Spoiler Free Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Spoiler Free Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Title: Staking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts:

I saw Stalking Jack The Ripper going around a bit, mostly on BookTube, and knew that I was interested. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, no matter the time period, and oddly, a huge fan of books set in London as well which is exactly what SJTR was!

Last week while I was at the bookstore, I spotted it on the shelf and, of course, bought it, and I am so glad I did because I absolutely adored it!

The Plot:

Stalking Jack The Ripper is a fast paced, murder mystery centred around the murders that took place in Whitechapel, London in 1888 by unidentified serial killed known as Jack the Ripper. From the beginning, the story gripped me, and I found that for a murder mystery, it did a very good job of leaving clues on who the murdered was, but without giving it away. I didn't know who it was until it was revealed, but looking back the author was strategic and smart about the clues given to solve the mystery!

The Characters:

The protagonist of the story is Audrey Rose, the daughter of a wealthy lord. Against her fathers wishes she sneaks around to visit her Uncle to learn about forensic medicine, which was socially unacceptable at the time (although she didn't care about that at all). She is a kick-butt woman who doesn't let anyone tell her what to do, and it is wonderful.

Thomas Cresswell, Audrey's partner in crime (quite literally) throughout the story is also a super great character. He challenges Audrey, but she of course doesn't back down which makes for great banter and funny one liners throughout the otherwise darker novel.

The Writing:

The writing throughout the novel had nice flow, with dialogue and explanations that all contributed positively to the story line. It also very much reflected the time period that the book takes place in,m which I enjoyed a lot.


In conclusion, Stalking Jack The Ripper was a hit for me. From the gripping plot, to the strong characters, it was 5/5 stars. I would highly suggest this to anyone who loves historical fiction, murder mysteries, suspense and badass female leads!

Have you read Stalking Jack The Ripper yet? Do you plan on it? Let me know in a comment, I'd love to chat!

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My Cottage TBR!

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my family and I are off to the cottage until Thursday, and I typically get a ton of reading done there while relaxing on the doc, so I thought I would share the four books I am bringing and planning on reading on the drive there and back and while we are there!

#1 and #2: Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I talked about both of these in my last post but basically I am currently reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and just received and ARC (advanced reader copy) of the sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula the other day, so I want to finish both of these for sure!

#3 and #4: Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I recently got these in June (I think? Maybe May… I can’t remember) and there is so much hype around these books, but I am almost positive that they will live up to it! This series is just so different from anything I’ve ever read before, and I adore the covers, so I can’t wait to immerse myself into the story!

I am also going to be bringing along two of my Harry Potter colouring books to colour (obviously… 😂) because my and my siblings love to colour in them together!

I am going to have a great week I’m sure, fingers crossed that I end up tanned!!! 🤞 

Do you have any plans for this coming week? Have you read any books that I put on my cottage TBR? Let me know in a comment, I’d love to chat!

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Currently Reading & Reviews To Look Out For!

Hey guys! How’s your week been? Mine was pretty good, although I was working all week (hence the lack of posts) but I am happy to be done that and heading to the cottage next week.

Today I thought that I would talk a bit about the book I am currently reading, the next one on my tbr, and some that I’ve recently finished and am going be posting reviews of soon!

I recently read We Are Okay by Nina Lacour and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, each of them in one sitting and they were both great. I am going to save most of my thoughts for the reviews and my July wrap up but both were super solid reads!

On Monday when I was at Chapters I picked up Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, which I had been meaning to read for a while! 

Here is the Goodreads synopsis for you to read:

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. 
So basically its everything I’ve been recently craving in a book, historical fiction, kick butt women, and a bit of a mystery. I am about 100 pages in right now and I can definitely say that it is delivering just that! I plan on reading more of it tonight (since I can finally stay up super late and sleep in tomorrow lol) and then hopefully finish it tomorrow!

My next read is an exciting one: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper, which I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of!

I was DELIGHTED when HBG Canada emailed me asking me if I wanted a copy and I had coincidentally just bought the first books! I am hoping it’ll be as good as the first one it so far!

I am thinking that I will do a double review post with both the first and second book once I am finished them! Would you guys like to see that?!

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco is on sale in September so make sure to look out for it!

On a semi-different note, I applied for a part time job at Chapters a few days ago! I have been wanting to work there for years, but I had to be 16, and I finally am 16 so I applied! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I honestly think I would be perfect for the job! Fingers crossed I get an interview!

What books have you been reading this past week? Did you find any new favourites? Let me know in a comment, I’d love to chat!

Also! I am currently holding some polls on my Twitter (@EmmaTheBook) about which books I should bring to the cottage next week, so make sure to follow me and vote to help me decide!

June 2017 Wrap Up!

June 2017 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I apologize for the lack of posts this week! I’ve been super busy, I am currently re doing my room (new flooring, painting, baseboards etc) and I also had dance every day and was hanging out with my friends a lot. 

