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!
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!)
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!