Audiobook Review – Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: #1 in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Audiobook Narrator: Nicola Barber
Run Time: 9hrs, 26min
Audiobook Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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.

I have to admit that the premise of Stalking Jack the Ripper intrigued me, but I was a bit disappointed with how it all played out. I liked the idea of a female practicing forensic medicine in this time era – since it was so not done. But Audrey Rose as a character was horribly annoying and for someone as skilled as she was supposed to be in understanding people and crimes, also naïve. Now I will say that Thomas Creswell will definitely described as being eye (and most definitely ear candy).

The historical aspect of the story was fun and I liked how the author took portions of the real history about Jack the Ripper and his victim’s to make the story more believable. There was a pretty substantial author’s note at the end went into some more detail about why she opted to cover the parts that she did. But when considering both the character development and the historical aspects of the story – the historical definitely won out over the actual characters in the story. I did like how the author tied the story up at the end, so there were no open ends…but don’t worry – I won’t tell you guys what happened because that would ruin all the fun 🙂

Nicola Barber isn’t a new narrator to me (although I’m totally blanking on what else I’ve listened to her narrate right now) and I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper more than I may have if I had read it. I found that she had a solid range of voices that fit all the different characters from the naïve young girl, to the hot forensic science student to Audrey Rose’s cantankerous old father. I never had any moments where I had to stop and think about what character was speaking at a given time. In fact, I found myself hoping for some traffic on my commute home (yeah, I should probably burn in hell for that), so I could listen to a bit more. While I wanted to slap Audrey Rose upside the head, at least the narration was solid.

I’m kind of conflicted if I will read (or most likely listen) to the second book when it comes out – I kind of what to and yet, if Audrey Rose is as naïve in the next one, I just don’t know…

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Audiobook Review, Review, Uncategorized


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Review – The Negotiator – Avery Flynn

The Negotiator
Author: Avery Flynn
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…

I don’t know if I was in a bit of a reading funk, or if real-life was just kind of overwhelmed – but this wasn’t my favorite Avery Flynn (and it kills me to say that because she is an auto-buy author for me). Don’t get me wrong – it was cute definitely a cute romantic comedy with her trademark snarky humor and hot in places – but I just wasn’t as sucked into it as I have been with previous books. Other books by hers, I’ve based closed myself off to read it – but when it came time to read this one – I just didn’t have the time to do that (which might have contributed to my lack of concentration when it came to reading).

I will admit that I found Clover to be one of the more unique characters that I have read recently which did contribute to my enjoyment level – she was kind of quirky in a relatable way. But Sawyer just seemed very much in the hard-working young billionaire character mold (which if I’m honest, is not a character that I typically find myself attracted too). So my enjoyment of the two main characters kind of played off each other. The actual “relationship” negotiation was one of my favorite parts of the story (as well as the scene in the diner early on after Clover’s first event as Sawyer’s Personal Buffer (now, if I could be the buffer for him, sign me up please 🙂 )

The Negotiator was a solid 3.5 stars for me – and I do recommend it to anyone who likes snarky romantic comedies (and I have no doubt that I’ll maybe re-read it in the future, to see if maybe this is a mood based rating that could change).

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Book Review, Review


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Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – The Final Post

Yeah, so i’m kind of fooling with my timing on this post (since the read-a-thon is technically done and over). Unfortunately, I didn’t come anywhere close to hitting my goal because my 1hr nap that I decided to take at 10pm, turned into 8hours of sleep (which based on the icky throat that is now surfacing might have been a good idea). In fact, even though I had gotten 8 hours of sleep that night – I still spent a good portion of Sunday napping and reading some more.

Over the course of the 14hours that I did read, I finished up 4 books that I had in progress pre-readathon, as well as 2 complete books and 1 full audiobook (and listened to about 3 hours of another one).

Books Finished (In progress when Read-a-thon started)
Ada’s Algorithm: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age – James Essinger – have to say wasn’t too impressed with this in general – it wasn’t really a biography, but at the same time, wasn’t really a non-fiction computer book either.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond – this was the April group read for Doing Dewey – this was a very stark read, but highly recommended.
This Love of Mine – Miranda Liasson – cute contemporary romance with reunited love/teenage love come true/relationship of convenience
The Ghosts of Belfast – Stuart Neville – yeah…i’m kind of wishing that I had left this book on Mt TBR where its been hiding for at least 3 years…pretty much the only reason I stuck it out was because I was slotted into a challenge (yeah, I might be a bit of a masochist).

Books Finished (complete reads)
Playing with Pleasure – Erika Wilde – custom corset maker and hot Dom – yes please! (need I say more).
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey – single mom and single dad finding love with a touch of suspense/danger (although I did find Jenny to be a tad annoying at times)

Colonist’s Wife – Kylie Scott – solid sci-fi romance that has just been released in a duo audiobook with another of Ms Scott’s backlist.
Heart’s A Mess – Kylie Scott – cute workplace/bar romance – but really short (I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit longer).

