Mini Book Reviews : Stalking Jack The Ripper & Wintersong


I haven’t done a mini-reviews post in a while and since two of the most recent books I’ve read have been three stars reads, I’ve figured that it was a good time to do so!

 Stalking Jack The Ripper 



I read this for The Cursed Book Club and sadly, I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I hoped. It was mostly because I’m a huge fan of true crime (even before watching Buzzfeed Unsolved), and Jack The Ripper is a classic. I’m super fascinated by it – is anyone here passionated by the female!Jack The Ripper theory??? I’m into it!

The mystery fell short for me and I had issues with the characters – I couldn’t relate to any of them. Right now I feel so weird about everything (characters, ship, plot) and I kind of want to read the sequel to know I feel.

Also, the feminism was kind of meh in this one.





I knew what I was getting into when I started Wintersong. It has many mixed reviews and I’d either dislike it or really love it, but mostly this book is split in half for me. I adored the first half of the book and then gradually started to dislike it.

I disliked the fact that it had the ‘losing-my-virginity-made-me-a-woman’ trope, I wish this trope would disappear forever because virginity is a social construct and we have to stop romanticizing it all the time.

Also, Liesl and the Goblin King have a very weird relationship, I don’t even know if it’s insta-love, it’s just not very well developed and I’m not here for it. Not sure if I’ll read the sequel. 




I feel like my ratings might have been affected by my mood as well. My exams are coming up in June and I’ve been super stressed and usually feel meh about everything I read in this period. But then again, there were some things that I really didn’t like that probably weren’t affected by my mood.

Like in Stalking Jack The Ripper, the way there are very few female friendships and I always got the feeling that Audrey had an air of superiority whenever she talked of cutting bodies vs dressing up and being interested in marriages.


Have you read any of these two books? Did you love them more than I did? 

Let me know in the comments if you think I should give a chance to their sequels. 



23 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews : Stalking Jack The Ripper & Wintersong

  1. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    “loosing your virginity makes you a woman trope” GAGGING NOISES CAN BE HEARD. FROM ME. YES I AM GAGGING. GAG. I hate that trope. Luckily I’ve never had the cough pleasure cough to read it for myself in a book yet. Forever greatful to good influences and recommandations. But UGHHHHH DOES IT STILL EXIST??? WHY???
    Because 1. NOT ALL WOMEN WANT TO HAVE SEX AND THAT’S FINE THEY ARE STILL WOMEN and 2. What about trans women?? HMMM?? STILL. REAL. WOMEN. and 3. What about LGBQ+ women?? That loose their virginity in other ways then it’s considered “the norm” (ugh to that too)??
    Like seriously peoples stop with that trope.

    And yeah Jack the Ripper = ney whilst BuzzFeed Unsolved True Crime = VERY MUCH YEY!!

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    • Nerija S. says:

      YES YES YES to all the points you just made. Asexual women are women. Women who are choosing to wait are women. Lesbians and bisexual women are women. Trans women are women. That whole you’re-not-a-mature-adult-if-you-haven’t-had-(heterosexual)-sex idea is bullshit.

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    • Marta says:

      I hate this trope as well and I really wish I knew Wintersong had it beforehand 😦 But someone told me that they interpreted the “transformation” due to her becoming Goblin King and not losing her virginity, I don’t know what to say. When I read, I felt like it was all about losing her virginity and it angered me a lot.


  2. emmareadstoomuch says:

    omg shoutout to buzzfeed unsolved hell yeah

    sorry to hear these reads were kinda meh for you, though!! hope your next ones are better 🙂

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  3. Marie says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been having “meh” kind of reads Marta 😦 I’m sending you all the love and hugs and you’re the best always remember that, I hope your next reads will be better! ❤ ❤
    I hate that stupid "losing your virginity makes you a woman" trope, but I think the amazing Ioana right above said it all in her comment with her brilliant screaming haha. I just wish this trope would disappear altogether.
    Lovely reviews! ❤ ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Marie! ❤
      You're a sweetie, as always! Hahaha, Ioana really summed up everything that could be said on the subject. It's an awful trope and has to die.

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  4. Annie Earnshaw says:

    Totally agree on Stalking Jack the Ripper!! I distinctly remember reading about how this was a wonderful piece of literature with strong feminist ties and how it was so empowering, but I found that there were SEVERAL things that really irritated me. I wasn’t a fan of how Audrey Rose lived with modern feminist convictions–it kind of took me out of the story and I think it would’ve read more naturally if she’d acted in a way that was consistent with “modern” women of the time. I ended up writing a lengthy (and slightly ranty) review about this book and I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. The Jack the Ripper Buzzfeed Unsolved episode is my favorite 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      I agree so much with everything that you said, I had so many mixed feelings about this book. Most of the time I didn’t know what I liked and what I disliked and changed my views of the characters quite a lot through the book. It was meh, in the end, that’s all I can say about it. I loved the Jack the Ripper episode a lot, it was very detailed and they did very well! ❤

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  5. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Great reviews! I enjoyed Stalking Jack The ripper, but I agree that the predictable mystery was a bit disappointing. I hope you enjoy the next book. I haven’t read Wintersong yet but it’s on my TBR. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped.

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  6. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been disappointed by the books you’ve been reading lately, Marty! I hope the next ones are better. The ‘losing-my-virginity-made-me-a-woman’ trope is precisely the reason why I’ve been hesitant to touch Wintersong, and now I’m glad I didn’t.

    Best of luck to your for your upcoming exams! You got this!! ❤


  7. anna says:

    i’m sorry u’ve been having such a “meh” time with books lately but also im glad to know there r way more ppl who were disappointed by stalking jack the ripper :///


  8. howlsmovinglibrary says:

    I would say that Shadowsong is actually a little worse than Wintersong. The mental health rep is more explicit (and the author discusses it in the foreword), but I felt that the plot was messier and very few characters outside Lisbet and the Goblin King had depth.

    I’ve been strugglimg with Stalking Jack the Ripper as well!


  9. Naty says:

    Oh I loved both books so much!! I see your issues with it and see how they could really bother – I guessed the culprit on Jack very early… so that was a bit sad. And I love how weird and strange Wintersong is – which isn’t for everyone’s taste, that’s for sure. But I’m glad you gave them both a try!


  10. Kat Impossible says:

    Sometimes the mood really does play into our enjoyment for reading, but maybe those books just really weren’t meant for you and that’s okay too. I wish you had a better time, there’s nothing that helps get your mind off of stressful things better than a good book, but you’ll see. Maybe the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper will get you more into the mood, but I also understand why you don’t want to continue with Wintersong.


  11. Olivia-Savannah says:

    Ah it seems like these weren’t the best reads for you. Initially I was interested in Stalking Jack the Ripper but with time and reviews my interest has cooled. But I recently got Wintersong, so I guess I’ll see what I think soon?


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