iDrakula

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The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens

18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant ...

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Overview

The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens

18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker's original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.

"Bold, innovative , and warped. . .an insanely imaginative tour de force."
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

"Black expertly interweaves story and technology in this timely Dracula tale."
—Rebecca Maizel, author of infinite Days

"What happened?"

"Not sure. I was fine when I went to bed."

"But?"

"But I dreamed that someone got into my room."

"Who?"

"I don't remember his face. He was tall, thin, pale...I was paralyzed. And then my neck hurt and my mouth was full of..."

"Of what?"

"Blood. My mouth was full of blood."

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Michelle McGrath
Mina Murray is your average teenager in New York City, but when her boyfriend, Jonathan, is not loyal; her friend Renfield becomes insane; and her best friend, Lucy, dies, Mina does not know how to deal with everything. iDracula is captivating and a quick read because it is in the form of e-mails, Web sites, and text messages, but it is better suited for older teens with its complex social interactions. Reviewer: Michelle McGrath, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Jennifer McConnel
Mina Murray's life changes forever when her boyfriend takes a business trip to Romania for a mysterious count. Jonathan returns to the United States with a rare blood disease and an unhinged mind. Then Mina's best friend dies of the same blood disease, prompting Jonathan to confess that he has been unfaithful to Mina. To make matters even worse, the strange Romanian count has come to America and is none other than Drakula. This modern retelling of the classic horror novel stays true to the literary style of the original: the work is told in multiple genres with an emphasis on modern technology, such as texting and e-mail. Mina is re-envisioned as a heroine who ultimately defends herself and defeats the vampire, but this is where the positive alterations to the story stop. This retelling completely lacks the suspense that is so crucial to a tale of horror, and the plot rushes along to an abrupt climax without giving readers time to digest what they have read. Although the bare bones of the original story are present, the modern characters have been made even more superficial than in Stoker, making it difficult for the reader to form any connections with the characters—there is really no one worth rooting for. This is a fast read and will appeal to reluctant readers, but teens who are craving a good spine-tingling thriller will be disappointed. Reviewer: Jennifer McConnel
Kirkus Reviews
Dracula is coming, but he's arriving on the shores of 2010 New York instead of 1897 England, with cell phones and laptops replacing the letters and newspaper clippings of Stoker's era. Forget the modern vampire, who sparkles in the sunlight and struggles with the desire for blood. Black brings Bram into the modern age with e-mails, smart phones and websites, all while preserving the brooding heart and vicious nature of Dracula, the literary ur-vampire. Presuming readers have a familiarity with the classic tale, the plot and characterization are understandably thin, though the restrictive page layout moves the narrative along at a brisk pace--this design-heavy book doesn't satisfy itself with simple IM transcripts; browser "screenshots," "attached" jpegs and smart-phone–framed text conversations (complete with those cute little speech balloons) alternate with more conventional-looking e-mails. There are nods to vampire lore in both URLs and webpage titles, and Mina's heartfelt final e-mail to Lucy blends a traditional goodbye with the ephemeral nature of today's digital technology. While not for the Gothic scholar, this bite-sized retelling of the seminal vampire novel won't drain anyone's attention span. (Horror. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402244650
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,003,681
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

After a childhood often spent without electricity and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska, for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin. The series has received numerous starred reviews and the first book, A Trace of Smoke, was chosen as a Writer's Digest Notable debut.

She lives in Hawaii with her husband, son, two cats, and too many geckoes to count. iDrakula is her first cell phone novel.

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Read an Excerpt

Text message from Jonathan Harker to Mina Murray:

June 11 8:14 PM
Renfield had a psychotic break. Carted off to Bellevue. More l8r

Wth? Details?

June 11 8:16 PM

Jonathan?

Text message from Mina Murray to Lucy Westenra

June 11 8:16 PM
Renfield went nuts. No details. Meet @Zen?

k

Don't bring fake id. Not scraping u off floor again

;)

From: Jonathan Harker
To: Mina Murray
Subject: Renfield
Sent: June 11 9:02 PM

Mina,
Here's Mr. Renfield's take on it:

>Harker,
>As I am sure you are aware, my son Randolph is indisposed.
>He was scheduled to fl y to Bucharest tomorrow to meet
>with an important client. Can you go in his stead? The
>client requested you specifically, as Randolph apparently
>discussed you with him. The client was quite insistent.
>Although you are only a summer intern, I trust that we can
>quickly train you to carry out Randolph's duties
>satisfactorily. As I'm sure you are aware, it is a wonderful
>opportunity for you. Please make your own flight
>arrangements and then fill out an expense report for
>reimbursement.