While I didn’t read as much as I had planned – looking back, I got a fair amount completed – I just set myself really high standards. I can’t wait until the October Read-a-thon to try again!

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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Read-A-Thon



Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 9-12

Halfway there! 12 hours down and 12 to go (although I do find the need to take a bit of a snooze…so I probably will…but I suck at taking naps – I sleep, not nap – anything less than 2hrs is just not going to do it for me!). I was definitely more productive during this four hour block than the last one – finishing up 3 books, including 1 audiobook and starting another one. Although in true Dee fashion, I opted to borrow something new via Kindle Unlimited than tackle one of the many books I borrowed from the library or that I already had on my kindle…haha!

Surprisingly, I also hit my goal of 11000 steps for the day – normally on weekends (not just readathon ones) – I’m a bum and struggle to get 3000, so I’m trying to be extra aware to hit my goals during the day. The errands I ran during this block helped me to finish up for the day (now I don’t feel guilty about doing nothing for the rest of the readathon).

Books Finished:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond – started pg207 (134pgs)
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey (358pgs)
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – 1hr, 23min to finish it up

Audiobook Started:
Rookie Move – Sarina Bowen – 33min listened

As we get into the time of night when people start wanting to head to bed – I wish everyone luck with your reading adventures! See y’all at midnight!

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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Read-A-Thon



Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 5-8

What do you do when its nearly 90 degrees out and readathon day? you queue up an audiobook and take a nice long week (quite coincidently to the local library). That is how I spent a good portion of the last four hours – I left not long after I posted my first update and it was close to 2hours later when I got home (and it added nearly 5000 steps to my daily goal of 11000) – I also finished up this four hour period by taking both of my devils (aka the German Shepherds for a walk – if you ever want to hear something pathetic, you should hear them when one gets left behind, so I can walk the other). Because of this, I didn’t manage to finish any books during this time period – although I’m getting close on a couple of them (both my current audio and one of the non-fiction books that I had in process before we started).

Books In Progress:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
The Spring at Moss Hill – Carla Neggers
Wrong Place, Right Time – Elle Casey

Audiobook in Progress:
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – listened to another 2hours 4min (finishing up the first book in the duo and started the second one – does that count as finishing up a book?)

Kade says have fun reading for the next four hours and talk to you then 🙂

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Read-A-Thon



Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – Hours 1-4

Wow, those first 4 hours just flew by – I can’t believe that I am already 1/6 of the way done with this Readathon! i’ll admit that I had all these grandiose plans for this morning – to include getting up and going for an 8 mile run before the Readathon started….but when the alarm went off at 5am, that just wasn’t in the books. So I ended up waking up only about 20min before we started – so I have listened to more of an audiobook that I have read so far this am. Mostly because I was putzing around in the kitchen, making breakfast and then making a snack around 10:30.

My initial goal of this readathon was to finish up several of the books that I had in progress prior to starting. So in this first period – I finished 2 of those up (and only have like 4 to go…). I also started (and finished) another short challenge book for SRC.

Books Finished:
This Love of Mine – Miranda Liasson – started at 75% (68pgs total)
Ada’s hm – James Essinger – started at pg148 (95pgs)
Playing with Pleasure – Erika Wilde – 278pgs

Audiobook Listening:
Colonist’s Wife and Heart’s a Mess – Kylie Scott – 1hr 55min listening during the first 4 hours

See you guys in 4 hours for my next update! Have fun reading!

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Read-A-Thon



Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon – The Beginning!

Whoo-hoo! I can’t tell you how excited I am that its time for Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon again! This is my third time participating as a reader and the fourth or fifth as an observer/cheer support team. Last October when I participated, I read for about 22 of the 24hours (took a short nap in the afternoon and about a 15min doze around 6:45). Based on the October Read-a-thon, my goal is to read 2600 pages (I read just over 2500 last time) and listened to about 4hours worth of audiobooks. I know for sure that there will be significantly more audiobook listening this time round because of my goal to walk at least 20min every 2 hours and I have a 3hr bike trainer ride that I need to knock out (I figure doing that around 5am when I want to sleep will be a great way to keep me awake) and finish out the Readathon in a hot and sweaty style 🙂

I’ve been making my pre-readathon trips to the library for the last week or so. I have 2 methods of finding books to read – ones that are from series I am currently reading and need to request/reserve (even from inter-library loan) and those that just look interesting while i’m browsing the shelves. I also have my kindle loaded and borrowed the max number of audiobooks I could from Hoopla to listen to through the course of the day.

Here is a sample of some of my readathon library books:

What about you guys – are you participating in Readathon? If yes, what does your bookpile look like?

I’ll be back in 4hours to give you my first update – have fun reading!

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Read-A-Thon