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Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Dracula in Love

by Karen Essex

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    Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James (dizzyweasel)
    dizzyweasel: These two novels embark on similar projects: retelling the Dracula story through the perspective of Mina Harker.
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker (joririchardson)
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    Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: A retelling of a horror classic that is one of the best I've ever read.

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Superb blending of existing 19th century myths and folklore present with the exploration of the effects a male dominated society had on women, this retelling of Dracula from Mina's pov is smart, sexy and fascinating. ( )
  daniellnic | Sep 24, 2013 |
If you loved reading the original Dracula, you will really enjoy this book! The author keeps to the original atmosphere and doesn’t disappoint. The style of writing used by the author is so similar to that used in Dracula, with overly detailed explanations and almost excessive use of adjectives that it almost feels as if Mr. Stoker wrote the works himself!

Personally, I find books written in a past time period to be rather stuffy and hard to identify with; however, I was pleasantly surprised buy the engaging and identifiable characters as well as the unexpected path this story took.

I don’t know if I will read it a second time or not, but I’ll gladly keep it on my shelf.

BTW… I’m happy that I won a free copy of this book, as anyone who has enjoyed Dracula and enjoys paranormal romance are sure to agree.

I’m not a literary major & the above review is just my personal opinion. Anything that I may have said that offends you, your intelligence, your profession, or beliefs is unintentional and irrelevant to my personal review. If your opinion differs from mine, please, feel free to make your own comments and disagree.
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  TragicButterfly | Jun 14, 2013 |
I've given this a good college try, but I'm giving up. The sexual assault on page 7 that had no emotional/psychological ramifications turned me off from the start. Then the soft porn on page 46 was my breaking point. I'm embarrassed to even give you a quote. Let's just say that she wakes up from an erotic dream feeling "full" in a place that had never been full before and she set out to explore that area herself.

I'll be fair and say that the tone of the book does match the tone of Dracula very well. I was originally interested in this because Mina had been such an angelically good and exalted woman in the original. I thought it would be fun to see her let her hair down a little. I got more than I bargained for, to say the least! ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Apr 3, 2013 |
An interesting concept for sure: the Dracula story as told by Mina, and of course everything is quite different from what one's been led to expect. And some good sequences of writing. But holy cow melodrama & Mary Sue-ism! It was actually a pretty decent read for laying sick in bed, but I can think of better. ( )
  epersonae | Mar 30, 2013 |
A retelling of the classic vampire tale. Karen Essex draws deeply on the suppressed Victorian mindset in creating the elements of this gothic novel. Mina Murray is engaged and set for a conventional existence when she is disturbed by strange dreams, the adventures of her fellow female friends, and her fiance's descent into madness. While predictable at times, Mina's journey results in an awakening of her own power and discovery of her own past and provides a unique take on the Dracula legend. While not completely satisfied with the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 27, 2012 |
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"You must become who you are."- Friedrich Nietzsche
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"Everyone has a secret. Perhaps yours is merely a gossamer web of thoughts a fantasies woven in the hiddden furrows of your mind."
In the beginning, there was the voice. That was how it began on that first evening, with a masculine voice calling out to me in my sleep; a disembodied voice slithering into my dream, a voice of deep timbre and tones, of sensuous growls, and of low, hollow moans--a voice laden with promise and with love.
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Mina Harker's tale -
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Love story revealed!

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385528914, Hardcover)

Bruce Feiler Reviews Dracula in Love

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on faith and family. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and America’s Prophet. His latest book, The Council of Dads, tells the uplifting story of how friendship and community can help one survive life’s greatest challenges. Read his review of Dracula in Love:

Gorgeously written and erotically charged, the novel Dracula in Love is like its century-jumping central characters: deeply rooted in the past while pushing ageless mythology into strikingly current realms. Historical novels should have plenty of history, and this novel surely does. Romantic novels should have their share of sex and romance, and this novel delivers both. But its true revelation is its gripping sense of anticipation, heartache, discovery, and unflinching chill.

With Dracula in Love Karen Essex turns her inimitable, piercing gaze to illuminating what should be familiar terrain--Victorian England--and what might seem like well-trod territory--a certain Count. Her considerable trick is to make you forget entirely all the baggage that attends her story by planting us firmly in the shoes and the psyche of one of the "victims," Mina Harker. I am walking up the steps of the finishing school with the quivering heroine; I am secreting away in London’s subterranean shadows with the jilted lover; I am traveling into the mysteries of southern Austria and Ireland's haunted west coast (yes, begone tired Transylvania!) where our heroine discovers her own dark powers.

I shudder in horror and delight when the fangs make their inevitable plunge.

I met Karen Essex when both of us were briefly embedded in the Southern gothic world of Nashville. She would soon unearth some of history’s most misunderstood women and vividly revive them for contemporary ears. From Kleopatra (note the provocative spelling) to the countess of Elgin (and her fascinating courtesan doppelganger from the ancient world, Aspasia) to feuding sisters who posed for Leonardo (watch the genius brought down to earth!), Karen overturns history’s conventions and shows how these women are keenly relevant today.

I am hardly a vampire freak. The Twilight books "eclipsed" me. And I’ve never owned a set of plastic fangs. But I do love Karen Essex, and this novel is enough to make me a little bloodthirsty.

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"...now, from Mina's own pen, we discover that the story is vastly different when told from the female point of view." --inside front cover.

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