bit more sense.

I loved the plot twist in this story, but I wish it had happened sooner! It was a really cool twist, but it didn’t get a chance to get developed. I know that this was probably intentional and it is what the sequel will be for, but I feel so unfulfilled because I don’t know what happens next! I think having that bit of action sooner in the story would have helped me a lot with feeling connected to the characters. Either way, I loved the twist and I still want to know what happens next. I can’t even imagine what will happen in the sequel.

If you are looking for a perfect fall read, then go pick up Three Dark Crowns. You will get sucked into a dark world that is like nothing you have ever read before. This book has a bit of a slow start, but that is so that you can take your time discovering the awesome world that you have entered. If you are ready to get in the fall spirit, light some candles on a gloomy night and cozy up with Three Dark Crowns.

3.5 Stars

Purchase links for Three Dark Crowns!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author!

Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddessMortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com or on Twitter @KendareBlake.


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Fall 2016 Bloggiesta To-Do List!

Posted September 14, 2016 by MC / 8 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews


Well, hello there, everyone! I know I have been pretty absent here lately, and I’m terribly sorry. But I have been working on a lot of projects and super awesome things, which has left me with little time for maintaining my blog. Good thing Bloggiesta is here this weekend!

If you have been following me for a while, you should know what Bloggiesta is by now. But if you’ve never heard of it before, Bloggiesta is a blogging fiesta! It’s a time to tackle those to-do lists and get stuff done for your blog! Have something different you’ve always wanted to try? Try it! Tons of posts (or cross-posting) that you’ve been putting off forever? Get it done! Always wondered how to master social media to help promote your blog? Time to learn!

Bloggiesta holds a special place in my heart because it really changed me as a blogger and made my blog what it is today. And it’s how I met one of my best blogging friends, Emily at Emily Reads Everything. And now….Emily and I have taken over Bloggiesta and this is our first time hosting it!

Ok, I have been rambling enough….let’s get into my to-do list. It’s pretty small this time, but I think there is good reason for it.

Bloggiesta To-Do List:

  • Run Bloggiesta!!!

That’s it! That’s my to-do list! This time around I really just want to focus on running my first Bloggiesta and keeping things running smoothly.

I also want to use Bloggiesta to set myself a little goal moving forward. I want to make sure I post on my blog at least once a week. I would love to be able to do more, but hopefully at least setting that goal here will help keep me accountable and on target. Right now it’s not feasible for me to post as frequently as I used to, but I don’t want to get stuck in a rut and let things fall apart. So help me out and give me some encouragement and keep me accountable!

If you want to join Bloggiesta, create your own to-do list and visit our sign-up post to add it to the list! We will be having Twitter chats every day and we have multiple mini challenges happening, which will help challenge you to try those things you’ve always wanted to do! All the details will be posted on the Bloggiesta website, so check it out for more information!

See you at the fiesta!


When you run your first Bloggiesta…..

…..blame it on the books.

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Keep Her by Leora Krygier | A Multimedia Experience

Posted September 9, 2016 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews


Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour. First up on this tour is Keep Her by Leora Krygier. This book has some very unique aspects about it that I can’t wait to share with you!

Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Keep Her by Leora Krygier | A Multimedia ExperienceKeep Her by Leora Krygier
Published by She Writes Press on September 6th 2016
Pages: 264

Destiny doesn t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both."

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Keep Her is definitely one of the most unique books I have ever read. You get pieces of the story from two different perspectives – the present narrated by Maddie, and the past shown through letters written from Aiden to his brother Alex. Maddie is an artist and Aiden is an activist who has been on a Greenpeace mission. Our two main characters come from very different lives, but they find a way to connect over the pain of their pasts.

Not only is this story a unique one, but it is paired with a website that allows the reader to get to know the characters on a different level. By visiting www.leorakrygier.net, you can see the story through the eyes of Maddie and Aiden.

On the website, you can see photographs that Maddie took throughout the story on her adventures with Aiden as she tried to find inspiration again. You can see handwritten letters from Aiden to his deceased brother Alex, as he joins Greenpeace and goes on a mission to save humpback whales and comes to terms with the guilt he feels at Alex’s untimely death. There is even a map of Los Angeles, so you can follow Maddie and Aiden on their adventures through the city. One of my favorite things that you can find on the website is a link to a webcam on board the Esperanza, the ship that Aiden travelled on during his time with Greenpeace. Yes, it’s a real ship, and you can see exactly what it’s like to be aboard a ship saving humpback whales!

