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Halloween Review – Stalking Jack the Ripper (Spoiler-Free)

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Hey lovely people! How’s it going? πŸ™‚

So I’m back with another Halloween Review for you guys, this time of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I’d been super curious about this book for a while now and decided this was the perfect time to try it!

I hope you like it ^_^

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Audrey Rose, wealthy and privileged, leads a secret life in her uncle’s laboratory: she studies forensic medicine against her father’s wishes. One day, a wave of crimes against women thrusts her into a dangerous mission to find the culprit…

Audrey Rose was spunky and sassy but she also knew how to choose her battles. She was intelligent and talented, but not unrealistically so.Β  It was also nice to see a female protagonist who could be both feminine and badass, and who acknowledged that as a good thing. Usually, it’s either one or the other and God forbid if they get mixed!

However, I didn’t always like her first-person POV – she could be a bit too self-aware yet way too clueless sometimes. I felt like I was always a step ahead of her, and her musings could get a bit too vapid.

Nevertheless, I liked how the entire book was so pro-feminism. It was refreshing to witness this young Victorian woman striving to have her voice heard above the men’s, even when they tried to stifle it at all costs. Though sometimes it felt like she was trying way too hard: her speeches became vastly repetitive and it was a bit annoying how she went on a feminist rampage every second available for the smallest of things. It simply ended up exhausting both the message and its meaning.

Strangely, this fierceness seemed to dwindle a little when it came to her love interest. I didn’t really care for him or their relationship. It felt neither necessary nor interesting. It was very insta-lovey and served no actual purpose other than to appeal to romance fans. Yes, it was cute every once in a while (because who doesn’t love incessant banter?) but then it became way too distracting and ended up stealing the attention away from the actual plot.

Another thing that kept me from loving this book was the fact that I actually realized who Jack the Ripper was in the first few chapters. This would have been fine had I been a mystery fan and exceedingly experienced in the subtle art of twists and turns, but I’m really not so having figured it out so early on was both discouraging and underwhelming.

On a more positive note, I was impressed with Maniscalco’s knowledge of this period in history, including medicine practices, locations, etc., Jack the Ripper and his victims, and how she used that information to her advantage. One can tell she did her research and it certainly made the whole thing very realistic.

This is not a horror book but it does carry some horror vibes to it. Some of the autopsy scenes and murder descriptions, for instance, actually made me pretty squeamish yet I was glad the author had taken the time to include them and not spare us any details. The whole atmosphere was quite ominous and made for an interesting take on a more modern Gothic novel.

I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator, Nicola Barber, did a pretty good job with it. She had the right tone for a seventeen-year-old girl and was able to showcase both her innocence and her intensity, whenever the scene demanded it. She wasn’t as great when it came to male voices, though, and that spoiled my experience a bit.

Overall, this was an intriguing, suspenseful and creative retelling of a famous English murderer and the girl who would become obsessed with stopping him. It could have been a lot better, in my opinion, but it was thoroughly entertaining and managed to suck me in after only a few pages.Β I have to admit I was left a bit disappointed after all the hype surrounding it… But I think 3.5 candy corns are a fair rating.

2 candy corns 3-5

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~ Check out my previous Halloween ReviewΒ ~

Thank you so much for reading and until next time!

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I hope you enjoyed this second Halloween segment! Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper? Please let me know your thoughts below q^β€Ώ^ q

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89 thoughts on “Halloween Review – Stalking Jack the Ripper (Spoiler-Free)

    1. Oh I hope you do very soon, Aubrey! (And hey, you and the protagonist almost have the same name, too!)
      Thank you very much! It means a lot to me that you think so πŸ™‚ I always enjoy reading reviews but not getting spoiled so I try to keep mine as accessible as possible.
      Thank you for reading my posts!!! You absolutely rock ❀ ❀

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    1. Oh thanks so much, Rendz! I couldn’t resist reading it this Halloween season hahaha And it was definitely an intriguing read, despite everything. I wish I hadn’t guessed it right, though, as it would have made for a much different experience.
      Overall, it was a pretty cool read – just not as I was expecting it.
      I really hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it! πŸ™‚

