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iDrakula [Kindle Edition]

Bekka Black
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens


18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker's original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.


"Bold, innovative , and warped. . .an insanely imaginative tour de force."

–James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author


"Black expertly interweaves story and technology in this timely Dracula tale."

–Rebecca Maizel, author of infinite Days


"What happened?"


"Not sure. I was fine when I went to bed."


"But?"


"But I dreamed that someone got into my room."


"Who?"


"I don't remember his face. He was tall, thin, pale...I was paralyzed. And then my neck hurt and my mouth was full of..."


"Of what?"


"Blood. My mouth was full of blood."



Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

At first glance, this take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula—told exclusively through text messages, Web browser screens, e-mails, and various photo and PDF attachments—looks like shameless pandering. But check out the first text: “Renfield had a psychotic break. Carted off to Bellevue. More l8r.” It’s an opening gambit indicative of Black’s storytelling instinct, which consistently proves itself able to transcend gimmick. The format, with its realistic images of iPhone and iPad screens, actually lends the book a chilling sort of one-shock-per-page pulse—and let’s not forget that Stoker organized his novel with the letters and diaries of his time, too. Black’s enjoyable modifications turn the plot into a love triangle (well, actually, counting the count, a love pentagon): Mina is a jujitsu-practicing romantic; Jonathan, a womanizing cad; Lucy, his boozy booty call; and Abe Van Helsing, a premed student (“He’s old,” e-mails Mina, “twenty or so”). For every in-joke that weakens the otherwise serious mood (“Drakipedia”), there is an inspired idea (the five pages of bounced e-mails during Jonathan’s captivity). Fast, inventive, creepy, and sure to be popular. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

Review

Dracula is coming, but he's arriving on the shores of 2010 New York instead of 1897 England, with cell phones and laptops replacing the letters and newspaper clippings of Stoker's era. Forget the modern vampire, who sparkles in the sunlight and struggles with the desire for blood. Black brings Bram into the modern age with e-mails, smart phones and websites, all while preserving the brooding heart and vicious nature of Dracula, the literary ur-vampire... Though the restrictive page layout moves the narrative along at a brisk pace, this design-heavy book doesn't satisfy itself with simple IM transcripts; browser "screenshots," "attached" jpegs and smart-phone–framed text conversations (complete with those cute little speech balloons) alternate with more conventional-looking e-mails. There are nods to vampire lore in both URLs and webpage titles, and Mina's heartfelt final e-mail to Lucy blends a traditional goodbye with the ephemeral nature of today's digital technology. While not for the Gothic scholar, this bite-sized retelling of the seminal vampire novel won't drain anyone's attention span. (Horror. YA) (Kirkus )

Product Details

  • File Size: 2454 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452V58K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Short Read November 4, 2010
By M. Ford
Format:Paperback
First off this was a really quick read for me, which is exactly what I needed this month. It's November which means it's NaNoWriMo which means my already crazy life just got crazier. I think it took me about 3 hours in total to read.

For me that was three very enjoyable hours. Bekka Black has taken one of my favorite classics and turned it into a book that is completely modern. I loved the format and I sincerely hope she is planning on doing this again; maybe with a different classic?

The characters stayed pretty much true to themselves, the dialogue back and forth between the characters was entertaining and easy to read.

This was extremely original and utterly modern. The only thing missing was Mina, Van Helsing, Jonathan, and Lucy's twitter updates!

My only real criticism of the book was that it just wasn't scary like the original was, but maybe that wasn't the author's intent.

So I'm giving this four out of five stars. For me the originality and humor I found in the book pushed it from a three star (liked it) to a four star(I really liked this book). It might have gotten five stars had Ms. Black managed to also convey the utter creepiness and scare factor the original had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and Fun October 1, 2010
Format:Paperback
Bram Stoker's tale gets an innovative update in Bekka Black's iDrakula. While she remains true to the heart of the story, Black firmly places the characters in the 21st Century by tossing out Stoker's letters and journal entries in favor of text messages and emails. The modern presentation makes this a quick read but it doesn't suffer from a lack of depth. Black has maintained the complex relationships created by Stoker and given them her own spin. Everything fans love about the original Dracula is here but with a fresh coat of paint, and Black's bold writing style adds flair to an otherwise well-known classic.

