Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
“For there are no limits to the stars; their numbers are infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by them. An amount too boundless to count.”
Name: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Type: Book 2 of the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Following the riveting ending of Book 1, Audrey Rose is struck with grief and unable to do the thing she loves the most: science and forensic science. In order to get her out of her funk, Thomas decides to ask permission to take Audrey and himself to Romania and study Forensic Science in a very ludicrous school. Together they embark in a journey that was supposed to filled with studies and knowledge, yet murder seems to follow our beloved couple.
Audrey Rose goes through a lot in this story. It was interesting to see how the author was able to include grief and PTSD in Audrey's life. She is struck with obscene nightmares and being in Romania where the folklore runs wild it is not easy for her to not feel she's being followed and hunted. Thomas' character is also more enjoyable in this sequel. I feel we are able to see their relationship grow emotionally before it even begins to grow physically (something that is obviously very normal for the time period and thus it allowed us to really feel in the 1880s). However, one factor I also enjoyed was how we actually get to see them argue and fix their issues, as well as Audrey Rose becoming more open about her feelings about him.
The themes of feminism continue to be very poignant and important in this book. Specially, as she partakes in an academy where only boys are known to attend. She is quickly assumed to be dumb and weak, thus following her grief stricken heart she has to proof to everyone how intelligent she really is.
Maniscalco, does a really good job with secondary characters in the sequel. In this story we are introduced to a variety of students in the Academy who play small parts in the adventure, but we do get to meet Thomas' sister, who happens to be dating a girl (a very twisted idea for the time period it was set on). I enjoyed this addition to the story and what both characters had to offer in regards to thematic elements.
Just like the first book, I guessed who the murdered was in the again. However, again just like the first book, I doubt the real important aspect of the story is who the killer is but rather the whole setting, folklore and steps Audrey takes in order to get there. The answer is not the awesome part, its the way she comes up with who the killer is and how they end up defeating her.
--- 4 stars ---