Saturday, October 2, 2010

Book Review: Dracula In Love

It's been a week or so since I read this one, and I've been looking forward to posting about it, but life kept getting in the way.  I'm typically not a fan of paranormal romance.  Romance in general is just not my thing.  But something about this cover, combined with the success of some of my recent forays into paranormal romance, just completely drew me in.

I have to say that I'm getting closer with my RIP books.  This one still didn't scare me, but there were definitely some scenes that came very close, especially in the asylum.  The first half of the book was definitely better than the last half.  It reminded me a lot of The Historian, which is one of my favorites.  Very little paranormal, more just creepy and historical and less paranormal and weird.  I also LOVED Van Helsing as a twisted sicko and the way that plays out in the end. 

My one real issue was in the last half of the book, where she is with Dracula and they're in love and she starts to realize her past.  The mish-mash of cultural and religious symbols and tradition kind of did me in.  It's like every vampire reference ever form every country and every culture plus reincarnation times satan/fallen angels.  Too much of the paranomal part all showed into a few pages at the end.  On the one hand it's an interesting way to get background on a wide variety of vampire legends, lore, myth, etc.  On the other hand, it was just way too much all at once that didnt go with the story very well at all.

I liked the book overall, but it felt pretty disjointed for me.  I love the first part of the story where Mina is unsure of who this mysterious man is and the more suspenseful aspects of who he is and why he keeps appearing.  It's only once Mina chooses Dracula and starts to learn about her past that things get weird.  To say more would give it away, but her past is just weird.  Too many stories from too many cultures all mixed up together. 

Also, I have to give fair warning that this is not like my typical read because there are some pretty steamy sex scenes.  If you're bothered by that kind of thing, this is definitely not your book.  I didn't find it to be raunchy enough to merit not reading the book though and I'm definitely a proud and loud prude.  Anyone else read this one?  I'd love to add links to your review!

This makes 3/4 books read for RIPV!  I'm going to need something really scary for my last one.  Any suggestions?


  1. I read this recently, too, but haven't reviewed it. To be honest, once it starts to get reviewed by everyone that has read it I probably won't want to, so I really must get to it!

  2. Yours is the second review I read, just wanted to make sure if it wouldn´t be something for me. I am not into steamy sex scenes or romance but could forgive it if I thought it otherwise worth reading. All in all it sounds too hybrid. But thanks for your review.