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Mina (Dracula Continues #1)

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,038 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
In Bram Stoker's immortal classic, "Dracula," an extraordinary woman named Mina Harker became the living object of a vampire's obsession. He came to her in the night, like a demon lover, opening a vein in his chest - and pressing her tender lips to the wound. Consumed by passion, Mina drank of his blood. And from that moment on, his seductive power filled her senses with s ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 1994 by Berkley Books (first published 1994)
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Sarah
Well, that sucked.

The original characters sound nothing like their predecessors & the plot is practically nonexistent. You'd expect a Dracula spinoff to contain actual vampires, right? But they're few & far between. Instead there's a lot of comings & goings & vaguely described social engagements, all of which are punctuated by Mina's constant angst. (It's her oppressive Victorian lifestyle, you see. After the liberation of Dracula's bloodletting, she just can't go back! Or someth
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Courtney
Technically, this shouldn't be in my "read" list, because it didn't take long for me to shut this piece of crap and resolve never to touch it again. I never really considered myself much of a Dracula purist, because THAT is a truly terrible book, too. However, the person who wrote this book either never actually READ the original, or just prefers the Gary Oldman/Keanu Reeves movie version wherein there is an actual romance between Dracula and Mina Harker. This book tries to portray Mina, who is ...more
Lisa
Sep 19, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
My copy of this book is 342 pages, and I took my time to read it. I think the author, Marie Kiraly, skillfully and artistically creates a world and main characters that are vivid. I found it easy to visualize the people and surroundings, and the story does have palpable atmosphere. However, due to the length of it, some segments of the story felt tedious to me, and they were laborious to get through. For anyone who has yet to read this, I'm making an effort to not reveal too many details and rui ...more
Book Vamp Jade Williams
I originally added this book as I have always wanted to know what happened to Mina Harker after Dracula. After reading some reviews im not so sure anymore.

updated: 04/11/2013

Turns out I was right. Blah! found a copy on line got through a few pages....
Most of the negative reviews about this are right. Kiraly probably did read Dracula, but her understanding of the character of Mina Harker and mine just seem to be totally opposite.

1) I saw Mina Harker as a very religious woman, who would had no suc
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Beth F.
Mar 31, 2010 Beth F. rated it it was ok
This book lacked direction. Maybe I shouldn't have read it piggyback on the original, which I just finally read for the first time and loved.

Mina was one of my favorite characters in Dracula so this one had potential in concept but the final product was boring and wandered too much.

Sad face.
Chiggins1066
Aug 20, 2008 Chiggins1066 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Alison, Michael
I was suspicious when I first purchased this book, and thought to myself "it will be very difficult to write a convincing sequel to Dracula." But let's just say I was pleasantly surprised. Bergstrom takes the character of Mina and gives her a dark side. The archetypal heroine in distress is pulled from the pages of Dracula and becomes a complex, enigmatic, scheming, and sensual woman. There are creepy moments, and the sex is pretty volcanic. The plot moves well, as is elegantly constructed. My o ...more
Marci
Apr 04, 2008 Marci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this book. having just read Bram Stoker's Dracula, i found that this author had copied the story to a tee and built upon what happened after the
Harker's and the rest of the party returned home, with many hints that dracula might be still undead. it was a quick read (unlike stoker's dracula)a great sequel in my opinion!action and romance and vampires, what more could a girl ask for!lol
i highly recommend it to my vamp lover friends out there!
Dan
Dec 14, 2013 Dan rated it did not like it
If you want a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula...don't turn here. My God....what a waste of time this book was. Where do I start. Okay....Dracula's not even in it...well, he's in flashbacks, but still. Oh wait...his "Ghost" is in it at the end. Which does not make any sense because vampires have no souls and isn't a ghost just a person's soul without a body?? It's all about Mina and the author makes her out to be a whore. Dracula is the best book I've ever read and this is one of the worst. If yo ...more
Lisa
May 11, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been intrigued by stories that continue other, older stories. I especially love it when a classic tale is continued. That's what this is, but ultimately it's the story of a woman discovering who she really is with the vampires showing her the way. Of course lust and blood are a draw as well. I enjoyed the jumps in perspective. I love epistolary novels and this had that element with Mina's journal entries. Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it to those who are fans of th ...more
David B
Nov 13, 2014 David B rated it really liked it
This novel is an interesting take on the Dracula story. It presents the climax of Bram Stoker's overrated novel from Mina Harker's point of view and shows us what happened to her and the other characters afterward. It turns out that, with the blood of Dracula flowing in her veins, Mina has far more sympathy for the Count and his minions than was hinted at in Stoker's novel. Furthermore, all is not quiet at Castle Dracula despite the destruction of the famous vampire...

