Daisy's Review: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex (Guest Review)

cclare Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
Language: English
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Karen Essex turns on the heat in this transporting and darkly haunting new tale of love and possession that puts forth the question: What if everything you knew about Dracula . . . was wrong?
From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.
Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancĂ©, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.
Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire.

Daisy's Review:
Beautiful Mina Murray always did and said the right things. But in one night, Mina's perfect world comes crashing down. Childhood maladies of nightmares and sleepwalking learned to suppress returns. In her dreams, she is haunted by a mysterious figure that forces her to explore sensations and feelings she had long tried to keep under control. Unable to regain control, Mina lets them take over and lead her straight into the arms of Count Dracula. Dracula In Love takes Bram Stoker's classic novel and explores the story from Mina Murray's point of view. No longer is she an pure and innocent bystander. Instead, she becomes an integral and very responsible party in all weird and sordid events. And for the first time, the truth of Mina's personal journey is revealed.

Dracula In Love is not for the faint of heart. From the very first chapter, Karen Essex sets up a story that is full of sensuality and mysticism. Though it is a good concept, its execution isn't so. The plot is overwhelmed with excessive descriptions of unimportant things. Descriptions of settings take up, on average, several pages. And even though it begins slow, it does pick up in the middle. The best parts of the story is when we get introduced to the mysterious world of the unseen. Essex gives us a glimpse of a world actually worth writing about. But as soon we get a little peek, we get pulled back to the dreary world of Victorian England.

If you like gothic or erotic stories, Dracula In Love is for you. It is not for the average paperback reader. This story will make you cringe. If that is what you like, you know what to do.

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  1. great review!i have to admit one thing, i never thought it is categorized as erotic stories. probably i will avoid reading this =(

  2. Awesome review. Ya know, I think you made me realize this might not be for me :) Thank you!

  3. I do like gothic novels so I will still try this one. GReat guest review. Thanks for posting and being honest.


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