Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hunting Prince Dracula. I am so excited to briefly share my thoughts about the book, as well as share some of my favorite quotes! Stick around til the end of this post for an awesome giveaway of both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula!
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
on September 19th 2017
Genres: Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ll keep this brief, because I don’t want to give spoilers for either of the books in this series. That being said, I adored this sequel even more than I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper! The Romanian, creepy castle setting was so atmospheric, and I love how it played on some of the tropes often found in Gothic novels written during the time period in which this book is set. I also enjoyed the mystery plot and couldn’t predict it as easily as I did the one in the first book. By far my favorite part of Hunting Prince Dracula, though, was Audrey Rose’s character development. She deals with a lot of trauma and PTSD from the events of the first book, and I thought the author handled this so realistically. Like in Stalking Jack the Ripper, there are feminist themes throughout this story, which I so appreciated. Plus, we are introduced to two new queer female characters in this installment– YAY! And, of course, we have to talk about the romance. It’s beyond swoonworthy. I usually don’t particularly care for allocishet m/f couples in fiction, but I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP. Thomas and Audrey are perfectly matched, and their witty banter makes me smile every time. (Sidenote: I love the humor in this book. Both of the main characters have an incredibly macabre sense of humor, which is fitting considering the subject matter.) Anyway, Cressworth 4ever. If you enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper, you HAVE to pick up this sequel!
“Science was an altar I knelt before, and it blessed me with solace.”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 24
“‘I do agree that love is wonderful,’ I began slowly, not wanting to offend, ‘but there’s also a certain magic in being perfectly content with one’s own company. I believe greatness lies within. And is ours to harness or unleash at will.'”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 121
“‘Oh, yes,’ I whispered to Thomas. ‘Dining on blood is more civil when one dunks their bread in it as if it were a hearty winter stew.'”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 129
“‘Once upon a time men needed explanations for such darkness and bloodshed during times of war. They were quick to blame anything other than their own greed for their troubles. And so they sat down and created vampires– sinister creatures that sprang forth from the twisted depths of their dark hearts, mirroring their own bloodlust. Monsters are only as real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for as long as we tell those tales.'”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 132
“‘A person can never have too much reading material. Especially on a fall or winter evening. If you’re feeling extra generous, you may include tea. I love a unique blend. Really sets the atmosphere for medical study.'”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 210
“Humans were the true monsters and villains. More real than any novel or fantasy could invent.”
–Hunting Prince Dracula, page 249
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- Copies of both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula
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Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper and/or Hunting Prince Dracula? If so, let’s discuss in the comments! If not, do you plan to pick up this series?