WWW Wednesday – 31 January 2018

Hello! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I was a tad worried that my reading would go really slow and I would have the same answers to these questions as last week. Lucky for us I have a whole new set.

What are you currently reading?PandaBlog

At the moment, I’m making my way through American Panda by Gloria Chao. I hope to finish it tonight and make it my final read of January! 

AnnaBlogWhat did you recently finish reading?

Before writing this post, I finished the last 5 minutes of Anna Kendrick’s book, Scrappy Little Nobody. I love listening to the author’s read their own works of nonfiction because it feels so much more personal and means more than if they had just hired a random narrator. BTB

What do you think you’ll read next?

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is next on my list! This novel is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion. I’ve never read the classic, but the plot of this book has a lot of promise. 

QOTD: What is your current read?

Thanks for checking out the latest installment of WWW Wednesday. Write to you all soon. 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

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WWW Wednesday – 24 Jan 2018

Hello! I hope everyone who comes by this blog is doing well. Starting today I’ve decided to try my hand each week at the WWW Wednesday meme. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

LESMISWhat are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books.

Throughout the month of January, I have been making my way through all 1400+ pages of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is more like 60 hours of audio as I’ve been listening to the audiobook, which I highly suggest. The x1.5 speed button is a gift from the reading gods on the Audible app.TGF

The second book I’m currently reading is The Gender Fall by Bella Forrest which is the 5th book in The Gender Game series. This series has been fantastic! I only have two more books after this one and I’m going to be sad to say goodbye.

What did you recently finish reading?ADSOM

My most recently finished book was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I loved this book and cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series. If you want to know more of  my thoughts on this book check out my review here:  A Darker Shade of Magic

What do you think you’ll read next?

Panda  OR  BTB

It’s up in the air. I currently have two ARCs that I’m deciding between and they are American Panda by Gloria Chao and By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I’m hoping to put up reviews for both in the next couple weeks for their upcoming release on the sixth of February.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and I’ll write to you all again soon! 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives




Book Review ~ A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of MagicADSOM
Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor – Tom Doherty Associates)
Published: 24 February 2015

Goodreads Summary

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Review

“It belongs in Black London,” he said. “I have to take it back.” – A Darker Shade of Magic

If you ask my friends and family what my favorite place in the world is the answer would most likely be London. This book lets me traverse through three very different versions of my favorite place. I loved every second of this crazy ride.

In A Darker Shade of Magic, Bell finds himself in trouble when an artifact of Black London falls into his hands. The artifacts presence proceeds to wreak havoc for Kell. The story follows Kell, as he races to save his city, Red London, while bearing the weight of his foolishness. Along the ride is Grey Londoner, Delilah Bard, whose thieving ways proceed to give her the perfect escape from the life she wants to leave behind.

I truly fell in love with this story. I would have thought it capable of being a stand-alone novel if I hadn’t already known it was a trilogy. The story held its own. I love to read books with elemental magic, and this book is steeping in it like a well brewed cup of tea. The magic in this story was perfectly executed for me. I appreciated its intricacies, but at the same time appreciated how simple it was to understand and follow.

Another plus for me were the settings and imagery. The settings brought you deeper into the story because you spend a decent amount of time running around each London with our protagonists. V.E. Schwab’s beautiful depictions bring you seamlessly through one London and into the next, whilst showing the beauty and terror of each city. The world building was truly incredible and I can’t wait to dive right back into this series with book two, A Gathering of Shadows, and book three, A Conjuring of Light.

I’m so glad I finally picked this book up off my shelf. My suggestion is that if you love magical and dangerous adventures that you give this book a read. I don’t think you will be disappointed! 

Thanks for reading this review and my blog! I’ll write to you all again soon!  


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives



January TBR – 2018

Hello to all you lovely people!

It’s two weeks into January and I’m just getting around to posting my TBR for this month. Here is a quick list of the books I’m hoping to complete this month! 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


After Sundown by Amanda Ashley


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


The Beast by J.R. Ward


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


QOTD: What books are you hoping to read this month? *let me know in the comments*

Happy Reading!


