Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco was just released this week and we are thrilled to be a part of the blog tour! You will find all the book & series information as well as my review and a tour-wide giveaway! I devoured this book and I hope you will too!
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 must start out by recognizing Kerri Mansicalco’s mad writing skills…SHE CAN WRITE. Stalking Jack was no fluke. Because this one just blew book one out of the water!
Hunting Prince Dracula is ten times more gory, bloody, dark…I loved every page. The fiction mixed with the real bits of history are once again perfection. I appreciate a good horror story, and typically find it a struggle in YA to enjoy them. Most are watered down. But this one, NOPE.
Then there’s the setting. Medieval castle complete with secret passages. Like, the real Dracula’s castle, y’all. Goals. For real.
Audrey and Thomas make quite the dynamic duo. And the tension, flirting…they are so perfect. Add in their banter and I struggle to name a couple more suited for each other than these two. The “romance” is one of my favorite parts of this series.
But the best thing? Thomas Cresswell. I mean, I loved him back in Jack. But lawd…he’s just serious goals here. There’s something we find out in this one that makes him even swoonier than the first time around. He is easily one of my all-time favorite book boys.
The plot sped along (for me). There was a slight lag/drag in the middle, but for the most part, I couldn’t put it down. Also, I’m usually really good at spotting a plot twist, but not this time around! So yay for tricking me! And the new characters are utterly brilliant; and a wonderful addition. Audrey is as snarky as ever. But, she’s also going through some things. I thought that was well-handled, too.
A stunning, brilliant sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula will thrill fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Stephen King fans alike. It’s probably going to remain in my top 5 for 2017!
Author Bio: Kerri Maniscalco
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC 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. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
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2 Winners, each for a set of both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula, US/CAN Only