Dracula in Love

I give in to peer pressure.  No, I wouldn't jump off a bridge just because my friends did, but I would certainly read a book that other bloggers raved about.  Such was the case with a recent read that came highly recommended by Stephanie D. over at Misfit Salon!

The idea that a well known story is not the way things really happened is not a new concept for a book, but in Dracula in Love Karen Essex manages to present the idea as fresh and creative. Retelling Bram Stoker's classic from Mina Murray Harker's perspective, Essex reveals a Count Dracula who is perhaps more akin to Shakespeare's Puck than Bela Lugosi's movie monster stereotype.

Mina herself is entirely reinvented from the original book. She is not the helpless victim of a terrifying fiend but rather a strong willed woman with unexplained and somewhat mystical secrets from her childhood. Dracula is not out to destroy her but rather to awaken her own supernatural side. He is her soul mate, who has sought her through multiple lifetimes, rather than a predator intent on her demise. All of the details of Stoker's work fit within the context of Dracula in Love but the expansion and explanations of these details - especially Lucy Westenra's tragic role in the story - provide a thoroughly engaging new perspective on the well known events.

It always seems cliche to me to call a book a "page-turner", but this was definitely a work I could not put down.  Equal parts chilling and romantic, this is definitely a book for fans of the original, and especially for fans of the original who thought Stoker's female characters needed a bit more moxie!
I won a copy of this book through Stephanie's blog and I owe her a huge thanks for the giveaway which rocketed it to the top of my TBR list when it arrived in the mail.  (And if you have not already checked out Misfit Salon, hop over there and start following!  Seriously awesome content and overall a beautifully awesome book blog!)

3 Response to "Dracula in Love"

  1. StephanieD says:
    November 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Lisa, you’re so kind! Thank you for the compliments – totally made my day! I’m so glad you liked Dracula in Love. I loved how Essex turned this familiar story inside out and presented it in a feminist perspective. Glad that peer pressure worked out in this instance : )

  2. EJ Says:
    November 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I heard about this one the same time as another similar one. Mina Harker's diary I think. I wonder which one is better.

  3. Man of la Book says:
    December 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    I just recently read Dracula for the first time (http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=3917) and discovered what the big hoopla was about (I'm not much of a horror fan). I've heard many good things about Dracula in Love and thinking about giving it a shot.

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