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  1. Oh great review for this book Sophie, it seems like overall it was a good read for you despite the issues you had with it. It’s a shame you figured out who Jack the Ripper was so quickly, I can’t say I’m a huge mystery fan but I do enjoy trying to guess what twists and turns there’ll be in books like these so I wonder if I’ll discover it as quickly as you did.
    This is still on my to-read list (it has been ever since before it was released even) and I really need to get around to it soon. I’ve heard good things about Stalking Jack the Ripper overall, and I love books set in the past and time travel books so I think this is one I need to read you know?
    Again great review! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh yeah, absolutely πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed reading this, despite everything. It kept me on my toes throughout the story and only started to falter a bit towards the end. Of course, having figured out who Jack was was also not too convenient for my experience but because I could never be truly sure, there was always a spark of hope that I was wrong hahaha
      Me too! And I surely hope you don’t, as it will make your reading all the more enjoyable πŸ™‚
      And definitely! I think it was pretty accurate, historically speaking, and made you feel like you were actually in 1888’s London. As I mentioned, you could tell the author had done her research. So I think it feels exactly like something you might enjoy reading πŸ˜€
      Thank you very much, Beth ❀ And I'll look forward to seeing a post of yours about SJtR soon πŸ˜‰

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      1. Oh that’s good to hear, and yeah from the sounds of your review and the fact that you rated it quite highly I guessed this was a good book overall for you. πŸ™‚ I hope not too, but even if I do I’ll hopefully still enjoy the story overall.
        Yeah that’s obviously important in historical books, if they’re not accurate what’s the point of reading them because you’re just going to be pulled out of the story.
        That’s all right, and thanks Sophie! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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  2. The layout for this review is so cool. I said that before, but some things are worth repeating. I love the setting for this novel. Jack the Ripper has always been a fascinating character that keeps people’s imagination alive. It sounds this novel did a pretty good job in the retelling, but it is a shame that you managed to figure out who he was so early. That does tone down a little bit of the suspense. Still, overall you seemed to enjoy the book, which is great. Loved your review for this one: thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

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    1. Hahaha thank you so much! Oh you know I never get tired of compliments πŸ˜›
      The theme/setting was definitely one of the things that most attracted me in this. I do think it’s an interesting take on the famous mystery murderer but I would have liked it to have been… more. The darkness was there, the suspense too, but there was something missing.
      The climax was not as satisfactory as I’d hoped, either, and I think it was actually one of the weakest elements of the story. A true shame, indeed, because it held so much potential!
      But yeah, it was quite an entertaining read, I must say. Just not perfect. I’m currently reading the sequel and hoping it won’t disappoint me as much, at the very least!
      Thank you very much for reading, Michel! You’re awesome πŸ˜€

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  3. I love the setting for this novel! I’ve held this book at the bookstore the past couple times I went, but always ended up putting it back. But based on your review, it sounds like the perfect Halloween read, so I might have to have in and buy it on my next trip!

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    1. Me too! And it worked really well, because you could tell the author had done her research and added all these interesting details that made the whole thing super realistic.
      I think it’s worth a read (especially on Halloween, yes!) but I was expecting a bit more from it. Who knows, maybe the sequel is better πŸ™‚
      Hope you enjoy it if you finally pick it up, Ryann!

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  4. Great review! I really enjoyed this book as well and it is definitely a perfect read for the fall time! Though, I was let down too by how easy it was to guess the murderer; however, the second book is even better! I highly recommend you read it! All of the wonderful things in SJTR (aka the sass and banter) is even more present in the next book and the mystery is a lot darker and is a little more difficult to figure out! I seriously LOVED Hunting Prince Dracula (the next book), so I hope you continue on!
    -Lo

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    1. Thank you so much, Lo! ❀️
      Oh you figured it out too? That’s a shame. I thought it was easy to guess too because I’m not that great at mysteries and here I was, convinced of this one person πŸ˜‚
      I’m currently reading the sequel, actually πŸ™‚ So far it’s intriguing me and I haven’t the slightest clue who the murderer might be so that’s good! I’d hate to have a repeated experience…
      I haven’t made up my mind about whether I like it more than book one though… And I’m halfway in hahaha
      We’ll have to see πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you loved it even more, though! Let’s hope I finish it with similar feelings.

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  5. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! I didn’t know it was a mystery/horror book, I thought it was fantasy for some reason. It sounds pretty interesting! That sucks you guessed the mystery quickly, I hate it when I’m able to do that quickly.