I didn’t check out the website until I was finished reading Keep Her, but I highly recommend you go take a look at the website and refer to it as you read the book! That would be an awesome experience! I love the extra effort that was put into this work to make it such a unique experience for the reader. If you are a contemporary fan, check out Keep Her, and visit Leora Krygier’s website to complete immerse yourself in this story!

Purchase links for Keep Her!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Meet the Author!

leora-krygierLeora Krygier’s first novel, When She Sleeps (Toby Press), was a New York Public Library selection for “Best Books for the Teen Age.” She currently lives in L.A. with her husband. When she’s not writing, Leora loves to go to the beach, walk the Santa Monica Mountain trails and snap lots of photographs, just like her Keep Her protagonist Maddie!
Leora’s fall favorite thing is Starbucks, and believe it or not, its not just because of the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Leora first came up with the idea for Keep Her while she was sitting in a Starbucks, staring absently at that little green mermaid that we all know and love. The mermaid reminded her of Starbucks, but not the coffee place, the character from the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick. So began the inspiration for Keep Her. Don’t know what I am talking about? You’ll just have to read the book to find out how they all connect


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Fanboy Book Club September Read! | Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Posted September 8, 2016 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews

Hi everyone! I’m here with a reminder and some exciting news!!!

In case you missed the announcement in our last chat, the September read for the Fanboy Book Club is Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall!!

Fanboy Book Club September Read! | Been Here All Along by Sandy HallBeen Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Published by Macmillan on August 30th 2016
Pages: 272

Gideon always has a plan. It includes running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. It does NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend, Kyle. It’s a distraction, it’s pointless—Kyle is already dating the head cheerleader, Ruby—and Gideon doesn’t know what to do.
Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. So when both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong.
Sandy Hall, the author of A Little Something Different, is back with her signature wit in this quirky and heartfelt LGBT YA novel.

I’m so excited that we will be reading this book in September! I am a big fan of Sandy Hall, and I was actually lucky enough to read Been Here All Along as an ARC. It is a wonderful book and I can’t wait for all of you to read it!

As you know, we have a spoiler-free Twitter chat each month to discuss the book we read, and that chat will be held on Saturday September 17 at 9am EST (this means 9pm on the same day for all of our members in the Philippines). I will be asking the questions from my own Twitter account, so make sure you are following me @blamethebooks and the Fanboy Book Club account @fbcyaph so you don’t miss any updates!

And now on to the really exciting news! For the first time, the author of our monthly read will be joining us for our chat! That’s right, Sandy Hall herself will be joining us for the chat!! I had the pleasure of meeting Sandy in person last month, and I am so excited to have her join us for this chat! Get your questions ready, because I’m sure she can’t wait to discuss her books with all of you!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of excitement for the Fanboy Book Club! We will be announcing even more fun events and opportunities at the end of our Twitter chat on the 17th. If you want to join the club and hear what we have in store for the future, sign up below!

Join the Fanboy Book Club!


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Review and Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted August 31, 2016 by MC / 1 Comment

Categories: Book Reviews

Review and Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. RowlingJohn TiffanyJack Thorne
Published by Pottermore on July 31st 2016

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.

A heart-to-heart before we begin: I have kept this review spoiler free; however, I encourage you to use your own discretion when reading. Considering waiting until after you have read Cursed Child to read my thoughts. I know how much other people’s opinions can influence the way we read books, and I would hate for my thoughts to have any kind of negative affect on your enjoyment of this work. The world of Harry Potter means so much to so many people, and I would never wish a bad book on anyone, so I truly hope that you enjoy Cursed Child

Well, I have hemmed and hawed about writing this review for a few weeks now, and it’s finally time to share my opinion with the Internet. Honestly, I have read a ton of reviews by people who had the same reactions to this script, so I will keep this short and sweet.

