Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco is the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you read my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper, then you know I instantly became obsessed with this story. I enjoy that the cover design is consistent and each of the books has a main color. Having cohesive cover designs on the dust covers for a single series is very satisfying, and the solid color for the actual hard cover is beautiful. Going forward with this review, I am going to assume you have either read Stalking Jack the Ripper or my review for that book. If you haven’t read either, be prepared for some spoilers from Stalking Jack the Ripper. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for Hunting Prince Dracula.
Audrey Rose flees London, and her memories, after her horrifying discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity. Accompanied by Thomas Cresswell, Audrey Rose travel to Europe’s top school of forensic medicine. However, the school is also the home of a legendary blood thirsty killer, Vlad the Impaler.
The joy and excitement Audrey Rose feels evaporates when a string of murders start to occur. Now her curiosity is piqued and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate. However, this brings the fears Audrey Rose was trying to suppress to the surface. In order to solve the mystery and stop the killings, Audrey Rose must discover this copycat quickly, or put Prince Dracula to rest for good.
Hunting Prince Dracula was definitely more up my alley than Stalking Jack the Ripper just based on the title alone. Even though there wasn’t any actual fantasy portion to the story, since it is historical fiction, I love folklore and actually took entire class in college on Slavic folklore. So murders in Dracula’s castle? Sign me up!
There is a whole new crew to get to know in Hunting Prince Dracula, but Audrey Rose and Thomas have grown so much during their time in Romania. Audrey Rose has a chance to finally be independent, garner respect from her male counterparts, explore her relationship with Thomas, and work through what happened during the Jack the Ripper case. It is clear from the beginning that Audrey Rose was greatly affected by the Jack the Ripper case, her brother’s death, and watching the failed experiment of bringing her dead mother back to life. While trying to cope with this trauma, Audrey Rose has to prove that she is capable earning a spot at the academy and she is competent in forensic medicine. The amount that Audrey Rose grows, overcomes challenges, and finally blooms is absolutely beautiful.
Arrogant, charming, and emotionally distant Thomas Cresswell grows quite a bit as well. Thomas’s main areas of growth are on how to properly express his emotions and learning his relationship with Audrey Rose. For a young man that comes off as charismatic and highly observant, Thomas is clueless when it comes to courting a lady, opening up emotionally, and boundaries. Seeing Thomas be vulnerable and unsure of himself was refreshing and made him more relatable. This other side of Thomas makes me love him even more. To me, Thomas is not the conventional male character and between him and Audrey Rose, Thomas is my favorite character.
“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.”
“I will gladly accept any and all books, however. A person can never have too much reading material.”
“Be still my thawing, dark heart. You certainly know how to make a young man feel alive, Wadsworth.”
“Curiosity was a disease that plagued me, and I’d yet to find a cure.”
“Monsters were only as real as our imaginations.”
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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