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    1. Yeah, met too! Everyone seemed to rave about it a couple months back. I guess that’s why I had such high expectations for it…
      It’s definitely not fantasy, but does have paranormal elements to it. If you enjoy classic Gothic novels like Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, etc., it’s kind of like those. Have you read any of these?
      I found it quite good despite everything… But yeah, it sucks to figure out the mystery too soon!
      I hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it, Charlotte πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s cool that it has paranormal elements to it. No I haven’t read any of those, I think I couldn’t get through Frankenstein when I was younger, and it still seems like it would be too challenging for me today. I think I’ll give stalking Jack the Ripper a go one day, it sounds unique and I like that πŸ™‚

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        1. Hmm I can see how Frankenstein might be too much for some people, me included (I’m a big wuss hahaha) It’s definitely a terrifying story! I haven’t read it yet but I know what it entails and am curious to see whether I could stomach it or not.
          SJtR, however, is a lot milder and I think if I was able to read it, then pretty much anyone can πŸ˜› It’s quite unique, indeed, and an interesting retelling – if you like those!
          So yeah, definitely recommend you try it, Charlotte πŸ™‚ And I hope you have fun if you do!

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  6. I’ve had this on my TBR list for so long, so I was glad to see you had positive things to say about it as well as including your criticisms. It sucks you worked out who Jack the Ripper was so quickly. Great review

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    1. Yeah, figuring the mystery out was super disappointing… It’s true that I kept going back and forth on my suspicion but, in the end, I guess I always stuck to the true murderer and was not too surprised when they were revealed in the end.
      I’m hoping I’m the exception to the rule, though, and that you get to stay clueless until the very end so that the revelation blows you away! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀ I'm glad you enjoyed both sides of the review ^^

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  7. Great review! I read this book a few months ago so I’ve been thinking I should pick up the sequel in the next month. I totally agree with you on everything you said, too. It wasn’t my favorite ever (for various reasons) but it was extremely unique and the vibe/feel of it was spooky and awesome. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! ❀️
      I’m glad we have a similar opinion. I was wondering whether I’d been too harsh accessing this book considering how everyone seems to love it. But I really don’t see it as perfection in any way. It has a lot of issues, and that’s ok. It was still a very enjoyable read!
      Definitely agree on the unique feel/vibe and I liked how it matched the Halloween season so well hahaha
      I’m actually currently reading book two! I can’t really say whether I like it more than the first one but it’s been quite good and I’m clueless about the mystery so far. So that’s great hahaha
      I hope you pick it up! I’d love to know your thoughts on it πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, I can definitely relate! I enjoyed it and hope to check out the sequel but it wasn’t perfect by any definition.
        Haha of course!
        Ooo, good to know! I hope so too; I’m excited because my library got a copy of this one (I had to buy the first) so hopefully I can get to it soon!

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  8. I have the exact same thoughts as you!!! Are you a psychic that’s reading my mind? Possibly.
    I didn’t care about the romance at all (but hey when do I ever). Wayyy too insta lovey for me. It didn’t help that I didn’t like the love interest one bit.
    Figuring out the mystery was so easyyyy. I spent most of the book waiting for Audry Rose to GET IT ALREADY COME ONNN.
    Also those are the cutest graphics omg ❀.

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    1. Hahahaha maaaaaybe πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Ugh, don’t get me started on that… I mean, he was sweet at times but overall he just annoyed me. And I don’t usually mind when two characters “despise” each other before falling in love, and Audrey Rose seemed to dislike him quite a bit at times, yet there has to be a longer period of hate. This was way too instant and way too easy. Why did he like her?? Why did she like him?? We’ll never know. They just did.
      Suddenly he’s professing his love for her and I’m like “excuse me? Are you on opium?” because really, what was that about? And she’s all swoony and daydreaming about his face and getting flushed. Ugh. Stop.
      I felt it was a good effort on the author’s part but you could kind of see where she tried to push the reader into thinking it was one person and then another, and leave that one odd out? That was an obvious choice, in my opinion. I strayed from my convictions, is true, but usually went back to my number one suspect. Which was quite disappointing.
      I guess if I were in Audrey’s shoes I would have never guessed it either… I mean, it would go against everything she believed. It was like someone telling me my mother had done a terrible crime. I would never even consider the possibility. So I do think that was realistic.
      Thank you so much! ❀️ I’ve been spending way too much time on my blog’s aesthetics hahaha πŸ˜…

