Hello lovelies! I just finished reading the ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, and it was better than I imagined! But, before I get into a spoiler free review, I wanted to share that I decided to participate in a monthly blog event called Calendar Girls, hosted by Melanie Bernard and Flavia The Bibliophile.
What this means is that each month there is a theme voted on, and with that theme, we write blog posts about a book that we each feel fits that theme. Then we take part in a rousing, fun discussion on our picks! The first Monday of each month is when we post our book picks on our individual blogs (I’m late this month since I just found out about it today) and the third Monday of each month we participate in a Twitter discussion.
I am super excited to participate in this and am looking forward to meeting some awesome new bloggers! Please visit Melanie and Flavia (links above) for more information and to show their amazing blogs some love!
So this month’s Calendar Girls theme was Best Sequel. Hence the title, Hunting Prince Dracula. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco is the sequel to her amazing book, Stalking Jack The Ripper, and my pick for this month’s book choice.
Best Sequel Choice:
Hunting Prince Dracula will have you on the edge of your seat. This book will immerse you in to the world of Vlad, The Impaler and will fill you suspicion of his existence. Danger and murder lurk around every corner!
The Plot: Hunting Prince Dracula follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Creswell in the aftermath of solving the Jack The Ripper murders in London. On their way to enroll in a prestigious forensic science school in Romania, they encounter myth, murder, and mayhem. Does Prince Dracula actually exist? Can the pair solve the murders all while keeping themselves alive and un-distracted by their growing feelings for each other?
I loved this book so much more than the first one! It held all the same intrigue and mystery, as well as adding new characters and mythological elements. Audrey Rose is still one my favorite female characters. She is strong and brave, and yet, possibly experiencing some ptsd in the aftermath of discovering the truth about Jack The Ripper in book one. Thomas Cresswell is as charming as ever. Still flirtatious as ever, and adds just enough sexual innuendo to make you roll your eyes and smile at the same time.
Kerri immerses us in to the history and mythology behind Vlad, The Impaler. The story takes place inside his castle, serving as a setting for a school of forensics (how fitting!). You will find plenty of foreshadowing in the beginning of the story, as well as mystery, doubt, murder, intrigue, and romance throughout this epic sequel to Stalking Prince Dracula!
Thank you to Hachette Book Group, Jimmy Patterson Books, and Little, Brown and Company for sending me this free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
Next month’s Calendar Girls theme is Best Shakespeare Play! So exciting!