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I started reading Escaping from Houdini on 7 8 18 and finished it on 7 19 18 This book is an excellent read I find the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose intoxicating because of their limited time, privacy, and secrecy I like the sharp tongues exchanges between Audrey and Mephistopheles I like all the fancy clothes Audrey Rose wears silks and velvets as well as the decorations to the live shows I like the mystery to Mephistopheles background because he s always wearing a mask I like the friction between Thomas, Audrey Rose, and Mephistopheles and their endless witticism sarcasm banter charm well timed quips I can t tell Mephistopheles intentions toward Audrey Rose but the air of mystery makes the read interesting I like how the characters are good at keeping a poker face in tense situations.This book is told in the first person point of view following Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, as she, Thomas Cresswell, and her Uncle Jonathan Wadsworth, whom readers learned from book 1 that he s an expert in reading crime scenes are boarding a cruise ship called the Etruria heading to New York There is entertainment on this cruise ship and the newest entertainer to excite everyone on board is Mephistopheles and his Moonlight Carnival crew Their performance promises the audience of tricks that will both be dazzling and on the brink of danger Audiences clap wildly from one act to the next with excitement and eagerness until at last, when there s a knife protruding from the back of their fellow audience that left a puddle of blood on the floor, no one thought twice that it was a real murder but part of an act Audrey finds herself trapped on a boat at sea with a murderer on the loose Audrey, her uncle, and Thomas now find themselves with a dead body to examine and it might not be the only one.Escaping from Houdini is truly mesmerizing I love the topic of magic performances and how it all takes place on a cruise As much as I love following Thomas and Audrey Rose breaking curfews and sneaking out on secret adventures, I do love the change in this book with Thomas having a competitor It s interesting how Thomas is still consider a friend after all of those stolen moments I like Mrs Harvey in this book than in the previous books I like the pictures before each chapter, especially the late 19th century circus performers because it gives readers an idea of what s to come and their costumes are really out there I love books with epilogues I couldn t guess who the murderer is but I did flipped back to read again to see if there were clues I might have missed This book is a must read and the series shouldn t be missed I highly recommend everyone to read it Pro fast paced, page turner, suspense, mystery, cruise, circus, diversity, humor banterxoxo, Jasmine at for details i m so sleepy but even my state of delirium cannot mask how annoyed i am this book ThomasEffingDeservesBetterill write something thoughtful in the morning2.5 stars i find it absolutely incredible that i can look at a cover and thing wow i want to marry that someday LIKEMYVOCABULARY CANNOTEVEN BEGINTODESCRIBEHOWBEAUTIFUL Audrey Rose Wadsworth And Her Partner In Crime Investigation, Thomas Cresswell, Are En Route To New York To Help Solve Another Blood Soaked Mystery Embarking On A Week Long Voyage Across The Atlantic On The Opulent RMS Etruria, They Re Delighted To Discover A Traveling Troupe Of Circus Performers, Fortune Tellers, And A Certain Charismatic Young Escape Artist Entertaining The First Class Passengers NightlyBut Then, Privileged Young Women Begin To Go Missing Without Explanation, And A Series Of Brutal Slayings Shocks The Entire Ship The Disturbing Influence Of The Moonlight Carnival Pervades The Decks As The Murders Grow Ever Freakish, With Nowhere To Escape Except The Unforgiving SeaIt S Up To Audrey Rose And Thomas To Piece Together The Gruesome Investigation As Even Passengers Die Before Reaching Their Destination But With Clues To The Next Victim Pointing To Someone She Loves, Can Audrey Rose Unravel The Mystery Before The Killer S Horrifying Finale 1 Stalking Jack the Ripper 2 Hunting Prince Dracula 3 Escaping From Houdini Let me tell you guys, I have been dying to post this review It s been a few months since I read this one, but the publisher did request that I wait to post my thoughts until close to the book s release, and naturally, I obliged Now that I can finally gush freely with you all, I have to tell you that I adore this series It is such a fun roller coaster of emotions and suspense, and I honestly think Kerri could write a dozen books following the adventures of Audrey and Thomas, and I would happily read each