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

Book Review ~ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)26032825
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2 January 2018

Goodreads Summary

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review

“You have only seen the least of what I can do” – The Cruel Prince

      I would not be the first to mention that author, Holly Black is the queen of Faerie! Her stories about the faerie dive deep and are so intricately woven that you will never want to put them down. Her novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest was quite literally glued to my hands for the 6 or 7 hours it took me to read it. Her new novel, The Cruel Prince, the first book in The Folk of the Air trilogy, was no different. The Cruel Prince takes you on a rollercoaster of deception. Twist and turns fuel this story and you never know what is going to happen next.

      The main character, Jude, a total girl, wants to be accepted by the Faerie world. A world in which she has grown up, but has never truly belonged. Jude shows great strength and courage throughout the novel.  The decisions she makes have consequences. Whether right or wrong she will do what she needs to in order to accomplish the tasks before her. These moments of precise decision and occasional impulse seamlessly move the plot along its twisting path.

      The book also provides us with a stunning case of character, where even the smallest role is given a name and a purpose. The light air of romance that fills the pages is subtle it adds mystery to the story. Most of all, I loved the descriptions of the faerie realm. Holly Black adds color, glamour, and intrigue in her beautiful depictions of buildings, clothing, and people who you encounter throughout the novel, that you see them so vividly in you mind’s eye. I love that I can truly envision what I am reading.

      I highly suggest picking up this book on your next trip to the bookstore! It’s a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be a deliciously dark and beautiful trilogy!

Coming Soon:
The Wicked King – The Folk of the Air #2 (expected publication 2019)
The Queen of Nothing – The Folk in the Air #3 (expected publication 2020)


      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my review of The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black. Our first review of 2018 is in the books!


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives


P.S. I had the joy of attending Holly Black’s book signing when she stopped in Atlanta on Wednesday!  It was fantastic and it was such fun listening to her talk about faerie. If she has a tour stop near you, I highly suggest going. 




Book Review ~ Talk of Shame by Alex Everwood

Title: Talk of Shame: What a Rush
Author: Alex Everwood
Publisher: »be« by Bastei Entertainment; an imprint of Bastei Lübbe AG
Published: 14 November 2017

Available Now On Kindle: https://goo.gl/kh1VYF

Publisher Summary


Goodbye, high school. Hello, Alpha Chi!

Somerville University. Katie, Jill, and Beatrice kick off freshman year with high hopes, but life doesn’t go as planned. Old grudges bubble up. New friendships aren’t what theyseem. One thing is for sure: no one wants to get caught on the Talk of Shame feed, the university’s unofficial gossip site. One bad pic, and your reputation is shot. Unfortunately, that’s a lesson learned the hard way… #TalkOfShame

Katie, Jill, and, Beatrice may not always get along. But together they champion and struggle with the ins-and-outs of Greek Row, a life of hook-ups, heartbreak, backstabbing, and cheating. Both in and out of the classroom.

My Review

“Talk of Shame” was a fun and fantastic read. It was one of those books that you want to bring to the beach or on long car journeys. This book has all you need for an intriguing New Adult – Contemporary novel.

The story is told for the POV of three freshman girls, who are all rushing sororities. The author did a fantastic job of giving each of the three girls their own personality and voice. I could always tell who was narrating each part of the story.

While there is some romance, I appreciated that it wasn’t the main focus of the book, and that it let the friendships and drama unfold in a more realistic way. Really though, I wouldn’t mind some more romance if a sequel is in the works.

The only thing that I wish was a bit different is the unfolding of the climatic action. I would have liked the “Talk of Shame” plotline to have come to fruition a bit sooner. I think it would have increased the energy in the plot, so we could have had more of a dramatic finish. That being said, I loved the ending! It answered all leftover questions, and, by doing so, really hit home the key messages of the book.

P.S. Who wants a cute fire escape desk area? I know I do! 

***Thank you to NetGalley & be-ebooks at Bastei Entertainment for supplying this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you to for visiting and reading my blog. It means a lot! 


