Friday, September 8, 2017

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula
by Kerri Maniscalco
Read: August 1 - 7, 2017
Published: September 19, 2017 by Little, Brown & Company
Source: BEA
Category: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Murders, Bran Castle, Dracula
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper 2/3(?)

Book Description: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

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.

I heard so much hype about Stalking Jack The Ripper, and was excited to read it. But I ended up having mixed feelings about the story. Well, I am thrilled to report that Hunting Prince Dracula was a complete winner for me. I think one of the main differences between the two, and reasons this book worked much better for me, is that it didn't follow a well known case. Instead, Hunting Prince Dracula is a unique story created from the legends and history of Vlad the Impaler, aka the original Dracula. And boy is this story creepy - and bloody. 

The setting of Bran Castle in Romania (the inspiration for Dracula) was the perfect backdrop to this new case, adding a frightening layer of history to this tale. I had no idea who the murderer was until they were revealed, and was on the edge of my seat in anticipation following Audrey Rose through the castle as she sought to figure it out before anything more terrible could happen (*shudders*). Not only is Audrey Rose racing against a murderer, she's fighting deep prejudice against the role of women at this time, even more so because of her passion for examining dead bodies. I appreciated her strong will and determination to go after what she wants, no matter what others think. 

The romance between Audrey Rose and Thomas also heats up, and I enjoyed watching them work out their feelings as they worked together through the book. I love when I can understand the connection between two people and I completely see it between these two. They really are each other's match. Nothing like a active murderer and an increasingly disturbing case to bring two people together! We also begin to learn more about Thomas in this story, and even meet his sister, whom I liked a great deal. 

Once again, this case wraps itself up well while the ending also teases where the characters will go in the future. I'm so glad I stuck with this series!

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Low. Series book 2-3. This specific case/story wraps well, but the direction of the next one is teased at the end. 

A creepy photo for a creepy story. 
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  1. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper even though it was super predictable and now I'm much more excited for this one!! Great review!
    Kariny @Kariny's Book Frenzy

  2. Yesss :D I am so glad that the romance in these books are good. <3 Lovely review Lauren :) Thrilled that you loved this one. <3 I don't have any of them, sobs, but you have made me so curious. Sigh. I do love this kind of plot :) Must buy them one day. <3

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  4. I definitely enjoyed Hunting Prince Dracula more than Stalking Jack the Ripper. Love the review.

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