Summer Reads – Fiction Edition

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Happy summer, booknerds!

Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is beautiful. I told you I had a few extra lists this month. I’ve done the YA list already – which you can find here. This is the Summer Read Fiction Edition. I wanted to pick up a variety to attract a variety of you lovely readers as well as pique some new interests.

 

Circe
Author: Madeline Miller

Circe

This NY Times bestseller brings to life a new and more in depth tale about the daughter of the Titan, Helios: Circe, and how she became one of the most powerful witches in history. That she isn’t as evil as she’s made out to be and just wants to protect those she cares about. With the power to transform rivals into beasts and more, she’ll go against the gods and humans. I’m a big lover of Greek mythology, so this one is definitely on my to-read list. This also comes from the same author who wrote The Song of Achilles.

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The Outsider
Author: Stephen King

Outsider

If you’ve got horror in your bones and love a good paranormal-y twist then pick this up. On the NY Times Bestseller list, this story circles around the murder of a kid. While the authorities are sure they know who it is, the coach of the kid’s little league team, he has an alibi, and a good one, plus more people turn up dead. But, the killer looked like him? How? Get addicted to this brand new story by the King-man.

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Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

On and off the bestseller’s list, this action packed ride will have you hanging on. This is currently up on my reading queue and I can’t wait to read it. For gamers and anybody that loves clinging on to an adventure with a BIG endgame, read this. Exciting and fulfilling…so I hear. Also, a movie that’s recently come out this year.

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Noir
Author: Christopher Moore

Noir

If you love noir, dicks (private dicks…damn it, detectives, people), and hella good comedy then this is for you. I love Christopher Moore and I was really excited to hear about this novel. Love at first sight, a UFO, a plane crash, and the kidnapping of Cheese after a scheme gone bad. Sammy Tiffin, the bartender of a hopping gin joint, has his work cut out for him.

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Sinless
Author: Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless

Calling all dystopian lovers! Those who are good are graced with beauty while those who are considered bad suffer from disfigurement or death. When important information is stumbled upon battle breaks out and it becomes hard to distinguish the good from the evil.

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These are only a couple spanning the many genres to choose from as well as a few of the most popular I’ve heard about.

 

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Eyes of Fire (Summer of Fear – A Book Review)

Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan
Published: 1983

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Rachel’s not jealous of her beautiful cousin. But she is afraid.

Cousin Julia comes to live with Rachel and her family after a terrible car accident. Slowly, inch by inch, Julia is taking over Rachel’s life. She takes her bedroom, her boyfriend, and soon enough her family. Everybody thinks Rachel is jealous, but that’s not it at all. There’s something dark about Julia, and Rachel’s terrified.

 

This book was a quick read. It is. Rather short. I finished it in three hours. I really enjoyed it even though a page was missing. LOL. I will never know what happened on the first page of chapter five. Kidding. I can probably buy a new copy of the book. This one I got out at a library sale. Those things are freaking gold mines. Anyway…a fantastic read. Classic, cult, and edgy from the same author of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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Rachel is that ultimate final girl that—I hope I’m not the only one—you miss in horror movies these days. While everyone falls under Julia’s spell, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. There’s heartbreak and even that panic inducing feeling. It wasn’t strong, but this dark and mystical story was a great page turner. Duncan does so well at building up to her great reveal. She always gets you with that twist. When everybody turns on Rachel, she fights back. And let me tell you, that was intense. That feeling of isolation that she gets trapped in is nothing compared to what could possibly happen to her.

I really clung on to the additional element of witch lore and magic. From having read a more horror novel last time, this was fresh to me. Witches of late have appeared more as agents of good, but not in this story. This book really touches on the bit that witches can be evil, too. There are upsides and dark sides of the supernatural and it was pretty cool to see the dark side.

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The attention to detail was wonderful. Not too much, but enough that the imagery was perfect, reminding me that this is set before the era of cell phones and DVDs. For many these days I’m sure your’e saying, “WHAT!?”. Yup, those days existed folks. After all, this was done in the eighties. Duncan’s writing really captured that without seeming overboard. I really liked it.

A favorite summer read of mine, but I believe Lois Duncan is great at creating a story like that. It’s the deadly story that gets you wanting summer. What kidn of story does that!? LOL. This one did, for me. Utterly original and, like I said already, classic. I’d really like to have the rest of the collection. So, do you read it because you like paranormal stories and horror? Yes! Do you read this because I say so? Well, that’d be cool, but I haven’t mastered the ability of manipulation so you’ll have to decid that for yourself.

 

Quotables

“It’s crazy, isn’t it, thinking you’ll never have anything but two brothers and then finally, at your age, getting a sister.” (Mike to Julia, p. 18)

“When you lose touch with youth, you grow old fast.” (Professor Jarvis to Julia, p. 56)

 

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-K.

 

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Mother of Dolls (Garden of Shadows – A Book Review)

Garden of Shadows (The Dollangangers #5)
Author: V. C. Andrews
Published: 1986

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Olivia dreamed of a sun-filled love, a happy life. Then she entered Foxworth Hall…

Before The Dollangangers came to the doorstep of Foxworth Hall, Olivia Winfield, a spinsterish woman, hoped to find love one day. She seeks a love filled with passion and dreams. When all seems lost, she meets Malcolm Foxworth and believes she has finally found joy. He is smart, intense, and handsome, but the moment they marry and she comes to Foxworth Hall, it all changes.

Malcolm is disturbed by the ghost of his mother. Jealousy and obsession spread through the house and Olivia’s hopes dwindle until there is nothing left but the love for her two boys and very beautiful girl, but even that is threatened by Malcolm’s dark wishes for them. In this prequel to Flowers in the Attic, the dark, haunting secrets began.

 

Reviews to The Dolls here:

Flowers in the Attic

Petals on the Wind

If There Be Thorns

Seeds of Yesterday

 

This book really changed up my feelings about the Foxworths and the Dolls. This book changed everything about its predecessors. I. WAS. SHOOK. I know that while reading the last two books of this series, I felt like it had begun to decline, but this one definitely amped it all back up. I couldn’t put this down. I know people say that a lot, but seriously, this book had me hooked on every dark twist and disturbing reveal.

Olivia Winfield, the evil grandmother of Foxworth Hall that is partly responsible for imprisoning the four Dolls in the attic for years is our main character. This is her story and let me tell you, I was stunned. Discovering how she came to marry Malcolm Foxworth and became a mother was nothing like I imagined. I assumed she was naturally cold and cruel, but she wasn’t. Olivia wasn’t actually the devil at all in the beginning. Like most women, she wanted love and to raise a wonderful family. Inch by painful inch, Malcolm stripped that away from her. From cheating to assault, Olivia’s hopes withered. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Foxworths is here.

This view of Foxworth Hall was terrifying. This beautiful house is not just a house. It’s historical. Everything I ever had questions about was answered within its walls. How did Olivia become afraid of the attic? How did Corrine come into the world and why did Olivia feel such disdain for her? When did John Amos arrive at Foxworth Hall? One of the most important and vital bits that rocked me to the core was that The Dolls were not the first to be locked up in the attic.

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There were a few characters that made an appearance that have only been mentioned before. Malcolm’s father, Garland and his beautiful wife Alicia came to Foxworth Hall. Both of them were nothing as I imagined. So in love, but quickly contaminated by Malcom. The kids: Malcolm, Joel, and Corrine. Their dreams were painfully taken away. Each of these characters’ stories were eye-opening and I mean that in the sense that it was eye-opening with fear. From everything that’s told in the previous books about them it’s all different. Olivia sheds so much light and shadow on everything about this family and how it became so dark, most importantly she gives the truth. And it was DARK. I don’t think I can emphasize that enough.

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This was such a great novel and it really brought the Dolls’ story full circle. The questions that idled in my mind about The Dolls and Foxworths were answered. I still wish I knew a little bit more about certain parts because I did feel unfulfilled here and there. Overall, this really completes the series and is a must-read.

 

Quotables:

“Life is very much like a garden, Olivia. And people are like tiny seeds, nurtured by love and friendships and caring. And if enough time and care are spent, they bloom into gorgeous flowers. And sometimes, even an old neglected plant left in a yard gone to seed will unexpectedly burst into blossom. These are the most precious, the most cherished blossoms of all. You will be that sort of flower, Olivia. It may take time, but your flowering will come.” (Mr. Winfield to Olivia, p. 6)

“When you search the shadows to find that truth, often you find things more horrible, more painful than you would have imagined.” (Mr. Winfield to Olivia, p. 52)

“You can’t command nature, Malcolm. Nature is neither your servant, nor mine.” (Olivia to Malcolm, p. 85)

“Life makes you strong. If you don’t let it make you strong, it will kill you…” (Olivia to Alicia, p. 166)

“There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.” (John Amos, p. 347)

 

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-K.

 

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Late Night Sessions Guest Starring a Cult (Bad to the Bone – Book Review)

Bad to the Bone (WVMP #2)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: 2009

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Turn on. Tune in. Drop dead.

WVMP, The Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the station to listen to for all of your music needs. From the blues to hard rock to reggae, listen to the music, stay for the vampires. Yes, that’s right. The DJs are vampires (for real) and each of them gives their life story to the job. Tune in when the sun goes down and get obsessed with these hot, forever young, DJS as they take you for a spin all the way ‘til morning.

Life is going well for Ciara Griffin. She has a good job at a radio station, keeping rating up and her DJs in the spotlight. The show’s ratings are through the rood thanks to her/ She’s well on her way to her business degree in college. Only a year or two to go. She has an amazing boyfriend, that works one of the shows at WVMP, and who is also a vampire. So what could possibly go wrong when everything’s finally going right in this ex-con artist’s life?

During a promotional Halloween party for WVMP, a cult takes over the radio station. It grows worse as establishments are vandalized and people that Ciara holds dear to her heart are hurt. She’ll go deep under cover, deeper than she’s ever been, to help and protect her friends. After dealing with a psychopath vampire out for revenge, this should be a piece of cake, right? Hoping to make it through Christmas and on to New Year’s, she’ll have up her game, and maybe do it with the help of a few friends.

Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. Just like vampires.

 

Wicked Game (WVMP #1) review here.

 

The storytelling is still on point! Fast, passionate, and on the edge! How descriptive the book was really sucked me in, and I couldn’t put the book down. Ciara isn’t used to settling into a life, so it’s fresh to see how unsettled and nervous she is that it’s happening for her. It’s so very relatable as well.

The way that Smith-Ready writes is both blunt and enchanting. I was really taken with how something horrifying could be flipped into one of the most moving moments. It was amazing. So much development between Ciara and Shane, though I have to say. MVV: Most Valuable Vampire, went to baby-vamp Travis. He’s grown the most in my opinion, which is funny since vampires get frozen in the timezone they were turned in.

This cult really reminded me of True Blood with its crazy Light of Day Institute, and they were just as nasty as those people too. It was disturbing. Cringe-worthy from what these creeps did. Just Ick.

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There were new characters and the return of some old ones. Ned, a cultist from the previous book returns with a much bigger story, and I’d like to say he recovered and became a good guy, but he didn’t. Nope. And I wish I was surprised. What I was surprised at was the newest character additions. Most particularly, Dexter, the dog that Ciara rescues.  Dexter isn’t your ordinary pupper either. He’s, uhhh, special. A vampire dog. Crazy right?! I know throughout the whole book I’m thinking about that fluff ball from Blade III and Dexter the serial killer all rolled into one, and that’s not even what the dog is like. This doggo is a lazy lover, not a fighter, unless Ciara is threatened. Then it gets ugly.

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Plot twist time! And there were a few! I was rereading few parts because my eyes were ballooning out of my head and I was laughing hysterically. This book was a lot of fun. Smith-Ready was really breaking all of the boundaries and I LOVE IT! At some parts I was sad and others I was shocked.

 

This book was yet another fun read. Lots of blood, twists, and good music (the sex is good too). The story is non-stop crazy. Looking for good music and a steamy good time? Read this. Because sometimes, you just want to have fun.

 

Quotables:

“Dogs are a lot of things, but they’re not con artists.” (Ciara to David, p. 36)

“There’s nothing more basic to life than blood. Losing it, giving it—that’s a sacred act.” (Jeremy to Ciara, p. 138)

“I’ve stumbled into the Ku Klux Klan of vampirehood.” (Ciara, p. 179)

“They say there are no atheists in foxholes, that when desperate to save one’s own butt from death or dismemberment, each of us will call on a higher power to intervene. I tried, I really tried. But then, apparently, I fell asleep.” (Ciara, p. 299)

“Loyalty is such a quaint concept.” (Ciara’s Dad to Ciara, p. 371)

“I’ve always believed in now, and that’s always been good enough. But for the first time, tonight, I believe in what come after.” (Ciara, p. 402)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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I’m Going to Kill Whoever Moved My Stuff (There’s Someone Inside Your House – A Book Review)

There’s Somebody Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: 2017

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Everywhere. They were everywhere. Those who had left them and those who had been left behind.

A year has passed since Makani Young has moved to Osbourne, Nebraska, a sleepy, corn filled town. Truly boring unless you hang out at Sonic. Still, her past—the reason for moving here to live with her grandma—still haunts her, though she’s got a group of great friends, and maybe-possibly-not really, she has Ollie, the boy she likes that might like her, but she’s still figuring that out.

Makani is shaken after a classmate is found, grisly murdered. The school buzzes with suspects, rumors, and theories about who could’ve killed them. Then suddenly, more murders follow, just as gruesome and disturbing as the last. Terror seizes the small town as the killer continues to elude the police. The town becomes restless and students wonder who’ll be next, but Makani may already know…

Secrets are abound! Makani Young is terrified, like every other student at her school, as her classmates are coming up dead and it’s nasty. In a small town it’s even more terrifying because everybody knows everybody, which means one thing. She knows the killer. Everyone does. But, who is it? That puts everybody on edge even more. People are dropping dead and she’s wondering if it’s because these victims had something to hide. If it’s true, does the killer know what she’s hiding? What she can’t even share with her close friends? The reason why her parents barely talk to her, and why they sent her to live with her grandmother?

So many questions!

(And, nope. I can’t tell you the big secret(s). I try not to be spoilery.)

Perkins brought back the horror slasher with one fell swoop aka this book and I was absolutely thrilled. Thrilled is an understatement. My brain squeaked and then that squeak left my lips as a squeal. I’m a major fan of Scream, I Know What You Did LastSummer, Psycho, and many others I could list off. I’m a fan of the slasher genre. It’s its own special brand of horror. In some cases, it encapsulates gore and in others it’s about the body count.

That being said, slashers ≠ mystery. It’s true! With a mystery, it’s all about finding out who killed people after all is said and done already. With the slasher, the killing is still happening and your characters are worried that they may be next on the chopping block. The fog of fear is still hanging over all of the characters as they try to survive the murderous rampage as they work to discover who the killer is. And maybe it’s just me, but discovering the killer in a slasher is much more shocking.

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Moving on! Makani Young was such an interesting character. While she was holding onto a part of her old life albeit and terrible part, she wasn’t dramatic or overstated. She leads a rather ordinary life with the exception of Oliver-Ollie-Larsson. I really liked that because it made the story so much more realistic. That, and how small and boring and corn-fed Osbourne, Nebraska is. The town represents so many towns across America! They’re small, sleepy, some don’t even do that well. They’re just crap-town, America. I live in one of these right now. The realism of both the characters and the town the story was set in was fantastic.

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Just as there was so much darkness in this book, I mean it is a horror, but there was also a lot of humor. So many references and well-put jokes really lightened the story at the right times. It was so natural. So was the awkwardness of trying to figure out feelings. Makani does a lot of that and it’s completely typical. She doesn’t spend the whole book pining for Ollie. Everything gets settles pretty quickly, but she does try to navigate this new territory. I really liked that it wasn’t the main point of attraction.

Speaking of, this serial killer is whack! Loco. PSYCHOTIC. I can’t say it enough. I was totally creeped out! BUT! I really liked how Perkins jumped POVs. Done from third person, there were multiple characters that were followed. I got to see how this killer worked and what he did. Also got to be there for the victims’ last moments which really got my heart pounding.

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Do I recommend this book? Heck, yes I do! I even got myself a signed copy (extra squee).

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It was intense, dark, funny, and splendidly realistic. The writing was incredible. Perkins really did great with each individual character and captured just enough gore. That tense feeling when you hold your breath and your chest tightens is so different than when your waiting for your favorite characters to finally kiss. The surprises here are eye-popping and deadly.

Quotables

“Girls often had secrets.” (Makani, p. 13)

“Hello, paranoia, my old friend.” (Makani, p. 39)

“A real dead body looked different from the ones on television or in the movies. There was nothing artful about it. Nothing positioned. Haley’s body looked lifeless—but not like life had been taken away from it. Like it had never had life.” (Makani, p. 103)

“Overnight, every student had become a potential target.” (Makani, p. 127)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Skulking in the Shadows (Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – A Book Review)

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Published: 1886

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If he be Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek.

In Victorian London, Dr. Jekyll struggles with an experiment gone wrong. His life is turned upside down from a serum he created that brings a much more darker part of himself to the surface in the form of the disfigured Mr. Hyde. More and more often the doctor is locked away in his own body while the crazed and destructive Mr. Hyde is out on the streets at night terrorizing people and there’s nothing he can do about it. Dr. Jekyll turns to his trusted lawyer, Mr. Utterson, for help before it is too late.

 

I really got sucked into themes and ideas with this book. For a short story it was quite in-depth and was very dramatic. It was quite enjoyable and fast-paced. Dark is an understatement here. A good portion of this takes places at night and most of the characters’ nature match that darkness, which now I will propel deeper into.

This classic novel didn’t lean on the horror genre in my opinion. It felt like more of just a Gothic fictional piece. Mr. Utterson who is investigating this ordeal between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde goes about the story with great detail. He cares deeply for his friend which is why he can’t give up on the doctor and his troubles like many others seemed to do throughout the story. Much of what happened was just tragic, but not scary.

The theme is obvious to all of those that have read this story before: the duality of man-that there is both a good and a bad side to a person that cannot be avoided. (Yin-Yang, etc.)  Throughout the book it is pressed upon that the darker side of man is to be locked away and the key thrown away. This is one of the most common contemplations both in books and in the real world. Who are we? What kind of people are we? It’s a complex question with variables that blur the lines of black and white when you get nitty gritty. Life is never so simple.  There’s always that grey area.

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However, what about the idea that rumors are like wildfire? That one terrible incident can ruin a person’s life and consume them, forever making them this hideous creature according to other people for the rest of their life, with no hope of return? No amount of apology or repentance can fix this evil deed? Or what if this rumor isn’t even true? This debacle involving the doctor and his serum all starts with a story between Mr. Utterson and his friend about seeing a man who assaulted another person at night. In the dark it can be hard to see all of the features of a person and shadows can certainly morph those features. So while people assumed who it was, was it actually this person? Was it somebody else? While guilt does eat away at the person to blame, I know from personal experience that it can also it eat at a person blamed who is completely innocent. So, I find that

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The style really moved me. It’s haunting and chilling with the description of shadows and how they lurk about in the night. Parts of this story are based around letters and stories rather than directly from what is happening at the time. I feel like I don’t get a full view of what may actually be happening; that it’s mostly hearsay from other characters rather than the man it’s actually happening to. When Dr. Jekyll really did get his moment it was too late. He was completely influenced by everyone around him. It was incredibly heavy on him. I found it very interesting.

The characters were very interesting, but not as people, but as in their purpose. I guess it’s tricky to understand. Like, the way they all circled around Dr. Jekyll like sharks. Even Mr. Hyde circled around him. There wasn’t a moment in which I was directly in Dr. Jekyll’s shoes, but he was the main character. He is what the story is all about, but I learned all about him from everybody else. Jekyll’s appearances were very few and in between. It added to my wonderings about if I could trust the information by these characters who professed to know him so well.

This was a great tale that really got me to think about the nature of man, but like I said, there wasn’t anything that really screamed horror like Frankenstein and Dracula. This was more thriller than anything. My anticipation to see Mr. Hyde was ever-growing the further I read. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It really got me thinking and from time to time I enjoy a good story that makes me question things in my life/in the world. That’s really what I gained from this.

 

Quotabales:

“I swear to God I will never set eyes on him again. I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world. It is all at an end.” (Dr. Jekyll to Utterson, p. 29)

“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck; that man is not truly one, but truly two.” (Dr. Jekyll, p. 60)

 

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-K.

 

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The Blood is The Life (Dracula – A Book Review)

Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Published: 1897

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“I read that every known every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.” (Johnathan Harker)

What begins as a business trip for Johnathan Harker in Transylvania turns into a horrifying stay. Meeting with the Count Dracula, he is mystified and grows increasingly nervous the longer his stay in the large estate. He discovers the Dark secret of the Count being a vampire and seeks, more than ever, an escape.

Johnathan’s return home to his darling, Mina Murray, is troublesome. The Count has followed him, leaving a trail of blood, despair, and un-death. The professor, Van Helsing, comes to the aid of the couple as well as his friend, Dr. Seward, Austin Godalming, and Lucy Westenra who also begin suffering at the hand of the Count Dracula. Desperate, the professor goes to superstitious lengths to protect all of those the Count has in his cold, deathly clutches.

 

A gothic masterpiece, Dracula, truly works the horror genre with style. I can’t say that I’m terrified after reading the book, but completely fascinated. This is, in part, where the story of vampires began. Their fiction. Their fame. And it’s completely delightful to get swept up by something that’s so abnormal. It’s completely out of this world to think of such creatures to be real, yet Stoker did a great job of doing that.

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The writing style of this novel was magnificent. Each chapter follows segments of newspaper articles, letters, diary entries and more. There was no true POV. It was all done in fragments and in the order of occurrence. I found that to be very unique and intriguing. It brought me in deeper, closer, to what occurred. You get to explore the various characters of Johnathan, Mina, Lucy and even Dracula. There’s several more of whom have entries and major parts to play

The story itself had major depth. During the timeline, the characters’ entries don’t leave out a single tidbit whether in how they are feeling or what they see around them. At times it was a bit repetitive feeling, but in keeping with the characters it was still really nice. When it came to the blood and death, Stoker was very light on it. When people were killed, it was masked in disappearances or beauty, which is odd since death is usually neither. I am that person who hopes for a little gore with my horror. That just seemed to be lacking a bit here, but then again, this was the 1800s, so it’s understandable. Don’t want to scare readers to death.

Personally, and on a bit of a spoilery note if you’ve never read Dracula, Dracula is a skank. Then again if you’ve paid attention to the films you know this already. The man…vampire…vampire-man has three wives. And then, he comes in and seduces Miss Lucy Westenra, who is already engaged to be married, until he can get the attention of Mina Murray, sweeping her up with his irresistible charms. He just can’t get no (say it with me) satisfaction, apparently. Even though this is the second time I’ve read Dracula, I still get into a giggle fit over the ridiculousness of it. It’s funny to me.

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Would I recommend this book? YES! While I find my own personal giggles in the book, it is a fantastic horror. I love what a beautiful piece of literature this is. It certainly explores the darker side of it. So yes, I think everyone should give this a read at least…along with some H.P. Lovecraft, which I have on the side waiting for me. Plus, if you can handle Twilight, you can handle the Count.

 

Quotables:

“It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that to-night, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? Do you know where you are going, and what you are going to?” (Old Lady to Johnathan Harker, p. 9)

“Denn die Todien reiten schnell—(For the dead travel fast)” (travelling companion, p. 15)

“I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse; but now I am glad that I went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and all in it that I cannot but feel uneasy.” (Johnathan Harker, p. 31)

“I am here to do Your bidding, Master. I am Your slave, and You will reward me, for I shall be faithful.” (Renfield, p. 116)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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