Hunting Prince Dracula
(Stalking Jack The Ripper #2)
Genre: #YA #Romance #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror
My Rating: 5
Publication: September 19th 2017
Read: September 10th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
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.
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did!
Audrey Rose and Thomas are back at it again in this exciting second installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Where the first book read more like a true crime story, this one felt more like fiction. Hunting Prince Dracula was very rooted in folklore and mythology which made it more exciting to me. The writing was significantly better, there was much less repetition, and Audrey Rose was not as annoying as she was in the first book. Another thing that I really liked about this book was that it was barely predictable at all. Unlike the first one (where I guessed the killer right away) I wasn’t able to accurately guess the events of the book. I loved all the surprises and plot twists.
Thomas Cresswell really is the most extra, ridiculous, and outrageous man I have ever read about but damn do I love him. This book really made me fall for him. And then all the stuff we found out about him in this book…mind blown. I feel like he really came into his own in this book. In the last one he felt like an imitation of Will Herondale but in this book he felt like his own character. I also loved meeting his sister Daciana, she is just as crazy as he is.
The only thing that really bothered me about this book was the constant attack on Audrey Rose’s gender. She was constantly under scrutiny because she was a woman who wanted to study medicine. It was extremely annoying and as a woman myself it angered me. BUT this is historical fiction, that’s how things were back then so I’m not going to dock a star because the author was accurate to history. Audrey Rose also does a great job of sticking people in their place and defending her rights as a woman.
I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. Seeing Audrey Rose and Thomas in America is sure to be a fun adventure.
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