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      1. YESSS I could DEFINITELY feel the author PUSHING us to believe it was someone so harddd. Like there are 200 more pages to go it ain’t gonna be that guy πŸ˜‚.
        I usually adore enemies to friends to lovers so much. It maybe would’ve been more interesting if we went from hating each other to maybe friends in this book AND then lovers in the next. So much more interesting and it would’ve given more focus to the plot and MURDER. Oh well.
        Your work really pays off the graphics are to die for (get it?? Because Halloween. I’m hilarious)

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        1. I KNOOOOW πŸ˜‚ I mean, it’s a debut and all but damn it, author, do get some pointers on mystery storytelling, would you?
          It’s definitely one of my favorite tropes, and I agree!!! Book two would be perfect for a budding romantic relationship. I felt the romance totally compromised the overall plot in this one, and didn’t make any sense either. Too rushed! Felt like she was ticking off a box on her list…
          Anyway, are you planning on reading the sequel? I’m currently halfway in and so far, it’s okay. I haven’t figured out the mystery yet so that’s a plus πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          Thanks so much! ❀
          Oh STOP IT, you know I love the cheesiness hahahaha

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          1. Of course I’m planning on reading the sequel!! It takes place in my country so that’s #exciting. I shall read and comment on every single minuscule detail muahaha (jk I am actually curious to see how it works out). Oh yes not figuring out the mystery in a mystery novel seems good πŸ˜‚. I’ll read and see.

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            1. Oh, really? How awesome! I’m curious to see whether the Romanian in it is accurate or not, for instance. Usually foreign languages are poorly researched… But yeah, I hope it is! That would be really cool πŸ™‚ Also, the history and landscapes and such.
              From what I’ve read so far, it sounds like a beautiful and dark setting, perfect for this type of story!
              I’ll look forward o hearing your thoughts on it, then πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you so much, Susy! ❀
      Audrey Rose is definitely an interesting young woman, and despite her flaws, she made for quite an engaging main character πŸ™‚
      I really hope you manage to read this one soon! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it ^^

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  9. Fantastic review! I haven’t read the book myself but I’ve seen a good number of reviews for it and always wondered whether I should read it… πŸ™‚ It’s an interesting point that even though the character is great, the first person POV can have such an impact on it…

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! πŸ™‚
      I think it’s an interesting retelling, especially if you’re into Jack the Ripper, or just want a nice Halloween read hahaha The atmosphere is there and I felt completely immersed into the Victorian world, too. There were many great details and the mystery was well-constructed for the most part, except the author made the killer’s identity very obvious to me, personally.
      I’m usually very picky with POVs…. They can certainly make it or break it for me. Neither was the case with this one, as I did enjoy it at times. Just not every time. I think I prefer third person overall, as it allows me to distance myself from the character, think more objectively as I read, and also have access to more information.
      What about you?

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      1. mm, you make a good point the third person pov… you know.. I haven’t really thought about what I enjoy… most of the times I enjoy the scenes or characters or everything about the book so much I don’t even notice if it’s first or third POV πŸ˜€ strange, it has never really made me stop and think before… I will now though with future reads πŸ˜€

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        1. Yeah, I mean, if the book is really well-written, then it won’t matter which POV is used. Otherwise, it’s really easy for me to get turned off by it… I don’t know, just something I’m picky about hahaha
          Well, I hope that’s a good thing! Would hate for you get too aware and it spoiling your reading…