Stoker's original novel was
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Joy
Jan 16, 2015 Joy rated it liked it
This book was fair. Not the best nor the worst I've ever read in its genre. I feel the character of Aunt Millicent and her hatred of Jonathan's mother could have been more deeply fleshed out. The side characters were all more interesting that the leads. I would prefer to have had more of Winnie, Millicent, Van Helsing and the others, instead of more of Mina being conflicted over the fact she liked sex and was too stupid to tell her husband. I mean really the whole book was basically a treatise o ...more
Christy
Jul 30, 2010 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
The story is a continuation of the original story of Dracula by Bram Stoker. It is from Mina Harker's point of view just after she has been seduced and bitten by Dracula. It chronicles the search and chase of Dracula by Mina, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Dr. Seward, Arthur, and Quincey. Mina details in her diary the chase, the demise, and their return to ordinary life.

Although upon their return to England, Mina cannot shake her connection to Dracula, though he is believed dead, nor her vivid, f
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Jonathan
Jul 15, 2009 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read
Didn't finish. I got 200 pages in, more than halfway through, and NOTHING of importance HAPPENED. I could see seeds planted for eventual development, but it was simply too slow, as though the author was prolonging any real character development as long as she could. The writing was jumpy, lacking signifiers for anytime time passed--no line breaks at times when they would have been needed, making each scene mush together in an awkward way. This had none of the atmosphere of Dracula, nor the creep ...more
Shawn
Aug 01, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, 4-star
I'm giving this one 3 1/2 stars. It wasn't what I expected it to be. It was more...clinical is the only word that comes to mind. Clinical is not a bad thing. The book was a throwback to an older style of writing and I liked that.The "sex" in the story could have go the way of erotica, but it didn't. Being an uber fan of all things vampire, it was fun to read something with a more sedate tone in dealing with carnal impulse.

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PurplyCookie
In Bram Stoker's immortal novel "Dracula", Mina Harker became a living, breathing object of obsession -- only to fall prey to her stalker's seductive powers. There was only one way to save her soul-by destroying the life of Count Dracula, the creature who controlled and consumed her. But was the spell really broken? Could Mina return to the ordinary turns of a day, and to the restraints of a Victorian marriage, after the pleasures of such exquisite darkness?

Kiraly/Bergstrom has shown us that Vic
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Jean Marie
Oct 14, 2010 Jean Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
Really, it's 3.5 stars.

Dracula is one of those stories I grew up with, it's very much ingrained in me. So when I saw this novel at the book store, I couldn't pass it up. It seems that I'm not the only one who went into this book very cautiously (I like to think the paperback cover is a bit cheesy). How could any novel attempt to carry on from a classic like Dracula?
I genuinely like this book, I felt that the author gave Mina back her voice though that voice at times seemed a bit too forced than
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Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Genre-benders
Mina by Marie Kiraly bends genre in fun & curious ways. Not quite historical fiction, not quite erotica, not quite a feminist reinterpretation of high literature, Kiraly instead takes the most interesting aspects of all three genres & gives readers a story about coming back to "normal life" after having brushed up against something strange. I've read many of the other comments on GoodReads about this book & many people seem disappointed that the novel isn't easily categorized. Honest ...more
Renee
I did not read Dracula until I was in college, and was mightily surprised. Not by the level of Bram Stoker's writing, the intricacies of the different viewpoints, or the overt sexuality he included in the text during a time period as repressed as his was. No...I was surprised by the fact that Dracula was...a monster.

Of course, this should have been obvious to me before that; in old Hollywood movies Dracula was always grouped in with the Wolfman, the Swamp Thing, etc. But having read the incredi
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Amanda Lyons
I remember this being highly touted and having randomly bought both the Wit'ch series by James Clemens and Omnibus editions of Anita Blake without having read them prior to my purchase from Sci-fi Book Club I bought this as well.

I had it in my book boxes ( I didn't have shelves for a long time) for several years and only recently read it both out of a non-committal feeling toward the book and having a hard time remembering where I'd put it. While I think the writing was adequate I really don't
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Lisa
Jan 01, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book chronicles the story of Mina Harker and what happened to her after the story in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" ended.

