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The blurb sounded interesting, but I am not going to lie to you, faithful readers. It was the cover that convinced me. I mean, look at this gorgeous thing!
It is amazing. Also intriguing? The blurb. I love me some Bram Stoker, and I think we all know how I feel about vampires. A retelling of the Dracula story from Mina's point of view? There was absolutely no way I was turning that down.
I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning. The language seemed stilted and didn't flow very well. It wasn't until I was about 30% of the way through this (60K word) book that I felt like it came into its own.
The backbone of the story is interesting, but the characters didn't seem very well-developed. It was hard to believe that Jonathan Harker was lovable enough to endure his mother and to mount a full-fledged rescue attempt in the face of almost impossible odds.
However, the world-building was very well done, and by the end, I was buying the forbidden chemistry between Mina and Abe (Van Helsing). There were some fun twists and turns regarding a mysterious stranger and some events that had me wanting to do a little historical research (which is, for me, the hallmark of a good book--I care enough to dig deeper).
The ending felt abrupt. I think the book could've easily continued on for another 10-20K words (and I would've liked more exposition and time spent with the main characters).
I'm hoping we see more of the intriguing Clara in the next book (which I will definitely be picking up) and learn more about Gabriel's back story.
A good debut! I'm looking forward to the author's voice really coming into its own as she moves forward with future works. I'll definitely be waiting for the second one to come out and give this a solid 3.5 stars.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Fortress of Blood: Takes off where The Beast of London stopped, this novel is well written with an intriguing plot filled with twists and believable, strong characters. Once started the book is hard to put down; the pace is continuous and unlikely characters join forces. It is funny that the "Disney castle", Neuschwanstein, located in Bayern (Bavaria), is used for the Transylvanian castle on the cover design.
Realm of Night - Takes off where Fortress of Blood stopped. Another well written book following the author's pattern of an intriguing, suspensefilled plot and strong characters. Again, this book was hard to put down and the pages just fly by. All three books in this series has been worth the time to read them.
***I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of this ARC that I received through the goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal, or LOP.***
These are two words that come to mind where 'The Beast of London' is concerned...albeit far from the only ones. It has been quite a long time since I have honestly enjoyed a book from beginning through to & including the end. Myself, being a somewhat fastidious reader, is one reason for the 5 star review.
Goffigan has done a fantastic job on taking the reader through an adventure as the entire story naturally and consistently moves without unnecessary chapters dedicated solely to description. Her flow of writing and evident talent deliver constant narration through Mina Murray's point of view and how she describes & interprets her surroundings as well as other characters in the story.
* Did I mention natural and consistent movement/development of an adventure? Yes!, that's right. I never found myself bored or felt that I was "trudging" through any chapters. This book has constant energy! There is no place for boredom on this ride. *
This portrayal of Mina is spot on! I am a fan of all things Mina/Jonathan/Dracula/London. I love Bram Stoker's Dracula and I found myself viewing the characters in this story walking around in that same London atmosphere. This is by far *the best* book I've read that is a variation of what was done with Stoker's main stage characters.....& what's better - we meet equally interesting new characters! The development of the entire cast was executed effortlessly while the adventures are taking place. You'll be turning page after page reading viciously bloody events taking place as the the characters & even secondary characters are coming true to form through their dialogue, actions, and intent. Another reason for 5 stars!
We get just the right amount of romance in this, the first installment of the series. What we discover of Mina and Jonathan's relationship is written with just the right mixture of flirting, playfulness, compassion, and love. I want to tell you more but I don't want to spoil this awesome story for anyone.
Something that continuously held my interest and appreciation was the description of their journey. In one excerpt, Mina describes their travels : "We soon left Pest behind to cross the Szechenyi Chain Bridge to the Buda side of the city on the opposite side of the Danube River, which glittered beneath the fading light of the setting sun. In Buda, we made our way down the old medieval streets of the Castle District, where we were dropped off at the edge of Vienna Gate Square, an area that teemed with both shops and old homes that were both baroque and medieval in appearance."
Simply put, this is great writing- worthy of every star! I was only sad when it came to an end. I read about 1/3 of this book in one evening. To say it is a page-turner is a cliche that just doesn't do it justice.
* If anything involving Mina Murray & vampires (including most of the main characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula) hold your interest at all, then you have my word, you will have fun reading 'The Beast of London'.
And the ending was perfect!!!!! *****
Is the beginning of the story interesting enough to suck you in to keep reading? Yes!
Is this the type of book that will keep you up beyond your bedtime because you want to read "just one more chapter"? Absolutely!!
Writing style - Fantastic!
Character development - Outstanding! I feel like I'm on the adventure with them & look forward to them in the next installment! Mina is amazing!
This book is exactly what I hoped it would be & it thoroughly exceeded my expectations! I predict that L.D. Goffigan is going to continue delivering great work, if this story is any indication of what she is capable of.
** I was given this book in advance by the author in return for an honest review. However, I would gladly have paid for the entertainment provided within. Thank you for the opportunity Ms. Goffigan.
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