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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061923036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061923036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) tepidly reboots the Dracula story, reimagining the classic from the point of view of Mina Harker, a minor victim. Here, Mina is torn between two men--dependable Jonathan Harker and darkly enigmatic Nicolae Dracula. While the men of the story enact the plot from the original, Mina secretly meets her lover, Dracula, and conspires to have the best of both worlds--keep Jonathan as a husband for the term of her mortal life and keep Dracula as a lover for eternity. The mood and material may put readers in mind of Coppola's Dracula movie, though James does the narrative a disservice by waiting until too late to force Mina to make a choice--the buildup isn't exactly riveting, and the hurried decision comes across as contrived. A few unexpected twists along the way offer pleasant surprises (Van Helsing, for instance, recast as a comically inept buffoon), but otherwise, this will have a hard time standing out on the increasingly packed vampire romance shelf.
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“With its poetic, 19th-century prose style, this tale about a fierce, forbidden romance will appeal to even the most jaded romance fan.” (Library Journal)

“This very romantic side to Dracula is powerfully sensuous and masterfully told... Should sit side by side with Bram Stoker’s Dracula on your keeper shelf.” (singletitles.com)

“5 stars. Poignant, passionate, and powerful... Critically acclaimed and bestselling author, Syrie James, once again transports her readers back in time and enchants them ...Truly outstanding!” (Austenesque Reviews)

“We enter Mina’s psyche...and likewise develop an understanding of Dracula’s motivations. This insight explains why a human woman and a ‘monster’ would literally ache to be with one another. I was exhilarated, enthralled, and completely mesmerized. Vampire book lovers will absolutely love this book.” (Bestfantasystories.com)

“Dracula, My Love had me hooked immediately. Filled with suspense and romance, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was incredibly well written and I couldn’t put it down. Syrie James paints an amazing picture of Dracula that left me both infatuated and appalled.” (LitFest)

“Only Mina Harker, who once fell under the seductive spell of literature’s most famous vampire, knows Dracula’s true story. James gives readers an intriguing alternate theory as to the events that occurred in Stoker’s classic horror tale while at the same time delivering a spooky yet thoroughly romantic love story.” (Chicago Tribune)

“This remarkable story twists and turns with every page ... The story unfolds with fast-paced action, well-written dialogue, and historical events mixed in with a truly remarkable love story that keeps the reader glued to every page. Another hit (for Syrie James)... right out of the park.” (Feathered Quill)

“Must read... I love the way this book was written... Both love stories (Mina and Jonathan/Mina and Dracula) have such depth... I became so caught up in the story that I wasn’t sure who I wanted Mina to end up with... A really emotional love story. Rating: 9 (Excellent)” (The Season For Romance)

“An excitingly dark tale with a romantic twist...a page turner from start to finish. The author has given Dracula something that is missing in earlier novels – a heart and soul...Like a vampire draining his latest victim, I sucked down every juicy detail of Dracula, My Love.” (Stephanie's Written Word)

“What really happened between Mina and Dracula? Syrie James provides her own provocative interpretation in the exciting Dracula, My Love... She keeps the suspense level high, so that even readers familiar with the original story will be furiously turning pages to see what happens next. Excellent novel.” (Bitten By Books)

“Syrie James paints a vivid picture of woman in the grip of dark passion. If you think you know the legend, her thoroughly modern Mina will surprise and delight you. It’s a dark and sizzling romance for hot summer days and nights.” (Dolce Dolce)

More About the Author

Syrie James, hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings, is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN, THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE, NOCTURNE, DRACULA MY LOVE, FORBIDDEN, and The Harrison Duet: SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

In addition to her work as a novelist, Syrie is a screenwriter, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. An admitted Anglophile, she loves romance and all things 19th century. Syrie welcomes visitors and messages at www.syriejames.com, and invites you follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Dracula behaves rather well up until the very end of the story, where we see a sudden change in temperament.
It was one of the first books I read from my pile, because I loved the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and by seeing the movie, I was able to put a face on everyone.
I love the classic Bram Stoker's Dracula and I thought James did a fine job of blending the original with Mina's story.
Denise K. Rago

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on June 1, 2010
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I loved the novel Dracula when I was younger so was excited to review this new version told through the eyes of Mina Harker. It seems her original journal didn't tell the whole truth . . . she was not as actually repulsed by Dracula as she seemed in the original book, but was actually quite attracted to him. In the novel Dracula, My Love, Mina is a bit of a women's libber and unsatisfied sexually with her straight and narrow husband. In fact, all the characters are a bit different in this version. Lucy is not only beautiful but a bit of a slut, Van Helsing is an idiot filled with misconceived notions of vampires, and Dracula is the poor misunderstood vampire who really doesn't want to hurt anyone. While I liked the idea of this novel and thought the writing good, it was a bit too Harlequin romance for me. I enjoyed the first portion the most which was mostly a recap of the original novel but after that, I got tired of Mina's condescension of the men who were trying to help her and of her two-timing her husband with Dracula. I think fans of Twilight might enjoy this tale but for myself, I'll stick with the original Dracula.