I was a bit confused as I read through it as I wasn't too sure what the overall message behind the story was supposed to be. Sometimes it appeared to be a commentary on marriage; at others it appeared to be about a woman's place in the Victorian world.

Johnathan Harker's character was a disappointment, and I felt the conflict between Mina and Johnathan's aunt wasn't particularly
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David Bonesteel
Jun 13, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it
This novel is an interesting take on the Dracula story. It presents the climax of Bram Stoker's overrated novel from Mina Harker's point of view and shows us what happened to her and the other characters afterward. It turns out that, with the blood of Dracula flowing in her veins, Mina has far more sympathy for the Count and his minions than was hinted at in Stoker's novel. Furthermore, all is not quiet at Castle Dracula despite the destruction of the famous vampire...

Stoker's original novel was
...more
Louise
Oct 13, 2013 Louise rated it did not like it
This book didn’t read like a believable sequel to Dracula at all. In fact, I was surprised it got as many good reviews as it did because it was a disappointment to me on so many levels.

Kiraly transformed the dark, beguiling sensuality of the original into tactless sleaze. In other words, by making it more graphic, she only succeeded in making that element of the story less intriguing. How did we get from Mina’s horror at her own inability to resist Dracula’s seduction, to the prostitute chair?
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Jordan Blaylock
Oct 18, 2015 Jordan Blaylock rated it did not like it
Honestly, it began with some promise but then this plot went all over the place and so did the characters. She didn't even stay consistent with it and worked way too hard to portray Mina as strong and caused her to come across as full of angst.
I felt like I was reading a novel about an overtly emo girl
Fishface
Follow-up to "Dracula," from the POV of Mina Harker, trying to pick up the pieces and live her life as a respectable Victorian wife although she has Dracula's blood in her veins. I really liked this one.
Yvensong
Dec 15, 2009 Yvensong rated it really liked it
Like some of the other readers here, I was surprised by how much I liked this novel.

We follow Mina through the final days of the novel "Dracula" through a 2nd, personal journal. We move onto how her adventure had touched her life in the days, weeks and months after the destruction of Dracula. Mina still senses the vampire's blood effect on her, on the choices she makes, the passions she feels.

The novel, at times, is slow, subtle, which feels right for a gothic horror story about Mina, a woman
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Sana Zameer
Aug 26, 2015 Sana Zameer rated it it was ok
MINA was not what I was expecting. It was written as an study of victorian era rather than a book on vampires. The original characters from DRACULA were drastically changed. There seem to be no plot. A very boring book.
Kylie
Sep 11, 2011 Kylie rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
In ways I read this like I read Dracula itself; happily enough at the beginning and the end but having to force myself on somewhere in the middle. As an indirect sequel this does fine. The majority of the book is not even really about vampires at all, but more about women, desire and Victorian society (as imagined by the author at least). At least half to two thirds of the book is all about Mina and Jonathan and their attempts to recover a 'normal' life. It is an interesting direction to take bu ...more
Hyann
Feb 21, 2016 Hyann rated it it was ok

I think I read Dracula 15-20 years ago so I could read this book without comparing directly with Stroker's work.
So I really like the first part of the novel where the author came back on the original storie witn Mina eyes so it give me a good refresh.

But after that I wasn't hook with the plot and it take me ahile to read it. Mina still influenced by Dracula and couldn't live a normal life and try to recapture the passion she had with Dracula to finaly return to Castle Dracula...

I don't really h
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Beca
Aug 24, 2015 Beca rated it liked it
If you read this expecting an actual sequel to "Dracula" you will be sad. If you accept this is more of a trashy romance novel, you might enjoy it! 3 stars for a weak ending, where the MAJOR THING is told in the past tense in a scant handful of pages, but otherwise quite amusing.
Angelique
Feb 19, 2008 Angelique rated it it was ok
Ok I admit it I'm a sucker for all things vampire, it may be a bad joke but it's true.
Anyhow, I picked this book up to read while traveling. I was actually excited because I loved the idea of the Dracula story told from Mina's perspective. It fell short of what I hoped for- entertaining enough for a flight but no competion for the original.

It relied heavily for some over sexed scenes, again entertaing but not quite what I was looking for. I think the story had room for Mina to be even more empow
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