Raelia is the second book in the Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni. We come back to the second year of Alex Jennings at the Akarnae School with her friends.
Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banishes prince from the Lost City of Meya, who is out for her blood.
To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.
Not sure who-or perhaps what– she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?
As soon as I finished the first book, I couldn’t help but jump into the next book and back into the world of magic and adventure.
After coming back in the summer to practice with Karter, Alex is excited to take time to celebrate D.C.’s birthday with Jordan and Bear. However, at the party Aven appears just to let Alex know he can get to her anytime and anywhere.
Back at the academy Alex is getting ready for her classes and there is already rumours about her and her Combat teacher Karter. Karter puts her straight and with the help of her classmates, they put an end to the rumours.
During this book, you can see the relationship between Alex and Kaiden deepen especially with SAS class which she unknowingly tried out for and was accepted into by Hunter.
With her friends, Alex travels to Meya but gets into travel by unknowingly going through their sacred place Raelia. Alex warns the King and Queen about Aven and gains some allies in Kyia, Zain and Roka.
Towards the end we see Aven again with his claimed Medorans, and worst of Jordan has been claimed by Aven. Aven gets access to Meya and Alex soon learns of the prophecy that she is apart of and she knows what she is fighting for.
The book end with Alex, Bear and D.C. ready to get Jordan back and with a cliffhanger of how they can achieve this.
I really enjoyed Raelia and it’s really well written. I love how Lynette Noni is constantly expanding this world and how each place is important to the story.
We Three Heroes is a Medoran Chronicles novella by Lynette Noni.
Alexandra Jennings might be the hero of The Medoran Chronicles, but she would be lost without her three closest friends. They are her heroes and like all heroes, they each have their own story.
Meet the real D.C. in Crowns and Curses and discover how she becomes the princess Alex once despised but now adores.
Follow Jordan on his healing journey in Stars and Silence as he struggles in the wake of being rescued from his living nightmare.
Walk beside Bear in Hearts and Headstones as he faces an unspeakable trauma while helping his world prepare for the coming of war.
D.C., Jordan and Bear are the heroes of their own stories.
It is time for their stories to be told.
I truely enjoyed reading these stories about D.C., Jordan and Bear. They gave missing pieces to each aspect of the characters.
While reading the main series, I started to wonder why Alex’s roommate D.C. acted the way she did. In Crowns and Curses, I learnt about her childhood and how Kaiden and Declan helped her deal with other kids that made her life and making friends difficult. When she got invited to Akarnae she thought things would change and was excited for the possibility of a roommate but that didn’t happen until Alex. I truely enjoyed learning more about D.C. and her changing friendship with Alex.
In Stars and Silence, I enjoyed exploring how Jordan coped after being freed from Aven. During the series, we saw hints that D.C. helped Jordan at night, but it was great to actually read what they got up to. I loved how during Jordan’s story, we could see the change in D.C and Jordan’s relationship as well as how Hunter imparted wisdom and helped Jordan slowly recover.
In Hearts and Headstones, Bear is coping with the lost of his father and we see what D.C., Jordan and Bear get up to when Alex is trying to unite everyone before facing Aven. I loved seeing Bear draw support from Declan and how Alex really cares about Bear. It was also great to see how Bear helps great devices that will be used to weaken the Meyarins with the help of his brothers confirming his ideas. I enjoyed seeing the changing friendship with Declan.
We Three Heroes flesh out the storylines of D.C., Jordan and Bear and it was great reading from a perspective other than Alex.
I discovered this book and was pulled in by not only the cover but the amazing writing of Lynette Noni. Akarnae is the first book of the Medoran Chronicles where you dive into a book that is Narnia, Harry Potter and Xmen all in one.
With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes – literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.
Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?
What is not to love when reading a novel that takes you to another world, literally. Alex’s first encounter in this new world that she stepped through from an office door, is with man who says his been waiting for her and she will be the one to help him achieve his goals. After his disappears like he was there, she runs into two boys, Jordan and Bear, and they are all instant friends.
Jordan and Bear take Alex to their school- Akarnae and she finds out that they were expecting her. She is enrolled and quickly realises she has fallen into a a world full of magic and advanced technology.
During her time at Akarnae, she meets new people during her lessons, Declan and Kaiden who begin to help her. She learns more about the man she met, Aven, and learns that he trying to access the Library, which is the doorway that brought her to this world and he has been attacking the school.
