August 27, 2010

Review: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

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.

I got chills reading this book.  Karen really knows how to weave a story and keep a reader engaged.  Dracula in Love is an instant hit and will be loved by readers for years to come.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
August 10, 2010
384 pages
$25.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Doubleday.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. I really liked the idea of expanding mina's character. I have heard really good reviews on this book.

  2. I cannot wait to read this one! I love the original Dracula and love the idea of hearing it from another perspective.

  3. I like the sound of this version.

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  4. I love a book that gives you the chills.

  5. This book sounds really good. I'd like to read it. Thanks for the review.

  6. What a great idea-I'd love to read this book!

  7. Sounds like a juicy read, and something very different.

  8. I just read Bram Stoker's Dracula last spring. This would be an interesting read.

    Jkzych at hotmail dot com

  9. Sounds like a very interesting book! Would love to win it!

  10. If you say it gave you chills, them I'm in.

  11. I lovew Bram Stoker’s classic novel, this would be such a good read, love to win!

  12. I'd love to read this book! Sounds great!


  13. I'd love to read this version from Minna's perspective. Having read the original Dracula and seen various movie adaptations, this sounds really interesting.
    jcottey at aol dot com

  14. I would love this book. vampires are great!

  15. Sounds like my kind of read, exquisite review.

  16. sounds like a book i would like to read

  17. Thank you for a great review and awesome giveaway..... this book sounds very interesting....