and every one of them He flashed a quick grin A lifetime full of surprises, remember, Wadsworth Indeed I could not imagine a future that didn t include unwinding each secret he possessed Just the same as in the past two installments, my favorite parts are each and every moment in which Audrey and Thomas are alone, whether they re swapping flirty banter, admiring one another s intellect, sneaking steamy moments in hidden corners, or confessing sweet, tender emotions and desires That said, this installment relies less on relationship building and on suspense, intrigue, and a bit of con work Truth is often compared to a blade I question those who marvel when it pricks What I expect to be a controversial topic is Audrey s behavior in this book, which I ultimately loved, despite struggling with at first Escaping fell slightly below Hunting Prince Dracula in terms of enjoyment for me because of her actions, which I hold conflicting feelings about on the one hand, her deceit is heartbreaking as we see the pain it causes her loved ones, but on the other, Audrey proves herself as a bright young woman who has come to recognize that she has to figure things out for herself and to see if she s settling, or truly on the path she needs to be on That said, I think readers everywhere will be pleased with the end of her curious emotional journey Hope is an invisible, but mighty force Don t dismiss its power On a less conflicting note, let me tell you, the setting is this book is fantastic it is so delightful and intriguing Nothing is ever quite what it seems to be on the ship, and there s a lot of world building for the circus and its performers that lends to an immersive, captivating arena for the murders Miss Audrey Rose Wadsworth, conqueror of my soul you are an absolute fiend. You d like to flout tradition simply because of your need for my body He held a hand over his heart I swear I have never loved you As for my favorite aspect of the series, Thomas he has developed into this delightfully kind creature when it comes to his love for Audrey, but his humor and snark are still fully present, as is his brilliant wit Thomas is truly one of my favorite YA love interests of all time, because not only is he funny, charming, and cute he s also incredibly respectful and in awe of Audrey s talents, and even when it breaks his heart, he s fully prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that she feels free to make the choices she needs to make I just love him so, so much Swords, secrets, and stolen kisses Finally, our newest prominent player Mephistopheles, the ring leader of the traveling show I know that there have been some mixed feelings about him from other ARC reviewers, but I have to say that, despite some of the really twisted things he does, I thought he was a phenomenal addition to the story He s got this moral greyness to him that you can never quite determine the shade of, and his motives are rarely, if ever, clear You speak the language of my complicated heart, Wadsworth I am a very lucky man I hoped he still believed that once I d confessed my morning activities in full Genuinely, I am so interested in seeing what the general consensus is when the finished release rolls around and reviews start to roll in, because I think Kerri made a lot of risky moves while writing this story which paid off I definitely looked at Audrey Rose a little differently by the time I closed the cover on this one not in a bad way, though , and I wonder if it will shift even further once the finished ending comes out because, in case you didn t know, the ARCs don t have the final ending Kerri wrote a fake ending for the advance copies, which gives me the perfect excuse to reread this beauty when my pre order arrives in September.I ll come back and update this review after I ve finished, to let you all know if any of my thoughts have changed, but as it stands, I can promise you that I will still be recommending this series to anyone and everyone, as it is such a fun read with a truly lovable cast of characters All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Jimmy Patterson Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook Buddy read with Kayla and Amy Yeah, well that happened At least the ending is promising The next book better knock it out of the park since I preordered a special box Mel this.ain t it sis This is such a fun series I like the gory factors, Cresswell especially Cresswell, and the cool themes that are intertwined So when I saw carnival on a ship, I was incredibly ecstatic.Let me start out by saying the book started off very well we get some killing right away But then a mysterious guy with a face mask who is the carnival s leader, Mephistopheles, comes into the picture