Towards the end of the story, Alex comes face to face with Aven again, after he has accessed the schools ground. When she is the library, she learns the true identity of D.C. Aven has a plan and does a ritual to Alex to try and control Alex, but through her willpower, is able to break free and save D.C., but not without getting injured. After their ordeal, Alex and D.C. become friends.
Akarnae is so well written and I just got lost in the world that Lynette Noni created. I absolutely love the characters and how strong Alex is throughout the whole story.
Capturing the Devil if the final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, where Audrey and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. Will Audrey and Thomas stay ahead of the killer or will they see their romance cut short?
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?
This was amazing novel to finish the story on. I couldn’t put the book down.
Audrey and Thomas have finally admitted their feelings for each other and are going to get married. However, nothing goes right and a girl Thomas used to court comes back into his life making it difficult for Audrey. Audrey being the fearless and strong-minded woman she is, doesn’t let this change the way she feels about Thomas and they decide to keep moving to solve the investigation.
After Audrey and Thomas arrive in America, they discover the World Fair with all its wonder, but also with many reports of missing people and unsolved murders. They decide to solve the mystery, however Audrey gets too close and luckily is saved before the worse happens.
I truely enjoyed seeing Audrey and Thomas come together and really recognise how important they are to each other. Although bad things happened, Audrey remained strong and fearless as she solved the mystery and continued doing what she feels called to do, forensic medicine.
Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow more and more bizarre. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation before more 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?
I enjoyed reading the book and following Audrey on her adventure to America with her uncle and Thomas. We continue to see how fearless and single-minded Aubrey is she faced with a murder during dinner. Audrey, Thomas and her uncle are on voyage to America where the ship is being entertained by a travelling troupe of performers. Audrey discovers her cousin is on board as part of the circus group as she has fallen in love with one of the performers-an escape artist named Houdini.
From the first night, she is intrigued by one of the performers, the ringmaster Mephistopheles who seems like he is trying to get in between her and Thomas. After a couple of murders, with tarot cards being left behind, Mephistopheles makes her a deal in return for helping her cousin to leave the show, Audrey must participate in the finale and not tell anyone what she is doing, especially Thomas.
I loved the introduction of Mephistopheles as you began to see a change in Audrey as she not only tries to solve the mystery with Thomas and practicing with the circus performers for the finale.
I enjoyed the twist at the ending as the murderer was discovered and it was someone I wasn’t expecting. Audrey finally realises her feelings for Thomas and they become even closer, especially when Audrey is healing.
Hunting Prince Dracula is the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.
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.
We join Audrey and Thomas as they travel to Romania to study at one of the best schools of forensic medicine. From the beginning of the story, you can tell Audrey is still trying to cope at the discovery of who Jack the Ripper was and what she went through so she leaves London.
Although the escaped London, new murders occur at the school and Audrey can’t help investigate with the help of Thomas. I love that we are starting to explore the world and that the setting of the story is set at a castle and surrounding villages that are full of tales and superstitions that there is even a class taught at the school.
Thomas and Audrey’s relationship deepens as they continue to rely on each other to solve the mystery and some secrets that Thomas holds, are discovered in the end.
The story is very well written and there is twists and turns that make you not want to put the book down. I love that we have a sharp and forward thinking female protagonist in Audrey Rose and her fearlessness truely endears her to me, especially as she doesn’t conform to societies expectations in the Victorian-era.
I’ve recently read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalso and I truly enjoyed this Young Adult Mystery novel. Stalking Jack the Ripper is the first book in the series and it takes you back when Jack the Ripper was on his spree and you follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth as she tries to help her uncle solve the case.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
This is a page turning mystery that kept me reading as I wanted to find out what will happen. This book is set back in the Victorian-era, where it was unheard of women working, and especially to study in a laboratory about forensic medicine. Although she acts as society demands, she is fascinated with forensic medicine. We are introduced to Audrey as she attends one of her uncle’s lectures where she runs into Thomas Cresswell and she forms a low opinion of him. Throughout the novel, we see how her opinion changes as they work with her uncle to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper. I enjoyed this changing dynamic.
While I was reading I had many theories of who Jack the Ripper, and the ending truely surprised me as I wasn’t expecting who it was. I definitely recommend this book to those who are looking for a good mystery novel.