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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟~ Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) ~ Author: S. Jae-Jones ~ Genre: #YA #Romance #Fantasy #Historical #HistoricalFiction ~ Available Now!



(Wintersong #2)


S. Jae-Jones

Genre: #YA #Romance #Fantasy #Historical #HistoricalFiction

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: February 6th 2018

Read: July 18th 2018

POV: First-person single perspective & third-person dual perspective

Hardcover: 379

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Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?


📝My Review📝:

What a satisfying conclusion.

I absolutely adore this story and the world that S. Jae-Jones has built in these two books. I feel as though these two books are some that I will always come back to. They are timeless and magical. That being said, I enjoyed Wintersong much more than I did Shadowsong for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, this book was very confusing at times. There were moments when I would shout, “THIS MAKES NO ******* SENSE.” And sadly I am still confused about some things. Second, there were a lot of unanswered questions. We still really don’t know why or how the Goblin King became the Goblin King. His past is still very much a mystery. We also still don’t know how he came to find Liesl in the first place. Also a lot of stuff about Liesl’s family history was hinted at but never explained. Thirdly, I was able to guess the ending and most of the twists at least halfway through the book. The air of mystery and surprise was lacking. Finally, there was a severe lack of the Goblin King in this book. He was barely in it, he appeared at most maybe ten times. Due to his absence there was also a lack of romance in the book. The reason I could not give this book 5 stars is because I felt like there was something missing from it, and that something was the Goblin King. He was such an amazing character in the first book and it is really sad that he took a backseat in this one.

All in all I did really enjoy this book and it is one that I will be thinking about for a long time. Especially because I FINALLY know what the Goblin King’s name is.

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📝REVIEW 📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟~ Stalking Jack The Ripper (Stalking Jack The Ripper #1) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror #Romance ~ Available Now!


Stalking Jack The Ripper

(Stalking Jack The Ripper #1)


Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror #Romance

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 5

Publication: September 20th 2016

Read: January 30th 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 326

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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.


📝My Review📝:

3.5 Stars

This was such an enjoyable read! Kerri Maniscalco created an intriguing and believable story about the Jack the Ripper murders. Though I enjoyed this book I had some issues with it that prevented me from giving it a higher rating.

The writing was good but I felt it was quite repetitive at times. Audrey Rose told us at least a million times about how often she was blushing. It got annoying after a while. There were other instances where the same thing was just repeated over and over. Also the analogies in the book were a bit too long which caused them to lose their meaning. Other than that the author’s writing style flowed well and was easy to follow.

Audrey Rose is pretty annoying. She claims she’s hardened and fully capable of handling herself but she is always outshined by Thomas and she appears quite weak in many instances. It was hard to believe anything she claimed about herself. She was a very contradicting character. For someone who is supposed to be very smart she appeared dim and oblivious so often that she lost her appeal.

Thomas is a swoon-worthy character. He is smart, handsome, and quite silver-tongued. I did enjoy his character but I have to admit he was a bit familiar. Thomas was an imitation of Will Herondale (the ultimate YA heartthrob). It was not a bad imitation, more like a love letter to Will, but still I could not help notice how often the similarities between the two would pop up. No one can be Will Herondale, but Thomas sure does a good job of trying.

The thing about this book was that the answer to “who is Jack the Ripper” was very obvious and I guessed it from the start of the book. There really was no air of mystery surrounding the killer. That being said I am very interested to continue on in the series considering how this book ended. I wonder what awaits Thomas and Audrey Rose on their next adventure.

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