Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series Number: 2
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
hunting prince dracula was so much better than stalking jack the ripper. maybe it was my expectations? i was so excited for jack that i ultimately felt let down. this then lowered my expectations for dracula (maybe why i enjoyed it more?) sometimes it’s difficult to understand why we feel the way we do.
i felt hunting prince dracula was better written. i liked the mystery a lot more, it was a lot less predictable, and the romance didn’t feel so forced. thomas cresswell was a lot more likeable in this book too.
the biggest thing for me was the setting. i don’t think i’ve actually read a book set in romania before. it was different and refreshing. a lot of research has gone into this book, and you can really tell. i loved that this book was set in a castle (heart eyes!!).
i loved how refreshing and (somewhat) creepy this book was. it definitely had a more paranormal vibe to it (which i absolutely loved). aspects of this book could’ve been better (ie, it’s not very memorable), but considering this book was much better than stalking jack the ripper, i have high hopes for the third book in this series.