Book Review: Dracula’s Child

Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes

At first, I thought this was a YA Dracula spin-off – but that is not the case. It’s an unofficial sequel, really, set just over a decade after the original novel. It follows many of the same characters from the previous book, namely Mina and Jonathan Harker, along with their son, Quincey. Despite being a modern publication, I found it to be really authentic in its historical tone – in fact, it reminded me a little of Lovecraft’s writing.

I am definitely not going to attempt to outline the plot for two reasons: one, I just could not do it justice due to it being so intricate, and two, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for any potential readers! What I will say is that Quincey’s role turned out to be a bit different to how I expected, and the side-plot with Maurice Hallam and Gabriel Shone was surprisingly good (as well as important). There was a trip to the fabled castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania, and there were, of course, vampires. What more could you ask for?

Thank you to the author/publisher for accepting my request to read and review this book

I should probably also mention that it is not written as a book, but instead a collection of letters, transcripts and journal entries of various characters. This lent a very interesting view on things, with several different perspectives. There are a few notes added by Quincey, too, as he is compiling the documents.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this. The only reason I dropped half a star is that it was a little slow to get into in my opinion.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Graphic Novel Review: American Vampire Volume #1

American Vampire Volume #1

American Vampire Volume #1 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King – Paperback, 192 pages – Published November 1st 2011 by Titan Publishing Company (first published October 5th 2010)

I’ve decided to check out more graphic novels at the local library, and have started going through alphabetically. Which is how I found this series, by Stephen King, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque.

It’s an adult graphic novel, complete with tons of action and obscenities. It’s set back in the 19th and 20th Centuries, in – you guessed it – America. It’s about a new breed of vampires; the American Vampire, stronger and less vulnerable than the original European vampire.

Of course, the two groups are rivals. Best friends fight each other, and one person welcomes death instead of becoming a monster. It’s all very interesting and exciting. The art is great, too – it really portrays the action and danger and monstrosity of the vampires.

But I, personally, got a bit lost and confused with the timeline – there are dates and everything, but I often forget them. And all the different characters got a bit confusing for me, too, but that might be because I didn’t have the time to sit down and really focus on the novel.

I’m still planning on reading the next few volumes of this series. It’s really interesting, and I like this new breed of vampires. As for the young girl born at the end….. I wonder where that will go! 3 stars.