But, I was scrolling through my goodreads the other day and realized, I haven’t done a June wrap up yet! I know why though. Because I am so disappointed with how little I read in June. Two books. That’s it. 😑 I did have exams and stuff but still. I know I can read more than that in a month, so I am pretty bummed. This is also the second month in a row that I have only read two books so that makes me even more sad.

Here are the two books I read (good thing I loved them both):

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★

This was a book that I went in to knowing that I would probably love it. And I wasn’t let down! Throne of Glass was action packed and I could hardly put it down! I loved the characters a lot and am so excited to continue on with the series!

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – ★★★★★

I read Eliza in one sitting, which is something I love to do, and do often. It was very relatable, easy to read and had little pictures and texts throughout with I personally loved! I would highly suggest this to people who are a fan of contemporaries, but not just the light and fluffy ones. I also will have a review of Eliza and her Monsters soon so stay tuned for that if you want to read more of my thoughts!

Well mow that the shameful reading month of June is over, we are on to July! And I have already read one whole book (We Are Okay) so I am off to a good start!

I also decided to change my Goodreads challenge to 50 books instead of 60. I read 62 last year and thought I could again this year but honestly with how slumpy I’ve been in May and June I want to eliviate the pressure of 60 books. Also I am going to do NaNoWriMo in November and don’t want to have my reading challenge to worry about along with writing.

I am also super behind on reading and commenting on peoples posts, and answering comments you guys have left me, but as soon as my room is done being under construction (hopefully tomorrow 🤞) I will catch up with all of that!

Now, tell me about your reading month in June! Did you read a lot? Which book was your favourite? Let me know in the comments I’d love to chat!

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Emma’s Sunday Sum Up! June 26th – July 2nd

Emma’s Sunday Sum Up! June 26th – July 2nd

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend! 
To tell you the truth, I just sat around all week. 😂 
It was my first week of summer holidays, so I read, watched The Office and a bunch of movies, and hung out with friends pretty much every day.

Also, I am a HUGE Big Brother fan, and a new season started on Wednesday! It is my absolute favourite show to watch! Does anyone else watch Big Brother? Who are you liking, or not liking so far!?

I got super burnt on Friday when I was swimming, which sucks, but luckily at the Canada Day festivities I attended with friends last night I didn’t burn any further!

I also kinda can’t believe that it is already July! I have a fun summer ahead though, so I am super excited!

How has this past week been for you? Did you do anything fun this weekend? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat!

June 2017 Book Haul!

June 2017 Book Haul!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Usually I combine my hauls into my monthly wrap ups, but since June was my birthday month I received a lot of books and bookstore gift cards so I thought, hey! I might as well make a whole separate post to change things up!

So without further ado, here are all the books I acquired in June!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Yes, yes I did buy all 4 of the paperback 20th anniversary editions. No, no I do not regret it.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World

Eliza and her Monsters: I’ve already read and loved this one! A review will be out for it next week!

Illuminae & Gemina: Can’t wait to read these both!

Crooked Kingdom

Vengeance Road


Frost Blood: My current read!

Strange the Dreamer

So those were all of the books I received and bought this month! I can’t believe it is already the end of June! Half of the year is over and I am not even close to beating my Goodreads challenge. Yikes I need to get on that!

What books did you buy this month!? Did we get any of the same ones? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat!

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TTT: The Best Books I’ve Read This Year… So Far!

TTT: The Best Books I’ve Read This Year… So Far!

Good morning everyone! Guess what I have decided to start participating in? Top Ten Tuesday!

Back when I first started my blog, over a year and a half ago, I used to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, but for some reason (that I don’t actually remember), I stopped. Scrolling throught these posts every tuesday has been making me miss participating, so I decided to join back in on the fun!

If you aren’t familiar, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can check them out if you want to join!

*Disclaimer: these books are not in order!

#1: The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

This is my absolute favourite poetry collection of all time. It was empowering and emotional, and ahhh just so good!

#2: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The whole Shades of Magic series honestly just blew me away, plus it introduced me to one of my new fave authors!

#3: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I finally caved on the hype and bought the whole series. Good thing I loved it! 😂 

#4: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I bought this one because of the raving reviews as well, and I can confirm that it definitely lives up to all of the hype!

#5: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This was my most anticipated read of 2017, because Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is my favourite contemporary EVER and Becky definitely didn’t disappoint. 👌🏻 

You are probably thinking “Emma that was only 5 books.” And yeah I know but out of the 19 books I’ve read this year, these are the ones I loved enough to include on this list. Hopefully I’ll read some more awesome books in the second half of the year!

What were some of your favourite books that you read this year? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat!

Also, I tried out something new for my header image and I don’t know if I like it or not. I am really struggling to find a theme and header image that I like…

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