Author Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) offers readers a breathtaking new perspective on Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the king of the vampires with Dracula, My Love. In these “Secret Journals of Mina Harker,” the object of Dracula’s desire relates for the very first time the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth. This is not the chaste vampire romance of Twilight—Dracula, My Love celebrates a passionate obsession in all its hot and sensuous glory.
James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) tepidly reboots the Dracula story, reimagining the classic from the point of view of Mina Harker, a minor victim. Here, Mina is torn between two men dependable Jonathan Harker and darkly enigmatic Nicolae Dracula. While the men of the story enact the plot from the original, Mina secretly meets her lover, Dracula, and conspires to have the best of both worlds keep Jonathan as a husband for the term of her mortal life and keep Dracula as a lover for eternity. The mood and material may put readers in mind of Coppola's Dracula movie, though James does the narrative a disservice by waiting until too late to force Mina to make a choice the buildup isn't exactly riveting, and the hurried decision comes across as contrived. A few unexpected twists along the way offer pleasant surprises (Van Helsing, for instance, recast as a comically inept buffoon), but otherwise, this will have a hard time standing out on the increasingly packed vampire romance shelf.
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I couldn't put it down, please tell me there will be a sequel! I read Stoker's book so many times because I was trying to read between the lines, convinced that the love and passion between Dracula and Mina was hidden in there somewhere. Syrie James echoes his style and fills in all the missing pieces so artfully. You know a book is great when you are totally captivated by a story and walk away convinced that it was not fiction. And the end...all I can say is when will you share volume 2 of Mina's private journals?
This was trullythe best book I have read in a long time. I hope that you love it as much as I did. This is the forth time in ten years and it gets better every time,,,,