Now spiders are not the main basis of the book, at all. But Chapter 39 is so incredibly disgusting that I know I will never forget that scene. That scene is where I realized Kerri Maniscalco is an amazing author..... I literally had to stop reading, close the book, and shake out my hair, clothes, and blanket before opening it back up and seeing how Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell were going to get out of that room.
I guess that's enough about Chapter 39. I mean you guys are here to learn about the rest of the book, right?
Hunting Prince Dracula picks up shortly after Stalking Jack the Ripper ends. Audrey Rose and Thomas are sent to a exclusive forensics academy in Vlad the Impaler's castle. There are nine students vying for an official spot in this academy. But what they learn along the way will make all the difference when it comes down to the only two available spots.
It seems like Audrey Rose and Thomas's romance is kicked up a notch in this book, but given the circumstances surrounding them, it works. Audrey Rose gets to meet Thomas's family (who happen to be of Romanian descent). They begin falling head over heels for each other and it shows. I also LOVE the inclusion of all the letters between Audrey Rose and her cousin, Liza. Not to mention the extras at the end that included letters between Thomas and his sister, Daciana.
Now what can two kids who are falling in love do in a castle full of secret passages, tunnels, and mystery? That's right, they're gonna follow the string of murders that start with one of their classmates. The adventure leads them down alleys, underground tunnels, torture rooms, and near death experiences.
I thoroughly enjoyed the rooms they explore and the rich history surrounding the castle. I didn't know much about Dracula or Vlad before reading this book, which isn't 100% accurate so I highly encourage everyone to read the author note where she discusses the creative liberties she took with this book.
I loved it.
Can't wait to read Escaping from Houdini!
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