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives


Book Review ~ Hunting Price Dracula (SJTR #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown and Company
Published: 19 September 2017

“Bone White. Blood Red. Along This Path, You’ll Soon Be Dead” – Hunting Prince Dracula

Publisher Summary


    Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

     But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My Review

     Kerri Maniscalco has done it again! Much like her debut novel, “Stalking Jack The Ripper”, the sequel entitled “Hunting Prince Dracula” did not disappoint!

     The novel begins a week after the ending of “Stalking Jack The Ripper”The book gets right into the bloody, or not so bloody good stuff right at the beginning. The first death, taking place on the train, kicks the tension into high gear as Audrey Rose deals with the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s unmasking. She is on edge herself, but she does continue to be the strong, female character we saw in the first book.

     The romance burns quite a bit brighter in this novel, and with it comes many more witty, and slightly naughty comments from our dear Thomas Cresswell. We also see their relationship hit some snags that may not have been a big deal for other couples of this time, but for Audrey and Thomas it causes some disturbances. This gives way to even more independent action taken in the book, on Audrey Rose’s part, which I absolutely loved. Though I do love this duo together in the romantic sense, I really enjoy their Sherlock & Watson vibe.

     This story will keep you guessing the true identity of the murderer until the very end. I was in shock when the reveal came and all the pieces finally fell into place. It was definitely a mystery. Kerri’s writing really keeps you intrigued and guessing all the way through. I love the way she takes liberties with historical truths to create a very entertaining plot.

     The one thing that I wished would have been different was the quick resolution of the ending. Much like the first novel, it felt slightly rushed. However, I would not let that deter you from enjoying this suspenseful mystery and the abundance of new characters you get to meet. 

     For those of you who like to listen to your books, I want to highly suggest the audiobooks of this series. I read this book, by switching between the hardcover and the audiobook. The narrator, Nicola Barber, did a wonderful job of bringing depth and emotion to Audrey Rose, as well as creating unique voices for our other characters. I want to go back and listen to both books in their entirety, as well as listen to other books narrated by Nicola.

     I hope you enjoyed reading my review for “Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco. If you have read the book, let me know your thoughts in the comments. I wish the third book could be in my hands already. 

Thank you for reading!


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives



Top 5 Wednesday #10 : Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies/Faeries

I’m doubling up this week and including two mythical creatures for this post. I love reading books with vampires, but in the last few years, I have also been immensely enjoying books with fairies in them.

IMG_45181. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

     I discovered this series back in my freshman year of college, Fall 2009. I have never looked back. Even though I’m a few books behind, I can’t wait to dive back into the story when I finally pick the most recent books of my shelf! Even thought you can find these books in the “Romance” section, they contain so much more than your normal vampire romance. The plot and characters have so much depth to them that you just want to keep reading.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I do not know what to say about this book, besides, I read it in 8 hours! This alone should explain how much I enjoyed this book. This was my first glimpse into a pure faerie driven book. I have read books where fairies play a role but never have such a big part as they do in this novel. I can tell how much Holly Black loves to write about the Fae, by how great this book is. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of The Cruel Prince, the first book in her new trilogy!

3. The Call by Pead
ar O’Guilin

     I’m cheating a little here and adding this to my list of favorite books that feature faeries, but I haven’t even read the book yet. This book is sitting on my TBR. I received a sampler last year at YallFest and loved it. The opening totally gave my the creeps that book about the Fae sometimes give and I loved it! I can’t wait to dive into this book because I have very good feelings that it’s going to end up being a fave.

4. A Midsummer Nights Dream by William ShakespeareIMG_4516

     I couldn’t write about fairies and not include my favorite play by William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Nights Dream has been my favorite fairy driven book/play since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. I was then lucky enough to take part in performances of this play, my junior year of high school and I cherish those memories greatly. The playfulness of Puck, the intense relationship between Oberon and Titania, and the silliness of the actors, bring so much to this Shakespearean comedy! 
5. Underworld

     For my final favorite, we are hopping back to vampires with the 2003 film, Underworld. I have seen many a vampire film, but I always come back to this story. The one of the war between the vampires and the lycans. The plot, set design and costumes just bring this story to life and with the cast of actors they brought on, I don’t know how it could have been better. This movie is definitely on my Halloween watching schedule! 

