Young Adult Review: MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender



MARIE ANTIOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender
Published: September 24 2013
Pages: 296
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER has to be one of my favorites from Katie Alender. (Though I did enjoy BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE) It was a fast and mysterious read! It read like a contemporary – fast and short!

The mystery of this book was a very good one. I became emotionally attached to the main character, Colette, and I cared about what was happening. I also really love Marie Antoinette, so it was fun to read a fiction about her! I loved that the facts included were mostly accurate and that Alender was able to craft a story about actual history. The plot woven was a good one, in my opinion. It was heartfelt and certainly seemed plausible.

I loved that this novel was set in Paris! (ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins inspired me to learn some French) The French I had learned really helped with the reading of this book. There is a decent amount of French dialogue and only some of it is translated. Some can be deciphered via context, but not all. Luckily I had that little advantage. I suggest having a French dictionary on hand if you’re really curious.

I always expect to be creeped out with Katie Alender’s books and I am always left disappointed, so I went into this one without that expectation. Because of that, I think I enjoyed it more for the mystery that it was. It didn’t feel like a horror story to me because I wasn’t creeped out, but I really enjoyed the mystery.

I was pleased with the story arc. It grew and ended in places that I’m happy with. I love the growth of each of the characters and I love the resolution of the mystery. It was a very good read. I recommend this to Marie Antoinette fans, mystery lovers, and Paris fanatics.

The romance in this book started and remained subtle. I loved that I could enjoy that little bit of romance while also trying to solve the mystery and get a decent amount of Marie Antoinette in the foreground.

In conclusion, I enjoyed MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER for it’s fast pace, great mystery, Paris setting, and the ghost of Marie Antoinette. I awarded this book with three stars.



Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny hamlet on the West Coast known as “Los Angeles.”

She enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), gardening, photography, and hanging out with her husband, her daughter, and her dogs, Scooter and Frodo.

Follow Katie: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Wattpad


Thanks for stopping by and reading my review of MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER. Are you a fan of horror? Read any good horror books lately?

– Elizabeth

Updates!

There’s no denying that posts here on Book Yabber haven’t been as regular as they normally are. I usually post book reviews every Thursdays and I participate in Top Ten Tuesdays a few weeks every month. Lately I’ve missed quite a few Thursdays. I have a good reason though!

I want to thank those that have hung around. It means so much to me that you enjoy my content enough to wait out this dry patch. I want to hug you! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The reason I’ve been MIA for so long is I’ve been very sick. Don’t worry, it’s not serious. It’s not even something I’m upset about. This sickness is most commonly referred to as morning sickness and it’s due to a change in hormone levels. Confusing name, at least for me, as it seemed to be worse at night. It’s because I’m pregnant! I’m currently 15 weeks and 3 days along – so very close to the half way point. I’ve been experiencing migraines and nausea and honestly, it’s been pretty rough. For the first three months, it was pretty constant – from the time I wake until the time I lay down for bed. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t use the computer. Surprisingly the TV didn’t bother me. So I was laid out on the couch (and the bathroom) for months catching up on shows. (Mostly Spongebob Squarepants. LOL.)

Now, as I’m in my second trimester, I’m starting to feel better. It’s not completely gone and some days are better than others. I’ve picked up a few books since then and the reading doesn’t bother me… I just seem to be in a colossal reading slump! I’m trying to get myself out of it. I have been reading aloud to my little bundle of joy though, so expect to see some picture book reviews in the near future!

In the coming weeks, I will probably share some bump photos and picture books I’m reading on my Instagram. My Instagram is a private profile, just send me an email or leave me a comment with your username if you’d like to be accepted.

As for blog posts, I’ll be participating more in Top Ten Tuesdays, The Marauders are due for another adventure (Fall is the perfect time for that around New England!), and picture book reviews (more will come once I get myself out of this slump). Husband and I are taking our “babymoon” in a few weeks where I plan to attend a YA book event, so I’ll gladly write up a recap about that event. Let me know if there are any discussion points you’d like to hear from me. Also, let me know if you have any other post suggestions in general!

Again, thank you so, so much for sticking with me. I’ll try my hardest to schedule as many posts as I can in the future!