Then he rattled on like always. Indisposed? They hauled Renfield Jr. past me screaming. He actually bit the head off a little gray mouse he caught in the cafeteria.

Short version: I'm off to Romania tomorrow. First time out of the country by myself. Wow, huh? How could I say no to a free trip to Europe?

I'll be stuck here in the cubicle catacombs until the middle of the night getting ready.
Want to swing by my dad's tomorrow and ride with me to the airport?

I know Renfield Jr. and Lucy haven't seen each other in months, but somebody should tell her what happened to him. I'm sure Renfield Sr. won't. Sorry I'll miss your jujitsu tournament. You'll just have to kick butt alone.
J

From: Tepes Travel
To: Jonathan Harker
Subject: Your Trip to Bucharest
Sent: June 11 9:02 PM

*********************************************************
THANK YOU! Travel Reservation Confirmation
*********************************************************
Dear Jonathan:
Thank you for booking your travel through Tepes Travel. Your trip to Otopeni Bucharest Airport (OTP), approximately 12.4 miles from Bucharest city central, is confirmed. A summary of your reservation is provided below.
Your Tepes Travel Trip ID is 3141 5926 5358
Ticket(s) issued on Thu, Jun 11 at 09:01 PM EST.

*********************************************************
ITINERARY
*********************************************************

For your boarding pass, use reference code QENDYN for online or airport check-in.
Fri, June 12
New York, NY (JFK) to Otopeni Bucharest (OTP)
Flight: Delta Airlines KL 9080 operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Depart: 3:55 p.m., New York, NY (JFK)
Arrive: 6:00 a.m., Amsterdam Sat June 13 (one day later)
Flight: KLM 2701, operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Depart: 2:15 p.m., Amsterdam Arrive: 6:10 p.m. Otopeni Bucharest (OTP)
Total Travel Time: 19 hrs 15 mins

*********************************************************
PRICING
*********************************************************

1 adult: $949.20
Taxes & fees: $110.00
Total: $1059.20

Text message from Jonathan Harker to Mina Murray

June 12 1:30 AM
Where r u?

Getting Lucy home. She puked. Ewww

Wear gloves. Lol. C u tomorrow?

Of course. How's Renfield?

Nothing new

Can't believe u r deserting me for the wilds of Romania tomorrow!!! Will miss u

U'll be too busy ripping people's arms off

But all by myself

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    Good idea, bad ending

    I loved the idea of this book! A modern day version of Dracula, what could be better. I assumed for the most part it would stick to the original story. I loved the original ending! I really hated the whole Jonathan/Lucy thing. I wanted Mina and Jonathan to live happily ever after! To sum up I loved the format and hated the story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Innovative and Fun

    Bram Stoker's tale gets an innovative update in Bekka Black's iDrakula. While she remains true to the heart of the story, Black firmly places the characters in the 21st Century by tossing out Stoker's letters and journal entries in favor of text messages and emails. The modern presentation makes this a quick read but it doesn't suffer from a lack of depth. Black has maintained the complex relationships created by Stoker and given them her own spin. Everything fans love about the original Dracula is here but with a fresh coat of paint, and Black's bold writing style adds flair to an otherwise well-known classic. Fun, innovative, and more than a little twisted, iDrakula is a perfect for anyone -- young or young at heart -- looking for something new in the vampire world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Dont judge a book by its cover not worth the money

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Phone screen pictures are too small to read

    Pictures of cell phone screens of text messages are too small to read on nook. Adjusted font to extra large, still couldn't read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Skip it

    I liked the cover of this book so I thought I'd check it out. But after receiving it I was surprised at how short it was. The idea is neat and I like the layouts of the pages but the whole story is hard to follow

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Funny

    I watched the play at my school two days before reading this and I just find it funny haha. If your bored,read it,if you think it's going to be a classic,don't bother.All in all, I thought it was good. ^_^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    not that good

    The really only interesting thing on this book was the cover. I found it hard to follow because the whole thing was written in text message or browser. And the story was as cheesey as a pizza. It was the Count Dracula story only too blunt. Anyone knew what was going to happen from the start. not the worst Ive read, but it was pretty bad. And to the writter, if thats your style, then fine. But dont try to reinvent something so classic and origional, it just wont work.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for Teens Read Too

    Mina, Lucy, and Jonathan are in the here and the now. Mina and Jonathan are a couple. Their friend, Renfield, has been admitted to the hospital after attacking animals. The friends are concerned for him, and Jonathan has agreed to attend to a job that Renfield was supposed to do. He's soon off to Romania to help the Count with some matters. Jonathan and Mina try to stay in touch through messages, but they each realize that none of their messages are reaching the other. Soon, Mina learns that Jonathan is battling a strange illness and flies to Romania with Mr. Harker. In the meantime, Lucy has a new man in her life, Abe, but she too has come down with strange symptoms. It's only when Mina and Abe start to work together to discover what has happened to Lucy and Jonathan that the true sinister nature of the Count comes to life. The two realize that they are the last hope to cure their remaining friends. Will they be too late to destroy the Count? Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I've never read Bram Stoker's DRACULA. So I can't say if Ms. Black keeps to the general synopsis or not. I do know that some of the characters' names are the same, but other than that, I'm hopeless. But IDRAKULA jumps on the bandwagon of novels written using text messages, emails, and web pages. The concept works for this story, and the reader is quickly transported into a nightmare of vampires and intrigue and mysterious illnesses. IDRAKULA is a good choice for the reluctant reader, as well as those who are into the paranormal genre. It won't disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    I actually liked it

    Interesting, not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Sample is worthless!

    The sample only has 6 pages including the dedication and table of contents headings such as "Email to xx on pg zz". The sample does not include any book content. With mixed reviews and complaints about readability on the nook, a content sample is critical for my purchase evaluation.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Big FYI....

    The text pages on this e-book cannot be read on NOOK!
    I could not make it big enough.
    Had to read on my laptop.
    Not done yet, but wanted this out there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Not Bad for A Modern Twist

    This story is unveiled little by little via text messages, emails and photos. There are also Ipad web browser spreads to advance the story. This combination leads to a fast-paced story that most of us are unaccustomed to, but it's a fresh modern twist on a vampire story. This story is well thought out. Only certain elements from the Dracula classic is borrowed for iDrakula, which isn't a bad thing. There's lots of room for modern takes on vampirism. Madness due to vampirism is associated with a psychotic disorder, blood loss is associated with a certain type of anemia, there's no cell reception or wifi in a "certain" part of Romania . . . many elements of this story allow the reader to interpret the events realistically and according to our times. It was a very short read, but one may expect it to be so due to its format. It's really one event happening after the other. Because of the pacing and the mediums used, there's no time to flesh out a character; it would be hard to do so via text messages and emails only. It's difficult and even unfair to compare this book with others due to its format. I'm giving it 3 stars mainly because the concept of vampires is overused. Had it been a longer book (even through emails and texts) and had it been about something else, I may have a different opinion. I would recommend reading this story via the iDrakula app over the printed book. After all, it is written in the form of texts, emails, and even voice mails. Reading this story in print means that you miss out on voice mails.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    Great!!!!

    This book was a great and fun read. I enjoy looking at the different pictures and it is truly a unique read.


    We meet Jonathon who is from the very beginning a player. I knew there was something off about him that made me dislike him right away. And yes, I was right. He was a low down cheating scumbag!


    After taking a trip to Romania, one wild night later he woke up with blood on his neck. Not sure what to make of it, he calls his girlfriend Mina, for help. He gets sick and is later hospitalized. Realizing he had no time left, he confesses his antics leaving Mina heartbroken. She sets off to find the source of the disease.


    I love Mina. Even after everything with her boyfriend and friend, she still tries to search for a cure. She teams up with another man, who later becomes something more. I was glad that she found happiness.


    The way the whole story was set up, was great. I love the way the story progressed in test messages, e-mails, and so forth. It only took me thirty minutes to read this book, but I enjoyed it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Innovative, Clever, Fun - a Must Read

    There's been so much talk recently about the digitization of books, and how the experience of reading books is changing in the age of new media. If you're like me and never quite understood what was meant by all this, iDRAKULA is a perfect example of how technology can intersect with today's reading experience. An updated version of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, written for a teen audience, Black tells the classic story through a series of text messages, emails, and browser images. It's a completely fresh twist on an old story, and Black does a terrific job of blowing the dust off some of Stoker's characters. In iDRAK, for example, Mina Murray is no shy violet. Rather she's a jujitsu practicing, smart teen who sets about to solve the mystery of what mysterious illness is gripping her young friends. I was even more intrigued to learn that the original DRACULA was also a mixed media piece - told largely through letters and newspaper clippings. I found this to be a very entertaining and original read. I'm also told there's an iphone app version with voicemails from the character that go straight to your phone. Excited to check it out.

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