Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Dracula in Love
Author: Karen Essex
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Aug 10, 2010
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385528914
ISBN-13: 978-0385528917
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Dewey

My Review:
I must start by saying that as a huge vampire mythology fan this book took my breath away. Its take on the original Bram Stoker’s version of Dracula was amazing. It found a way to bring forth the feminine side of the classic tale and provided me, the reader, with a whole new prospective on the story. It gives you a deeper look into the asylum which was absolutely intriguing and even found a way to deliver you a more clear view of the characters and their role in this dark world of vampires, fairies, and other supernatural beings.

The story follows Mina, told in first person narrative often making the reader feel as if she is speaking directly to you. (I LOVE this!) It is nice getting to know Mina- understanding her unusual childhood in Ireland and her journey to adulthood in Victorian London. Plagued by strange dreams that she is often confuses with reality, she discovers a new world and a history she never imagined could exist.

And Lucy, Mina's dearest friend, falls in love with the wrong man and everything spins out of control. Now, as a tragic series of events throws Mina into a horrific world she must question the sanity of her dear friend and even herself. And all the while she discovers that the mysterious man plaguing her dreams is more than just a figment of her imagination- Her feelings for him are becoming more than she can handle. She must make life changing decisions that are so crucial they affect her mere mortality.

I have to admit I felt more drawn to this story than I did the original as Essex finds a way to throw you into the story until you are unable to put the book down! She did amazing research to provide the reader with a better view on 19th Century London. Normally historically based stories leave me a little detached, but the way this story was written I had no trouble following. I can understand if people are thrown a little by the distinct differences in the two stories, but I must admit this story appealed more to my taste and I found it much easier to associate with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone, vampire fanatic or not!


  1. I agree. It's a good book. However, I wasn't pleased with the ending. Maybe she will create a sequel. :)

  2. I should get my paws to grab this book to read.

    P/s I've followed you



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