You Review: Dracula, My Love by Syrie James

Reviewed by Eefje Koppers

Vampires with tortured souls are hot, hot, hot, and I am not just talking about their looks (think Brad Pitt, David Boreanaz and Robert Pattinson), but mainly about their popularity as a subject for books. However, there is only one über-vampire and that is of course Count Dracula. And according to Syrie James’ new book Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker he was the most tortured of dashing neck biters.

Syrie James has taken Bram Stoker’s tale of Dracula a step further by revealing the other side of the story; the previously untold version by Mina Harker, the object of Dracula’s affection and obsession. In her diary, she weaves a tale of quite a different Dracula: a mouth-wateringly handsome, powerful, cultured and passionate one. Instead of a cruel killer, this is a man who avoids human tragedy at all cost and would love nothing better than to share his eternal life with Mina. And believe me, she is tempted! But, alas, she is the only one who sees this side of him. To the rest of the world and, more importantly, her beloved husband, he is a vicious killer who must be stopped at all cost. Mina finds herself torn between the two men she loves and is taken on a quest from which she will return a completely different woman. And we will never think of Dracula in the same way ever again.

Syrie James has previously written The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë about the lives and loves of two of Britain’s most popular authors. I immensely enjoyed her book about Jane Austen, so I was interested to see how she would tackle this tale. And…I…Loved…It! This is a gripping story, infused with passion, excitement and emotional turmoil. It sheds a whole new light on Count Dracula. In true über-vampire style, he completely outdoes Edward Cullen and Buffy’s Angel in the sexy tortured soul stakes. This vampire can bite my neck any time!

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