Mini Review Monday #3

I know it’s been a few weeks since I last done a mini review Monday and I do apologise, I’ve just been really busy at work. I’ve also started attending a GCSE Maths class on Tuesday’s evenings in preparation for my teacher training application, so my mind has been set on doing work for that. However, I do promise Mini Review Monday will be up every 2 weeks from now.

This week I am going to share with you my thoughts on two YA crime/thriller novels, both of which were amazing but very different from one another.

What crime novels have you enjoyed recently?

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

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This was actually the first ever audiobook I listened to and I’m really glad I took the plunge, despite being a bit of a skeptic with regards to audiobooks.

I’d heard all the hype surrounding S.T.A.G.S so, I’ll admit I did start it worrying if I’d like it or not, however I ended up loving it! It was so gripping, thrilling and horrific at certain times. My heart was racing and all the twists and turns made for exciting reading! Yes, some parts of the book were a bit tropey, especially regarding the mean rich kids at a boarding school and the slight romance that you knew was going to happen, but I didn’t let that deter me from what was essentially an incredible story. The book ended on such a cliffhanger that I am dying to read the sequel, D.O.G.S very soon.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

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Stalking Jack the Ripper was a book that a few of my friends kept recommending to me, so it was only natural for me to finally cave in and read it.

This was a new and unique take on the murders of Jack the Ripper, which I relished. The way the story was told from the perspective of Audrey Rose, an apprentice forensic scientist was just pure genius. I loved how feisty Audrey Rose was and how she knew and had belief that she could do anything a man could do, if not even better. Having a highly feminist character in a book like this was just admirable, especially if you put into the account the expected roles of women in 1800’s. Also, I want to mention Thomas Cresswell, the arrogant but charming young man and my new fictional bae. I loved his character from the start and the dynamic between Audrey and himself was great to read. The story itself, takes us on many twists and turns and even I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen in the end, and when I did get to the climax of the story I was incredibly shocked! I am so literally so excited to read the other books in this series, let me tell you that.

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