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  10. I totally agree with your review! I enjoyed this book but I also had the same issues that you had. I recently finished the second book Hunting Prince Dracula and it was much better than this one except for the pacing which seemed a bit slow but overall, it was a good read. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, that’s interesting to hear! I didn’t see that many reviews mentioning these issues so I was wondering whether we’d read the same book hahaha
      I’m actually currently halfway through that one and I agree with the pacing. I feel it’s taking forever to get to the point? But it’s also not an unpleasant experience. Different from the previous book but actually nice to take in the Romanian landscapes and vampiric atmosphere πŸ™‚ Plus, I haven’t figured out who the killer is yet, which is great hahaha
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  11. Great review! I haven’t read this book, but I found it really interesting what you said about the character overdoing it with the feminist speeches – I’ve noticed in books set in historical periods that it feels more authentic and inspiring when the character is just shown working against (or in spite of) injustice and sexism, rather than constantly verbalising how unfair their treatment it is… I guess because to me rants like that feel like unnecessary flashing signposts that say “look at this terrible inequality!” which, as you said, just exhausts the message. But at least she was both feminine and badass – I agree that is not often a combo that is ‘allowed’ it books πŸ™‚ That’s also a real shame about being able to figure out who the murderer was… but at least it sounds like it was still an entertaining Halloween read on the whole.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicola! πŸ™‚
      Yes, I absolutely agree. I always get ecstatic whenever I encounter those types! Unfortunately, this “tell-rather-than-show” attitude seems to be popular among YA readers, regardless of genre, which sounds to me like the author is either inexperienced or thinks readers would not be able to understand the message as well if it were implied rather than explained to them. Either way, it needs to change.
      I loved the combo! But again, the main character constantly pointed that out herself? (example: she kept mentioning loving dresses and going to buy some, and then say she could like dresses AND do autopsies just fine, thank you very much). I mean, yeah, that’s cool and all, but do we need to be told? Couldn’t we just infer the meaning from your actions? I mean, I get this is a first-person POV and thus we get access to the character’s thoughts in a more obvious manner but still. It just feels too much like bragging. Which somewhat defeated the purpose hahaha
      This was certainly entertaining, though! I read it very quickly and wanted to get back to it every time I put it down. Which was commendable seeing as the mystery was already out of the equation but I was still interested in reading further.

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      1. Yes I think you’re right that it might happen because authors (or their editors/publishers) feel YA readers won’t get the message unless it’s spelled out, but if so that’s a shame, because I think YA readers are just as appreciative of ‘showing rather than telling’ as adult readers (I remember a book I read as a teen had a very un-subtle, preachy political message in it at one point, and even though I agreed with the message, it detracted from my enjoyment because I felt I was being patronised and it broke my suspension of disbelief). So I agree, it needs to change!
        And yeah unfortunately a character pointing out how badass they are can kind of detracts from their badass-ness πŸ™‚ It feels like she is an example of a combo that readers have been wanting to see more of in fiction (I’ve seen discussions online on the topic), which is great, but because of that she has been a bit too obviously signposted, especially in that example you mentioned. Oh well, I’m glad it was still entertaining, definitely impressive it kept you reading even though you solved the mystery!

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        1. Yeah, I feel kids and teenagers are so underestimated… It makes me sad! Adults can be extremely haughty and arrogant sometimes, and authors do come across as such in their writing, even if they don’t notice it.
          I absolutely agree – she’s a great prototype, just not yet fully developed. Would need a few tweaks here and there and she’d be perfect! I’m hoping book two allows that development.
          Well, I don’t DNF easily and I thought that even though it was a very high probability that I was right, there was still that hope that I’d be wrong hahaha And I thought I might be surprised in the end. That didn’t happen but it was still a cool reading experience πŸ™‚ Like they say, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey” πŸ˜›

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          1. Yes true, hopefully she will be improved and further developed in the second book! And I know exactly that feeling of thinking you guessed right but wanting to see if you’ll be surprised in the end. I had that with another book, hoping it had all been one giant red herring and I would be wrong… and I wasn’t. In that particular case I don’t think the journey was quite good enough to warrant getting to the destination but oh well πŸ˜›

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  12. Ohh great review, Sophie! I’m sorry to hear that the first-person narrative was a bit annoying, at times, that it was a bit insta-lovey (I’m not such a fan of that trope…and it does seem like it didn’t add too much to the plot? I wonder why authors always want to add romance when it’s not always necessary?). I’m also a bit sad you guessed who jack the ripper was only after a few chapters. But I’m super glad about the pro-feminism thing here! It still sounds like a fun read and I’m surprised that you still rated it in quite a good way. It sounds entertaining either way so… I might have to pick it up someday πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the lovely review! xx

