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What I’ve Been Reading During The Lockdown | Part Two

A book in the sun

We are living in such a crazy world at the moment. I know that for most of us we’ve never had to live through a pandemic before and everything’s up in the air, I’ve personally been furloughed from work so I’ve found myself with a lot of free time and little to do! (I’m based in the UK and we’ve all been put under lockdown).

One perk of this is that I’ve had a lot of free time for reading and no excuses to not pick up that book I’ve been putting off for months haha. So without further ado, here are the books I’ve been reading during the lockdown.

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco 

Ah the final instalment of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, one of my favourite ever book series. This is a four book series featuring Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young woman living in Victorian England with an interest in forensic science and an affinity for solving crimes alongside her uncle and partner in crime Thomas Cresswell.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

I think this is a must read for fans of YA, historical fiction (though it isn’t always accurate) and crime fiction.

Havenfall by Sara Holland 

There was a lot of hype about this book on bookstagram so naturally that intrigued me. I was just about to purchase a copy online when my Illumicrate book subscription came in the mail and lo and behold it was a beautiful copy of Havenfall complete with blue sprayed edges! It’s quite a quick read so I managed to read it in two days. This book managed to go from a three star read to a five star read in the last 100 pages or some, whilst some of the twists are a little predictable, I found it to be a really enjoyable read and I’m deffo looking forward to the next one.

Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic.

When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall – and discover who she really is.

If you enjoy mysteries, fantasy and a slight romance element you’ll love this! 

Havenfall by Sara Holland

Stay safe guys 🙂

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