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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper) Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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Praise for Hunting Prince Dracula:
"Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swiftpaced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations, Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp."―Booklist
"Audrey Rose is a smart, fearless, and progressive heroine. Plenty of red herrings, a conspicuous absence of blood, and a developing romance make this a must-read."―School Library Journal
"Readers of the previous mystery will be thrilled to have more of this likable duo. [A] delightful romp into an 1888 Gothic mystery with a hint of romance."―School Library Connection
Praise for Stalking Jack the Ripper:
"An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery."
―School Library Journal
"Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story."
*"This audiobook has everything: a true-life tale that has intrigued readers for 100-plus years, a young woman who balks at the constraints put upon women during the Victorian era, a marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery, and a narrator who brings you down into Spitalfields as Jack the Ripper earns his name. A must-have."―School Library Journal *starred review*
"Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society's rules....This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance."
―School Library Connection
About the Author
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
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The events of Stalking Jack the Ripper have shaken Audrey Rose, undoubtedly and she’s not quite on her feet yet, but going to the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science with Thomas is sure to provide the distraction that she needs. Of course though, their trip is bombarded upon with a murder before they even make it to the school. It definitely sets the course for Audrey Rose and Thomas for the next few weeks. The Academy is the school where she can truly learn her craft in the finest of details. Naturally, though, Audrey Rose is the only female student in attendance and the boys aren’t too fond of having a girl in their class either.
Audrey Rose and Thomas soon learn that their semester at the school will actually be spent trying to earn their place in the school. Out of a dozen or so applicants, only two students will be allowed to enroll. The pressure is definitely on. But it seems to take a backseat to the true danger that is happening at the school. More bodies keep showing up. Some appearing as if a vampire had drained them of all their blood, others appear as if they were staked to death, like a vampire themselves. It’s hard to get a grasp on things as the clues are harder to find and the suspect list is pretty big considering there are students, teachers, servants and of course there’s the village nearby. Who exactly is killing the students in such grisly ways? Our favorite detectives will have to work together once again to solve this case.
I truly, truly loved this book so much! It was astounding from the very first page and held me entranced to its very end! Not to mention I am a pretty big vampire fan. While my history of Vlad Dracula is pretty sparse, and a bit corrupted with recent movies too, let’s face it, Hollywood can muddle the mind sometimes! And then there’s always trying to figure out what’s actually historical fact in the book itself, luckily Kerri gives some notes on that at the end of the story much like she did with her first book. I was naturally in awe of the liberties she took and what she did with history and turned it into this completely amazing story!
This book was far creepier than I expected too! Be aware that it’s not a story for the faint of heart! Truly creeping, crawly (hint, hint) moments and bloody ones too! It’s a book that gave me chills on more than one occasion! But I love a book that can creep me out so thoroughly!
Romance, because we have to talk about this tension between Audrey Rose and Thomas! Yes, they shared a kiss last time around and that oh-so-delightful romantic tension that was so strong in the first book continues on here as well! It gets better too, folks! Thomas continues to amuse me! He’s so comical, I love his sense of humor and snark! I love even more that Audrey Rose can toss it right back at him at times. She doesn’t simper away, though let’s face it, Thomas can leave one speechless no matter one’s own snark repartee.
The mystery to this one was good! Very good! Once again, I didn’t quite see the whodunit coming. I mean I made some speculations as I went, but when the reveal came I was shocked! Though I was sort of guessing it, literally, moments before it happened! So, I kind of got it? Lol! But yes, very shocking indeed and yeah, still pretty creepy! I loved it!
While we don’t know exactly what’s in store next for Audrey Rose and Thomas in terms of their nemesis, we do know where they are headed. So naturally, I am trying to scour my knowledge and come up with a nemesis! I can’t wait to see who it is!
Hunting Prince Dracula was a most stunning read indeed! It’s got mystery, creep factors, characters with great snark and personality, plus a heart-warming, toe-curling romance to boot! This is a read that will delight readers all over! It’s nothing short of amazing and I am soooo desperately looking forward to Kerri’s next book!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
The second book is about Audrey Wadsworth and Thomas Creswell attending a medical training school in Romania in none other than Dracula’s castle . When students turn up murdered (drained of thier blood) Audrey and Thomas can’t help themselves and slowly uncover the castles secrets.
Audrey is still affected by events in the 1st book and at times can’t trust her own eyes or mind. Thomas tries to do what he thinks is best for Audrey and attempts to help her cope. This turns out to create alot of friction between the two. Thomas in his own way is just trying to show he cares but Audrey finds it stifling. It was heartbreaking to see thomas so vulnerable at times to then have Audrey crush him. In the end their relationship gains trust and respect for one another.
Hunting Prince Dracula has a lead who enjoys dissecting bodies, her partner in adventure who is handsome and swoon worthy, witty dark banter, sexual tension, mystery, murder, secret orders, Romanian folklore, and a ton of history on both Dracula and Vlad the Impalor. All and all these add up to a fantastic read and I highly recommend the series!!
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