Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula

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Following the 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 Thomas Cresswell she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine. When blood-soaked discoveries taint the halls of the school's forbidding castle, Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the murders. Are they the work of Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend? Or a copycat killer?
Publisher: New York : Jimmy Patterson Books, Little, Brown and Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780316551670
9780316551663
Characteristics: 434 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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lgmosher Jul 07, 2020

Do I feel some sort of sorrow not giving this book all 5 stars...
Yes, will I regret it...
No. If I didn't enjoy a certain handsome flirt, then it would have gotten 3 stars.

Hunting Prince Dracula was a fantastic book. But there was a wave of... struggle I suppose you could put it in the flow of the book. At times you soared through it and then at others you wer dregging through thick mud. It seemed to prattle on with things that weren't quite important. Sure certain trivial things ended up meaning things but it was.... How do I put this.... More emotional.

Where Stalking Jack the Ripper dove deep into the science and logical reasoning I believe the author was a little too involved with folklore and emotions that they forgot about what we all loved about the first book....

1. Mr. Thomas Cresswell ♥️♥️
And
2. The scientific studies that Audrey Rose and Thomas entered into and the deductions that they make.

In this book the author was concerned with two things:

1. The propriety of Miss Audery Rose. This book was so worried with propriety. Like Audrey Rose gets concerned with riding in a carriage alone with Thomas but yet in the first book they rode the train together just fine and walked around London in the dead of night alone... They even dissected a body in his apartment without anyone else there and she wasn't so concerned with it. But all of a sudden it's the most important thing to ocare about.
and
2. Emotions... Emotions everywhere. How Thomas felt, how Audery felt... how every other woman in the story felt. Even ten seconds the author brought up Audery's "hauntings" and it got quite, exhausting.

It is true, I LOVE that this series tries to be realistic in terms of mental and emotional hardships that Audrey Rose has, and even Thomas.
Its very realistic.
Of course she would have issue after she found out her brother was a career killer and then was killed himself. And why wouldn't it freak her out just a bit to think that killers were around them. The fear and realistic anxiety is there. But the sheer volume in which it is percieved was a bit overbearing.

If one thing holds true, it is Mr. Thomas Cresswell!

"For there are no limits to the stars; there numbers are infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by them. An amount too boundless to count."

I am absolutely, 100%, unhealthy in love with Mr. Thomas Cresswell.

"I would miss you in ways that I cannot fathom, if we should ever part."
♥️♥️♥️
If you have to Cresswell, please break my heart slowly and without warning so that I can mourn without knowing it.

The end was thrilling and again, it was a murder mysery... and I seem to have a keen mind like my beloved Thomas Cresswell, and started to piece things together. I didn't have the why, but I certainly had the who.

But there is something refreshing about reading a novel such as this and being correct even without all the pieces. Hunting Prince Dracula was a good second book, and I hope that the third becomes even more than what my expectations tend to be.

Thomas Cresswell, ruining my expectations for boys since 1888.

This book was a ride, much in the same vein as SJTR but dialled up to 11. This time, I didn't guess the outcome, and it might be because my mind has been so busy with classes, but I really just enjoyed the journey to the final insanity this time, instead of figuring it out halfway through.

Overall, Kerri's writing is just as engrossing this time. Her characters are vibrant, I love Audrey Rose and her early badass feminism SO MUCH, and we don't even have to talk about Thomas Cresswell because come on. The only reason I'm taking a star off is because there was a chunk of the book right in the middle where I was losing some interest; I wasn't completely absorbed the entire time, but when I was into it, I really was into it.

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Zeenath_Ishak
Dec 19, 2019

A fantastic book that deserves a lot more recognition. If you love mystery, thriller, suspense, bloody history and a dash of romance, this book is for you.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 10, 2019

The second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, Hunting Prince Dracula is set in Romania and, I believe, is a few weeks after the events in the first book. This book I thought wasn't as fantastic as the first however it still keeps me enthralled in this world and these characters. The different setting is refreshing and with a new mystery to solve for our protagonist, Audrey Rose Wadsworth, this book keeps me excited to get my hands on the third and wait patiently for the fourth. 5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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RebelBelle13
Jan 04, 2019

Because Stalking Jack the Ripper was so good, I decided to dive headlong into the sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula, as my first read of the year. I was very happy to see a continuation of certain themes, introduction of new ones, and a change of venue. I don't know much about Romania or the legend of Vlad Dracula, so this was educational as well as enjoyable. The setting was delightfully macabre- Bran Castle, with its towers and secret passageways and echoey halls. Audrey Rose and Thomas' relationship was enjoyable as well, if a bit angsty at times. It is refreshing to see a male love interest actually treat the lady as his equal, and not a damsel who needs saving. They really are an intelligent and formidable duo, and I honestly can't imagine one without the other. Thomas' shameless flirting is adorably endearing, and Audrey Rose encourages him with the intent of pursuing a relationship with him. Thomas' social flubs towards the beginning of the story are completely believable for his character, as are Audrey Rose's reactions. I was also happy to see the latter dealing with what happening in SJTR- it was completely traumautizing (without giving anything away) and I'm glad to see that Audrey Rose kept getting flashbacks of the basement and had to deal with it. This is a novel where it would behoove the reader to read the previous book before starting this one. All in all, a solid, decent sequel with a believable plot, a devious mystery and a bit of romance. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoyed the first!

OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

I really enjoyed reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and was really excited to find out that she was making it into a series. Hunting Prince Dracula is the 2nd book in the series and did not disappoint. Its just as dark and twisted as the 1st in the series.

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