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In Bram Stoker's immortal classic, "Dracula," an extraordinary woman named Mina Harker became the living object of a vampire's obsession. He came to her in the night, like a demon lover, opening a vein in his chest - and pressing her tender lips to the wound. Consumed by passion, Mina drank of his blood. And from that moment on, his seductive power filled her senses with sIn Bram Stoker's immortal classic, "Dracula," an extraordinary woman named Mina Harker became the living object of a vampire's obsession. He came to her in the night, like a demon lover, opening a vein in his chest - and pressing her tender lips to the wound. Consumed by passion, Mina drank of his blood. And from that moment on, his seductive power filled her senses with strange, forbidden longings. Only one thing saved her soul from eternal damnation: a stake driven through the heart of Count Dracula......

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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Mina Reviews

  • Sarah Mac
    2019-02-07 08:20

    Well, that sucked.The original characters sound nothing like their predecessors & the plot is practically nonexistent. You'd expect a Dracula spinoff to contain actual vampires, right? But they're few & far between. Instead there's a lot of comings & goings & vaguely described social engagements, all of which are punctuated by Mina's constant angst. (It's her oppressive Victorian lifestyle, you see. After the liberation of Dracula's bloodletting, she just can't go back! Or something. Whatever.) The climax (when it finally arrived) was a mosh of vagueness, & I couldn't have cared less about Gance or his ultimate fate. The writing was bland, the voice flat, & Mina's 'liberated woman' agenda made my teeth grind -- not just because it was so blatantly anachronistic, but also because it repeatedly slams the chivalric attitude of the original. Why does Jonathan's gentle treatment of his wife make him a drab husband? Why is it wrong that Seward & Van Helsing worry for Mina's health? Why is bad that these men are determined to protect Mina? DRACULA WAS EVIL. He repeatedly rapes the women in his life -- perhaps not sexually, but he violates their bodies & mental health -- a terrible crime regardless. Dracula's menace forces those 'Victorian everymen' to become stereotypical heroes of lore, & they can't help seeing Mina as something precious. She becomes the focus of their primal urge to preserve innocence. Now then -- do women need constant shielding from dangers in this world, paranormal or otherwise? Of course not. But that doesn't make those protective instincts evil or oppressive. I could understand a retelling of Stoker's novel that focused on Mina's frustration at being excluded from the men's inner circle. But this is not that book. This is a complete overhaul that mutilates the original characters & turns the slightest old-fashioned male/female interaction into a battle of the sexes (with the female struggling against male subversion, natch). There's a time & place for blatant feminist novels, but Dracula fanfic is NOT it. The first Mina would never have endorsed an affair to prove how liberated she is. She would never have repaid Jonathan's gentleness with unfaithfulness & looked upon Seward's good intentions with such disdain. She would have fought the desires that Dracula's blood awoke in her, not used them to justify her secret fantasies. The Mina of this book is, quite frankly, a selfish bitch that I wouldn't want to be around.If Kiraly wanted to craft a feminist novel about sexual liberation & vampirism on the fringes of Victorian society, then she succeeded -- it's still a boring book, but you could read it with those themes in mind. Just don't confuse Mina with a good Dracula fanfic, because it's not. This is my second attempt reading Marie Kiraly. I haven't enjoyed either one, so I won't be trying again. (Fool me twice... :P) Clearly her writing style doesn't agree with my reading taste.

