[Review] The Glass Spare by Lauren Destefano


Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano 
Series: The Glass Spare #1 
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Release Date: October 24th 2017 

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.

A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

[Blog Tour] The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook


I had the chance to ask Eileen a question in regards to her new novel, The Hanging Girl! Here's some info on her latest novel:


Title: The Hanging Girl
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 3rd 2017 

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

I asked Eileen: Would you rather find yourself in Skye's shoes or Jill's of With Malice and why? (of course without spoiling anything)

Eileen: I feel very qualified to say how both Skye and Jill feel as I’ve been in both of their shoes, or at least inside their heads, while writing the books. My first response is that I wouldn’t want to be in either of their shoes. I love to write about characters who find themselves in some horrible situations, and they certainly tend to make things worse by making some bad decisions as they go. (I have a fascination with complicated, messy, mixed-up people.)

In some ways, Jill’s situation would be worse in that she has no memory of what happened. She must rely on what she knows about herself and what she hears from other people to figure out events. I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to simply not know. On the other hand, I feel terrible for Skye. I’ve been in her situation, where you tell one lie in the hope that it will make a situation better, and then before you know it starts to snowball and you don’t know how to get yourself out of the mess you’ve made. (Granted, I’ve never gotten myself into this big of a mess.) If I had to pick one I would pick Jill as being the worse situation as I hate not being in control and for her there is so much out of her hands.

I received an ARC from the distributor for the blog tour and for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever nor was I compensated in any way.

The Hanging Girl revolves around Skye Thorn -- a girl from a small town who gives tarot readings to her classmates. Skye aids the police with the kidnapping of Paige Bonnet, the queen bee of the school, through psychic visions. However, Skye is not psychic. The kidnapping was supposed to be straightforward -- everything would go according to plan and Skye would get the money to start a new life far away from this town. However, when the kidnapping becomes lethal, Skye must find out the truth before anything else happens.

This novel actually got my heart racing. I was flipping the pages trying to find out what happened, engrossed, alongside Skye and every time I thought I had the next plot point figured out, I find that I'm completely wrong or simply caught off guard. There were several reveals in this novel that had me silently freaking out and "OMG"-ing. This novel is a true thriller and so fun to read.

This is the second novel I've read of Eileen Cook's (the first being With Malice) and I find that she is great at creating characters who really get themselves into the mess that the novel revolves around. It's truly of their own making. Nothing is ever as it seems with her narrators and they are somewhat (or even wholly) unreliable. There is also a touch of what was done in With Malice where there are elements aside from the narrator's point of view that gives the readers an idea of what is happening outside of the narrator's knowledge. And while that is outside of the narrator's knowledge, even that information may or may not be reliable.

I don't really want to give away anything about the way this book goes because it's something that you really need to experience. If you're a fan of thrillers, crime shows and the like, definitely give this book a go.

Happy Reading!
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[Review] Devils and Thieves by Jennifer Rush


Title: Devils and Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Series: Devils and Thieves #1 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 3rd 2017 

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.

[Blog Tour] A Brief History of "Prince Dracula"

Helloooooo everyone!

It's my turn on the Hunting Prince Dracula blog tour and in keeping on theme with last year's Stalking Jack the Ripper post, I will be giving a brief history of who Prince Dracula is. You can check out last year's blog post on Jack the Ripper here.


Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 19th 2017
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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller 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 killer…or 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 medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But 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.

(tw: blood, murder)

Vlad the Impaler

Vlad III Dracula was born in 1431 in Transylvania (now in Romania) and was the prince of Wallachia -- an area that is now also a part of Romania. The name of Dracula means "son of Dracul" in reference to Vlad's father's induction into the "Order of the Dragon" a group created by the Holy Roman Empire to protect Christian Europe from the invading Ottomans. 

Of course with the nickname of Vlad the Impaler, he was most definitely not a peaceful man. After being deposed two months into his reign, Vlad fought for eight years to regain the throne. It was during this second reign that he gained his "Impaler" nickname. Vlad became known for impaling his enemies, both foreign and domestic, on stakes and leaving them to die. Most notably, in a battle in 1462, he retreated from a battlefield, leaving thousands impaled in his wake in order to deter the Ottomans from following. 

While it is quite widely considered that Bram Stoker's Dracula was based off Vlad the Impaler, it has been argued that while Bram Stoker was influenced and inspired by the historical figure rather than having created a "supernatural version".  

According to Collins in his paper on the validity of Vlad Tepes as the direct inspiration for the vampiric Dracula, the historical figure and the vampire are completely separate, with Vlad the Impaler having never been mentioned by name in the novel. Any real information that pertains to Vlad the Impaler is influenced heavily by An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldovia -- a history book written by William Wilkinson in 1820. Stoker interweaves the history drawn from this book with his own lore for Dracula.

The vampiric Dracula delves into his own family's history in the novel and mentions two separate Draculas -- one who crossed the Danube and had "an unworthy brother" (clearly the one who is drawn from the Impaler's personal life) and one who is drawn from the Impaler's military exploits. It is this second Dracula that Stoker's vampire identifies with.

In the end, we can only speculate as to how the real Dracula influenced the fictional.


Collins, Andrew. "The Originality of Bram Stoker’s Character Count Dracula." Notes and Queries 58.4 (2011): 570-6. Web. 25 Aug. 2017.

Obviously 2 sources aren't enough for an academic paper, but this isn't one and I feel as if this is enough information to be somewhat aware of the historical background to this novel. 

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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.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Happy Reading!
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