Review: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Historical YA Mystery/Crime/Suspense
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
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“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.“
Historical YA with crime, suspense, and near 21st century feminist lead roles has become my FAVORITE lately. Let’s just say that I was pleased by this addition.
I didn’t figure out the culprit as quickly in this story because there were so many moving pieces and I feel like I was properly misled. While that didn’t leave me in shock and awe at the big reveal, it did add a layer of sneaky mischief to the book.
Both Cresswell and Audrey Rose continue to be ahead of their time and bantering to better each other. I appreciated that Audrey Rose suffered with what happened in the previous book because it would have been unnatural if it didn’t make her second guess her career. I also liked that while we learned all about her past in the first book, we were able to learn all about Cresswell’s in this one.
The history and folklore it explores is amazing and the setting of “Dracula’s castle” makes for an eerie addition!
If you enjoyed the first, pick this one up and it won’t disappoint!
- Some scenes describe the bodies’ condition in depth and it isn’t always pleasant, if you don’t have the stomach to read about a body in decay after a horrific murder, it may not be the book for you.
- There are some animal attacks which are fairly descriptive both during and after.
- Some truly horror story moments regarding darkness, blood, and creepy characters.