XO
Elizabeth

Horror Reading Challenge: Third Quarter Update

We’re a third through the Horror Reading Challenge of 2016 (hosted by Tracey of Cornerfolds and Lilyn of Sci-Fi and Scary). So far I’ve read 12 out of my goal of 16! I only have four more to read! I think I have them all planned out, too. Let’s take a look at what I’ve read so far.

5 Star Reads

Click the cover for my review!


4 Star Reads


3 Star Reads


2 Star Read


1 Star Read


Those are the 12 that I’ve read so far, broken up by rating. You can follow my progress here!

Here’s what I plan to read before the end of the year:


Thanks for following my progress! Are you participating in a reading challenge this year? What’s the challenge? How are you doing in that challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

– Elizabeth

Middle Grade Review: HOW I MET MY MONSTER (GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED #3) by R.L.Stine



GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED – HOW I MET MY MONSTER (#3) by R.L.Stine
Published: April 1 2013
Pages: 140
Goodreads Synopsis: Night for Noah Bienstock is a scary time. He keeps having the scariest dream that he’s being hunted by a monster and can’t escape. Daytime isn’t much better for Noah, a shy, lonely 6th grader. But then Noah meets Monroe Sternom, the new kid in town. Monroe is assigned the seat next to Noah in school and they instantly hit it off. But there are some strange things about Monroe. Can he trust Monroe with the details of his dream? Noah must do what ever it takes to make sure his nightmares don’t come true!
Source/Format: Library / Paperback.

A story wherein I find myself laughing. . .often. There’s a character who has a voracious appetite and is seen walking through the mall devouring an entire bag of chips. I don’t know why, but I laughed super hard at that. As for the scary. . . it fell short. There had been an element of fear in the previous two Most Wanted books, but not an ounce in this one. Maybe I’m just personally more frightened by lawn gnomes that animate and wreck havoc or ventriloquist dummies. There was no fear for me.

That being said, the twist was awesome and quite frankly the best part of the book. I didn’t see the twist coming at all, but gosh, was it great! I don’t know if I’d say I’m glad I stuck with it but it’s such a short book, but the twist was gratifying.

I rated it 2 Stars. How I Met My Monster was a fast and funny read with a twist that will make you ask, “LOL, Why didn’t I see that?”



R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

Follow R.L.Stine: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review of HOW I MET MY MONSTER. Have you been reading the GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED series? What’s your favorite of the series?

– Elizabeth

Top Ten Favorite Contemporary Books Of All Time!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books of X Genre. I chose to work within the contemporary genre today! Without further delay, here’s my list, in no particular order!

10. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD by Ben Sherwood (Goodreads) – It’s been many, many years since I’ve read this book, yet when I sat down to compile my favorite contemporaries of all time, this one came immediately back to me. This book touched my heart and I cried many a tears while reading. It’s an incredible book about healing after a devastating loss of a beloved brother.

9. MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby (Goodreads – MOONGLASS is a book that I often think about. Every time I see a piece of sea glass or whenever I’m near water. It resonated deep with me. I have actually felt a deep pull to re-read this book lately – I hope I get the chance to do so soon. This is a heavy contemporary read dealing with the loss of a mother and the family secrets left behind in her wake. It’s beautifully written and packed with emotion.

8. ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell (Goodreads) – Here’s a book that is no stranger to being featured on this blog – I’m sure you’ll recognize a bunch more. This was the first book of Rainbow Rowell’s I’ve read. I loved the diverse cast of characters and I loved the love story that sparked. That and Rainbow’s beautiful writing, of course. This is a book that will take your bad situation and show you the light. It’s not predictable in the slightest and I think that’s what makes it feel so real.

7. THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath (Goodreads) – THE BELL JAR is absolutely a favorite of mine – I re-read it at least once every year. I read this book at a time where I absolutely needed it and completely without knowing. I do believe that this book can be enjoyed without necessarily feeling the same feelings as the main character, Esther.

6. BURN FOR BURN by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Goodreads) – It’s no surprise that Jenny Han is one of my favorite authors. I read this series after reading and falling in love with TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. This series (BURN FOR BURN, FIRE WITH FIRE, and ASHES TO ASHES) was absolutely not what I expected, but it was an amazing unforeseen twist. This twist happens at the end of book two, so you have to read the first two books to see what I’m talking about, but you won’t be sorry. The books are about three students who are fed up with being pushed around and decide to join forces and take their stand.

5. LEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda (Goodreads) – I don’t remember how I came upon this book, but what a GEM I had stumbled across!! It’s about a broken family and their immense struggles to repair and heal. It’s heavy; emotional ; raw; but it’s also brilliant and breathtaking. Anna really wow’ed me with her debut and I hope she writes more. If you’re ready for a powerhouse contemp, give this one a try.

4. BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads) – BEFORE I FALL is like the YA Groundhog Day – Sam Kingston relives the same day having the option to make changes to try and change the outcome. Though you may think this will get repetitive and you’ll get bored, that’s definitely not the case. Lauren Oliver is such a talented writer this book will hook you right in. It’s a very emotional contemporary that I am definitely overdue for a re-read!

3. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han (Goodreads) – A very cute contemporary where Lara Jean writes letters to the boys she’s fallen in love with. A mistake lands those letters in the mail. The boys read the letters upon delivery. I love this book so much! Jenny Han writes such a cute love story with a good amount of complication to keep things interesting. I also love the way Jenny incorporates fashion into Lara Jean. It’s a delightful read. Also try P.S.I STILL LOVE YOU and ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN (Coming April 2017).

2. LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (Goodreads) – This is the book that started it for me. It was my passage into the world of YA as we know it today. This book completely wrecked me, but it was worth it because it was what I needed. I think everyone should read this book. It’s hands down the best from John Green, though most people like to say that’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, which is great, but seriously, read ALASKA and then we’ll talk.

1. THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord (Goodreads) – THE START OF ME AND YOU is an empowering read. We all experience things differently – sometimes for the better and other times not so much. Those experiences change us. The main character of this book takes steps to not let her past define her and that’s when the empowering comes through. I felt amazing after reading this book. Also, completely unrelated, this book gives us Max Watson and believe me, you’re going to want to know Max Watson.


I hope you enjoyed my list. I hope it even encourages you to pick one (or more) of these titles up! Are you participating in TTT today? What’s your post about? Let me know in the comments below!

– Elizabeth

Adult Review: THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill



THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
Published: May 17 2016 by HarperCollins
Pages: 752
Goodreads Synopsis: No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke

THE FIREMAN was a highly anticipated release for me, based solely on the fact that I’m a Joe Hill fan and would read his grocery list were he to publish that. So I went into THE FIREMAN knowing very little, which is honestly how I prefer to read favorite authors.

That being said, I was completely blown away. I did not anticipate falling so in love with, one of the main characters, Harper. I felt so close to her, like her and I could have been best friends. She was absolute perfection.

This book was riddled with pop culture references, which made it feel relatable for everyone and also a bit terrifying. Relatable when talking about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, ETC – it’s in their world and our world. Terrifying because Hill writes a world so full of references to our own world, the mind starts to imagine Draco Incendia Trychophyton integrated in life today, which is horrifying. Almost as if it were to blaze right off the page. (Snicker) I also greatly appreciated all the subtle and not-so-subtle nods towards Harry Potter. I see the parallels between THE FIREMAN and HARRY POTTER and think adult fans of HARRY POTTER would enjoy this book.

While THE FIREMAN leans more in the realm of dystopia, I’m glad there was still bits of good old fashion cringe worthy horror scenes. I consider Dragonscale, as a whole, horror, but the goal is to survive, which leads me down a dystopian path. For horror lovers like myself, you’ll get your graphic, cringe worthy, intense moments of fear and raw horror.

Joe’s writing is as good as ever. There’s something about it that lifts me up and carries me away in a dream world. He’s so descriptive and comparisons are so right on. I love reading what he has to say. It’s almost as if he crafts every single sentence to be the best it could possibly be.

Throughout the book, we’re reading about the seemingly-inevitable and deadly contagion that is Dragonscale; it’s real and it’s terrifying, but the book offers some light and hilarious comical relief. I laughed often while reading.

I gave 4/5 stars to THE FIREMAN. While I immensely enjoyed it, there were times where it did seem a little too long and drawn out, but it was brief. If I awarded half stars, this would definitely be a 4.5. That’s the only criticism I have for this book.

The ending of this book completely wrecked me. Left me in full on ugly cry mode – puffy red eyes, silent heaving, crocodile sized tears. So, so, so well done. I foresee it placing rank on my best of 2016 list.



Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction and comic books, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

As of 2016 he has published four novels, a collection of short stories, a six-volume graphic novel series, and more. His most recent novel, The Fireman, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, and his novel Horns was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. Joe has three children.

Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits instead of as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill’s family background had been appearing since 2005).

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my review. I hope you pick up THE FIREMAN! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Young Adult Review (ARC): REPLICA by Lauren Oliver



REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
Publishing: October 4 2016 by HarperCollins
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – It was GREAT!
Goodreads Synopsis: Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

A HUGE THANK YOU to HarperCollins for sending me an advance readers copy! In exchange, my honest review. . .

REPLICA freaking blew my mind! This story packed so many twists and turns and it was cleverly plotted and well thought out. I absolutely commend Lauren Oliver for weaving together such a complex and twisty story.

I loved both main characters – Lyra and Gemma. The supporting characters were also great. They all felt so real and I immediately attached to them. I became emotionally invested in their well being early in the novel. It was love at first sight.

THE PLOT!! The plot of this novel was absolutely brilliant. I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to give anything away, but if you like Science Fiction, great writing, plot twists, I HIGHLY SUGGEST picking this one up in October!!

If there was one book that I think would be better as a physical over an e-book, it’s REPLICA. Half the book is Lyra’s story, then the flip side is Gemma’s story. I read my physical ARC alternating every two chapters (Ex: two chapters of Lyra, then two chapters of Gemma, two of Lyra, ETC) As an e-book, you are able to skip around, but I don’t think it’ll be as easy as it would with a physical copy. You also don’t have to read it that way. You could read Lyra’s entire story and then switch and read Gemma’s story. There are so many ways to read this story.

I realize that this was one of my shorter reviews, but I really didn’t want to say too much about it. I was terrified I’d give something away. The reveals in the book are gasp-worthy and I didn’t want to deprive you of those. Please pick up this book in October. It’s so freaking good!!

**THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS CAN BE CONSTRUED AS SPOILERY**

I gave this book four stars. While I loved it to pieces and look forward to re-reading the finished copy, I had a major problem. The characters – Gemma and Lyra – are both guilty of body shaming. Gemma is “fat” and she feels bad about it. She is extremely self-conscious and is constantly making herself seem larger than she is. On one hand, I really wanted to see her love herself and just accept herself for who she is, but on the other hand, I see why it was like this – because it’s realistic. I have been overweight myself and I can tell you that you absolutely think you’re bigger than you really are. I’ve also learned to accept myself and I think it’s a message we need to spread, in life and in literature.

Later in the book, Lyra, who is described as very skinny, turns around and shames her own body. Saying how she’s too skinny and how she’d like to look like the girls who are fuller. It makes me so sad and I really wanted everyone to just love themselves. Alas, there’s nothing I can do. I understand WHY but I REALLY wanted it to be different.



I was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. My parents are both literature professors, and from a very early age, my sister and I were encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of our time living imaginatively. Our house was old and full of art and towers and towers of books, and that’s still the kind of house I like best.

I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!). Later on, I began working on my own stories, and keeping company with a lot of imaginary friends.

I pursued literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and then moved back to New York to attend NYU’s MFA program in creative writing. I simultaneously began working at Penguin Books, in a young adult division called Razorbill, and while there, I started work on Before I Fall. I left in 2009 to pursue writing full-time, and now I happily work in my pajamas every day.

I have a variety of interests apart from writing, including reading, cooking, traveling, dancing, running, and making up weird songs. Some of my favorite things are: being cozy; fires; autumn; fuzzy slippers; very high heels; great wine; dark chocolate; ketchup; pasta. Things I hate: practical shoes, liars, and bananas. I divide my time between Brooklyn, upstate New York, and various hotel rooms.

Also by Lauren: DELIRIUM Trilogy | BEFORE I FALL | PANIC

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Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review! I hope you have a great day!

Street Team STALKING JACK THE RIPPER Blog Tour

Welcome to Book Yabber! My name is Elizabeth and I am your host today for the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER Blog Tour, hosted by the Street Team. I have had the immense pleasure of reading the ARC of STALKING JACK (Full Review Here), so today I’m going to share with you a few reasons why you should be excited for its release.

First, let me tell you a little bit about the book.


Synopsis (As provided by Goodreads): 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.

Available for Pre-order through: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books Of Wonder (Offering signed and personalized copies!)

