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The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1): A Dracula Retelling Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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