HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA Review and Giveaway!

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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!


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Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 3.30.15 PMHunting 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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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.


Wine Pairing

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.*


HPD Review

five-stars

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.

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HPD Author

Kerri

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.


HPD Giveaway

  • 2 copies of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula
  • US & Canada Only
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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?


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43 thoughts on “HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA Review and Giveaway!

  1. Kristin says:

    I just bought the first book and I am reading it next!! Can’t wait!

    That wine is just too perfect. I want to read this book while drinking that wine before Halloween! 🍷

    Great review!! 😊

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Aaahh!!! It’s amazing, Kristin! I hope you love it! And yes! That wine! I can’t drink for a couple months because of a medicine I’m taking, so I didn’t get to try it, but one day!

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Wonderful review, Krysti! I’ve seen reviews for Stalking Jack the Ripper around, and while it sounds really good, this isn’t my cup of tea. Once I read the word “gory” in your review I thought: Nope!

    That said, I think you did a great job writing this. Your reviews are getting more and more elegant. Keep up the great work! Is this set in the modern era, or the past?

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Jackie! Yeah…it’s definitely gory, so probably not for you. It’s one of my favorites though, and book 2 is actually so much better than book 1.

      And thanks so much again! I feel terrible that I haven’t had time to post many reviews of the books I read these days, so that means a lot. It’s set during the Victorian era, specifically during the Jack the Ripper murders. This one takes place right after.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I completely understand where you are coming from with posting reviews for the books you’ve read. I am literally months behind in writing reviews for my read books, so I find that I’m posting reviews for books I’ve read many weeks ago. Oops. Plus, you have so many blog tour and ARC commitments! I don’t know how you manage it all. I’m blown away.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Exactly. I think I might try to do one post a week with all the books I read that week, the rating I gave them, and like a few quick sentences about it. That’s the only way I can think of to actually get them all on the blog. I usually spend most of my Sunday doing blog posts. Then I don’t have to worry about them during the rest of the week and don’t feel so overwhelmed.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That’s a cool idea! I love reading everyone’s Sunday Link Up posts, so I’ve been considering it too. However, I don’t know if I want to spend the time writing those when I know I’m struggling to keep up with my own reviews. O_o Baby steps, I guess. Yes?

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I do love the Sunday link up/sum up posts. I haven’t had time to do one in about six months, but they are really fun. We just need to get paid for this, so we can do it full time. ☺️

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Ohmygosh! YES PLEASE. I just don’t have the time/knowledge how to build my blog to a point where I could get paid to do this. But wouldn’t that be amazing? I don’t know how people get there– it requires a TON of time and dedication.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It would be AMAZING! I don’t think any book bloggers honestly make even close to enough money to do that. Some vloggers do though. 🙂 I think you have to have a very outgoing/entertaining personality to be able to run a successful channel like that, and most of us are way to introverted. Comes with the book territory. LOL.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That’s an interesting insight! I wonder what the difference is between vlogging and blogging as far as making a living is concerned? I personally don’t find vlogging appealing– as a participant or a viewer. So I don’t know much about it… I just know I get bored listening to people. O_o

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Jackie, I’m so with you! Which is funny because I do have a vlog with author interviews. Vlogs will get hundreds of thousands of views per post where the biggest blogs get hundreds. It’s so weird, because most people I know all say they don’t take the time to watch a full vlog video. It’s interesting to me.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That’s really interesting to me too. I wonder why that is? Perhaps that’s a change in how the world works, really– I know so many people who have their bluetooth headphones in 95% of the time. Perhaps, particularly with things like interviews and book reviews, the visual isn’t what matters? Perhaps consumers are actually going after the audio to listen to while they go about their business.

        I take that time to listen to audiobooks, personally. Since I got Kurosh I’ve actually started using the Overdrive audiobooks available to me. And I’m crushing it. 😉

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        That could totally be the case. It would be interesting to do a poll and find out.

        I’m with you. That is definitely audiobook time for me too. So I’m going to have to check out this Kurosh you speak of. I haven’t heard of it before.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh!!!! LOL. 😂😂😂 I actually knew that. I just totally did not put that together. That’s hilarious.

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