Now, a few (of many) reasons you should be excited for STALKING JACK THE RIPPER:

1. Audrey Rose Wadsworth – Audrey Rose Wadsworth is the main character of this book. She is intelligent, brave, and oh-so-fierce. My favorite thing about her has to be her attitude and snark for the time period the book is set in. It’s 1888 and she’s practicing forensic science in private because she’s a female. She’s quite gifted in the throes of the field and turns out to be a huge part of the investigation. I adore her snark when putting men in their places for thinking such dainty and belittling thoughts of women. Not only was she stalking a crazed murderer, she was also representing the underappreciated strength of an entire gender. She’s a strong and inspirational character and I can’t wait for the world to meet her.

2. Accurate Medical Techniques – Where are my fellow thanatology enthusiasts? I am very fascinated with death and all that entails, so I heavily research the subject as recreation. As I was reading STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, Kerri blew me away with the accuracy of the techniques and details. Part of me wonders if we had read the same nonfiction books. Kerri delves into great detail and it all feels so real. I loved that about this book and I hope you do, too!

3. Calling All Sherlock Fans! – There are two characters you will meet in this book that their relationship very closely relates to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The chemistry between the two is electric and will definitely bring a smile to your face and often times a chuckle.

4. Who Dun it? – This book is a mystery and it is a very good one. I’m usually one to guess the culprit correctly in mystery novels. I had my suspicions from the very beginning of this novel, but I was completely blind sided. I had guessed wrong and the actual culprit shocked the heck out of me! It was such a good shock. It felt like the rug was pulled right out from underneath me – I love that feeling when a book tricks me. Thriller lovers are definitely going to love this book.

5. The Writing! – The writing in this book is absolutely breathtaking. I was reading through and literally had to remind myself that Kerri is a debut author because her writing does not come across as such. With grace and fluidity, Kerri’s writing depicts stunningly vivid imagery. The number of quotes I flagged in this book is in the twenties. That’s high for me – I’m usually anywhere from one to somewhere in the teens. Such beautiful writing.

I hope you enjoyed my list! I adored this book and I hope you will too! STALKING JACK THE RIPPER releases September 20th, so make sure to pre-order your copy! Thanks for stopping by and reading!



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 is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

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Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC: THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics

Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC is a feature created by three best friends – Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and myself – where we each take turns and read ONE ARC and produce THREE REVIEWS. Those reviews are posted to each respective blog on the same day, a month before the books release date. After reading this review, make sure to read Marci’s and Nicole’s, too! Today we’re all reviewing THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics! Enjoy!


THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics
Expected to Publish: September 27 2016 from Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Goodreads Synopsis: Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS is the second book from author, Amy Lukavics. It is a deeply disturbing and exhilarating thrill ride. My heart was racing, my hair stood on end, and my fingers were flipping pages. I was entirely engrossed and had immense difficulty putting this book down.

I’ve now read both of Amy’s novels, her first, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, and now THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I liked this one a little more than DAUGHTERS. My problem with DAUGHTERS was the dialogue did not match up with the period setting. It was too “right now” and the setting was before electricity and running water. I don’t have any problems with WOMEN IN THE WALLS.

One of the many things I love about Amy’s books is the strong family units she develops. DAUGHTERS had a pair of close-knit sisters and WOMEN has a pair of close-knit, inseparable cousins. I love the sense of closeness and platonic rapport that Amy brings to family.

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS was a creepy story and a great mystery. I don’t think it’s one that can be solved by the reader, I think you just have to strap in and enjoy the ride of reveals. The “hook” was very strong and had me interested from the very first page. From Aunt Penelope’s disappearance, I wanted so badly to know what was going on. Especially since the mystery delve so much deeper with plenty of creepy twists. There were some places where Amy took me by complete surprise and I audibly gasped. The ending was absolutely brilliant! My mind was blown!

I deeply loved THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I don’t easily give out five star ratings, so when you see a five-star from me, you know it’s something special. I highly suggest this read to all horror-enthusiasts! If you scare easy or have a trigger warning of self-abuse, I would skip this title. There are intense scenes of terror, a considerable amount of graphic gore, and some self-harming scenes.




Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.

Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope you’ll pick up Women in the Walls this Halloween!

Horror: An Appreciation Post for the Underappreciated Genre.