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    1. Thank you, Marie! ❀
      I used to read a lot of first person POVs when I was younger, so maybe I just grew tired of them? It also feels like a sensory overload to me, if that makes sense ^^' Some are well-written and I enjoy them immensely, but usually not so much. This one wasn't too terrible but it did miss the mark a bit.
      I don't know either… It does feel like a sort of requirement to write YA fiction, which is very annoying! I wish some authors would leave out romance altogether. It's not always necessary, and it's best to ignore it if you can't do it properly in the first place…
      I was so sad too! 😦 I love a good mystery and unfortunately that spoiled some of the fun for me…
      But it was a nice read, despite everything, so I think you might be able to enjoy it too πŸ™‚ There were some elements I really liked!
      I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for reading! ❀

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      1. Oh I get it completely! I read tons of books with first person POV too, and sometimes, especially when you just don’t “feel” the characters so much, it’s not really that good to read.
        I agree – I feel like romance is a “must” in YA books, where…sometimes, well, it just doesn’t even make sense to fit a romance into the book. I wish authors, publishers or whoever decides to put a romance in a story that doesn’t require one thinks about it before. Books can be awesome with great and other relationships, too πŸ™‚

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        1. Couldn’t agree more! And it’s sad that we have to call these non-romantic books “refreshing” since they’re so rare… It really doesn’t hurt to (at the very least) not make the romance the center of the action. Have some other great relationships in there, and an awesome plot to boot. It will certainly be much more enjoyable πŸ™‚
          But yeah, seems like a publisher/author misconception that teenager girls, especially, can’t appreciate a book without it being dominated by love… Oh well.

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          1. Ugh, yes, it’s quite sad. There are so many other great things that could be emphasized in books. FAMILY. FRIENDSHIPS!! But well, it’s romance, more often than not, taking center-stage. Guess there’s nothing we can do about this ahah.

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  13. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I can see your points. I feel as though most of them got better in the second one (which I enjoyed more)
    In some ways, while I also felt the feminist feel was overused, I also think of the time period; this was around the time where women started to creative the suffragette movement (I believe) and when feminism was starting to become a thing…so it makes sense it was on her mind so much, although I do think it could’ve been…toned down(?) a tad.
    I also enjoyed the romance more in the second book. I would’ve preferred it more slow burn in the first, but the second one handles it better. The mystery in the second one is also better, I had my suspicions on the killer, but it wasn’t as strong as it was here.

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    1. Hmm, that’s interesting… I didn’t think about it like that but now that you mention it, it does make sense! I still think it was a bit overdone but yeah, I guess I can give her a break.
      Absolutely agree! Slow burn is so much better than whatever that was (instalove? Maybe? I’m unsure) and it would have been great to see the relationship develop in each book. It just feels like there’s nothing to look forward to, now :/
      Regardless, I’m glad the sequel seems to be a lot more promising than book one. Usually, it’s the other way around so that’s great! I hope I remain clueless until the very end… Though I’m starting to suspect one person in particular. We’ll see!

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      1. I’m not saying it wasn’t overdone. I’m just saying that it kinda went along with the time period.
        I liked the romance much more in the second book. Since it’s the 1800s, their more fast-paced romance actually leads to some interesting stuff, as that wasn’t really the thing to do back then. I still would’ve liked it more if it was more subtext in the first one and then canon in the second, but I can kinda understand the pressure to put in romance in a debut YA novel especially.
        I finished the sequel and definitely liked it more. It was kinda slow at times, but overall the mystery and story were much better.

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  14. Yay! You started on this series! I have been wanting to read it. I have seen many 5 stars! Sorry it was not spectacular for you. Hopefully book 2 will be better. I have started looking up facts in fictions and I’m surprised how it has been there and I overlooked them because I thought it’s part of the fiction haha.. History in fictions definitely more interesting than reading a history book. How do you figure the accuracy of the history used in this book? Did you look it up to verify or you already knew?

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    1. Yup, finally did! πŸ˜€ It’s all right, I think it was still a pretty good read and it entertained me so… Not much to complain about!
      I’m halfway through book two at the moment and it does feel different. I’m not sure if better than the first, though, but I’m hoping so.
      Hahaha definitely much more interesting! Some of it I knew beforehand, and the author also included some of her research at the end of the book so it was easy to verify. I love when authors do that πŸ™‚

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  15. Great review! I’ve been intrigued by this for a while. It’s good that she’s a cool mc, even if her POV wasn’t always great to read. To be honest, I’d probably find the feminist rampage every two seconds irritating too- I mean, as real as the issues were at the time, I’m sure it’d get on my wick, so I get where you’re coming from. Oh dear, the love interest sound meh- and hell no to instalove!! Oh I get what you mean- I kinda get disappointed when I figure things out straight away. But it’s good it was realistic and had an ominous atmosphere. And I’m glad it was exciting πŸ˜€

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    1. What the heck, I’m ALMOST sure I’d replied to this. Why is WordPress not keeping my replies?? T_T
      Thank you so much ❀ Yeah, her feminist rampages weren't my favorite but at least she was sticking up for herself? And defying society's standards? Gotta look on the bright side xD
      He is pretty meh, I have to say. I hope he gets better in book two…
      Yeah, those were pretty cool and made up for all the bad stuff in this book! Again, I'm hoping I don't figure out who the killer is in book two, or at least not as quickly as I did with this one hahaha

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  16. Sophie, I just love your reviews! β™₯️ I’ve been wondering about this book and have only seen rave reviews, so I was pleased? to read a more realistic view of the book… Sad when an author is such a staunch feminist but then instalove?! I’d expect that girl to make her man work to capture her heart since her independence is so important. Also it would have quite popped my bubble to figure out the villain straight off…

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Dani! ❀ The feeling is, of course, mutual!! πŸ™‚
      I hope I could explain the several issues I had without deterring anyone from trying this book. It's still a very good story, just not an amazing one.
      I know, right?? It was very disappointing. But then I tried to picture myself as a sheltered seventeen-year-old girl, and specifically in Victorian England… And I thought "well, maybe it is an accurate portrayal". Which prompted me to not to judge it so harshly. But still, I wish it hasn't been that way!
      Yeah that did spoil some of the fun for me but there was still quite a lot to discover and other few interesting facts so it was still okay πŸ™‚ I was along for the ride, after all, not just the killer's identity!

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  17. Wonderful review, Sophie! It’s nice to hear about the badass + feminine combo. Definitely rarely well-executed. I do love the setting and the fact that it reimagines the whole Ripper story too! I’ve seen this book around but haven’t seen many reviews for it. It does sound interesting though. Also nice to see you dive into a lot of audiobooks nowadays! The whole narrating part of this experience does seem like an important thing. I wonder how they even pick the peepz who narrate and all.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lashaan! Oh yeah, that combo is so peeeerfect when done well ❀
      I think that is one of the best things about it, really! And retellings are just one of my favorite subgenres ever πŸ™‚ So much potential! It's just a matter of using your imagination ^^ Recycling is really not that bad, if one knows what they're doing.
      I kinda need audiobooks in my life nowadays LOL Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to read as many books… So that's how this girl's been managing. The secret's out πŸ˜‚
      Not that I don't enjoy listening to them. At first, it's a bit weird but you get used to it. Now I can't imagine my life without them! It's like when you get used to listening to music while walking down the street or just around the house, and feel weird without it hahaha
      Narrators are so important, but yeah I have no idea how they are chosen. Most, I'm assuming, are already voice actors. Or they specialize in the field. There are some who are very reputable but I don't think I've encountered them yet. They will obviously narrate the "big" titles only, not YA fiction πŸ˜› (just kidding, YA rocks!!!)
      Have you tried audiobooks? I don't think I remembered seeing any reviews on them on your blog so I'm curious!

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      1. No problem, Sophie! πŸ˜€ I definitely understand your recourse of audiobooks in order to go through more books throughout the year. You definitely sound super busy all the time too! I’d ask what you study/do for a living, but I feel like it might be too personal hahahah
        I’ve tried an excerpt of a book as an audiobook (I think it was a sample or something) and I couldn’t convince myself to listen to a WHOLE book. It does however seen SUPER ideal for non-fiction though. I could definitely plug myself for an audiobook of a non-fiction like that. That could raise my number of books read per year pretty easily! πŸ˜€
        I feel like I’m missing out on a lot through audiobooks though, especially when it comes to the written word, the structure or sentences and text, the way the story is simply organized. It’s probably also something about being able to read it at your own rhythm instead of having someone dictate it. It felt more like someone was reading the subtitles to a movie for me. Ehhh.. πŸ˜› I’m sure as I get much older I’ll convert to them though. Same thing goes for ebooks… I just love my old school paper too much (as well as my bookshelves) to invest in a kindle and in building a virtual library hahahah

