Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So far my favorite book in the series but not without its faults.

Book CWs

  • Homophobia (mentioned)
  • Paranormal Creatures
  • Violence
  • Sexism/Misogyny
  • Character Death/Murder
  • Gore

Premise

Still recovering from her involvement in the Jack the Ripper case, Audrey Rose is off to London with Thomas Cresswell to attend one of Europe’s most well-known schools of forensic medicine. Upon arrival, the two are shocked to discover that not only will they be forced to compete with several other students to retain their studentship, but they are also in the heart of infamous killer Vlad the Impaler’s hunting ground.

As rumors begin spreading that Vlad, also known as Dracula, has returned, bodies slowly begin to pile up. Can Audrey and Thomas come together once again to discover who–or what–is responsible for these murders? Or will they too find themselves in the murderer’s crosshairs.

Review (No Spoilers)

Steph and I are back at it again with our buddy reading the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series! If you’ve been keeping track, you know that I didn’t enjoy Stalking Jack the Ripper as much as I thought I would. I was honestly really worried about continuing the series but almost everyone I came across said that Hunting Prince Dracula was better. In fact, most said it is the best book of the entire series!

I’m happy to say that I agree with the first opinion. I haven’t read the 3rd and 4th book to give you any personal thoughts about the second, but Hunting Prince Dracula was much more enjoyable for me than its predecessor. I still very much enjoy Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style. I admit that sometimes the amount of written detail seems a bit strange for a book written in first-person, but I felt like the plot of this book was much more believable than Stalking Jack the Ripper. I know that seems like a strange sentence to read about a book dealing with vampires, but *shrug*.

My main qualms with this installment was, once again, that the ending felt a bit rushed. A part of me wonders if Kerri Maniscalco is so focused on creating “unpredictable” endings, that she forgets that endings still need to make reasonable sense. For me, the conclusion of this book came across as very close to being practical. I just think that there needed to be a bit more character development all around the board for it to be complete. I will concede though that Steph and I took a month to read this book together (and I read several other books simultaneously) so it’s totally possible that the details I wanted to see were already in the book and simply forgotten over time.

We’ll probably be continuing our buddy read of this series very soon so stay tuned for my thoughts on Escaping from Houdini!

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