Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review of Dracula In Love by Karen Essex

Dracula in Love

Karen Essex turns on the heat in this transporting and darkly haunting new tale of love and possession that puts forth the question: What if everything you knew about Dracula . . . was wrong?

From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire. 
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Doubleday 
I received this galley from Shelf Awareness

What I liked about this book:
  1. I was very excited to get a book about Dracula.
  2. I really liked the cover.
  3. The author is very talented at what she does.
  4. I liked the sex scenes, but there weren't as many of them as I thought there would be.  The book says it's for Twilight's grown up fans, but not quite as sexy as I would have thought.

What I didn't like:
  1. I didn't like Jonathan and wished that Mina wouldn't have gone to him.
  2. I didn't like the fact I didn't hear much about Dracula until the second half of the book.
  3. I didn't like the way the book ended, she should have gone the the opposite of what she did.
  4. I just felt like the story could have been told in fewer pages.
This book was okay.

1 comment:

  1. I wanted her to go with Dracula too!!! Sorry this one didn't work for you...I loved it, but you already knew that!! LOL!