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        1. Hahaha oh it’s no problem at all πŸ™‚ I work at a department store, however, the reason I’ve been so busy is not about my job per se, but because we’ve been understaffed for months… So yeah. Audiobooks have been a lifesaver!
          Non-fiction audiobooks are the best, indeed. I will probably go through one quickly while doing chores, no sweat. Definitely require less attention to detail, so ideal for any time of day or any place. I find fiction books tend to take me somewhere far away so I prefer to listen to those at home, or while walking. Any serious distraction will spoil the experience for me ^^’ (Plus, having to explain to people why I’m smiling, frowning or laughing out of the blue is a bit awkward xD)
          What I most love about audiobooks is the emotion and emphasis some narrators put into certain passages, that I would never think to do myself. They just make the whole story and characters come to life! Bad narrators, however, can do the exact opposite so beware. I also love beautiful voices.
          I don’t mind the rhythm much as I can change the reading speed on the app. I find 1.4x/1.5x is the ideal pace for me, but it depends on the narrator. I love storytelling so I’m a huge fan of being read to, so long as they make it interesting hahaha
          Paper books are great but as I got older, I started to develop this minimalistic taste that clashes a bit with my need to have a big book collection. I love my books, love holding them and flipping through them and looking adoringly at them on the shelves hahaha But I feel they can be a bit of a burden sometimes, and not practical at all. Because I’ve moved quite a lot too, it feels even more of an hassle when it’s time to pack my bags. I like to have tons of options for when I travel or go out, so an e-reader is essential. I got tired of carrying four books around with me xD
          Also, so sorry for replying so late but I couldn’t, for the life of me, find your comment in my notifications and only realized it was here because I come check on my latest reviews from time to time (because WordPress is an idiot).

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  18. Yay! Glad you managed to get around to reading this book! I really enjoyed it the first time around, although I agree with many of the issues that you pointed out. Audrey Rose was a refreshing protagonist. She was well-balanced in her femininity and badassery, but sometimes her proto-feminist views became a bit exhausting in their frequency. I was glad for her determination and rejection of more than a few Victorian restrictions within polite society, but at times it felt like both the character and the author were overreaching in their message haha. I really liked Thomas because he reminded me of Mr. Darcy but his sudden attraction for her did appear more quickly than expected. I was hoping for a slow-burn romance. And YES, I figured out who the killer was really early on. The author dropped one too many hints I think LOL. But I enjoyed the gothic, ominous feel to the text and I really appreciated the grisly details and well-researched look into forensic pathology. Because of those things you pointed out, I agree that you 3.5 star rating is very fair! Wonderful review, Sophie! ❀

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    1. Hahaha so glad we agree! I was so underwhelmed by it, just because everyone raved so much about this book and in the end it was nothing special? I enjoyed the characters, writing and sciencey stuff, sure, but it needed some major tweaking before becoming a favorite.
      I think it was the opposite, actually! She tried to distance the reader from the real killer so much that it just started to become way too suspicious xD Oh well. Let’s hope I don’t figure it out the next time around…
      Thank you, darling! ❀ ❀

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      1. I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite of mine, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. But oh yeah, it definitely could have been better in some places. The second book improves on some of those issues, but creates a few new ones LOL. Not perfect, but a little better IMO
        I found the distancing to be an obvious clue haha. Also, the attention to the gloves, if ya know what I mean. THAT was what made it completely obvious to me πŸ˜‚ The mystery is much cleverly-plotted in the second book. Still a little predictable, but not as much, I think. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one!
        ❀ ❀

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        1. Oh boy…. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          Yeah, now that you mention it the gloves was a big ass clue. Doesn’t it usually mean that someone’s hiding something? I think so.
          I’ll try and get a review out sometime soon… Right now I’m a bit focused on Christmas stories, though, so it might take me until the very end of the year (because hey, I need to finish that damned Goodreads challenge! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

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          1. LOL, yup. I mean, it’s the equivalent to someone twirling their mustache haha πŸ˜‚
            I’ll be sure to look up some of your reviews! I haven’t read many Christmas books. Just Gift of the Magi I think!

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