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Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Plot Summary: When Jonathan Harker pays a visit to the castle of Count Dracula, it sets in motion a terrible chain of events that threaten him and those around him.

My Review: One of the best things about this book is that the author makes you feel scared through action and description. It’s like he has a camera that freezes a tense or scary moment in the story and gives you vivid details.

Some lines that demonstrate this are the following: “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth.”

Another great thing about this book is Count Dracula himself. Although he is evil, he is a very interesting character that pop culture references barely scratch. He has many strengths and weaknesses that make him formidable. A personal favorite trait is the power to control wolves.

In addition, the book has some good words of wisdom sprinkled here and there.

One phrases states,”I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.”

When it comes to the novel’s faults, one of them is  the sexism toward women. There are quotes such as, “A brave man’s blood is the best thing when a woman is in trouble.” that will touch the nerve of female readers. However, the character of Mina Harker makes up for it somewhat. She is an intelligent, clever, pious, and resilient woman.

Besides this, the author’s writing style can be bothersome until you get used to it. Sometimes, the description can be too much and the third person point of view may disappoint and confuse, even as it adds depth to the plot.

All in all, this was a very good book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes horror stories or classics.

Written by Serena Zola

October 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Book Review: Bloodlines

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The paranormal world of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series is back with a all-new series called Bloodlines. This first book is told from the point of view of a human called Sydney Sage, whose job as an Alchemist involves studying magic to guard vampire secrets and protect human lives. After the incident with the half human-half vampire dhampir called Rose Hathaway, Sage’s loyalty to the Alchemists has been questioned. However, when dhampir Jill Dragomir-sister of Moroi vampire queen Lissa Dragomir- is in danger, she goes into hiding at a human boarding school. Unexpectedly, Sage is chosen to be her guardian and protector.

One of the best things about this first book in the Bloodlines series is the fresh narrator. In the previous series Vampire Academy, its narrator Rose Hathaway is beautiful, witty, and tough-as-nails on the surface. While she wasn’t a bad character, she was a little of something already seen in female-fronted action movies. Sage, on the other hand, is an intelligent girl whose insecurities are shown upfront. This alongside the storyline sets up a more authentic series. Another notable thing about the book is its theme of self-identification that Sage and one other character exhibits.

The only downside to this series is that is doesn’t work well by itself. If you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series first, then you may be confused when you start Bloodlines. While the author does explain the series’ world, she does it in a way that makes the reader want to read more and yet wonder if there is more. All in all, this is a good start to the series.

Written by Serena Zola

December 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

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