I'm not sure how many stars to give this book. The first third of the book, while well written, was poorly paced. This is a book about Dracula, it should be gripping! The first third of the book is not. I have heard that this author spent about 10 years writing this book. I can believe that after reading it because the author seems to grow as the book progresses. Once we get to around the halfway point she has dramatically improved her pacing of the story and we finally have our gripping read. 3 stars for the first third of the book, 5 stars for the rest.