First of all, I wasn’t that excited about the Cursed Child to begin with. Of course I was anxious to have another Harry Potter story, but I wasn’t swooning over the idea like Mrs. Weasley lost her mind over Gilderoy Lockheart. I am one of those Potter fans who pretend the Epilogue in Deathly Hallows doesn’t exist. I DESPISE Ginny (she is worse than Umbridge in my book) so I like to pretend Harry’s life with her never actually happened. Hence the reason why I was excited to be back in the Harry Potter world, but I knew I wouldn’t end up loving this story about Harry and the devil Ginny.

Going into reading this book, I knew I probably wouldn’t be thrilled with the plot, so I tried not to take that into consideration very much in my critique. Different strokes for different folks, you know? Just because I don’t like the plot of a book doesn’t mean it’s a bad book.

Well…except in this case…

First of all, the plot was about a million times worse than I ever imagined. So ridiculous. But even disregarding the general plot, this book was awful. Really, truly, and very unfortunately, awful. I’m sure you have heard the same things over and over again, but there were so many things wrong with this book. The characters were NOTHING like they were in the rest of the Harry Potter series. Yes, people change as they age, but not like that. I am trying to keep this discussion spoiler free, but if you have read Cursed Child, I’m sure you can think of multiple examples. There were also huge changes to the world and magic system that J.K. Rowling created. And honestly, it felt like these changes were made just because it made the plot fall into place easier. What a cop out for the sake of convenience.

I could talk more about all the little intricacies of this script that bugged the hell out of me, but the internet is swarming with these types of discussions and I don’t want to get myself all worked up over it. Let’s talk instead about my biggest problem with this script. The writing was HORRIBLE. Yes, I understand that reading a script is different than reading a novel. But there are many plays that I adore and have read multiple times. This. Writing. Was. Awful. The stage directions were nonexistent, the plot was WAY too convenient, the characters were flat and dull and absolutely obnoxiously stupid, and I therefore spent about 90% of my time reading alternating between confused, bored, and angry.

Honestly, there is SO MUCH that is wrong with this work. But I truly don’t want to talk about it anymore. Like so many people, Harry Potter means the world to me. It breaks my heart that this awful thing now exists and is supposed to be considered an “eighth story.” I don’t want to discuss my dislike of this book anymore because I want to forget as much as I can as quickly as possible. It has left a bad taste in my mouth and I don’t want my Harry Potter love tainted by it. I’m honestly so confused as to how J.K. Rowling could sign off on this idea. After all that she has created, it seems so strange that she would let it be muddled by Jack Thorne and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Play.

2 Stars


When the magical world you thought you knew is ruined…..

…..blame it on the books.

Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper | An Interview with Kerri Maniscalco!

Posted August 14, 2016 by MC / 4 Comments

Categories: Author Interviews, Blog Tours

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Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper | An Interview with Kerri Maniscalco!Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
on September 20th 2016

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...
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.
The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

Hello, hello! I’m so excited to be a part of the Knights of Whitechapel and today I have a special guest here to talk to us! The fantastic Kerri Maniscalco agreed to let me pick her brain a bit!

I will be reviewing this book in a separate post, but spoiler alert! I LOVED it! It is beautifully written and gripping and haunting and….I should really stop before I go on and on with my gushing.

I had such a pleasure putting together this interview with Kerri! Check out what she has to say! Everybody say HIIIII KERRIIIIIIIIIII!!!!

Hi Kerri! And welcome! This is your debut novel and the first novel selected by James Patterson to be published by his new imprint, JIMMY Patterson Books. First of all, congratulations! Secondly, how does it feel to have your first book published? What was it like going through the process of working with a brand new imprint (and one created by a very well-known author)?

Thank you so much! It is completely and utterly surreal. I’ve been writing with the hopes of getting published since 2009/2010 and for it to *actually* be coming true? I still think I’m in shock and denial. The entire team at JIMMY Patterson Books have been incredible in every sense of the word. There were no hiccups or issues and I’ve been treated so well. I’m grateful to have each of them on my team—they’re amazing humans, and are extremely passionate about books and their jobs. I could gush over the whole team for days. But yeah. James Patterson has been really great with making sure my voice and story are well taken care of. And my editor is an absolute dream. I think everyone should be so lucky to work with Jenny!

Stalking Jack the Ripper is teeming with history, and a bit of gore as well. What drew you to the idea of telling this story?

