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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,925 Ratings  ·  344 Reviews
Author Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) offers readers a breathtaking new perspective on Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the king of the vampires with Dracula, My Love. In these “Secret Journals of Mina Harker,” the object of Dracula’s desire relates for the very first time the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth. This is not the chaste ...more
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Published July 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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Dec 04, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
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Bram Stoker's masterpiece is one of my favorite classics. Lucy and Mina are the quintessential embodiment of Victorian chastity, purity and virtue. Stoker's Dracula is especially evil as he seeks to corrupt these women, seducing them and thus corrupting their innocence. They play an essential role in Stoker's work but for all that, they are victims of shallow characterization, necessary personalities
Maria Clara
Nov 05, 2015 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
INCREÍBLE! Sin duda, es uno de los mejores libros que he leído este año. La autora consigue conservar el espíritu original de la famosa obra de Bram Stoker, y en cada una de sus páginas, uno cree vislumbrar al Drácula que todos tememos. Pero, y eso es lo sorprendente, también nos muestra otra versión del monstruo mucho más humana, dulce y pasional; alguien capaz de enamorarnos. Y ¿qué puedo decir del final? Sin palabras. Una lectura muy, muy recomendable!
Mar 14, 2012 Ryoko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever, sff
If you have always sympathized with Dracula or wanted to see Mina and Dracula's romance, then this book is for you! My preference for characters leans toward the antagonistic and I am thrilled by forbidden romance. This book was right up my alley. I enjoyed it immensely--devoured it in but a few sittings, in fact. I was pleased with the characterization, dialogue, plot, pace, diction, basically everything. This includes the ending (which is really wonderful if you look at the signs, and does lea ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even express to you how much I loved this book - but I will try my best!

The story of Dracula is one that I have always loved. And while it may not be as popular, it is obvious how its effects have impacted us even today. Just look around you and see the Twilight movies, or Vampire Diaries, or even True Blood and it is clear as day how popular vampires were back then, and still are now.

Bram Stoker's Dracula spawned a lifetime of fiction and even more superstitions - but at the same time,
Tara Chevrestt
Jul 25, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
Wow. This has been a fascinating retelling of the classic Dracula tale. It's told from Mina's POV and in this case, the first person narrative works wonderfully. The story begins with Mina visiting her dear friend Lucy while her fiance, Jonathon Harker is away on business in Transyvania. What Mina doesn't know is that Jonathon's business trip has taken a bad turn. After all, his client is none other than Count Dracula...

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Jul 25, 2010 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, the "original" vampire novel, Dracula, My Love tells Mina Harker's side of this famous story. But while Stoker's tale presents Dracula as someone to be feared and loathed, Dracula, My Love presents a more humanized Count Dracula, one with a conscience and deep feelings of sadness, remorse, and love. I enjoyed the clever way James fills in the blanks left from Stoker's story. Her thoughtful and well-imagined explanations for Dracula's seemingly brutal acts fit righ ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Chaeya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an excellent read. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to read more, even in tears in a few places. Mina is definitely the kind of heroine that I love -- she's strong, smart, quick-witted and able to keep her emotions in check. The part I liked the most was that she was able to do all this without sacrificing her femininity. Dracula as the hero was even more than I could imagine and it's difficult not to be in love with him also.

Syri does a good job of taking you through
Jan 31, 2016 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book way back when. At the time I was really into any book with a vampire theme. This one sounded intriguing and one that I had not read yet regarding the secret journals. Usually, when it comes to the story of Dracula and Mina it is usually Dracula that is featured and not his lover. Yet, there have been stories told with Mina but again some good and others alright.

I am really trying to read books from my massive to be read pile. So I picked up this book, still looking forward
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
I love it when I read a book that makes me want to read another book. That's what books should do, in my opinion. Reading this book has convinced me that I need to read Bram Stoker's Dracula. Now that I know Mina's point of view, I need to read what the rest of the world thought. I seriously loved this book. I was kind of scared to purchase it, because it's a little out of my usual comfort zone. Plus, it was expensive. I kept thinking about it, though, so when I finally found a good deal, all ot ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Ivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several books available that tell the story of Dracula from Mina Harker's perspective, but none have been as intelligent nor come close to the original as Syrie James' novel.

