Historical Fiction (YA) | Mystery (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (#2 Stalking Jack the Ripper)

30. April 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Historical Fiction/Young Adult/Mystery

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.

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RATING & REVIEW

★★★★★/5

I was really excited to continue this series, since I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, I couldn’t imagine what Hunting Prince Dracula would contain!

What I liked about the sequel was that we dived further into Audrey and Thomas’ relationship, and we got a new supervillain. I was kind of unsure on how Maniscalco was going to pull off this book, because I mean, Jack the Ripper has a lot of facts related to it, while Dracula is this scary boogeyman.

She did it perfectly though. From the beginning she makes sure that we know that Audrey doesn’t think that Dracula is real, or any vampire for that matter. That this whole thing is a serial killer who just has a very particular way of killing, like in the Ripper-case. Which I liked, because it doesn’t throw Audrey into this “I’m a scientist, but suddenly I believe in blood-sucking monsters”-thing. I also liked how Audrey has to deal with everything that came after the Ripper-case, and how she kind of distances herself from Thomas because she’s not sure he can give her what she needs. Which is EXACTLY what a super-duper heroine SHOULD do.

I also liked the progress of the story. Maniscalco is amazing when it comes to writing parallell stories, or however one would say it. What I mean is that she is so good at writing a story that dips into someone’s character and feelings, but the progress of the story is still good. So neither interferes or takes over, which is really important to me.

The villain is also VERY unpredictable. I did not see it coming, and I was so surprised by how it all ended. Why the villain targeted Thomas and Audrey, and why it was “natural” that it followed them from London to Romania.

I actually can’t figure out just one thing that I didn’t like. I actually have nothing negative to say about this book. It took the story forward perfectly, and it gave the next book a very natural beginning. I am really looking forward to the third book!

This is such a good story, and it’s better than the first one.

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