QOTB: I would love to know, what movies you love that feature mythical creatures? I really need some new films to watch!

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have enjoyed my latest post and will continue to return as I grow my blog!





Top 5 Wednesday #9: Favorite Creepy Settings

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This week’s post was thrown together as I completely lost track of the days and all of sudden it is now Wednesday! How did I do for a written on the day blog post? 

This weeks topic is Favorite Creepy Settings


1. Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King
     Before I had even read this book, I had visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This hotel was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the book. Now, after reading the book, I never want to step foot in there again! The novel being set inside a hotel gave an extra creepy factor to the novel as there are only so many locations for action to take place. Basically, this means the hotel itself is like one big haunted house. For me, the most creepy setting of the novel was the hotel’s topiary garden and when it “comes alive.”


2. The island of Vane in The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
The island of Vane and its residents really added a creepy feel to this novel. Setting wise the different locations like the cave and her father’s study really made the spine tingle, while the characters themselves made an uncomfortable feeling settle around you. If you get a chance to read this book, please do, as it is a very interesting read.


3. London in Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
London in the time of Jack the Ripper was a very hunting place. The books really brings the creepy feel of that time to life! I absolutely loved this book and the imagery that the author includes let’s you paint a graphic image as you traverse the streets with Wadsworth and Cresswell! –  You can my find my review of this novel here! I fully recommend this book if you are looking for a chilling read this Halloween season! 

4. Alchemists facility in Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
     The Re-Education facility in the Bloodlines series was absolutely terrifying. It creeped me out more than any strigoi could have. The measures that the alchemists took to re-educate their people, showed you a more disturbing layer to the Alchemists. Their thought processes in their world of vampires, damphirs and strigoi was more unsettling then you would have originally thought. 


5. Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak
   This one is cheating a bit as Crimson Peak is a movie, but they did write a companion book so it counts…right? I immediately thought about Allerdale Hall as I thought of my favorite creepy settings. The dreariness of the house along with the appearances of the crimson colored ghosts really set the tone for this fantastic ghost story. The use of imagery really pulls you into the plot and gives you a chill all at the same time! If you are a fan of a good ol’ ghost story, please check out this film! You will love it! 

QOTB: What is one of your favorite activities to do during the Halloween season? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite creepy settings! 


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives



October’s Spooky TBR ~ 2017

Halloween is only a few weeks away and to get into the spirit I have chosen three books that showcase the paranormal in different ways! We have supernatural powers, a 33784373haunting, and vampire which all await me in this month’s TBR! Without further rambling, here is what I am reading this month.

I’ll be starting off the month by reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Earlier this year, I read her debut novel, Stalking Jack The Ripper, and loved it.  I fell in love with not only her writing style but also with her storytelling. I cannot wait to meet back up with our characters, in Romania, as they begin this new mysterious adventure.

51yeLeY4vfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Next, I will be beginning a new series that seems to have been on my radar forever and I just never picked it up off my shelf and that is…The Diviners by Libba Bray. The third book in this series was released this past Tuesday, October 3rd, and it jump-started my need to read this book. We are moving on from murder & vampires in Romania, to murder & supernatural powers in 1920s New York City. A book containing flappers, speakeasies, and the supernatural sounds right up my alley! Do you think I’ll need a password to open the book?

Finally, I will be moving on to the haunting tale of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Taking place in two different 24376529asylums, we see our main character, Grace Mae, use her powerful mind to help assist at crimes scenes and hunt a murderer. She does this all while dealing with the darkness that lurks in her own past. This book sounds absolutely chilling and I cannot wait to flip thru its pages!

QOTB: What is at the top of your TBR this month?

Can’t wait to read what is on your TBRs as well as fall into the books on my list! Thanks for reading!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives