Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be talking about Hunting Prince Dracula today! I LOVED this book and devoured it. I highly recommend both it and Stalking Jack the Ripper if you haven’t read that for some odd reason. Kerri’s ability to transport you into the world of Audrey and Thomas is spectacular. I loved the setting of Romania and Bran Castle. I wanted to roam the halls with Audrey & Thomas and visit the little town of Brasov. I wished I was the one traveling down the secret passageways with them to discover new mysteries. The supporting characters were fantastic too! I absolutely adored Daciana and Ileana and I hope to see them pop up in book three! This mystery was so fun to solve. I figured it out right before the reveal and was completely shocked. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll probably never guess who the killer is. (insert evil laugh)
Onto the real reason for this blog post, my top ten favorite traits of Audrey and Thomas! I’ve decided to break it down by including four personal traits for each and then two that they share. Up first is Audrey…
Audrey is an intelligent, curious, determined, and plucky woman. She is someone I aspire to be and dream of being friends with. Her determination in every aspect of her life makes me want to be more confident. I love how she never backs down and doesn’t conform to society’s rules. Her pluckiness (or bravery) is admirable and also scary at times. She seems to have no fear and sometimes that isn’t always the best. Her curiosity also gets her in trouble sometimes, but it also leads her to great discoveries. Lastly, her intelligence is something that surprises me time and time again. She always seems to see the bigger picture and is quick to deduce what’s happened.
“Do you have any idea how difficult it is for me? Most men do not take me seriously based on the skirts I wear, and then you go and prove them right! I am not less than, Thomas.” – Audrey
Thomas has been one of my favorite male literary characters in the past few years. I love his snarky/witty disposition, his compassion for those he loves, his attention to detail, and his ability to be quick on his feet. One of the first things you learn about Thomas is his ability to remember or pick out the most minute details. As a scientist, I find this trait one of my absolute favorites, because it’s something I have to do. This skill of deduction has helped both Audrey and himself multiple times, as has his quick responses. I wish I was able to think as quickly on my feet as Thomas seems to. That and his witty banter has gotten him out of many a sticky situation. That witty banter and snark with Audrey is what makes me swoon. Whenever I think of their dialogue, I can’t help but think of my favorite couple, Logan and Veronica from Veronica Mars (I can get VMars into any post!). Their love hate relationship is what makes you yearn for more. Which leads to his compassion for those he loves. Thomas is the kind of man that will be there for you through thick and thin. He protects and supports those he loves, which I find beyond admirable.
“Your brain is quite appealing. Even in the face of all this, by far my favorite asset of yours.” – Thomas to Audrey
My final two favorite traits go hand in hand. The way Audrey and Thomas work together and also compliment each other is a wonderful thing. It feels as though they know what the other is thinking and they use that to their every advantage. They are always there for each other, no matter the cost. At times Audrey can be brash or impulsive and Thomas is there to reel her in and calm her down. I’m going to refer back to Veronica Mars again, but their dynamic reminds me so much of Logan & Veronica’s. They play off each other so well and bring out both the best and worst in each other.
“When Father had announced Thomas would escort me to academy along with Mrs. Harvey due to his illness, I’d practically chocked on my soup course while Thomas winked over his.” – Audrey
I hope you enjoyed my little analysis of Audrey and Thomas. I also hope you enjoy HPD as much as I did and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s guesses on who the killer is. But more importantly, thoughts on where they think book three takes place! I have many theories and have even shared a few with Kerri. The sleuth in me needs to solve this mystery! Below you’ll find a description of the book, a little more about Kerri, links to buy HPD, links to keep in touch with Kerri, and a GIVEAWAY!!!!
Description: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
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About the Author:
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
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