Read: August 24th-26th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2
Format: ARC, 434 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Catch me if I fall, all right?
I really wanted to love this book, the same went with the first in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper. I had so much hope, only to be disappointed.
I read Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula back to back, and honestly, that was way too much for me. The writing was easy enough to read, the way Kerri Maniscalco would describe things was phenomenal. It was super intriguing to learn and read about how morticians do their work, especially during the time the series takes place. My only problem with her writing was that it was insanely predictable. You could tell who Jack the Ripper was so easily, and it made the protagonist look as if she was daft. It didn't help that her character was just annoying in the first place.
I couldn't stand Audrey Rose, she has got to be one of the most annoying characters I've ever read about. All her actions, and views on thing were just so all over the place. She was constantly jumping to conclusions, thus making the worst out of a situation. If I counted, I probably groaned at least 300 times when reading about something that involved her character.
All that aside, the historical aspects of the story were amazing. Had I not read Hunting Prince Dracula, I would have never known about the secret society involved with Dracula or about the secret passages of death that resided in the castle. If you were able to put aside everything else I said above, then you are definitely in for a treat with the historical aspects of the novel.
Hunting Prince Dracula was certainly not for me, between my hate of the protagonist and the predicability of the plot, I do not see myself picking up any more of the sequels in the future.
"The world is neither kind nor is it cruel. It simply exists. We have the ability to view it however we choose."
Recommend to People Who Enjoy:
Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Sherlock Holmes, Romance