Audrey Rose and Thomas are back in this Dracula-inspired sequel! Even though I didn't love this one as much as I did book one, I did still really enjoy the story and all its supernatural elements.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows the two main characters from the previous book, Audrey, and Thomas, in their latest adventure, a prestigious forensic science school in Romania. With mysterious deaths and corpses drained of blood, the locals begin to suspect the Prince Dracula, who once inhabited the castle of the school, is back from the dead. Once more, Audrey and Thomas set out to figure out who is behind these murders, because Dracula isn't back from the dead, right?

After finishing the first book in this series, I knew I wanted to jump right into this book. The story picks up right where it left off in book one, after the discovery of Jack the Ripper. However, this is a different book than that one was and there are a few things that were in this book that I wasn't a huge fan of.

First and foremost, I really loved the relationship between Audrey and Thomas. The first book saw a lot of flirting and tension building. This book saw that as well, but with a little more advancement of the romance. I'm hoping the third time is the charm and we see some real development in book three, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Thomas's witty banter was as great as always, although I did have a bit of an issue with his treatment of Audrey at times. One second he is telling her what she ought to do, the next he is saying he would never try to make a decision for her. I got where he was coming from, but I think there were a few times where his stance was confused.

This book was different from the first one because it dealt with a more supernatural element. Still dark and creepy, but different than your everyday murderer. Jack the Ripper is a human that you can connect with his crimes. This story about Dracula is based largely on mythology about vampires and not so much the murders by a human. I think this dip into the supernatural is what killed the story a bit for me (no pun intended). I think I prefer a more "pure" historical/thriller than having an inclusion of vampires.

That being said, I think Maniscalco did a great job incorporating the Romanian history into the book, as well as the language. It was interesting learning about a country other than Britain at this time, as is so often seen in these types of novels. The inclusion of the folklore and historical traditions added greatly to the story.

As with the first book, I had no idea who was behind the murders. I was, however, a little more prepared for an off-the-wall explanation, especially after the revelation of Jack. I think that the culprit was an interesting choice, as was the explanation of the murders. I think I wasn't as surprised because I learned from book one to predict it would be the least predictable person in the story.

Overall, I think this was a solid continuation of the series and I cannot wait to see what book three has in store!