Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 19, 2017 by Little, Brown & Company
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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m so excited to be a part of a blog tour for Hunting Prince Dracula, here’s my review, and a link to the tour so you can see everyone else’s posts!
Oh my god y’all, this book was so good! I really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper, but this one was BETTER! I could not put this book down!
Hunting Prince Dracula picks up a few weeks after the first book ends, with Audrey Rose and Thomas on the train to Romania. They’re on their way to a forensic program at Vlad the Impaler’s castle, and have to compete to get a place in the program.
“Curiosity was a disease that plagued me and I’d yet to find a cure.”
One aspect I thought was extremely realistic is the fact that Audrey Rose is not immediately over her brother’s death. Ever since his death she’s been more skittish, keeps thinking she sees him, starts imagining things/seeing things that aren’t really there, she’s become more paranoid, and is affected by dead bodies.
Unlike the first book, I really don’t know what to expect. I have no idea where the story is going, or who the killer is. Some of the mystery comes from Audrey Rose because she’s confused and is grappling with what’s going on around her. She has started getting nervous around dead bodies, and occasionally thinks she’s seen them move, but doesn’t know if it’s real or if her imagination is getting the best of her since she’s not over the Ripper case.
Because she is a female in this time period, Audrey Rose has to prove herself more than her male peers. She’s struggling with PTSD because of the Ripper case and her brother’s death, but everyone worries about her “delicate constitution” and continuously asks if she wants to leave because she’s being affected, even though the same is not asked of her male peers going through a similar situation. She doesn’t have to just be good, she has to be great to be taken seriously by her peers and instructors.
“I’m finally making my own choices. Which is both terrifying and thrilling, but I need to know I’m capable of fighting some battles alone.”
This book is also pretty feminist. Audrey Rose is grappling with her feelings for Thomas, and her feelings on marriage. She likes Thomas, but is scared that she’ll lose her autonomy if she marries him, or if she marries in general. She knows Thomas cares about her and wants to help her, but she doesn’t want him to think he knows what is best for her just because he is a male.
“Unlike my mother, I believe all women should stand on their own without needing anyone to hold them up. Surely a wife worth having is one who is secure in who she is?”
I really enjoyed this book, I was even reading while waiting in line in the Starbucks drive thru! I don’t want to wait for the next one, I want to know what the next case they are going to work on, and I want more Audrey Rose and Thomas!