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Monday, September 27, 2010

Dracula My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker: Book Review

Dracula My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker
by Syrie James
Avon (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-192303-6

Description: Many have read and loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But questions remain. What is the true story of Dracula’s origin? What if Mina could not bring herself to record the true story of their scandalous affair—until now?  In Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, Syrie James explores these questions and more. A vibrant dramatization, told from Mina’s point of view, brings to life the crucial parts of Stoker’s story while showcasing Mina’s sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, and revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men—a loving husband and a dangerous lover—Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she’s found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself—the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy

The Good Stuff
  • Finally,  we get what I always thought of the central character of Dracula, Mina Harker's story
  • A good retelling of the Dracula story from a more feminine prospective  
  • Dracula is an actual character with thoughts and emotions, not the stereotypical monster he is portrayed as in the Bram Stoker Novel (Which I still love though!)
  • Author does a brilliant job of keeping to the original era of the story while at the same time, making it easier for the modern reader to enjoy (Hope that makes sense, really had a hard time trying to express this).  I know many readers are turned off by Dracula as it is written in  the often overly flowery prose of the era
  • The romance between Dracula and Mina rings very true and you find yourself hoping that she will choose him over the wimp Jonathan
  • Loved the backstory they created for Mina and for Dracula
  • Beautifully written, really makes the story come alive
  • Think I am going to be checking out some of her other workds
The Not so Good Stuff

  • I didn't like what the author did to the character of Van Helsing
  • At times the story didn't ring true or jive with the orignal Dracula
  • Not much mention of one of my favorite characters Quincy Morris
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I was fortunate to attend a school with an excellent library"

"I had felt more excited, more alive, and more intellectually stimulated, than in any dialogue I had shared with Jonathan in years."

"Just because we are engaged, it does not mean we are dead.  We can still look and appreciate other men, can we not?"  (Jen's Note: Damn Skippy I'm married and I look ALL THE TIME -- my hubby doesn't mind -- I'm just not allowed to touch -- sorry Ryan and Nathan)

What I Learned
  • Jonathan Harker was even more of a pussy than I already thought -- ok he gets better near the end of this book, but still - can you say MISOGYNISTIC WIMP!
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Dracula purists probably would not enjoy (Meaning those who dislike when author's play around with classic novels)
  • Pretty much anyone else will enjoy
  • Also those who like a lot of excitement and suspense probably wouldn't enjoy this either
  • Good read for those who have no interest in reading the original but still want the story of Dracula
4 Dewey's

I won my copy from Good Reads

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