Book Review ~ Hunting Price Dracula (SJTR #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown and Company
Published: 19 September 2017

“Bone White. Blood Red. Along This Path, You’ll Soon Be Dead” – Hunting Prince Dracula

Publisher Summary

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    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.

My Review

     Kerri Maniscalco has done it again! Much like her debut novel, “Stalking Jack The Ripper”, the sequel entitled “Hunting Prince Dracula” did not disappoint!

     The novel begins a week after the ending of “Stalking Jack The Ripper”The book gets right into the bloody, or not so bloody good stuff right at the beginning. The first death, taking place on the train, kicks the tension into high gear as Audrey Rose deals with the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s unmasking. She is on edge herself, but she does continue to be the strong, female character we saw in the first book.

     The romance burns quite a bit brighter in this novel, and with it comes many more witty, and slightly naughty comments from our dear Thomas Cresswell. We also see their relationship hit some snags that may not have been a big deal for other couples of this time, but for Audrey and Thomas it causes some disturbances. This gives way to even more independent action taken in the book, on Audrey Rose’s part, which I absolutely loved. Though I do love this duo together in the romantic sense, I really enjoy their Sherlock & Watson vibe.

     This story will keep you guessing the true identity of the murderer until the very end. I was in shock when the reveal came and all the pieces finally fell into place. It was definitely a mystery. Kerri’s writing really keeps you intrigued and guessing all the way through. I love the way she takes liberties with historical truths to create a very entertaining plot.

     The one thing that I wished would have been different was the quick resolution of the ending. Much like the first novel, it felt slightly rushed. However, I would not let that deter you from enjoying this suspenseful mystery and the abundance of new characters you get to meet. 

     For those of you who like to listen to your books, I want to highly suggest the audiobooks of this series. I read this book, by switching between the hardcover and the audiobook. The narrator, Nicola Barber, did a wonderful job of bringing depth and emotion to Audrey Rose, as well as creating unique voices for our other characters. I want to go back and listen to both books in their entirety, as well as listen to other books narrated by Nicola.

     I hope you enjoyed reading my review for “Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco. If you have read the book, let me know your thoughts in the comments. I wish the third book could be in my hands already. 

Thank you for reading!

xxx

Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday #10 : Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Vampires & Fairies/Faeries

I’m doubling up this week and including two mythical creatures for this post. I love reading books with vampires, but in the last few years, I have also been immensely enjoying books with fairies in them.

IMG_45181. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

     I discovered this series back in my freshman year of college, Fall 2009. I have never looked back. Even though I’m a few books behind, I can’t wait to dive back into the story when I finally pick the most recent books of my shelf! Even thought you can find these books in the “Romance” section, they contain so much more than your normal vampire romance. The plot and characters have so much depth to them that you just want to keep reading.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
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I do not know what to say about this book, besides, I read it in 8 hours! This alone should explain how much I enjoyed this book. This was my first glimpse into a pure faerie driven book. I have read books where fairies play a role but never have such a big part as they do in this novel. I can tell how much Holly Black loves to write about the Fae, by how great this book is. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of The Cruel Prince, the first book in her new trilogy!

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3. The Call by Pead
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     I’m cheating a little here and adding this to my list of favorite books that feature faeries, but I haven’t even read the book yet. This book is sitting on my TBR. I received a sampler last year at YallFest and loved it. The opening totally gave my the creeps that book about the Fae sometimes give and I loved it! I can’t wait to dive into this book because I have very good feelings that it’s going to end up being a fave.


4. A Midsummer Nights Dream by William ShakespeareIMG_4516

     I couldn’t write about fairies and not include my favorite play by William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Nights Dream has been my favorite fairy driven book/play since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. I was then lucky enough to take part in performances of this play, my junior year of high school and I cherish those memories greatly. The playfulness of Puck, the intense relationship between Oberon and Titania, and the silliness of the actors, bring so much to this Shakespearean comedy! 
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5. Underworld
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     For my final favorite, we are hopping back to vampires with the 2003 film, Underworld. I have seen many a vampire film, but I always come back to this story. The one of the war between the vampires and the lycans. The plot, set design and costumes just bring this story to life and with the cast of actors they brought on, I don’t know how it could have been better. This movie is definitely on my Halloween watching schedule! 

QOTB: I would love to know, what movies you love that feature mythical creatures? I really need some new films to watch!

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have enjoyed my latest post and will continue to return as I grow my blog!

xxx

Kimberly

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday #9: Favorite Creepy Settings

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here

This week’s post was thrown together as I completely lost track of the days and all of sudden it is now Wednesday! How did I do for a written on the day blog post? 

This weeks topic is Favorite Creepy Settings

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1. Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King
     Before I had even read this book, I had visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This hotel was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the book. Now, after reading the book, I never want to step foot in there again! The novel being set inside a hotel gave an extra creepy factor to the novel as there are only so many locations for action to take place. Basically, this means the hotel itself is like one big haunted house. For me, the most creepy setting of the novel was the hotel’s topiary garden and when it “comes alive.”

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2. The island of Vane in The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
The island of Vane and its residents really added a creepy feel to this novel. Setting wise the different locations like the cave and her father’s study really made the spine tingle, while the characters themselves made an uncomfortable feeling settle around you. If you get a chance to read this book, please do, as it is a very interesting read.

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3. London in Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
London in the time of Jack the Ripper was a very hunting place. The books really brings the creepy feel of that time to life! I absolutely loved this book and the imagery that the author includes let’s you paint a graphic image as you traverse the streets with Wadsworth and Cresswell! –  You can my find my review of this novel here! I fully recommend this book if you are looking for a chilling read this Halloween season! 

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4. Alchemists facility in Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
     The Re-Education facility in the Bloodlines series was absolutely terrifying. It creeped me out more than any strigoi could have. The measures that the alchemists took to re-educate their people, showed you a more disturbing layer to the Alchemists. Their thought processes in their world of vampires, damphirs and strigoi was more unsettling then you would have originally thought. 

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5. Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak
   This one is cheating a bit as Crimson Peak is a movie, but they did write a companion book so it counts…right? I immediately thought about Allerdale Hall as I thought of my favorite creepy settings. The dreariness of the house along with the appearances of the crimson colored ghosts really set the tone for this fantastic ghost story. The use of imagery really pulls you into the plot and gives you a chill all at the same time! If you are a fan of a good ol’ ghost story, please check out this film! You will love it! 

QOTB: What is one of your favorite activities to do during the Halloween season? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading this weeks Top 5 Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite creepy settings! 

xxx

Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives