I thot this was a good read until the last part of the book. I literally sat down and read this book except for the last 20 pages in about a half day (this includes having 4 kids home so you do the math), but those last 20 pgs took me another half a day. I liked the fact that she put more detail into the journal of Mina to finish off the original Dracula story. The middle of the book describes Mina's dissatisfaction with her sexual life. She seeks outside of her marriage for a man who reminds her of Dracula. She takes no responsibility for her longing for sexual satisfaction, she blames it all on the fact that Dracula introduced his blood into her. It it his blood that causes her to be unfulfilled. Finally, the part that just killed the book for me is that she decides to "save" Dracula (and his brides) with the church that Dracula once belonged to. I guess if I was that unhappy with my sex life and and had spent the last few months longing for Dracula I would have went to join him, not try to kill him. But faced with eternal damnation, who truly knows what one would do? And really, do you think, that killing Dracula would cure her of wanting a better sex life? Yeah, me neither.
I loved this book. such a good page turner
The story is a continuation of the original story of Dracula by Bram Stoker. It is from Mina Harker's point of view just after she has been seduced and bitten by Dracula. It chronicles the search and chase of Dracula by Mina, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Dr. Seward, Arthur, and Quincey. Mina details in her diary the chase, the demise, and their return to ordinary life.
Although upon their return to England, Mina cannot shake her connection to Dracula, though he is believed dead, nor her vivid, frightening dreams. She questions her ability & desire to fulfill an expectation of carrying on the facade of a happy Victorian marriage. Mina cannot escape the dreaded reactions to blood and sensual desires triggered by the vampire blood inside of her. During her adventure and escape from Dracula's castle, Mina stumbled upon a diary kept by one of Dracula's three wives. This diary also becomes an obsession of Mina's because it has to be translated. She must know the intimate details of 100 year old diary and how it may provide answers for her future.
Through all this Mina endures murder, adultery, a stint in an asylum, and her journey back to Dracula's castle to confront what she may become.
The author has done a great job of continuing the voice of Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's Dracula. The characters are so vivid that you cannot help but be drawn into the story. I thought this was an exciting and well written read. There were a few edit errors, but I enjoyed the story. I am curious to see where Mina's story goes, so I will be reading the sequel to this book Blood to Blood (Dracula Continues, #2) under Elaine Bergstrom.
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Very interesting twist of the Dracula story...