  • Book Vamp Jade Williams
    2019-02-04 15:09

    I originally added this book as I have always wanted to know what happened to Mina Harker after Dracula. After reading some reviews im not so sure anymore.updated: 04/11/2013Turns out I was right. Blah! found a copy on line got through a few pages....Most of the negative reviews about this are right. Kiraly probably did read Dracula, but her understanding of the character of Mina Harker and mine just seem to be totally opposite.1) I saw Mina Harker as a very religious woman, who would had no such thing as a lapse in faith.2) At no point at all through out The Original Dracula was she ever drawn to or though of Dracula in a romantic or sexual manner ever!3) Mina Harker was completely and totally a Victorian woman. I don't mean for one minute that she was weak or to trusting in the male element. To me the original Character was a very strong woman and had total faith in her husband and those who became her friends and protectors.Don't get me wrong, I was not a fan of the Original but I love vampires and Bram Stoker was a great contributor to the mythos, therefore, for that alone the book is a classic (no matter how horribly written I might think it was). Mina, well this Mina in any event, I just did not like. Mina original fought against Dracula with all her might, she was in constant prayer (grating as it was). New Mina just seems too willing, she doesn't even pretend to fight in my opinion and the fact that the author comes out and says Mina holds back with her husband in the bedroom but becomes wonton with Dracula it absolutely absurd. I don't think that original Mina would have been that prudish with her husband in private, but one persons idea of crazy sex is not necessarily the same as someone else. Also this Mina seems whinny! Original Mina, stated her feelings and ideas clearly and openly but openly makes the decision to withhold her fears from her companions to protect them in a like wise fashion as what they choose to protect her. It is clear in Bram Stokers' original that the fact that her companions choice to keep certain things from her does annoy her, yet, she understands the sentiment completely. And then some secrecy becomes necessary as her connection to Dracula grows.But most of all, what annoyed me was that Dracula forced Mina to drink his blood their was no nicey nicey (and yes I did just kill a word!)about it. He was hard and cruel, there was no loneliness in his eyes. The review of one reader was right when she said that this was to much of the film version and not the written original.Never thought that I'd actually be defending Bram Stokers Dracula!!

  • Courtney
    2019-02-07 13:19

    Technically, this shouldn't be in my "read" list, because it didn't take long for me to shut this piece of crap and resolve never to touch it again. I never really considered myself much of a Dracula purist, because THAT is a truly terrible book, too. However, the person who wrote this book either never actually READ the original, or just prefers the Gary Oldman/Keanu Reeves movie version wherein there is an actual romance between Dracula and Mina Harker. This book tries to portray Mina, who is about as properly Victorian as any character I've ever seen, as someone who sexually desires the "exquisite darkness" of Dracula. Anyone who has read the original should remember the scene in which Dracula comes to Mina in the night and forces her to drink his blood. And anyone with the sense God gave a sack of wet mice will remember that this is a rape scene, pure and simple. He overpowers her, threatens her, and physically forces her to drink his blood. Because he loves her and wantes to be with her for all eternity? No. For revenge against these people who have dared to try to stand in his way. To me, rape is not romantic. Not sexually appealing. And to use this scene as a jumping off point for a romantic/sexual connection between Mina and Dracula makes about as much sense as imagining a romance between a rapist and his victim. Avoid this book at all costs. I am seriously considering actually burning my copy.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-05 13:11

    My copy of this book is 342 pages, and I took my time to read it. I think the author, Marie Kiraly, skillfully and artistically creates a world and main characters that are vivid. I found it easy to visualize the people and surroundings, and the story does have palpable atmosphere. However, due to the length of it, some segments of the story felt tedious to me, and they were laborious to get through. For anyone who has yet to read this, I'm making an effort to not reveal too many details and ruin elements of surprise, but I was disappointed by how some events were not convincingly explained, specifically nearer to the end. It is as if several scenes were simplified, and at least a few "minor" characters were so one-dimensional that I, as a reader, unfortunately simply thought their behavior and motivations were illogical. Also, the story strongly focuses on Mina's internal world, especially the entries she makes in her journal, so a potential drawback to such a style is that a "typical" male would have NO interest in this book (like the "Twilight" series), except perhaps for the sexually explicit scenes. I've read other Amazon reviews of this book criticizing those scenes, but I did not find them offensive, nor pornographic. Yes, they are graphic, but I never thought them crude or vulgar. I've also read criticism elsewhere online about the cover art by Tony Mauro for the out-of-print edition (showing the neckline of a corseted woman), but I think it's beautifully and sensuously done. Tony Mauro has gorgeous artwork in other books and calendars, to name a few.In summary, there is impressive ambiance, and often illustrative writing, in this story, but I was dissatisfied especially with the ending, which hit me in the face like a mediocre finale. It was very anti-climactic!

  • Beth F.
    2019-01-20 12:17

    This book lacked direction. Maybe I shouldn't have read it piggyback on the original, which I just finally read for the first time and loved.Mina was one of my favorite characters in Dracula so this one had potential in concept but the final product was boring and wandered too much.Sad face.

  • Chiggins1066
    2019-01-17 07:03

    I was suspicious when I first purchased this book, and thought to myself "it will be very difficult to write a convincing sequel to Dracula." But let's just say I was pleasantly surprised. Bergstrom takes the character of Mina and gives her a dark side. The archetypal heroine in distress is pulled from the pages of Dracula and becomes a complex, enigmatic, scheming, and sensual woman. There are creepy moments, and the sex is pretty volcanic. The plot moves well, as is elegantly constructed. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a little overdone, almost too complicated.Nevertheless, if you like Gothic horror, you will love this book.

  • Marci
    2019-02-07 08:19

    i really enjoyed this book. having just read Bram Stoker's Dracula, i found that this author had copied the story to a tee and built upon what happened after the Harker's and the rest of the party returned home, with many hints that dracula might be still undead. it was a quick read (unlike stoker's dracula)a great sequel in my opinion!action and romance and vampires, what more could a girl ask for!loli highly recommend it to my vamp lover friends out there!

  • Dann
    2019-02-10 11:04

    Appalling revisionist tripe, Mina recasts the Dracula story as a Harlequin romance. Though author Marie Kiraly promises to be as “faithful as possibly” to Bram Stoker’s work, she really isn’t. Instead Mira is shown to be secretly in league with Dracula in her “secret” journal, having made a pact with him to secure the safety of her company. Then upon her return to Exeter she becomes a harlot, striking up an affair with a well-known libertine, and blaming it on Dracula’s blood still being in her. And in her spare time she seeks out a translator to transcript the journal of one of Dracula’s wives that she stole from his castle; which she believes holds the key to what’s happening to her. The characters are completely redrawn from how Bram Stoker envisioned them, and Kiraly has a vastly different view of vampires; seeing them as deeply passionate and morally ambiguous creatures. Yet, she gets some points for attempting to keep to the epistolary format; incorporating journals and letters as much as she can into the otherwise third person narrative. While the cover claims that “The Dracula Story Continues,” Mina is a betrayal of Bram Stoker’s work that choices to rewrite the story rather than continue it.

  • Dan
    2019-02-09 15:25

    If you want a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula...don't turn here. My God....what a waste of time this book was. Where do I start. Okay....Dracula's not even in it...well, he's in flashbacks, but still. Oh wait...his "Ghost" is in it at the end. Which does not make any sense because vampires have no souls and isn't a ghost just a person's soul without a body?? It's all about Mina and the author makes her out to be a whore. Dracula is the best book I've ever read and this is one of the worst. If you are reading this review...and are thinking about reading Mina...I warn you....DON'T DO IT!!!!

  • Lisa
    2019-02-11 14:21

    I have always been intrigued by stories that continue other, older stories. I especially love it when a classic tale is continued. That's what this is, but ultimately it's the story of a woman discovering who she really is with the vampires showing her the way. Of course lust and blood are a draw as well. I enjoyed the jumps in perspective. I love epistolary novels and this had that element with Mina's journal entries. Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it to those who are fans of the Dracula story as told by Bram Stoker.

  • joyce g
    2019-01-22 11:16

    The begiining, the middle were just wonderfully written for the Dracuala fans in the world. The ending left me feeling rather sad, but I suppose that is what was meant to be. Read this if you are a true Dracula fan.

  • Bree Castro
    2019-02-09 10:25

    I loved this story. First let me start out by stating first,only errors I found wrong with it is gance character. It felt a bit rushed to me how his character's story ended the way it did in the end. I wont say more on that there kinda seems to be maybe a cliff hanger there . I dont know,hard to say,but curious on it .Anyhow the story was great,it really does start off as sequel to bram stoker's ,dracula.I loved it and it really stuck to Mina's character. Always loving Mina's character in the original,loved reading her perspective. Her character really grew in this story and realistically too. I haven't read the sequel yet but hope to read more from Mina.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-14 08:27

    Basically a manual for how to write irredeemable characters. Or worse, how to take good characters that someone else has written an make them terrible and annoying. Everyone was OOC from the original novel and irritating af. Especially Mina, who somehow got turned into a huge Mary Sue. Everyone loves her and calls her strong even though she cheats on her husband and gets like, 3 people killed with her stupidity. The ending was okay. If that had been the whole story it might have been better. Either way, it shared little in common with 'Dracula' except places and character names.

  • Jimyanni
    2019-01-26 09:10

    This is a powerfully-told story, exploring the ramifications of the experiences Mina had during the original novel even after "it was all over". It accepts some of the conclusions (drawn by characters, after all, and therefore not necessarily accurate) of the original novel, disregards others, and weaves a delightfully powerful tale of a Victorian woman who had been exposed to feelings that she was not "supposed" to be capable of trying to fit herself back into the limited role her society expected of her, and not succeeding.

  • Renee
    2019-02-12 10:27

    I did not read Dracula until I was in college, and was mightily surprised. Not by the level of Bram Stoker's writing, the intricacies of the different viewpoints, or the overt sexuality he included in the text during a time period as repressed as his was. No...I was surprised by the fact that Dracula was...a monster. Of course, this should have been obvious to me before that; in old Hollywood movies Dracula was always grouped in with the Wolfman, the Swamp Thing, etc. But having read the incredibly human vampires in the novels of Anne Rice, and seeing films that made vampires incredibly approachable as subjects with personalities (including, might I add, Francis Ford Coppola's version of Dracula itself), reading the novel that (sort of) kicked off the whole thing and finding the Dracula really was in fact a heartless, soulless, monster was almost astounding. But I digress. If you want to learn more about the weird history of the modern vampire, I suggest you read Sundays With Vlad by Paul Bibeau. I warn you, it was published before Twilight, so nary a glittery, angst-filled vampire is in sight.My point with that diatribe is that I really loved the first half of Mina: The Dracula Story Continues, because I felt like the whole "heartless, soulless, monster" bit came out really well. The second half read a bit differently. I can't say much without giving away the plot, but the second half of Bergstrom's (or Kiraly's) novel has far too much human drama given what happened in the fist half. The beginning was also written in a style much more akin to Stoker's, which relieved me. I was worried it would read like a modern woman attempting to sound Victorian. While she never really digressed into sounding modern, the second half was still too outside of what Stoker sounded like (I realize that each author has their own unique voice, but if an author dares to tread the semi-dangerous territory of continuing another's work, particularly when that individual spawned a whole subculture, using a different voice is somewhat problematic). In fact, my like/dislike of the novel was pretty much split down the middle, hence the three stars. Great writer, good concept, wicked hard to pull off.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-29 13:06

    Mina by Marie Kiraly bends genre in fun & curious ways. Not quite historical fiction, not quite erotica, not quite a feminist reinterpretation of high literature, Kiraly instead takes the most interesting aspects of all three genres & gives readers a story about coming back to "normal life" after having brushed up against something strange. I've read many of the other comments on GoodReads about this book & many people seem disappointed that the novel isn't easily categorized. Honestly, I think Mina falls into a certain type of storytelling that gives authors space to play & reinterpret their favorite types of literature.The scale I used to compare Mina included books like Mistress of the Art of Death & The Poe Shadow on the poor side of the scale, The Diary of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Dragonwyck in the middle, and Passion & The Mists of Avalon at the top. Mina would come in above average on this scale. All of these books rely on a specific literary touchstone or author to give them life & try to create a fantasy that other fascinated readers can relate to. I totally picked up Mina because I had always dreamed up interesting futures for Mina Harker after the story of Dracula ended. (One included her running off with a Russian violinist & seeing the Revolution in action.)Kiraly is a writer who not only knows the Dracula text inside & out, but has clearly done some serious research on Victorian society & the parts of Eastern Europe her characters travel through. Her prose is natural, approachable & competently structured. My only quibble is that the details of the England landscape were often overlooked in favor of the wilds of Carpathia, but who can blame the author wanting to hang out there? Kiraly also has fun integrating or hinting at other influences. One of the main characters is an exercise in Byronic excess. Russia romantically beckons from just off-stage. The social novels of the era are also alluded to as Mina volunteers at or is confined to various hospitals. In short, Mina was a great book for an English major like me because it mixed both critical thought & pure fantasy in equally pleasing measures.

  • PurplyCookie
    2019-01-28 09:28

    In Bram Stoker's immortal novel "Dracula", Mina Harker became a living, breathing object of obsession -- only to fall prey to her stalker's seductive powers. There was only one way to save her soul-by destroying the life of Count Dracula, the creature who controlled and consumed her. But was the spell really broken? Could Mina return to the ordinary turns of a day, and to the restraints of a Victorian marriage, after the pleasures of such exquisite darkness?Kiraly/Bergstrom has shown us that Victorian woman were strong, independent, and passionate. Mina a woman of her time and the future, used by the men she loved yet keeping the core of who she was tightly imbedded within her. Loved by her husband Jonathan who woefully never understood the person she was; loved by Dracula for who she was in another life not for the woman she had evolved into. Neither man courageous enough to throw off their own society shackles to truly love Mina for who and what she was. Kiraly/Bergstrom has woven an intricate story once again of how life was. We are taken back to Victorian times and into the private lives of the people who lived there. Mina is tore between understanding what happened to her and coming to turns with the passion and emotions that polite society decries. We are taken into Mina's self-exploration of her mind, body, and soul. She evolves from the woman she was into the woman she needs to be. Mina learns the joys, and pain, of a love destined to know no boundaries. Mina is the grand finish to Stoker's "Dracula". I was a bit put off by the cover. I fear it's a bit lurid and will attract a class of reader who might be disappointed to find a literate and thoughtful piece of writing inside. Book Details: Title Mina: The Dracula Story ContinuesAuthor Marie Kiraly (Elaine Bergstrom)Reviewed By Purplycookie

  • Christy
    2019-02-01 11:05

    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 asyllum, 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.My Blog:

  • Shawn
    2019-01-16 07:11

    I'm giving this one 3 1/2 stars. It wasn't what I expected it to be. It was more...clinical is the only word that comes to mind. Clinical is not a bad thing. The book was a throwback to an older style of writing and I liked that.The "sex" in the story could have go the way of erotica, but it didn't. Being an uber fan of all things vampire, it was fun to read something with a more sedate tone in dealing with carnal impulse. (view spoiler)[ I never felt bored or that the pace was too slow. The characters were intriguing and held my attention. I guess I would say that the only major issues I had with the book was that the first part (Dracula) seems almost another book unto itself. I have the feeling that this was done intentionally, but for me it didn't work 100%. I was also really confused as to what Mina really felt about her husband, her lover, and Dracula. I know she loved her husband...but I think she felt more for Gance as well. But Dracula (as ever) is an enigma. I just can't tell..and that bugs me. :) I also wasn't sold on Dracula turning Mina as revenge for the men killing Lucy. It was such a petty reason. I like my Dracula's to have a bit more depth. It just seemed like a crappy reason to do something like that. That and the whole "a priest blessed my blood so your souls can go free" bit at the end. I thought that was such a cop-out and I hated that Gance died. Boo. I liked him.(hide spoiler)]I did really liked that the author played with the idea of Dracula's Brides. I found that bit very's worth a read if you're a fan of Dracula and feminism. lol.

  • Jean Marie
    2019-01-17 10:28

    Really, it's 3.5 stars. Dracula is one of those stories I grew up with, it's very much ingrained in me. So when I saw this novel at the book store, I couldn't pass it up. It seems that I'm not the only one who went into this book very cautiously (I like to think the paperback cover is a bit cheesy). How could any novel attempt to carry on from a classic like Dracula?I genuinely like this book, I felt that the author gave Mina back her voice though that voice at times seemed a bit too forced than the rest of the book. I really enjoyed how interlaced the classic character of the original story were tied into this new telling and the writing overall was well done. The only time I felt that the writing sort of fell of balance with the times (remember this is Victorian England) was during the sex scenes/journal recollections they were a bit too modern, or how I termed to friend, wannabe Anne Rice. But Mina is firmly here in this novel. The strong woman that she is resonates throughout this story, especially in comparison to prude, sheltered Jonathan. The author does a fantastic job of bringing their two different personalities back to life.The real achievement of this novel is the interlacing the new characters with the old, while it's a bit easier to work with an already made character, like Mina, to create worthy matches in Winnie, Gance, and then Karina are the real wins of this book. I would have given this four stars if the story had ended with all the loose ends tied up. Overall, the story itself is a solid successor to the masterpiece of Dracula.

  • Jonathan
    2019-01-24 10:15

    Didn't finish. I got 200 pages in, more than halfway through, and NOTHING of importance HAPPENED. I could see seeds planted for eventual development, but it was simply too slow, as though the author was prolonging any real character development as long as she could. The writing was jumpy, lacking signifiers for anytime time passed--no line breaks at times when they would have been needed, making each scene mush together in an awkward way. This had none of the atmosphere of Dracula, nor the creepiness. There are erotic elements but the sex happened too quickly. I was never aroused, which means it failed as erotica. The characters who the author had added--Lord Gance, Winnie, and Millicient--weren't particularly interesting and didn't feel quite a part of the Dracula world. As for the returning characters, the author did not do anything interesting with them, nor did she seem to capture their voices. It never once felt convincing. It felt like one of those long fan fictions that just goes on and on without any real point, but the author never goes back and edits it so that the storytelling is more effiecient and exciting. I, too, was seduced by the cover art, and assumed that the favorable quotes meant it was probably half-decent. Mayhaps I'll finish it someday, but only when I have nothing else to read. Only recommended for collectors of bad vampire fiction or people who want to see the pretty cover on their shelf.

  • Amanda Lyons
    2019-01-17 15:24

    I remember this being highly touted and having randomly bought both the Wit'ch series by James Clemens and Omnibus editions of Anita Blake without having read them prior to my purchase from Sci-fi Book Club I bought this as well. I had it in my book boxes ( I didn't have shelves for a long time) for several years and only recently read it both out of a non-committal feeling toward the book and having a hard time remembering where I'd put it. While I think the writing was adequate I really don't feel that the book was really memorable or worth the many accolades it got on its publication. The plot doesn't really go anywhere and none of it truly sticks in the mind after reading it. That's a tragic thing for a book that really could have offered so much more despite it's rather spare length. I believe that Ms. Bergstrom is likely a very good writer but here and talents she has are wasted. I doubt if I'll pick up any of the other books.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-13 12:26

    This book chronicles the story of Mina Harker and what happened to her after the story in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" ended.I was a bit confused as I read through it as I wasn't too sure what the overall message behind the story was supposed to be. Sometimes it appeared to be a commentary on marriage; at others it appeared to be about a woman's place in the Victorian world.Johnathan Harker's character was a disappointment, and I felt the conflict between Mina and Johnathan's aunt wasn't particularly intense and could have been made even more so. (Then again, I'm not sure what the message behind the story was, so maybe the author didn't feel it necessary to go down this path.)I wasn't happy with the ending, either. There's no way of knowing what Mina's life after her adventure was like. As this story was supposed to take up Mina's story where Bram Stoker left it, it is very disappointing.

  • Louise
    2019-01-30 13:18

    This book didn’t read like a believable sequel to Dracula at all. In fact, I was surprised it got as many good reviews as it did because it was a disappointment to me on so many levels. Kiraly transformed the dark, beguiling sensuality of the original into tactless sleaze. In other words, by making it more graphic, she only succeeded in making that element of the story less intriguing. How did we get from Mina’s horror at her own inability to resist Dracula’s seduction, to the prostitute chair? Seriously.Mina’s character never made sense to me; she seemed nebulous and confusing, rather than conflicted. Not only did the book’s story lines, plot threads, and characters seem unrelated to the original tale, but even within its own covers they seemed at odds. I was also unimpressed with Kiraly’s writing. Plain and simple, this book sucked (no pun intended).

  • David B
    2019-02-07 07:27

    This novel is an interesting take on the Dracula story. It presents the climax of Bram Stoker's overrated novel from Mina Harker's point of view and shows us what happened to her and the other characters afterward. It turns out that, with the blood of Dracula flowing in her veins, Mina has far more sympathy for the Count and his minions than was hinted at in Stoker's novel. Furthermore, all is not quiet at Castle Dracula despite the destruction of the famous vampire...Stoker's original novel was overlong and frequently dull. The characters were one-dimensional stalwart men and fainting damsels. Author Marie Kiraly has filled out these characters and added a feminist perspective, not to mention a healthy dose of sex. Purists may shudder at her approach, but I found it to be an interesting take on a novel that really doesn't deserve to be treated as sacrosanct and untouchable.

  • David Bonesteel
    2019-02-03 07:24

    This novel is an interesting take on the Dracula story. It presents the climax of Bram Stoker's overrated novel from Mina Harker's point of view and shows us what happened to her and the other characters afterward. It turns out that, with the blood of Dracula flowing in her veins, Mina has far more sympathy for the Count and his minions than was hinted at in Stoker's novel. Furthermore, all is not quiet at Castle Dracula despite the destruction of the famous vampire...Stoker's original novel was overlong and frequently dull. The characters were one-dimensional stalwart men and fainting damsels. Author Ellen Bergstrom has filled out these characters and added a feminist perspective, not to mention a healthy dose of sex. Purists may shudder at her approach, but I found it to be an interesting take on a novel that really doesn't deserve to be treated as sacrosanct and untouchable.

  • Joy
    2019-01-22 08:26

    This book was fair. Not the best nor the worst I've ever read in its genre. I feel the character of Aunt Millicent and her hatred of Jonathan's mother could have been more deeply fleshed out. The side characters were all more interesting that the leads. I would prefer to have had more of Winnie, Millicent, Van Helsing and the others, instead of more of Mina being conflicted over the fact she liked sex and was too stupid to tell her husband. I mean really the whole book was basically a treatise on communication in a marriage, because if Mina had just had a talk with Jonathan about her views on the birds and the bees, all the drama could have been avoided. I understand it's set in Victorian times, when morals were different, but the whole thing annoyed me.

  • Kylie
    2019-01-16 13:06

    In ways I read this like I read Dracula itself; happily enough at the beginning and the end but having to force myself on somewhere in the middle. As an indirect sequel this does fine. The majority of the book is not even really about vampires at all, but more about women, desire and Victorian society (as imagined by the author at least). At least half to two thirds of the book is all about Mina and Jonathan and their attempts to recover a 'normal' life. It is an interesting direction to take but one overall that means it sits just outside of the horror genre but too near it to be considered anything else. Which is why, I imagine, the book seems fairly obscure.

  • Hyann
    2019-01-27 09:22

    I think I read Dracula 15-20 years ago so I could read this book without comparing directly with Stroker's work. So I really like the first part of the novel where the author came back on the original storie witn Mina eyes so it give me a good refresh.But after that I wasn't hook with the plot and it take me ahile to read it. Mina still influenced by Dracula and couldn't live a normal life and try to recapture the passion she had with Dracula to finaly return to Castle Dracula...I don't really had surprise in the plot, didn't care about the erotics part and the characters aren't interesting. Guess I'm not an amateur of the genre.

  • Yvensong
    2019-02-16 13:11

    Like some of the other readers here, I was surprised by how much I liked this novel. We follow Mina through the final days of the novel "Dracula" through a 2nd, personal journal. We move onto how her adventure had touched her life in the days, weeks and months after the destruction of Dracula. Mina still senses the vampire's blood effect on her, on the choices she makes, the passions she feels. The novel, at times, is slow, subtle, which feels right for a gothic horror story about Mina, a woman raised with Victorian morals and sensibilities. She has to figure out how to live with the conflicting desires to be a 'good' woman and to follow her desires.