Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Also by this author: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Stalking Jack the Ripper
Also in this series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Stalking Jack the Ripper
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Historical, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult
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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.
After the way the first book ended I really couldn’t wait to dive into this one after picking it up at ALA.
I have to say I really enjoyed certain aspects of this one but also really couldn’t stand some of the same things from the first book. I really loved the growth in the relationship between Audrey and Thomas. I felt that these two finally found more than just witty banter. Their relationship felt real this time and they also had moments to argue and connect in ways that they didn’t in the first book. It felt easier for them to be together and grow their relationship away from Audrey’s father. I loved Thomas even more this book because we finally got to see some of his weaknesses and not just his wit, even though there was still plenty of that.
Aside from loving the relationship growth I really liked the supporting characters in this one. Everyone felt a part of the story and I would have enjoyed even more time to get to know them. I also really enjoyed the competition in this one to be the best student of death if you will. It added that spooky element that I really enjoyed in the first book. I work in medicine so I like seeing people in the past trying to understand what happens to the human body and the science involved in that.
Now on to what I didn’t really care for. I really felt that Audrey grated on my nerves once again with her attitude. In the first book she wanted to show that even though she was a girl she could do things just as good as, if not better than, the boys. I respect that and trust me I am all for girl power but Audrey just whines about it so much. In this book she kept not only pushing feminism but also she seemed to think every time she saw a body that she couldn’t possibly go on. Everything in this book seemed to trigger her and it was acceptable at first because she did suffer at the end of the first book but eventually the same lines were used over and over to describe her fear. Now in all fairness I did read an ARC of this so maybe some of this will be edited out but it was tiring. I wanted to shake her.
Overall, I found the book to be enjoyable for certain things. I do have to say that overall the mystery in this one while it did have more of a creepy factor the mystery itself seemed a little pointless. It felt a little like the author threw something outta left field with the reasons behind the murders in this one. So I stay stick around for the romance, creepy scenes involving dead bodies, the cool science of the human body and of course Thomas Cresswell. Cause he might be worth it just by himself!