This Rebel Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery

Book 2 in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

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My Review

Audrey Rose and Thomas are on there way to attend the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science in Romania which is set in Vlad Dracula’s castle.  When they are traveling on the train they find a body with a stake through the heart. The villagers think that Vlad has risen from the grave but the real story has its own kind of monster.

I have always been interested in Vlad Dracula and Romania and am so happy that Kerri Maniscalco set the second Stalking Jack the Ripper there. I love seeing Audrey and Thomas’s relationship grow in this book. In the last book, they realized they had feelings for each other and this book they work on sorting them out and seeing if they want to be a couple or even if they can.  Audrey has a lot of fears about becoming engaged or getting more romanticly involved with Thomas and I can understand that. I am a HUGE Thomas and Audrey shipper and need them to get together.

This book was even more amazing then book 1. The mystery in this one was so much better written IMO and I didn’t even solve it before the end. The old photographs in this book were even better than the last book. They add such a unique touch to the story. The setting of the book was one of my favorite parts. The castle was so gothic, creepy and isolated. It added such a great atmosphere to the story.  I loved all the intersecting new characters in this book from the bad-tempered headmaster to the absent-minded professor of folklore. They all came alive on the page and fit the gothic setting perfectly.

I couldn’t put this book down. The suspense, the romance, the characters, the setting, the mystery it all drew me in and didn’t let me go until I had turned the last page.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

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This Rebel Reviews: How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

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How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

Series: The Way to a Lord’s Heart book 3

Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, and they won’t concede now―even if circumstances have brought these former enemies much closer than they ever could have anticipated…

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This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and not in a good way. In fact, it reminded me of a bad hallmark movie that couldn’t decide what genre it wanted to be. This looked like it was going to be a passionate enemy to lovers’ romance. It was such a big let down in that department. It was clean or fade to black romance which has nothing to do with the hero and heroine having a passion for each other which the author seemed not to understand. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice have one of the best enemies to lovers romance ever and it is a clean book. Also, they really didn’t stay enemies for long and then all of a sudden they liked each other and have secretly always liked each other. Plus most of this book isn’t even on the hero and heroine. It is the hero’s friend who is matchmaking and the heroine’s nephew who is misunderstood or the friend’s charity case he picked up somewhere. The writing isn’t bad but nothing special. The plot was everywhere and I mean everywhere. A lot of the events seemed to happen out of order and at 80 percent all of a sudden something happened that made no sense with what was happening in the already confusing and everywhere plot. Plus I hated the ending so much because most of it focused on setting up for the next book. Thank God I will not have to read it.

Rating: 2 stars

Content: Clean Romance

*I was given this copy for an honest review by Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley. All opinions are my own*

 

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole

 

 

Indie Blog Hop Tour:Angel of Mercy by Melina Druga

Hi Rebellious Readers,

It is time for another blog tour sponsored by Indie Blog Hop  run by Paige. Paige does free tours for Indie Authors. If you are an indie author I highly recommend you contact her for a tour.

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Angel of Mercy by Melina Druga

Genre: Historical fiction

Synopsis:

Hettie Steward is feisty, educated, ambitious and stubborn. Hettie marries the love of her life, Geoffrey Bartlette, in spring 1914, but has difficulty accepting that marriage means sacrificing her beloved nursing career. When the Great War begins, Geoffrey enlists and Hettie eagerly accepts an opportunity to join the Canadian Army Nursing Service. Although she’s nervous about the war, returning to work was exactly what she had been craving.

The old adage “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” proves true. Soon tragedy strikes, and Hettie’s life is steered onto a new path.

Will Hettie return home or stay in Europe and continue nursing? Will she discover the person she is meant to be?

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Melina Druga is an author of historical fiction and nonfiction. She also is an avid history enthusiast. Her era of expertise – and obsession – is the 1890-1920 timeframe.

Blog: Author Melina Druga’s Blog Link

Twitter: @MelinaDruga

Pinterest: Pinterest link for Melina Druga

Melina’s books are available exclusively on Amazon, and eBooks are free to Kindle Unlimited members and on KDP Select free days. Follow Melina on Amazon at Amazon Link

Yours in Rebellion, Nicole the Reading Rebel

This Rebel Reviews: Princess Brat by Brianna Hale

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Princess Brat by Brianna Hale

Genre: Standalone BDSM Daddy/Little Girl Romance with HEA

Summary from Goodreads:

When father’s away, with Daddy Dom she’ll play.

Throwing tantrums may be childish behavior, but it’s the only way Adrienne Westley feels she can be heard. In the middle of a tabloid scandal, her father cares more about his career than the threats to his mouthy daughter. So when bodyguard Dieter Vanderbroeck enters her home she’s shocked by his dominant presence.

Try as she might to defy him, Dieter doesn’t give in to her bratty attitude. Instead, he challenges it with a commanding voice and a firm hand. His authoritative tone calls to a part of Adrienne that she’s long kept hidden–and as Dieter begins to unravel her submissive nature, it becomes harder and harder to keep things professional.

Adrienne’s about to find out just where bratty little girls go: over Daddy’s knee. Because he no longer wants to be just her bodyguard, he wants to be her Daddy Dom.

