I’ll be doing a double post featuring Kerri Maniscalco’s books: my review of Hunting Prince Dracula and the cover reveal of Escaping from Houdini! If you haven’t read the first book, I highly suggest you read it first before reading this post, as this will be a spoiler-free review and thoughts.
BOOK REVIEW: HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA
Title: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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.
‘The world is neither kind nor is it cruel. It simply exists. We have the ability to view it however we choose.”
This book deserves more than 5 stars! I’m giving it an infinity stars rating because it was THAT GOOD!
I loved STJR a lot, as what I’ve stated in my review of the book, because of a lot of reasons. And because of that, I was expecting a lot more from Hunting Prince Dracula as it gave me a high expectation for the next one. AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! It’s been a long time since I got this hooked and obsessed with a series, so I’m really glad that I found Stalking Jack the Ripper to fill that gap in my life. This series is definitely going to bump its way up in my favorite series of all time! If you are reading this, please note the excitement in my words because I can’t contain them!
I don’t have a lot more to say about the second book because the things that I loved the best about the first book was sustained in Hunting Prince Dracula – and even gotten better! The character development, the plot, mystery of the new murderer, and the action! I’m just so glad that this book didn’t fall into the second book syndrome, and that it still kept me up late into the nights just like the first book did.
Before we had the real crimes of Jack the Ripper, now we’re tackling Vlad Dracula. I liked how now we get to see the mix of both myth and fact about the Impaler because of the hundreds of stories about him. It just added more excitement to the whole book because we can’t decipher which sides of his stories would be used for the book. I also loved how a bit more history was woven into the story, especially the family tree, and how it related to our main characters. I didn’t know much about the history of him, but I was happy to know more about it because the book explained it in great detail without boring me. However, the pictures were a bit dull compared to the ones in the first book, so the shock factor of encountering them every few chapters wasn’t as exciting as the first ones.
I love how we got to meet new characters, especially Ileana and Daciana, and Thomas and Audrey Rose’s classmates in Romania. We get to explore more storylines and character backgrounds through them, and see the interaction between our main leads. As much as I highly adore Audrey Rose and Thomas’ interactions, I was still at awe with how they were able to interact with other people that suddenly played important parts in the book. I hope we get to see more of them, especially Ileana and Daciana in the next book!
I’m just really happy that the Cressworth ship has finally sailed! The flirting and sexual tension between them was even more intense in this book compared to the last one. I really enjoyed their minds working together and their wits fighting each other. Audrey Rose is still our same Audrey Rose, but in this book we finally got to see a vulnerable side of Thomas that we haven’t seen before. Their affections for each other surmounted even though they had fought and annoyed each other to death. I was able to catch a number of well-loved flirty banter and declarations throughout the book, and the anticipation on when they will finally admit their feelings for each other (without their usual sarcasm) kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I smiled so much during those final chapters, and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book! CRESSWORTH FOREVER!
The third book needs to come soon or I’ll probably murder someone (jk) My new mission is to look for the physical copies of these books because I NEED IT!
If you still haven’t started reading the series – I AM BEGGING YOU! START IT! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!
COVER REVEAL: ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI
Kerri Maniscalco just revealed the cover of the third book in the series last Saturday! AND IT IS GORGEOUS!
How can you not love that cover?! One of the things I also loved about this series is its gorgeous covers! I loved how it displays Audrey Rose and the events that might take place in the book with just the cover alone! I wasn’t expecting it to be blue, but the blue definitely suits perfectly! AND THERE’S A BOAT – definitely telling us that she, Thomas, and Dr. Wadsworth are travelling to America for his new case! I can’t wait to read what will happen during that boat ride! Even though it looks so much like the Titanic, I doubt that they’ll be on board, because Hunting Prince Dracula ended at 1899, and the Titanic doesn’t sink until 1914.
The third book will be released on September 18th (such a long time!)
Here’s the synopsis of the book:
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?