Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Dracula in Love

Dracula in Love
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Dracula in Love' by Karen Essex is a wild romp through the original story of Dracula, taking a much more feminine approach to the events originally crafted by Bram Stoker. This particular tale is told by Mina Murray Harker herself, rather than in journal form. Much of the original story does not appear in this version, but the most important elements of Mina, Jonathan, Dr. Seward and the Count are present.

What I liked most about this book is that it presents characters that both try to defy and to conform to female societal norms of the time. Instead of remaining behind the scenes, female sexuality is explored. And in terms of the Count and his powers, it is much less a vampire story, instead focusing more on ancient Irish mythology. Overall, it is unfair to compare this novel to Stoker's original story, because while it contains many of the same characters, it is a totally different experience. Still, fans of the original 'Dracula' will enjoy this tale.

*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

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