Synopsis from Edelweiss:
In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, 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.
About: Hunting Prince Dracula is a young adult historical fiction written by Kerri Maniscalco. It was published on 9/19/17 by Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, 448 pages. The genres are young adult, horror, and historical fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 15 and up, grades 10 to 17. There are 4 books to this series: book 1 is called Stalking Jack the Ripper, book 2 is called Hunting Prince Dracula, book 3 is called Escaping from Houdini, and book 4 is currently untitled. According to the publisher’s website, “Little, Brown and Company was founded in 1837 and for close to two centuries has published fiction and nonfiction by many of America’s finest writers. Early lists featured Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson‘s poetry, and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, all of which are still available today.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Hunting Prince Dracula on 5/10/18 and finished it on 6/22/18. This book is a wonderful read! (I was in suspense for many days due to family reunion and waiting to borrow my book again from the library). I enjoy Audrey Rose and Thomas’ flirting/banter a lot. It’s interesting reading about life in 1888, where girls should keep their distance from boys and furs are heavily used as blankets. I like that they are dressed well and speak well all the time. I like how Audrey Rose is playing hard to get with Thomas, even though, she clearly likes him. I like how Audrey fight for a woman’s place in a men dominant world. I like her confidence and strong will to stand up, chin up, and dare the men of her presence. I like the location of the foreign country. I like how I couldn’t guess the ending and the build up leading to who it is, was tantalizing.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Audrey Rose Wadsworth, 17, as she and Thomas Cresswell journey by train to Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science in Romania. At the end of book one, readers learned that they both will leave home to further their education in medicine, specifically focusing on examining cadavers. As soon as Audrey Rose arrives, she hears rumors about Vlad Dracula coming back from the dead and causing recent deaths to the locals. There are Romanian language speaking in this book. The school is creepy and locates in a secluded area, yet it’s prestigious and difficult to get in. Before classes begin, Audrey Rose’s fellow classmate, Wilhelm was found dead in the snow. When class starts, Wilhelm’s dead body serves as the subject for students to study. Audrey Rose volunteer to cut open Wilhelm and that’s when she discovers that Wilhelm’s blood is all drained from his body, much like how Dracula kill his victims. A mystery to solve!
This book is very well written. I love the idea of having rumors spread about hundred-year-old killer coming back from the dead to cause havoc and then Audrey Rose working to uncover answers. I like how curious the main character is. She pushes forward even when she’s afraid to find out who, what, and why. It reminds me of Harry Potter, always looking for answers but often finding trouble before solving the mystery. It’s sure is an exciting read full of adventures though. I like the castle and those hidden passages. I like when characters come together to discuss the problem and working it out loud. It’s interesting to read about a school only accepting highborn students coming from well-known and big names family, including a Prince. I like learning a bit more about Vlad Dracula in this book too since I didn’t read other historical books of him. This series is worth reading and I highly recommend everyone to read it!
Pro: humor, slow burning romance, fast paced, page turner, mystery & suspense, actions & adventures, diversity, examining cadavers, Romania
Spoiler (Highlight to read): Thomas is the last of Dracula’s descendants. Anastasia is the last of Dracula’s wife’s descendant. She started killing all others so that she can marry Thomas and become Queen.
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Edelweiss).
More Information about Jimmy Patterson Books
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library and my opinions are honest.