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Adrienne is in need of a bodyguard after her father’s paper publishes an article that leads to a women’s suicide, Adrienne says something insensitive and starts getting death threats. Dieter Vanderbroeck is that bodyguard. He didn’t expect a bratty broken girl for his principal(the person he protects)but Adrienne is what he has got and he is determined to protect her.

Adrienne has forever been trying to get her parents to pay attention to her and she is a bit of a brat because of it. I loved how Dieter really listened to Adrienne and puts her needs before his own.  Adrienne has never had anyone listen to her in years and I really felt how lonely and sad her life must have been until Dieter showed up. I loved Adrienne’s spirit and while I didn’t connect with her character I felt and understood her pain. I really loved the progression of Adrienne’s and Dieter’s relationship from bodyguard to boyfriend/girlfriend. These two had such great chemistry in and out of the bedroom. The kinky scenes were on fire and I loved them. If you aren’t into BDSM, spanking, ect.. then this is not the book for you. While I didn’t love this one as much as Control Freak it was still a great story and I couldn’t put it down.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Content Rating: Adult

This Rebel Reviews: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Dear Rebellious Readers,

It is time for another This Rebel Reviews and today I am talking Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I am a mystery lover and HUGE true crime fan. Jack the Ripper has always fascinated me. The first time I read this book I DNFed it but I did try reading it at a bad time in my life so I decided to get it another shot. I am so happy I did.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery Romance

Published September 20th 2016

Book one in Stalking Jack the Ripper series

summary from Goodreads:

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, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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I am so happy I gave the book another try. I tried it a few years ago and hated it and DNFed it but I was not in a good place at the time and when my bookstabestie Mary @aparanormalromance recommended I retry it I agreed too. I loved all the amazing and most times creepy black and white pictures in this book from a doctor cutting into a body to a picture of afternoon tea. I loved catching a glimpse into this period in history and it added something special and unique to the book. I really love the heroine Audrey. She is unique and flaunts societies stereotypes about women of that time period because of her love of science and forensics. I myself have never been stereotypical and always been interested in things my classmates/peers weren’t so I really connected with her character. The first time I meet the hero Thomas I was worried he was going to be a Sherlock Holmes knock off but his character evolved and became so much more. I fell for his character so hard. His acceptance of Audrey and his support of her was so swoon-worthy. I loved how he sees her as his equal and partner in crime.

For me, the mystery was too easy to solve.  I solved it in terms of the killer within 100 pages. DO NOT READ THE BACK OF THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT GIVES THE KILLER AWAY. It might have been one of the reasons I solved it so fast but don’t think so. Also, the pull quote from school library connections review gives away the reason the killer kills. I wouldn’t have figured it out without that stupid review quote. While I can find fault with the mystery the romance, on the other hand, I am totally obsessed with Audrey and Thomas and will go down with this ship. They have such a strong connection and I believe they are soulmates and belong together. I can’t get enough scenes with them together. I really loved Audrey’s cousin Liza and wish she was in the book more but I have hopes of seeing her in future books. I have always been fascinated with Jack the Ripper and serial killers and mysteries in general and I did enjoy the author’s twist on the mystery and why she had Jack kill the victims. I did learn some facts I didn’t know about the case as well. The author tells what was fact and what was fiction in a footnote at the back. If you love danger with a dash of romance like Liza I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to continue on with the series and I am so happy I gave it another try.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Yours in Rebellion, Nicole the Reading Rebel

Blog Tour: Starfish by Lisa Becker

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Today I am sharing about the book Starfish by Lisa Becker. It is a rock star romance. This Blog Tour is run by Indie Blog Hop owned and run by Paige @popthebutterfly(Instagram handle). If you are an indie author and want a free tour I highly recommend you contact Paige.

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About Starfish
Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.

Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?

Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music and hogging the bed.

Yours in Rebellion,

Nicole the Reading Rebel

Some books on my Fall TBR that are not Sequels

Dear Rebellious Readers,

I wanted to share some of the books I am hoping to read over the next few months that are not sequels.

1 The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Heiber– I have loved both The Eterna Files and the Magic Most Foul Trilogies. I am super excited to start Leanna’s new series about a group of mediums and spirits who solve crimes with a skeptical police officer.

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Summary from Goodreads

In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . . .

Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of The Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Lieutenant Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New York’s most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can.

But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her department’s latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as though snatched away by some evil force determined to upset the balance between two realms, and most important—destroy the Ghost Precinct forever. Now Eve must brave the darkness to find the vanished souls. She has no choice. It’s her job to make sure no one is ever left for dead

 

 

2. Ninth House by Leigh Bardgo- I love Leigh Bardgo’s Young Adult fantasy books and look forward to her first adult book.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

 

3. The Lost Girl by Anna Ursu– I got this in the February Owlcratejr box and I have been meaning to read it since then. It sounds so good. I love any book with siblings and middle-grade books always take me back to my childhood.

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Summary from Goodreads:

When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together.

When fifth grade arrives, however, it is decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both. Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace. As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it’s up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.

 

 

4. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto- As soon as I saw this book I put it on my TBR. Girl disguising herself as a boy to join a group of Phoneix riders. The complex relationship between sisters. Yay, I am reading this soon and can’t figure out why I haven’t.

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Summary from Goodreads:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

 

5. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh- Vampires and New Orleans. Sold.

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Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

What are a few books you hope to read over the next few months that are not sequels?

Yours in Rebellion, Nicole the Reading Rebel