A favorite genre within YA literature is without a doubt Fantasy right now. They’re everywhere, which makes sense – supply and demand, right? But what if you’re like me and don’t care for fantasy? What if your favorite genre is horribly underappreciated?

There’s a local book festival near me that takes place in September. Today I saw a tweet from them saying they had to replace one of the attending authors. The author who couldn’t make it was a fantasy author. The author replacement? Also a fantasy author. Sure, makes sense. Would you like to know how many fantasy authors are planning to attend? 16. 16 out of 34. Very nearly HALF! Here’s how the rest add up – 14 Contemporary. 3 Thriller. 1 Science Fiction. That scale seems very unbalanced to me.

That being said, I have NOTHING against said event. I appreciate all the planning and hard work that went into it. OK, so what am I really trying to say then? Where the heck are the horror lovers?? Hi, my name is Elizabeth, Horror Enthusiast, Table for ONE! What’s up with that?

I guess I just want to bring awareness to the very underappreciated genre that is horror. Horror can be enjoyed all year long – not just around Halloween. I love horror because I love the way being scared feels. The tremor in your chest that is your beating, writhing heart. Hairs prickle as they stand on end. Ever since I was a kid, I always had a different view on life. It was dark and it was morbid. I would see grass and wonder if there were bodies buried below. I’d walk into a house and wonder if someone had died here. I’d see a stone and see a skull. I’m drawn to the unexplainable, the weird, the morbid aspects of life – even still to this day. I grew up sneak-reading Stephen King under my bed sheets. Horror is a part of me and I’d love to see more people love it, too.

I’m going to share some of my favorite YA Horror authors with you and hopefully you’ll be enticed to pick up some of the books I’m about to mention. For right now, I’m merely focusing on Young Adult literature. If you want some adult or middle grade recommendations, I can definitely help you with that – just leave a comment or shoot me an email. (elizabeth@bookyabber.com)

Amy Lukavics

Amy released DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS in September of 2015 and I was an immediate fan. She made me fear any and all sounds heard at night. Click the cover to read my full review. THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS is to be released September 2016. I have had the immense pleasure of reading an advance copy of this and I can tell you it’s absolutely amazing. Check back next Thursday (8/18) for my review. Amy has become one of my favorite authors and a huge inspiration to me as a writer. Her plots are complex and deliciously dark. I cannot wait to see what she does next!


Kim Liggett

BLOOD AND SALT was released in September 2015 and it completely rocked my world. This is one you’ll want to read before you take a fall trip to a corn field maze – click the cover for my full review. It is one of two book series – BLOOD AND SALT 2 is expected in 2017. THE LAST HARVEST is to be released in January of 2017. I have not had the chance to read this yet, but I’m hoping that I will be graced with advance reading. I am highly anticipating its’ release.


Dawn Kurtagich

Dawn is the author of THE DEAD HOUSE, which released in September of 2015 and the upcoming AND THE TREES CREPT IN coming September 2016. I’ve read AND THE TREES CREPT IN (click cover for full review) and I have to say that it was amazing. The horror aspect of it was right on throughout the whole book, but upon completion, this book becomes so much more. I highly suggest you read it next month!


Katie Alender

Katie Alender is the author to many books. For the purpose of this post, I decided to feature three of them – BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE (Book One of Three), THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL (Click cover to read my full review), and MARIE ANTIONETTE, SERIAL KILLER. I have a love hate relationship with Katie Alender. I’ve read all but one of her books, and that one book is on the agenda before the end of the year. She writes horror, but sometimes I find the story line to be lame. I think I’m so hard on her because I know that she has written amazingly creepy storylines. For instance, I LOVED BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE. The second book in that series – FROM BAD TO CURSED – didn’t love. I thought it had taken a lame twist. That being said, she still caught me off guard and managed to freak me out a bit. My all-time favorite from her has to be MARIE ANTIONETTE, SERIAL KILLER. I love Marie Antionette and it was so fun to see her re-imagined in a horror story.


Those were just a few names and books I wanted to throw out there. Do you like horror? Have you ever read it? I urge you to give it a chance. It’ll make you feel alive.

I really want to hear from you! Who are your favorite YA Horror authors? Have you read a great YA Horror book that you want to recommend? Are you hesitate to read horror? Let’s chat about it down in the comments! There is more to YA than Fantasy and I hope that I have brought some awareness to an underappreciated yet deserving genre.

Thank you for reading!