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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Acclaimed Author Syrie James Approaches Bram Stoker's Classic Dracula With A Breathtaking New Perspective-As, For The First Time, Mina Harker Records The Shocking Story Of Her Scandalous Seduction And Sexual Rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to
Paperback, 457 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Avon (first published 2010)
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Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kara 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
Sammy Loves Books
Interesting fan-fiction spin on the original Dracula. Syria James takes the original book and creates a romance between Dracula and Mina that doesn't exist in the original book.

I couldn't help think that the Mina in this book was far less likable that the real Mina. This Mina kisses and makes out with Dracula while her husband is asleep in the same room...Ick!!

Though it was very well was just OK to me and didn't improve on the original story in any way.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 最高, 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 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jan 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Tara Chevrestt
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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Sue Smith
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jana at
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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
In 1897, Bram Stoker presented to the readers all over the world a frightful and bloodthirsty character, the infamous vampire from Transylvania, Dracula. After more than a century later, in 2010, author Syrie James takes that story and gets inspiration to tell us everything from Mina Murray’s point of view (the future Mrs. Harker) by adding new details and a romantic and dangerous love story between the girl and Count Dracula.

“Dracula, My Love” is a thrilling and adventurous novel but, if I have
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
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
2016 review:

I didn't enjoy this as much the second time around. I felt something was missing and I think it boils down to the relationship with Dracula. I wish they had more of a buildup to love. Here, he fetches her hat, dances with her a couple times and oop! love! For what it was, it was a fine guilty pleasure read. Having read so many books in the last three years with better relationships and better buildup to the relationships, this was a let down on reread. Maybe the three years between r
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Cj W
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Brittni Allen
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
There isn't much original about this book. It is a rehash of Stoker's 'Dracula' through Mina's eyes--expected. Then it turns into a 'Twilight' version of 'Dracula' where the vampire's bad habits are explained away and he eats only animals and doesn't kill anyone if he can help it. ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was unfamiliar with Syrie James when I picked this up from a discount bin, so my expectations for this novel were a bit out-of-whack.

I was expecting, based on the covers, frankly erotic historical fiction, maybe along the lines of Sarah Waters, with new insight into either Dracula as a text, or the idea of vampires in the Victorian era.

Instead, this is a conventional romance novel, simply grafted onto the story of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

James's writing is a little uneven- at its best it's qu
P.Q. Glisson
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Syrie James has taken Bram Stoker's Dracula and made it passionate and seductive. The book is told strictly through Mina Harker's POV. I thought the addition of the telepathic messages between Dracula and Mina was a great idea. We got to see inside the heads and hearts of the secret lovers. While Stoker's Dracula was portrayed as a cruel monster, James' Dracula came off as a tortured soul who had endured much heart ache. She even gave Mina a past steeped in mystery as well.
I loved this book and
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Circa Girl
Updated/Revised 3-Star Review of 2020: Why revisit a book I disliked? Two reasons:

1. Dracula in Love by Karen Essex was an awesome, speculative, feminist take on the gothic classic we know and love, and Dracula, My Love by Syrie James sounded like a close, if not identical read. Karen's contender for mainstream published Dracula fan fiction came out around the same time as Syrie's and, similarly, attempted to inject a romantic chemistry into the fold of Mina and Dracula's relationship, as well a
Michele Taylor
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this! I had an obsession with Bram Stoker's Dracula as a kid...but always thought it was so very vague with the juicy bits. It was very factual with little emotion and this DEFINITELY made up for that! ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was good but Mina’s obsession with Dracula was just “ugh!” I kept wondering is it because he’s the first man to really pay her any attention? Or just the allure of vampires?
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Syrie James is the USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling author of thirteen novels of historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction and romance, which have been published in 21 languages.

Los Angeles Magazine dubbed Syrie the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings.” Syrie’s novel “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen” sold at auction to HarperCollins in a bidding war and became an international best

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