Hello Readers! November has finally come to us, and I cannot believe that 2017 is almost over! I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween, or any other holiday you recently celebrated. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I had a goal that I was only going to read scary/thriller books during the month of October. But, with me being in college and drowning in school work, real work, and just being lazy, I only ended up reading one scary book. 😦 However, reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco was honestly one of the best decisions I made. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco
WARNING: This post does contain spoilers, but only if you haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet, and I do say where Audrey and Thomas are going in the next book.
Synopsis: 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.
To start off, I love serial killers, mass murderers, etc. I’m fascinated with them, just like most of us are. So when I heard about Stalking Jack the Ripper, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I did have a few problems with the ending, but I loved it and I still pre-ordered Hunting Prince Dracula. I was so excited for this, and Maniscalco did not disappoint.
For starters, there are two things that happen fairly frequently in books that I hate. The first is when a tragedy strikes a main character, and they can’t get over it. Audrey Rose suffered a horrible experience with her brother being Jack the Ripper and trying to revive their long-dead mother. I can’t even imagine how that would mess me up. But Audrey Rose being the total badass that she is, did not let that deter her from her studies at the academy. Audrey did suffer some trauma from the event such as seeing things and having nightmares, but throughout the entire book she was working on herself to overcome it.
I also cannot stand it when the main character and their obvious love interest find every excuse possible as to why they shouldn’t be together. Audrey Rose and Thomas aren’t together, but that is because this is the late 1800’s, it’s slightly hard for them to just date and be a couple. They either aren’t together or they’re betrothed. But, Audrey Rose doesn’t dwell to hard on Thomas. Yes, she thinks about him and flirts with him, but it isn’t constant. And I appreciate that so much.
Maniscalco also managed to keep my attention during the whole book, which lately has been a real challenge. It was such a compelling book, I was so sad when I finished it. Maniscalco did a brilliant job of making me think we really were in the late 1800s, and she beautifully captured Romania. I can’t wait to see what adventures Audrey Rose and Thomas have in America!
Have you read this series? If so, let me know what you thought of it, and who think our next serial killer will be!