Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Dracula in Love
by Karen Essex

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Published: 2011
Publisher: Anchor
Genre: Historical, Romance, Vampires
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 5

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In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): swept
Absolutely loved how this story is told. It is presented as a historical vampire tale wrapped in gothic passion.

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9 comments:

  1. I like the sound of that, wrapped in Gothic passion :D

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  2. I definitely need to get on reading this book!

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  3. Great review! I've read Bram Stoker's novel although I wasn't able to finish it because someone borrowed it from the library. :) I've heard amazing things about this book. It's been in my wishlist for about a year now.

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  4. I LOVED this book! :D
    Very enjoyable twist on the standard
    Dracula-esque!

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  5. A vampire story plus a beautiful cover means I must read this!

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  6. I've had this for while, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I love the cover. It's nice to hear it's as good as it looks. :)

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  7. So want this one! Gothic passion! Yes, one of the reasons I love Jane Eyre so much. I need to read the original Dracula and then I'm on to this one! With Fall right around the corner...;)

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  8. Glad you really enjoyed this one. I haven't heard lots of this book, but I want it. ;)

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  9. I want to read this one but I need to read the original first!

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