I'd give this 3 1/2 stars but since amazon only allows full stars, I'm upping this to four because I think James is a good writer and I was just the wrong audience for the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Black VINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
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Syrie James pens an interesting spin on the classic vampire novel with "Dracula, My Love". Commendable for its expansion of the character of Mina and ability to draw the reader into her story, while maintaining the original storyline's cohesiveness, the book is a nice, modern spin on the tale.

My largest critique comes of the handling of the Dracula character. Instead of maintaining the characteristics of the original Stoker representation, James chooses to present her antihero as a little too misunderstood for his own good; instead of a dark, tortured hero who Mina loves in spite of herself, Dracula gets a treatment which makes him a little too sanitized. The conflict is erased too easily; for a more compelling story, I think the vampire should have been left a little more of his villainous traits, with Mina falling for him anyway.

The other major issue I had with the novel was the blending of the Stoker content with James'. Especially in terms of dialogue, there is a distinct schism between what James has written and what was in the original novel; either James should have rewritten more of the Stoker dialogue to blend better with her own book, or made her own verbiage a little more antique.

Aside from these points, this was a satisfying read. I like getting into the brain of Mina and getting more backstory on her, while still having the same tale presented by Stoker. Fans of modern paranormal romances who want to get back to where a lot of the genre tropes began should enjoy this book; fans of the original looking for a more cerebral adaptation might be a little less enthralled, but still entertained.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arali on January 12, 2011
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There are several books available that tell the story of Dracula from Mina Harker's perspective, but none have been as intelligent nor come close to the original as Syrie James' novel.

"Dracula, My Love" is an account of Bram Stoker's Dracula seen through the eyes Mina Harker. As in the original novel, the narrative is given from the journals of Mina and Jonathan. Mina, however, keeps a more shocking and intensely romantic journal in secret shorthand, free from the prying eyes of those who might seek to discover the events that are not recorded in Bram Stoker's version. In this spellbinding novel, Mina is both terrified and intrigued by Count Dracula.

Mina heads for a holiday to Whitby after her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, leaves for the continent on business to Transylvania. Not having heard from him in months, Mina is deeply worried about him and of her friend, Lucy Westenra, who has taken up sleepwalking and is looking rather pale. Her mind is also preoccupied with the devastatingly handsome foreigner who has just arrived in England and has taken an interest in her.

Although Mina misses Jonathan terribly, she is swept off her feet by the attentions of Mr. Wagner (aka Count Dracula). He is charming, intelligent, worldly, cultured and sympathetic. When Mina shares her concerns about Jonathan and Lucy, he knows just what to say to put her mind at ease. He is always near and seems to appear whenever she wishes to see him. She feels drawn to him despite her moral obligation to Jonathan. She feels confused and ashamed, but the thought of not seeing him again fills her with grief. When Mina comes to realize that she is in love with Mr. Wagner, she resolves never to see him again despite her breaking heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Boadway on March 24, 2011
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Absolutely wonderful! Mesmerizing.... like Dracula wrote it himself just to roundup a few more victims - what charisma! Haven't read a book that's kept me this interested in a long time. This is not classic literature, but it is a well-written, captivating story that makes you want more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee18 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 8, 2011
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'Dracula, My Love' is the third novel by acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter (turned novelist), Syrie James.

As the title suggests, James's novel is a retelling of Bram Stoker's original Gothic tale. Our protagonist is Mina Harker, who is recounting a time in her life when everything was thrown into disquiet and discontent. Seven years after the events that bought a Mr Wagner (née, Count Dracula) into her life, and Mina still senses his presence and yearns for his forbidden touch...

The more I read in the Urban Fantasy genre, the more I am fascinated with its origins. And it seems I am not alone. 'Dracula, My Love' is the second novel to come out that retells and reshapes Stoker's classic tale (the other novel by Karen Essex is called 'Dracula in Love').

You may think you know the tale of Dracula, and can therefore gain no fascination or insight from a retelling. True, you may know the players and the setting. The Whitby cliffs, Lucy Westenra's tragic death and the twisted triangle of Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker and Count Dracula. But writers like Syrie James and Karen Essex are revisiting the original tale from a modern perspective and setting Stoker's Gothic story ablaze in modernity.

One of the finest aspects of 'Dracula, My Love' is Syrie James's heightened awareness of Stoker's time and setting, as she draws on fascinations of the past as well as modern sense. She cloaks the Dracula myth in inventive historical facts, drawing on the legend of Vlad the Impaler but also referencing 'pop culture' of the 1800's.
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