Blog Tour: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco Review + Giveaway
This is one of the novels that’s really caught my attention this month. The synopsis, the cover, and that title! So, being part of this blog tour and the next stop on it made my week. Not only do I get to talk about Hunting Prince Dracula, but I also get to share an awesome giveaway with you guys (check that out down below).
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 19, 2017
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.
I loved this story! There was so much going on and everything happened at just the right time, along with many thrilling moments and shocking revelations that left me very surprised. From the first few chapters, I could see what I was in for and it was definitely filled with spooky vibes that sent chills down my spine. I couldn’t help but keep reading from that point on and find out what the outcome would be.
“A scream rent the air, chilling my bones to their very marrow. Forgetting about good form, Thomas reached for me across the compartment, and Mrs. Harvey finally stirred. As Thomas gripped my hands in his, I knew this was no figment of my imagination. Something very dark and very real was on this train with us.”
At every turn of the page there is something new happening, people that mysteriously have fallen to their demise, others who have been victim to a senseless murder (or far worse?). I followed Audrey Rose and Thomas as they searched for answers in all the different places that would make one run away from. I was taken through a forest that had lore of supernatural beings roaming its trails, a train ride that started it all, and a creepy castle that made everything so much more foreboding.
“Chills pierced my skin. Between the barely lit narrow hall and the artwork, I wasn’t in the brightest mood. There was a heaviness around my chest, pushing me back. This sinister castle seemed to breathe in my fear with delight. My pulse accelerated.”
There was tons of mystery that went on in these pages, adding to the ever growing feeling that something was watching at all times, making sure that the reader felt the tension the main characters were feeling as well. Kerri Maniscalco wrote everything in such detailed perfection that, as the reader, I couldn’t get enough of. Hunting Prince Dracula quickly became one of my favorites of this year, absolutely left me wanting to read more historical fiction reads which is not always a genre I pick up.
“Scraaaaaaaaatch. It sounded as if that same something were clawing its way down the red-tiled roof. Again, an image of a strigoi assaulted my sensibilities. A humanoid creature with dead, gray flesh and black claws dripping the blood of its last meal, scraping its way to my chambers to gorge once more. Part of me wanted to dash into the corridor and scream for the guards.”
I’m already getting ready for the next adventure in the series, which I have a feeling I’ll be fawning over just as much. If it’s anything like Stalking Jack the Ripper, or as mysterious and shocking as Hunting Prince Dracula, it’s going to become one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. If you haven’t read the first in the series, or the second, you’ll definitely want to catch up with them before the third installment because they just get better and better.
***I received this copy from Little, Brown & Company in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
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
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Have you been looking forward to reading Hunting Prince Dracula? Or read the first in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper? I’d love to hear your thoughts on both books!