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Book Suggestion: “Dracula in Love” by Karen Essex

I recently finished the book Dracula in Love by Karen Essex. You may recall that I read another book by her which I posted about previously called Stealing Athena. I loved Stealing Athena. However, I should admit that going into reading Dracula in Love, I was a bit tentative.

Why was I tentative, you ask?

Well, partially because this book is based very much on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is so much in the world of vampire fiction that is based on the Dracula that Bram Stoker created and wrote about. And so much fiction about Dracula himself! I think Dracula is a name that everyone knows! Sometimes it feels like everyone who writes about vampires is trying to be just like Bram Stoker or Anne Rice.

And quite frankly, there are so many books about vampires out there that I’m always a little hesitant to start something new when it comes to vampire books. Don’t get me wrong! I love a good vampire book. I love a good book in general. While there are a lot of books that I enjoy with vampires – Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles for instance – there are others that I don’t enjoy at all because they lack in originality. I won’t go into any in particular. My point is simply that I find it difficult to find a vampire book that I personally enjoy.

Now back to the particular book at hand. Dracula in Love. It was not at all what I expected it to be. As I said, it is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And in a similar fashion, Dracula in Love follows Mina Murray throughout the length of the story. Mina narrates from the first person, “writing” her story for the world to know. Mina strives to tell the truth about what actually happened, more-or-less saying that Bram Stoker’s version of the events that occurred were nothing more than a lie.

Dracula in Love, while being based on Dracula, is its own story. The differences outweigh the similarities. There are some events that occur in both stories, though the reasoning and causes are very different. As are the characters.  All the characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula play their part in Dracula in Love, though their actions and the personalities that drive them are much altered from the original.

And Dracula in Love is very much a love story! As I’m sure you could have guessed from the title. The entire book is about love, about mystery and wonder, about what once was in the past, and what could be in the future. It’s about Mina’s attempt to understand her own past, the mysteries of her own life, and finding a way to break away from propriety and into her own happiness.

I liked Karen Essex’s Dracula in Love. I was so surprised at how different it was from the original Dracula, but also to some extent following the same basic course of events. It’s a fantastic read. And very well written. I love a well written book. One that can make a page come to life simply by putting the right words down to describe all the people and events that come to pass within the story…

If you’re interested in purchasing either Dracula in Love by Karen Essex or Dracula by Bram Stoker, feel free to click the linked pictures above for a pretty good deal on both books!

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