Honestly? I’m in love with science. Forensics are a field that I’ve always been interested in for as long as I can remember. At one point, I almost switched majors—from art school in NYC to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville—to study forensics at the Body Farm. I fully believe that seeing beyond the gore and using clues left at a crime scene is like real life magic. I could nerd out for a while, so I’ll try to keep it brief…and not so gory and geek out over the Body Farm…

That mixed with my love of inspiring female leads and how they bucked the system in a restrictive society were some big draws for me.

I can picture the world you are describing so vividly as I am reading! How much research did you have to do for this book? Where did you begin? And what was one of the most interesting (or weird) things you learned while you were doing your research?

Oh! This makes me so happy to hear—thank you for the compliment. I did more research than I can ever properly express. Everything from clothing and what was worn when, from tea parties and the various nuances of what was served or discussed during them, to every detail about the Ripper case/murders. I even read through medical examiner documents that were taken at the murder scenes.

I started with the Ripper crimes and then fleshed out more historical details—even down to what soaps were used and if there were phones and electricity or gas in homes—as I wrote each chapter. Sometimes it would take three or four hours to sift through articles and documents in order to find the information I needed for a half of a sentence. Those details are worth all the time it took to find them, though. (I hope.)

One of the weirdest things I discovered was that a body smells like a raw, whole chicken when no injuries had been sustained. Pretty creepy stuff. Luckily I had my mews snuggled next to me for most of the scarier research 😀

I love the photos that you included throughout the book! They really pull you even deeper into the story. What made you decide to add photos to your book? And how did you decide which ones to use?

Thank you! I love historical novels that include period photos and illustrations, and I felt they would really add to painting a clear picture for readers to have some crime scenes or locations included. The Mitre Square photo was so evocative by itself, and then the Necropolis was another I adored. It’s always interesting to see the actual historic sites…at least, I think so.

As I am reading Stalking Jack the Ripper, I can picture you in a candlelit library, sitting in a plush armchair, plotting ways to make your readers squirm. So spill….what is your writing space really like? Do you prefer to work in order or chaos?

Hahaha I definitely like that imagery and will have to see what I can do to make that happen in reality! While writing STALKING JACK THE RIPPER I spent time between my house and Chris’s loft. I’d either write in my bed or in his while he was working on his projects in the living room, and I’d split up the scarier scenes by drinking tea and making food. For such a dark novel, I really had a great time writing it!

Recently I purchased an actual desk—it’s this really cool industrial piece with reclaimed wood—and paired it with a feminine tufted chair, so I have an office space that’s very, very neat. I have bookshelves along one wall and have hung fairy lights above them to give off a twinkling glow. I love vintage pieces and also have them sprinkled about for inspiration. I need organization in order to function, so my desk has drawer organizers and I have all my supplies in their proper homes. I like being able to know exactly where something is when I need it. When things are neat I just feel better mentally.

I know SJTR hasn’t even released yet, but what’s next? Are you working on another book? Give us the scoop!

I’m finishing up book two in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series — it’s been a TON of fun to write…probably more fun than is acceptable given the subject matter. But it’s been really wonderful getting to explore the characters and see them grow on this next leg of their journey. I’d written SJTR with the hopes of it being the first in a new series of interconnected standalones, and am thrilled I get to do just that. Book two has the same characters, a new setting, new infamous murderer, and a whole lot of intrigue. And maybe some more kissing… I love it and cannot wait for it to hit shelves in September 2017.

Ah!! I can’t wait! Thank you so much for joining us Kerri!

Meet Kerri!

Kerri Maniscalco Promo shots

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, her debut YA gothic horror, is coming September 20, 2016 from JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown. It’s the first in a new series and incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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When you stalk Jack the Ripper…..

…..blame it on the books.

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon TBR!

Posted August 13, 2016 by MC / 8 Comments

Categories: TBR Lists


All images in this post created by Aentee at Read at Midnight.

Well, I am crumbling under peer pressure and joining the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon created by Aentee at Read at Midnight! I know pretty much nothing about Pokemon, but this read-a-thon sounds pretty fun!

The read-a-thon runs from August 14-September 4 and there are 8 challenges, corresponding with the 8 gym badges you can earn in the Pokemon game. (Did I say that right? Like I said, zero Pokemon knowledge here.)

