Updated: May 2, 2020
I wrote this review as soon as I had time to process the words to describe the joy ride it was for me to read Becoming the Dark Prince.
I am really passionate about the world that Kerri Maniscalgo has created for the Stalking the Ripper series, so when I knew she would grace us with a Thomas Cresswell novella before the final installment of the series I jumped on and pre-ordered it.
It took me less than a day to read this gen of a book, so here is my review:
Publication date: July 15, 2019
Series: Staking Jack the Ripper #3.5
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, & Young Adult Fiction.
No. of chapters: 9
No. of pages: would-be 61
Setting: RMS Etruria and New York, 1889
In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper's endearing but troubled hero.
Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve. As brilliant partners in crime investigation, they understand each other perfectly...but as young lovers, their passionate natures have led to both euphoria and heartbreak throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
This novella features a collection of scenes that takes place during and after the pair's horrifying Atlantic voyage in Escaping From Houdini. Experience new and familiar scenes from Thomas's unique point of view, including an intensely personal look into his plea for Audrey Rose's hand in marriage.
With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.
Thomas Cresswell: We get to experience this novella narrated through Thoms' POV, and get to discover how fearful and insecure he is inside the confident personal we're all used to. In this novella, we take a simple at his insecurities that are related to the present and his past, and the the love and passion he feels towards Audrey Rose
Audrey Rose: I think Audrey Rose is in a sense more delicate, perhaps the way Thomas sees her at times, but also because of the Thomas perspective we get to see the dedicated young woman she is.
Mephistopheles: The ringmaster gets to be a part of this novella. Mephistopheles is still deceitful but only through the image Thomas has of him. Here we get to learn more of their interactions.
This novella was too short for my liking. It starts with scenes that take place in Escaping From Houdini and brings us in what I believe is the beginning of Capturing the Devil. I believe the title of the book is a little misguiding because of the note the novella ends in, which is in my opinion a hopeful one.
I really enjoyed Thomas POV and the novella was more romance than anything, which I totally didn't mind, in my opinion, I would have loved the whole series to include his POV along with Audrey Rose's.
Personally, I believe this novella is a must-read to all the lovers of the series.
What I loved:
• Might sound weird, but I really loved that somehow, Thomas understood Andreas' motivations for his revenge.
• I enjoyed the familiar scenes being retold through Thomas' POV.
• I really enjoyed the make out scene in NY, it shows the young love!!!
• Well, truly, I don't think Thomas became a dark prince, he found a way to be better than what his father told him he would be.
• The fact that Mephistopheles and Thomas had a talk without wanting to kill each other.
• The letter to Audrey Rose's father!
What I didn't like:
• Thomas, why would you want to set her free without a fight?
Well truly, I have nothing but great things to say about this novella and I can't wait for the final book in the series, Capturing the Devil.
Thank you for reading this review, I really hope it helps you start reading the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
You can read my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper here, my review for Hunting Prince Dracula here, my review for Escaping From Houdini here, and if you are looking forward to Capturing the Devil, you can read an excerpt here.
I am currently taking a break from reading The Lantern's Ember and venturing to reading The Wife Between Us, which is a big change in my reading habits.
For next week, I will aim to write a blog post for my first-ever listened audiobook, When Dimple Met Rishi, which in short, I loved!
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