This is where our girl, Audrey Rose, starts getting a little ridiculous.My favorite thing about this series has been how Audrey and Thomas Cresswell are a team A lot of this book Cresswell wasn t even there but Mephistopheles was Uh oh, that means possible love triangle I hate when you re so invested in two characters, especially when you are at book three there does not need to be another guy in the picture Anyway, so besides Audrey acting ridiculous, I loved the book The atmosphere was gorgeous, awe inspiring and creepy a mixture of the best kind It was incredibly well written, and I m excited to see what happens in book four Credit Kerri Maniscalco Raise your hand if you re glad they changed the dress color to blue 9 10 2019 POP QUIZ Anybody recognize this voice Nope It s spelled mephistopheles I TOLD YOU I SUCK AT SPELLING My notes from the second re read 1 Thomas is my spirit animal.2 The first time, the love triangle was annoying but this time, I knew it was coming and was adequately prepared 3 Thomas is my spirit animal.4 I have a crush on Metastafeles Is that how you spell it I was listening to the audio It s pronounced META STOF UH LEEZ and by now we should all know that I am horrible at spelling.5 Thomas is my spirit animal6 THis book needs to become a movie i originally gave this book a 4.5 but it is now 5 i f king love this series Last book before Capturing the Devil Oh, I m so glad this isn t a trilogy because I m not ready for this series to end I think the only time I ve ever loved a series this much is Land of Stories or the Janitors series And when I finished that, I was solo was like I had a horrible reading slump When I read the last book, I just might die No not really but very closeThis book made me feel so much And that s what I love about this seried It s this perfect blend of romance and mystery It s a mys rom Is that a word Well, it is now.Anyway, let s talk about AR and Thomas Oh my gosh, I am not one for romance I ll read it but I don t gravitate towards it but I love their relationship It is so cute and so I was so frustrated when there was a love triangle introduced Ugghh Nonetheless, I loved this book because of the mystery I think of all three books this one was the best crafted It had me guessing and guessing until the big reveal Bottom Line 4.5 Stars WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT IF IT WEREN T FOR THAT GOSH DARN love TRIANGLEAge Recommendation 13 Scary themes, Gore, Murder TW Gore, Murder Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram INCOMING RANT.You ve been warned I AM JUST GOING TO PRETEND THAT THIS BOOK NEVER HAPPENED.I ve never been this disappointed or frustrated because of a book Escaping from Houdini was an insult to my emotions, my sanity, and the very heroes Kerri Maniscalco so lovingly created It took a tremendous amount of effort to turn the pages, to witness the fall of the characters that always managed to put a smile on my face My pulse accelerated and I wanted to throw things and ravage and scream and burn the darn book YES I came this close to committing the most ungodly sacrilege and get drunk YES I did stop reading in order to CONSUME ALCOHOL to calm my nerves and that s from a person who drinks only TWICE a year Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula were two books I loved, and I can t even begin to describe how upset and aggravated I am from the treatment of what I once thought was the perfect crime solving duet My expectations tumbled like a tower made of playing cards, and my heart It was crushed into tiny piecesMinor spoilersExpectation No 1 Wadswoth and Cresswell being a team, solving crimes, cutting bloated corpses while bantering and flirting Reality Cresswell s presence was dramatically reduced Why Because the author decided to insert an unnecessary, cheap love triangle as a means to test their love or whatever, with the second love interest hereinafter referred to as S.L.I being a copycat of Cresswell, a person of debatable morality who kept provoking the latter and suddenly became the center of Wadsworth s world Oh, and it gets better Wadsworth ended up questioning her feelings towards Cresswell, the boy who was also her partner and friend, who was next to her during emotional trauma and tragedies, who constantly supported her and literally worshipped her because of someone she knew for LESS THAN A WEEK, WHOSE FACE SHE HAD NEVER SEEN, who kept staging incidents that compromised Wadsworth s virtue just to spite Cresswell and manipulated her Wadsworth s excuses for the time she spent with S.L.I were pathetic she supposedly struck a deal with S.L.I for a greater good, but her immaturity, her reckless, childish and self centered behaviour was an utter disservice to her