Saturday Morning Wrap Up: 2/22

Good morning bookworms, let’s get started, shall we?

What am I reading?

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

The third in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, this book takes place on board a ship headed from Liverpool to New York. Audrey Rose and Thomas are very much in love, their trysts pleasantly ignored by their chaperone. But as murders begin to take place during the traveling carnival that entertains the cruiseship guests, Audrey, Thomas, and Audrey’s uncle must investigate the gruesome murders. Additionally, Audrey’s family is in the middle of a reputation crisis that interestingly could be solved by this very cruise.

This Week’s Reads

  • One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence, 4 stars
  • Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle, 3 stars

What am I posting?

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Blending Science Fiction and the tragedy of cancer, One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence tells the story of teenage Nick Hayes. Nick is relatively ordinary except for his recent diagnosis. Despite chemo treatments destroying his body slowly, Nick continues to play Dungeons and Dragons weekly with his friends and with Mia, the newest group member and more importantly a girl. When a bald man with an uncanny resemblance to Nick shows up, predicts some dice rolls, and asks for Nick's help to save Mia… Well how can he refuse? I found Nick a wonferfully compelling character and I really enjoyed how mundane the story was around the SciFi elements. The story was easy to follow and the writing wonderfully well done! This book fulfils the prompt The Dark One for the #fortunetellerreadathon REVIEW I really did enjoy this book thoroughly. The writing style surprised me in its ability to convincingly portray a fifteen year old as well as keep up an absorbing story. There was also a surprising amount of empathy and compassion written into the little details, the side characters, and the way Nick views the world. Though it had no bearing on the plot, seeing Nick express compassionate views about others was a nice addition to his character development. I was also worried that much of the book would include pop culture references to reassert the time period, but luckily despite the odd reference here or there the author definitely knows that pop culture references don't automatically make a book a hit. Ultimately, I found this an entertaining read that shouldn't take up too much time, and would work as a decent short read if you're feeling burned out. For the full review, take the link in my bio to my blog, Bees and Books! . . . #books #bookstagram #ebooks #bookblog #bookreview #bookcover #reading #amreading #amreadingfantasy #scifi #D&D #OneWordKill #igreads KIndleUnlimited

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What’s Next?

I’ll be finished with Escaping From Houdini soon I believe (my track record with these books is in my favor). Tomorrow I have a Coffee with Catherine post coming out as it will be the last Sunday of February! I’m also hoping to improve my Bookstagram feed considering things are starting to get a little boring over there… Keep on reading what you’re reading bookworms and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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I'm a lover of books, coffee, wine, and bees. Happy to join the ranks of book bloggers everywhere!

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