Fun, innovative, and more than a little twisted, iDrakula is a perfect for anyone -- young or young at heart -- looking for something new in the vampire world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave new world September 30, 2010
By Noirguy
Format:Paperback
Welcome to the next generation of books. How the author manages to write an updated retelling of Dracula entirely in the parlance today's teens (email, texting) is nothing short of amazing. The landmarks are there from the classic story but this is a bold new way of writing a book. Of course, if the storytelling wasn't there it would be little more than a gimmick, but Bekka Black brings the goods.
Know a teen who is into vampires? Yes. You do. Slip them this book or even tell them to download the app (!) and invite them in to a brave new world of storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An updated & creative homage January 2, 2012
By Dani
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Every time I think, "Man, I'm so OVER vampires." I seem to pick up yet another book that features more mythological blood-sucking creatures of the night. Perhaps I'm just not as over them as I imagine myself to be. Perhaps they are my peculiar form of bookish Kryptonite. In any case and for whatever the reason, I'm glad I picked up iDrakula.

Ashamedly, as much as I read about vampires, I've never actually read Bram Stoker's Dracula. I've seen movies, I know the plot and the players, but I've never actually picked it up and read the granddaddy of all vampire books. An oversight I hope to rectify soon. So that stated, as far as in depth comparisons go for the purists among you, Dear Reader, I won't be able to give any. However, based on my knowledge of Stoker's Dracula, Black has written a smart and innovative homage to this gothic classic. Originally written in an epistolary format (i.e. letters, journal entries, etc.), Black has modernized the story, making it relevant for 21st century teenagers by telling her vampire tale via text messages, emails and occasional iPad web browsing. Not only is the novel cleverly written, but the way the story is presented visually is extremely appealing to my inner wanna-be graphic designer and provides the reader with an aesthetically pleasing reading experience.

Clocking in at 150 pages even, iDrakula is a quick, but intense read. Black keeps the plot moving at a fast clip and the text/email formatting style sucked me right in. It gives off a vibe of the forbidden and taboo, not only from the feeling that I'm snooping in someone's private correspondence, but also from the sensational events and subject matter of the book. It is creepy, dark and edgy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drakula April 18, 2011
By paula
Format:Paperback
this book is juts awsome realy it got me so stuck in it and i need to keep reading i finish this book in 3 hours it was juat fantastic....this book realy got me in to reding more...and if all books are like this one ill will read them all no matter what..i will whant that all readers in the world will read this is juat so interesting and if your one of does persons that like misteries,getting scared reading,and like paranormal thing read <drakula> and you will see what im tolking about!!!!! ps=love the book!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short read,catching plots,interesting format February 13, 2011
By sunsun
Format:Paperback
I like this book because:
1. it is short,it didn't make me yarn while reading not like the others did.
2.plots are catching, and you read the story from different characters' point of views,but somehow it is cleverly sorted.
3.vampire topic, still, but with new format that has msg and email to telling the whole story, which makes me feel very interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid, You Can Call Me (or Text!): "idrakula" by Bekka Black
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Published 8 days ago by Saturdaychick
1.0 out of 5 stars What a joke
I read this in about an hour, and it has to be one of the most ridiculous books I've ever picked up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolina West
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book
Eh, it was okay. If I hadn't gotten it so cheap, I probably never would have picked it up on my own. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but Lacking
OMG! So this is getting three stars, and only because it made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Take an author with WAY too much time on her hands, give her something to butcher, add... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Renee Travis
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice take on an old story
Real quick read. Nothing special, but it's a a pleasant little time-waster. Geared more for teens and at least it's not lame vampire romance.
Published 15 months ago by David Welch
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique Short Read
This book follows a modern day Jonathan, Mina, Lucy, Renfield, and Van Helsing through the difficult times of dealing with a vampire. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Angels R Kids/Furkids
3.0 out of 5 stars iDrakula
My Thoughts: To tell you the truth when I started to read this I thought it was super dumb. I've read a book slightly like this before called TTYL that was all in the form of chat... Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Jericho Barrons
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good with a caveat
I enjoyed this story with its quirky format quite a bit. What I'm smarting about is the price. I downloaded a sample, liked it, and decided to buy it on my Kindle. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by S Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bekka Black's creation is flawless
This digital book is beyond incredible. A reimagining of Dracula, this version brings a familiar tale to life in a new, fresh way. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Merrie Destefano
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what i thought it would be
Having been a fan of the original Bram Stoker's Dracula, and hearing the hype on Twitter and other networking sights, I figured I'd pick up a copy on my Kindle and take a look at... Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by D. R. Rux
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More About the Author

After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin. The series has received numerous starred reviews and the first book, A Trace of Smoke, was chosen as a Writer's Digest Notable debut.

She lives in the foggy cold of Berlin, where there is very good Internet access and lots of warm tea.

For information, go to: www.bekkablack.com

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