"Dracula, My Love" is an account of Bram Stoker's Dracula seen through the eyes Mina Harker. As in the original novel, the narrative is given from the journals of Mina and Jonathan. Mina, however, keeps a more shocking and intensely romantic journal in secret shorthand, free from the prying eyes of those who might
Sue Smith
Sep 27, 2010 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it interesting that I picked up this book actually, as I had just finished another story based on Mina Murray's account of the story of Dracula. This book kept far closer to the actual story by Bram Stoker, only through the eyes of the woman (and one of the main characters of it as well - although it was never explored that way in the original). I really enjoyed this version. I felt it kept true the the story and there wasn't anything fabricated differently from the original. If anything ...more
Brittni Allen
Apr 06, 2011 Brittni Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings about this book when I picked it up. Hmm, it could be really slow, boring and unadventurous since the "romantic action" takes place in such a chaste time period. Or it could break every conventional rule and then become unbelievable.

Fortunately, neither one of those fears came true. Instead, Syrie James integrated the chastity of the time period with a lusting, sensual Dracula in the most successful of ways. Dracula became a truly inspiring character, one who laughs, loves
Sep 06, 2015 Adrianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I loved this, but it's still hard to tell. I am awash with conflicting emotions at the conclusion. It is a novel of great passion, which I love; and darkness, which I also love; and the workings of human (and UNhuman) emotions, which I find utterly fascinating.
The problems arise with pacing for various parts of the novel- there is a lot of set-up, and then, for the period of time where Dracula is MIA, it is also very drudging. James has to acquaint the reader with various facts from Sto
Ben Babcock
The public domain is a wonderful concept. Copyright is a useful tool during a creator’s lifetime, but when a work passes into public domain, something special happens. Anyone can reproduce it and indeed use its characters and ideas without worrying about any associated legal encumbrances. In this way the public domain becomes a treasure trove of mutual cultural touchstones. Of course, to do this, one needs access to public domain materials. Hence why, in my review of Dracula, I praised Project G ...more
Love never dies.

That is the tagline to the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula. Syrie James' version of the beloved classic follows a similar premise to Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece.

Dracula is in love.

Though there are many similarities as well as differences to the plot lines of these two works, Syrie James' version doesn't disappoint. It is beautifully written and probably the closest to the original plot of Dracula I have read. The story is mesmerizing. The inner struggles and transformat
Jan 14, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula. This book takes all the holes from the original story and easily interjects a love story between Mina and Dracula.

I never read the original novel all the way through, but I know enough about the story based on the flashbacks in Dracula the Un-Dead and the movie from the early 90's that is supposed to stay pretty faithful to the book. All the little things in the original book that didn't add up are easily explained here and make for a wonde
Aug 21, 2012 Pitiponks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First it is well written and easy to read, without being simplistic, just enjoyable. Second, I liked the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula, of course. All the ambiguous scenes in the book about things maybe happening but not being said clearly had always thrilled me. In particular, the sensual, sexual tension about Dracula and Lucy and then Mina. So when I saw the title of “Dracula My Love” and then the back cover, I immediately borrowed it at the librar ...more
Cj W
Mar 16, 2012 Cj W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, fiction
The famous Dracula!

This is the story of Mina Murray, who came to love Dracula under the circumstances that most women do, under extreme visual and physical imagination.

Mina is an orphan, never knew her parents. She is engaged to be married, but her fiance' stops writing to her, and when he does right to her, he is very distant and has a tone of general disinterest.
Well, when things such as this happen, it leaves women feeling very .... unappreciated, unloved, un-thought-about.
Which opens the
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading Bram Stoker's Dracula.)

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author, Syrie James, once again transports her readers back in time and enchants them with a tale of unknown romance. This time instead of revealing the secret love affair of a famous author as she did with Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, Syrie James decides to divulge the hidden romance between two fictional characters: Mina Harke
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book through Librarything's Early Reviewer program. I love the original story of Dracula but always wished that the women characters were more filled out. This book does a great job of doing that in a believable way and paints Dracula into a more complex character than he was originally portrayed as.

The whole book is told through the viewpoint of Mina Parker. Through her eyes we see Lucy's decline, hear of Jonathan's troubles in Transalvania, etc. The story line closely foll
Dec 01, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
The first time I saw "Bam Stroker's Dracula" in 1992, I was mezmerized. Between the make-up, the costumes (remember I'm a frustrated fashion designer), and the intense attraction between Mina and Dracula, I felt like I was under a spell...

