Hunting Prince Dracula has been one of my most anticipated reads of the years, and it certainly blew all of my expectations out of the water! I had so much fun reading this book, and I’m thrilled to get to participate in the blog tour today! Check out my full review below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Hunting Prince Dracula
(Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis: 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.
With Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell heading off to Bran Castle to study forensic medicine, I had to pair Hunting Prince Dracula with this Castellum Dracula Megru de Dragasini wine. This wine is nearly as intense as this plot line, and it’s brilliant ruby red color reminds me of, well, you can guess…
*All wine pairings on this blog are for those of legal drinking age only.*
With it’s gorgeously haunting setting, gripping storyline, and sizzling romance, Hunting Prince Dracula is one fall release that’s simply not to be missed.
In Kerri Maniscalco’s brilliant sophomore novel, Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell venture to Castle Bran in the heart of Romania to study forensic medicine. But when bodies begin turning up staked or drained entirely of blood, it looks like trouble may have followed this dynamic duo all the way to the steps of Prince Dracula’s castle.
The setting of this story is beautifully rendered. From the Orient Express, to the dark forest, to the castle itself, this book is wonderfully atmospheric and filled with brilliant nods to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Dracula mythos itself.
Audrey Rose continues to prove that she is one fierce female character. She is intelligent, driven, and not afraid to stand up for herself, even when she’s the only woman in the classroom. She is incredibly likable, relatable, and a character that I happily root for through each novel.
Thomas Cresswell (commence sighing and swooning) is such a great love interest. Not only is he tall, dark, and handsome, he’s also funny, intelligent, and supportive of the woman he loves. He is definitely on my list of top book boyfriends of all time.
And when you get Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell together on the page, it absolutely sizzles. The romantic tension between them is delicious, and their banter is so funny and enchanting. They are definitely one of my favorite OTPs.
The plot moves along at a perfect pace, combining action, romance, and a gripping mystery. With a cast brimming with unreliable characters, it’s so much fun trying to figure out who the real villain is. And while I loved book one in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, I do feel that Maniscalco did a better job in Hunting Prince Dracula of throwing red herrings into the reader’s path and making it impossible to guess who the killer is.
With the mysterious murders, the spooky setting, and the rather gory nature of Audrey Rose’s chosen subject of study, this book has just the right amount of creepiness. This is absolutely the perfect read for the season.
I am such a huge fan of this series. I think Kerri Maniscalco has really proven that she has some serious writing chops with this second novel, and I hope that we can look forward to many more books in this captivating series.
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.
- 2 copies of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula
- US & Canada Only
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Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this incredible tour! Be sure to check out their website here!
Are you a Stalking Jack the Ripper fan? Have you picked up your copy of Hunting Prince Dracula yet? What are some of your most anticipated reads this fall?