character and everything she s been through Somehow her flaws were magnified, her saving graces diminished, even though it s the third book of the series, meaning that her slow but steady growth preceded the events of Escaping from Houdini Investigating crime scenes without Cresswell Hiding crucial information and evidence from him Sneaking out at night with another man, practically cheating I did not sign up for this She never talked to him, not even once tried to explain what was going on, but at the same time asked for his unconditional trust And Cresswell While he had every right to yell, to be jealous and confront her, he simply sat idly and waited for her to choose Wadsworth claimed that hurting Cresswell, that brushing him aside or doing something questionable was dictated by her head in order to solve the case, yet only pages later she would ignore the logic she so passionately invoked in order to do things she felt that she needed to do, despite reason Even her inner musings were inconsistent She was aboard a vessel plagued by murder and mayhem, and she was focused on S.L.I., the freedom he offered, and acted like a ninny that was guided by her hormones The partnership I came to love so affectionately, the two forensic students that complimented each other like two pieces of a puzzle, Cresswell with his marvelous deductive skills and Wadsworth with her instict, was barely there In its stead, there was S.L.I who assumed Thomas role All I got was lies, deception, and a foolish girl who was blinded by illusions and hurt the people she loved Expectation No 2 Wadsworth advocating feminism Reality Let s break the bubble, folks Wadsworth is not a feminist The way I perceive it, feminism is about gender equality, about being treated with respect regardless of sex It s not about superiority, and it addresses all women Wadsworth wanted the ability to choose, to make mistakes and learn and take her fate into her own handsAll my life I d longed for freedom freedom to pick and choose every detail of my life To make good decisions and horrible ones Decisions that would break my heart and remake it ten times overThe problem is, all these principles according to Wasworth applied only to herself She went behind Liza s back and struck a deal with the devil in an attempt to patronize her, the very thing she hated and fought against She meddled in Liza s affairs because apparently Wadsworth knew what was best for her, without doing her the courtesy of making her own mistakes Wadsworth fought for her own right to make horrible decisions, but it seems that Liza was not entitled to the same freedom And you know what that makes Wadsworth A self righteous, dishonest and manipulative HYPOCRITE The same goes to the way she behaved around Cresswell Wadsworth wanted to be treated as an equal, to be appreciated for her mind the same way he was The thing is that during Escaping from Houdini, she never treated him as her partner Because it seems that Audrey Rose Wadsworth is an almighty deity who doesn t need anyone except from S.L.I., who understands her and doesn t want to cage her Expectation No 3 A well structured criminal case Reality Let s be honest, a book about murders on a luxurious ship entertained by an eerie and wickedly enchanting carnival is bound to be captivating Kerri Maniscalco succeeded in creating the proper ambience, the sinister vibe that promised debauchery and blood, the chilling atmosphere right before the murderer presented his ghastly works of art, and that is the sole reason I didn t rate it lower However, a I figured out the identity of the killer once a certain clue was presented and I can t fathom how Wadsworth did not see it coming , and b I can t shake the feeling that the evidence and the whole construction of the crime were chaotic Instead of elaborately crafting a detailed, thorough murder case, the author prefered to focus on the drama overdose and the unfounded conflict of Wadsworth s feelings, and mistakes inevitably happened For example, Wadsworth was given a note about a secret meeting and went to the rendezvous point thinking it came from Cresswell Didn t she recognize that it wasn t his handwriting cue facepalm Escaping from Houdini inflicted a devastating blow on my love for this series, it opened a wound that will probably never heal I fear that the relationship I cherished, and the heroes I rooted for are now tainted, tarnished by the glitter and the silks of the Moonlight Carnival And that is something I never expected.Review also posted on Booknest Stalking Jack the Ripper Hunting Prince Dracula Escaping from Houdini 3.5 3.75 I DON T KNOWThere were things I loved but also things that I hated, but I enjoyed it I ll talk it through in my October wrap up