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September 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalso – Review and Giveaway

 

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalso!

Read on to check out our review!

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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller 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.

Hunting Prince Dracula
(Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
by Kerri Maniscalso
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

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When I first read through author Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper, I had been intrigued with the dark, gritty storyline, and the novel’s cast of characers. I had especially loved Audrey Rose as a protagonist, as well as her companion Thomas Cresswell (and, you know, their ensuing romance) joining her as she tried to solve the Ripper murders. The novel ended on a high note, and I was always wondering what might come next for Audrey. After all, what could top one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in history?

              Vampires, apparently.

              Hunting Prince Dracula takes Audrey Rose and Thomas on a whole new adventure as they head from Victorian London to a forensics school in Romania— one settled within Bran Castle, the once-home to Vlad Tepes himself. As someone with Romanian ancestry, I always get a bit excited when a novel decides to hone in on the country and culture, but I digress. The country’s use as the novel’s primary setting was well-crafted and well-done. I didn’t have any doubts about Maniscalco’s take on late-nineteenth century Romania, and it fit the novel’s tone nicely.

              When it comes to the new characters introduced in Hunting Prince Dracula, I have to admit that I was stunned. There were some who were so incredibly unique, and strong, and memorable; but I felt that for every round character, there was another who faded into the background. Characters like Anastasia, Radu, and Nicolae were well-written, with memorable dialogue and characterization. They were characters who really helped build the novel up, but it’s too bad that there were a few characters who fell short, and seemed to only be defined by their familial ties, sexual orientations, and their moods.

              I liked Hunting Prince Dracula’s writing. Maniscalco is able to create a vivid depiction of the story for the reader, and there weren’t any instances where I was stumbling to understand what was happening. Much like in Stalking Jack the Ripper, the author’s talent really shines through during the forensics scenes, where there’s always so much gore and powerful emotion. I always loved the scenes where Audrey’s love of science and understanding of biology really got an opportunity to shine through.

              All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Hunting Prince Dracula. I loved the setting, the characters, the way the novel somehow felt just as dark as it’s predecessor. The one thing I will say is that I just wish there had been, for me at least, something that had been established in Jack the Ripper to give me the slightest belief that something supernatural might be at hand for Prince Dracula. In my opinion, the novel was too deeply rooted in fact to take on an antagonist whose roots are so deeply tied to fiction, and thus the tension created by rumors of strigoi and monsters lurking in the Romanian forests didn’t cause much suspense in me. I suppose I wish I could have been a bit more frightened while watching Audrey Rose descend through Bran Castle and all it’s mysteries.

               I would recommend Maniscalco’s novels to readers who are looking for a novel set in the Victorian era with a strong, young female protagonist. Any fans of novels filled mysteries and gothic themes would also adore these delightful reads.

 

About Kerri Maniscalso

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC 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. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Lisa Brown
    9/24/2017

    A must-read, sounds great; thanks for the chance :)

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  2. Cassie
    9/26/2017

    Just BTW, the author’s twitter handle in the rafflecopter has an “s” instead of the second “c”, so it says @kerrimaniscaslo instead of @kerrimaniscalco :)

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  3. Samantha D
    9/28/2017

    I am excited!!

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