Check out what I’m planning to read!


Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans!!! I FINALLY met my darling Sush in person last weekend and snagged an ARC of her upcoming release! I cannot wait to dive into this one. Theres a good chance I may not be able to wait until the read-a-thon starts…


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. I am currently finishing up an audiobook reread of the entire Harry Potter series, which has been bringing about a lot of tears lately. Why not continue the suffering and jump right into the newest Harry Potter book while I’m at it? (PS – spoil me and I will hunt you down….)


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I have actually already started this one, and I can definitely say that the hype is well-deserved. I can’t wait to keep reading and laugh and cry and be destroyed by this book. (PS – as I was writing this post my Waterstones special edition arrived and all I have to say is AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! You can check out my Instagram story for a tour of my beautiful book!)

readthemallthon-badge04-rainbowBeen Here All Along by Sandy Hall. I was able to meet Sandy last weekend as well, and she is so lovely! There is a reason why I must read this book now and why I needed to talk to her last weekend, but it’s still a secret at the moment. 🙂


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I was actually ALSO able to meet Jodi last weekend! (It was seriously an awesome weekend.) For some reason, I have been reading My Lady Jane for what seems like forever. I keep putting it on the back burner, but now is my time to finish it. I am adoring it so far and I can’t wait to read more.


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. This is the book of the month for August for the Fanboy Book Club! I am hosting this month and I haven’t even started the book yet, so I should really get on top of that…


Sweep: Volume 3 by Cate Tiernan. These books are my guilty pleasure. I read them so quickly and love every second of it. Plus, it’s over 500 pages, so hooray for a high page count in a short period of time!


Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I was trying desperately to find a nice short post-apocolyptic book for this challenge and someone mentioned The Giver. I’ve read that already, but I never continued with the quartet, so now is the perfect time! It should be a nice quick read, and hopefully a good one too!


For this readathon, you can also choose a Pokemon and there are different ways you can earn points to evolve your Pokemon. I have chosen possibly one of the most useless Pokemon, Slakoth. I find it fitting however, because Slakoth likes to lounge around and be lazy all day, just like me. But then it evolves into Vigoroth, who can’t stand to sit still for very long (again, like me). Vigoroth then evolves into Slaking, who is lazy yet again. I feel like this will be a perfectly accurate representation of the stages of my readathon – lounging around doing nothing but reading, getting restless and needing to be active, and finally collapsing from readathon-induced exhaustion.

Check out Aentee’s post to learn about the point system, because there’s no way I could explain it better than her!

Will you be joining the #ReadThemAllThon??? What books did you pick for your TBR?


When you gotta catch ’em all…..

…..blame it on the books.

Fanboy Book Club August Read!

Posted August 12, 2016 by MC / 2 Comments

Categories: Fanboy Book Club

Hello everyone! I am embarrassingly late with this post, but I am here to inform/remind you of the Fanboy Book Club pick for August!

We will be reading…..

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman!

Fanboy Book Club August Read!Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1) by Eleanor Herman
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 18th 2015
Pages: 428

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.



To get us all talking this month, I’d like to challenge you to talk about your favorite historical fiction books! OR, discuss something that you would like to see written…maybe there is a time period that you feel is underrepresented in historical fiction. If you aren’t a hist fic fan, talk about your favorite fantasy retellings, or a retelling you wish someone would write! Legacy of Kings is a fantastical retelling of historical events, after all. 🙂

Write a blog post, start a thread on Twitter, post pictures on Instagram – whatever way you like to talk about books, go for it! Just get talking! And make sure you tag me somehow so I can help continue the conversation!

And remember, we will be having a spoiler-free Twitter chat to discuss Legacy of Kings on Saturday August 27, 9am EST (that means 9pm PST for all my friends in the Philippines). The chat will be led by yours truly, so make sure you are following me on Twitter @blamethebooks.

You are going to want to keep an eye on this chat because we will be announcing our September read as well…and we are working with some very exciting authors and publishers for the next few months! Things are getting very exciting over at the Fanboy Book Club! Get in on the action and don’t risk missing any announcements by signing up below!

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When you don’t know if you can hold in your exciting news any longer…..

…..blame it on the books.