Forward to 2010. I stumble upon Syrie James' "Dracula, My Love" at the now extinct Borders, buy it, and devoured it in a week. I just couldn't get enough of the story! The author did a great job at filling all the gaps from the original story. I had never read
Jun 10, 2015 Galleane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bref j'ai vraiment adoré suivre cette histoire d'amour, d'une passion contre nature. Je suis vraiment rentrée dans le livre dès le début et j'ai été passionné par l'histoire de Dracula. J'ai voulu faire durer le livre mais les bonnes choses ont une fin et ma curiosité a fini par l'emporter et j'ai voulu connaître assez rapidement. Donc cette lecture a été une gros coup de cœur.

Ma chronique complète :
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2,5 bintang

Buku paling lebay yang gw baca tahun ini. Minanya plin plan, ngingetin ma Bella Swan, yang bingung antara Jonathan atau Dracula. Padahal pan udah nikah. Terus dulu nikahnya sama Jonathan hanya karena tunangan lalu kasihan gitu kah?

Kasian deh Mina, Jonathannya kayak gitu, ga memuaskan di ranjang (weeeks). Draculanya juga egois dan manipulatif banget. Kalo saia jadi Mina,tolak dua - duanya, dan cari pacar lagi, he he he.

Atau mendi
Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna
The book did not read like a new view on Dracula to me, it read like an author took original Dracula and simply rewritten it trying to keep to Stoker's writing style, but changing all the facts. She did a fabulous job writing the new book,or one could say rewriting an old one,I could almost feel myself back in time when I was reading Bram Stoker for the very first time, only suddenly everything was turned upside down and distorted: plot line, the reasons characters gave for their actions, ... Th ...more
I was excited to hear about a new Syrie James release. I really enjoyed reading her two previous books. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen was a sweet, romantic tale that combined elements of Austen works into a revised happy life story of Jane. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte presented a riveting, intense, dramatic and emotional story of the Bronte sisters. It was incredibly touching and very readable (from its length and subject matter-being one I'm less familiar with compared to Jane Aust ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Kavanand rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Dracula My Love is a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Mina Harker’s point of view. Mina is an important but underdeveloped character in the original novel. She’s integral to the plot, but we don’t know much about her. Dracula My Love fills in those holes and presents the reader with a fleshed-out Mina and a very different version of Dracula. The book is a departure from the original, as it concentrates mostly on the romance angle. Most of the vampire-hunting parts of the story occur off t ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Syrie James, author of two straight historical novels, dips her toes into the paranormal pool with Dracula, My Love. Using Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula as a framework, James tells the story from the point of view of Mina Harker, and adds a twist: What if Mina wasn’t just ensorcelled by Dracula, but truly loved him?

I figured this would be a hard sell for me. The popular view of the vampire has changed throughout time, from the ravenous monsters of folklore to the seductive villains of nine
Jan 08, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Dracula, My Love' is the third novel by acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter (turned novelist), Syrie James.

As the title suggests, James's novel is a retelling of Bram Stoker's original Gothic tale. Our protagonist is Mina Harker, who is recounting a time in her life when everything was thrown into disquiet and discontent. Seven years after the events that bought a Mr Wagner (née, Count Dracula) into her life, and Mina still senses his presence and yearns for his forbidden touch...

At times, I feare
Jul 26, 2012 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this story has a decent grasp of the timeline of events and has some really original ideas about the stories of each character that don't contradict the original too much. I enjoyed that a lot and have begun viewing the original in a different light.

It is really good until the end. There is all this buildup to a dramatic climax, but it just fizzles in the end. As always, no matter how strong the love is between Mina and Dracula, the romance is doomed. I have no idea why. The autho
Jun 03, 2011 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Skip it. If you've read Fred Saberhagen's The Dracula Tape, you've read a far far better version of this already. The author tries to turn Mina into a modern woman but doesn't succeed very well -- instead of thinking for herself she's like a weathervane, swinging around to believe whoever is telling her tales at the moment, so it comes across as more of a slightly discordant medley than a coherent tune. In fact, Bram Stoker's Mina is in some ways a more consistent and stronger character than thi ...more
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Jane Austen's First Love, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

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