iDrakula

iDrakula

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by Bekka Black
     
 

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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

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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."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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... 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) " - Kirkus

"At first glance, this take on Bram Stoker's Dracula-told exclusively through text messages, Web browser screens, e-mails, and various photo and PDF attachments-looks like shameless pandering. But check out the first text: "Renfield had a psychotic break. Carted off to Bellevue. More l8r." It's an opening gambit indicative of Black's storytelling instinct, which consistently proves itself able to transcend gimmick. The format, with its realistic images of iPhone and iPad screens, actually lends the book a chilling sort of one-shock-per-page pulse-and let's not forget that Stoker organized his novel with the letters and diaries of his time, too. Black's enjoyable modifications turn the plot into a love triangle (well, actually, counting the count, a love pentagon): Mina is a jujitsu-practicing romantic; Jonathan, a womanizing cad; Lucy, his boozy booty call; and Abe Van Helsing, a premed student ("He's old," e-mails Mina, "twenty or so"). For every in-joke that weakens the otherwise serious mood ("Drakipedia"), there is an inspired idea (the five pages of bounced e-mails during Jonathan's captivity). Fast, inventive, creepy, and sure to be popular. " - Booklist

""The gimmick--Bram Stoker's tale retold entirely via smart phones, text messages, PDFs, etc.--results in a surprisingly upsetting one-shock-per-page pulse. And all those auto-rejected e0mails from Dracula's lair? Shudder." - Booklist, Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth" - Booklist

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402244674
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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

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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

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PRICING

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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

Meet the Author

Bekka Black is the pseudonym for mystery author Rebecca Cantrell, whose recent novel A Trace of Smoke received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. The book was reviewed by the New York Times, was chosen as a pick by numerous independent bookstores, and was a Writer's Digest Notable Debut.


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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iDrakula 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Rachelleah More than 1 year ago
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!
jkholmes More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont judge a book by its cover not worth the money
RavenShadow721 More than 1 year ago
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. ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviews said vampire enough with the suckers get legit buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this booka lot. It deviates in certain ways from the original but stays true the Count as well as the telling of the story through letter correspondence and personal diary entries and memos (only they take the form of texts messages, e-mails, and tablet browsers). I loved Mina and Abe and the way Becca Black wrote the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it
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dlrk More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pictures of cell phone screens of text messages are too small to read on nook. Adjusted font to extra large, still couldn't read.
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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
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