Author: Bekka Black
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402244657
- ISBN-13: 978-1402244650
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.
This is a book that can easily be finished within a few hours, if not less. The concept peaked my interest since it is geared towards the technology that teens and adults are all addicted to now. I was curious to see how the author was going to take a well known story and adapt it to this concept.
While the cover was amazing and the summary intriguing, the book lost its connection with the reader with all of the simple text and emails. We basically get the bones of the story with no real meat attached. I didn’t enjoy the execution of the book and I felt cheated in the story. Since there was no real story introduced, we didn’t get the connection with the characters that you normally get with a story filled with dialogue and description. If the author could have given us some chapters of real story in between the emails and text, then this would have made the story more enjoyable and more plausible.
While the computer age of technology might be intriguing in some plots, with this story I felt that it held the book back from being something more.
If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS
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