Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Lead the way, Wadsworth. I’m simply along for the brute strength and charm.”
Omgah. This was FANTASTIC. I loved the first book, but this one blew it out of the water. Kerri Maniscalco can WRITE. (Thank you to the publishers for sending me a gorgeous arc!)
Every page was brilliant. The prose was gorgeous. I loved loved loved it. (Mind you, I had to skim some of the bloody parts-weak stomach eek!) But seriously you guys, don’t miss this.
“Flowers need plenty of water to grow. Love, too, needs attention and affection or else it slowly withers away from neglect.”
Let’s start with the most important matter.
Thomas. Freaking. Creswell.
Just when you think you have him figured out, well… trust me. You have no idea. He was the highlight of this book. The banter and chemistry was OFF THE CHARTS. I mean, he was pretty freaking great in the first book, but the heat between him and Aubrey Rose was multiplied ten times over here. Just because they ended on a happy note in the last does NOT mean anything loses its steam. Like wow.
“Do you want to know what I think? The Truth?”
“Yes.” He gazed unabashedly into my eyes. “Make it scandalous too. This is bit too serious for my tastes.”
Not to mention, Thomas is hiding one little detail that makes him EVEN MORE LEGIT OH MY LORD. Ugh I can’t spoil but like…ermergersh. (Seriously can someone freak out with me please?)
Aubrey Rose and Thomas are off to attend an academy set in the Brahn Castle in Romania (Dracula’s castle- yes it exists.) The setting was so flipping cool. Creepy castle with secret passageways? Check. Enchanting forest and medieval village? Check. Bits of history and rumors woven throughout? Check.
I’ll admit the story was a bit on the creepy side and I’m not really a fan of horror or macabre, but I was able to skip the bits that disturbed me easily enough. Sorry Kerri, you’re brilliant with the whole cadaver scenes but ahhh I had to skim that. Either way though, the story was brilliant (have I said brilliant enough? I’m going to say it more.) I don’t want to give anything other clues about the plot, but just enjoy the ride.
But even aside from the cool-as-crap setting and the edge of your toes storyline, the character development was phenomenal. Aubrey Rose is suffering from PTSD throughout the book, and it wasn’t dealt with lightly. I was a little unsure of how everything played out in the end of the last book, but I was impressed with how well it was written in this one. Thomas, on the other hand, has his own dealings that broke my heart. But even amidst it all, they find little ways to move forward. I also loved the addition of Thomas’s sister who is BAMF omg. But most of all? I loved discovering everyone’s secrets ahhh!
“For there are no limits to the stars, their numbers infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by the stars. An amount too boundless to count.”
So all in all, this gets a glowing review from me.