February was a bit of a reading slump in that I only read two books, and both of those had been started in early to mid-January. So, I told myself I’d strive to make reading more important in March, and I definitely got off on the right foot by reading STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco.
I’ve had this book sitting on my TBR shelf for a year now, along with its sequel (which I’m currently reading) and am super happy I finally picked it up. It had elements of two other favorites of mine JACKABY by William Ritter and SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY by Susan Dennard.
This book had everything I look for in a YA; spunky protagonist, charming love interest, and interesting setting. I loved every second of this novel and ended up reading the bulk of it in two sittings over two days. It’s definitely safe to say this book has gotten me back onto reading, as I immediately started the sequel and want even more books like this one.
The protagonist, Audrey Rose, is sure of herself and what she wants from the very beginning of the story. She never wavers in her desires, but she still grows and learns in a journey I found immensely satisfying to read. She encounters problems and people that are equally as riveting.
Every character in this novel, no matter how much page time they get, felt genuine and furthered the story and Audrey Rose’s journey. I loved how her own worries and expectations seamlessly played into the mystery and the suspense, leaving me hooked.
I’m definitely glad I picked this one up and can’t wait to see what happens in HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA.