Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

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by Syrie James, Justine Eyre
     
 

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Acclaimed author Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective-as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling

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Acclaimed author Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective-as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman.

Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this . . . Dracula!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
James provides a rich revisiting of the Dracula story through Mina's "secret journal," which introduces an abundance of loopholes, alternate plot paths, and re-interpretations of the original characters. Justine Eyre proves a strong narrator as the first-person voice of Mina; she keeps a solid and clear English accent while switching fluently into other accented voices, including Quincy Morris, a Texan; Dr. Van Helsing, a Dutchman; and the Transylvanian Dracula. Through pauses, pace, and emphasis, she builds tension during the more pitched moments, but also keeps the exposition and contemplative moments engaging without being overdramatic. Eyre is particularly adept at vocalizing Mina's inner turmoil as Mina is torn between Dracula's erotic hold over her and the more steady (and sane) appeal of Jonathan. An Avon paperback (Reviews, June 21). (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"Through pauses, pace, and emphasis, [Eyre] builds tension during the more pitched moments, but also keeps the exposition and contemplative moments engaging without being overdramatic." —Publishers Weekly Audio Review
Austenesque Reviews
“5 stars. Poignant, passionate, and powerful... Critically acclaimed and bestselling author, Syrie James, once again transports her readers back in time and enchants them ...Truly outstanding!”
Bestfantasystories.com
“We enter Mina’s psyche...and likewise develop an understanding of Dracula’s motivations. This insight explains why a human woman and a ‘monster’ would literally ache to be with one another. I was exhilarated, enthralled, and completely mesmerized. Vampire book lovers will absolutely love this book.”
Chicago Tribune
“Only Mina Harker, who once fell under the seductive spell of literature’s most famous vampire, knows Dracula’s true story. James gives readers an intriguing alternate theory as to the events that occurred in Stoker’s classic horror tale while at the same time delivering a spooky yet thoroughly romantic love story.”
Dolce Dolce
“Syrie James paints a vivid picture of woman in the grip of dark passion. If you think you know the legend, her thoroughly modern Mina will surprise and delight you. It’s a dark and sizzling romance for hot summer days and nights.”
singletitles.com
“This very romantic side to Dracula is powerfully sensuous and masterfully told... Should sit side by side with Bram Stoker’s Dracula on your keeper shelf.”
Feathered Quill
“This remarkable story twists and turns with every page ... The story unfolds with fast-paced action, well-written dialogue, and historical events mixed in with a truly remarkable love story that keeps the reader glued to every page. Another hit (for Syrie James)... right out of the park.”
The Season For Romance
“Must read... I love the way this book was written... Both love stories (Mina and Jonathan/Mina and Dracula) have such depth... I became so caught up in the story that I wasn’t sure who I wanted Mina to end up with... A really emotional love story. Rating: 9 (Excellent)”
Stephanie's Written Word
“An excitingly dark tale with a romantic twist...a page turner from start to finish. The author has given Dracula something that is missing in earlier novels – a heart and soul...Like a vampire draining his latest victim, I sucked down every juicy detail of Dracula, My Love.”
Bitten By Books
“What really happened between Mina and Dracula? Syrie James provides her own provocative interpretation in the exciting Dracula, My Love... She keeps the suspense level high, so that even readers familiar with the original story will be furiously turning pages to see what happens next. Excellent novel.”
LitFest
“Dracula, My Love had me hooked immediately. Filled with suspense and romance, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was incredibly well written and I couldn’t put it down. Syrie James paints an amazing picture of Dracula that left me both infatuated and appalled.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400116720
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Through pauses, pace, and emphasis, [Eyre] builds tension during the more pitched moments, but also keeps the exposition and contemplative moments engaging without being overdramatic." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Meet the Author

Syrie James is the bestselling author of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. A member of the Writers Guild of America, she is also a screenwriter and lecturer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated nearly one hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and three AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In 1890, Mina steps off the train eager to begin her summer months with her best friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy and Mina are living in a blissful world at the moment, for they are both engaged to great men and are looking forward to beginning the next phase of their lives.as blushing brides. Lucy has always been a stunning girl; a young lady who men worshiped whenever she walked into the room. She has always been a part of the wealthy, aristocratic crowd, and loves the attention of it all. Mina's life has been the opposite. She was abandoned at a young age and lived in an orphanage where she met Jonathan Harker. She and Jonathan became fast friends when they were children, and now they're getting ready to walk down the aisle into their future. Of course, the future can't begin until her beloved comes back from his business trip in Transylvania. Jonathan has become a brilliant mind in the business and financial worlds, and is currently doing a real estate deal with a nobleman by the name of Count Dracula. As Lucy and Mina enjoy their holiday, things start to get very strange. Mina has taken to walking up the East Cliff of the island to an old abandoned castle. Sitting on a bench overlooking the sea, she begins to write a great deal in her diary. One day, a fierce gale pummels the land and a Russian ship appears out of the mist, running aground on the rocks. As the men of the town race to the ship to help anyone aboard, all they can find are many crates filled with dirt, and a dead man at the wheel. A big black dog bounds off the deck - the only survivor of the horrible wreck. Soon, Mina meets up with a handsome stranger who seems unbelievably taken with her beauty and brilliance. Walking the island with the man, she feels the monumental attraction that is building between the two of them. If not for her immense amount of worries, including the fact that she has still not received a letter from her missing fiancé; and, her sleepwalking friend Lucy, who is becoming more pale, drawn, and distant as the holiday wears on, the stranger would've been all she could think about. Upon receipt of an urgent letter, telling Mina that her beloved Jonathan is currently in a hospital in Austria acting like a raving lunatic, she puts down her journal and turns her back on the enchanting stranger, choosing to rush to Jonathan's side. This remarkable story twists and turns with every page. As Mina embarks on her married life with Jonathan, who is finally coming back to himself, people she loves begin to die all around her. When a man by the name of Van Helsing suddenly appears in her life and tells her a story, for some reason Mina completely and utterly believes that he speaks the truth. From the eerie, dark streets of London, to a psychiatric hospital that houses a man named Renfield, the story unfolds with fast-paced action, well-written dialogue, and historical events mixed in with a truly remarkable love story that keeps the reader glued to every page. Syrie James is the author of the fantastic work, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Here, one again, she doesn't disappoint. Mixing history with a fantastic, well-known mystery has certainly given this author another hit.right out of the park. Quill says: The vampire publishing juggernaut has finally turned its eye on the most beloved of them all. Readers will bury themselves happily in this book, because the one and only Count has truly been gone for far too long.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
Dracula My Love will make you look at the greatest Vampire of all in a way you never did before. The story is from Mina's point of view and is scary, exciting, sad, and very romantic. The ending will leave you wondering if it was really the end. Syrie James has a way of creating characters so real, you experience their fear and their emotions. I have been intrigued with romantic vampires since meeting Barnabus Collins in Dark Shadows back in the 70's. I loved this book, as I have all of Ms James books, and I am looking forward to reading her next novel 'Nocturne' in 2011.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I wasn't able to put it down, and I'm not much of a reader but when I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Thank you Syrie for making such a interesting and an outstanding book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it, enjoy all versions like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing to read another side of Dracula.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book. A great AD book for teens. I wish it had a better ending....everything really left you hanging there... EX= "like what if....could he really be....??" Overall great book. Loved it. So will you!!
melissaclark More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I was a bit skeptical. Actually, I thought it was going to suck. When I read the description on the back, it seemed like it strayed so far from Bram Stoker's original Dracula I thought I was going to hate it. I was very very pleasantly surprised!!! To imagine the terrifying fiend being something more, someone romantic and passionate was not a believable to me. But Syrie James pulls it off brilliantly, staying true to the storyline but giving you something more to ponder, another possibility to one of the best characters ever to grace the pages of a book. If you like paranormal romances, this story will definitely hook you! Couldnt put it down! Highly recommend it to anyone who's openminded and enjoyed the original.
zooteacher More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and is decidedly NOT Twilight. It's romantic, sexy, and poignant. Vampires should be strong, sexy and brooding, and NOT emo!
Norcha57 More than 1 year ago
A real page turner.
dasbears1 More than 1 year ago
You don't have to like vampires to read this book. It was wonderful. I could not put the book down. The characters were wonderful and you really felt for all 3 of the main characters. I can't wait to read Syrie James new book when it comes out in January.
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As an avid reader of both vampire and immortal novels I have to say this book held my interest enough to finish it.
pwhite2345 More than 1 year ago
Diappointed by the ending; may still recommend to a friend
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bluedaze More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I read this book. I thought the writer did an excellent job of showing Dracula, the man, and examining him as a product of his circumstances. I enjoyed her exploitation of some of the 'loopholes' in Bram Stoker's classic (and wonderful) novel. James gave us the Dracula I've always imagined for myself. But...I hated the ending. I 'understand' it- it's literary merit and how it serves the story, but I just absolutely hated it.
RonCN More than 1 year ago
The book starts with a prologue that gives the whole novel a flashback perspective, so, unfortunately, we know from the first lines how the tale is going to end. I had picked it up hoping to see Stoker's Dracula redeemed, so it was not exactly the most gripping way to open the narrative, but still I decided to give it a chance. I must confess that Syrie James must have done it right, because by the end of the text I was almost sure that I would get my happy ending. The writing was very much on par with the original in style and vocabulary. The descriptions were detailed and full of a vivid imagery. And still, somehow, I can't say that this is a book I would recommend. Let's go step by step: Her Dracula is, perhaps as today's trends dictate, a handsome and fascinating fellow with a keen mind and an interest in progress and culture. He is more intelligent and educated than Stoker's Dracula gave him any chance to be, and he offers his own explanation to every event detailed in the original book so that the reader is left wondering who is the monstrous hunter in truth: the vampire, who has fallen hopelessly in love, or Van Helsing and his obsession to destroy something he does not even understand. The way James presents this dilemma, turning Dracula into an individual without freeing him entirely of the demonic traits we see in Stoker's novel, is nothing short of masterful. The hope to read something like this made me choose the book, persevere through the first pages, turn page after page till the very end. Unfortunately, I felt like Mina was not up to the task of being the companion of such a passionate, fascinating being. She carries the burden of telling the story through her journal entries, and while it is true that the author has some remarkable experience writing in the corresponding historical period, I found the dialogue to be forced and the prose much too rich and flamboyant for a diary. I am in love with Jane Austin's novels, for example, but Mina read over the top when compared with Austin's heroines. The same can be pointed out about the moral system: Mina's is so rigid that, even taking into account the time period, I could not relate to her and her dilemma. The book didn't provide us with enough reasons, beyond Mina's own assertion, for her to love her betrothed and husband and so the endlessly dragging anguish of talking to the one when she should save herself for the other does not translate well for the reader. When she finally makes a decision, though, the action does pick up and the book improves drastically, making us forget what we know about the ending and about the original Dracula and cheer them on every step of the way. It was a pity that this perfect woman who was so scared of society's rules should become an action heroine towards the end, finishing the story in a way that, even though compliant with Stoker's events, pulls a whole new twist that was unnecessary in my humble opinion. All in all: an interesting take on the archetype of all vampires that should be enjoyable if the reader looks past the aforementioned issues.
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