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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,383 ratings  ·  398 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
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 in a fundamentally masculine no
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 Gutenberg ...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
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 look
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
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
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
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 yea
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
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
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: fantasy, fiction, romance
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 wonderful re
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
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...
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.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very captivating take on the classic Gothic story.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful read. I love the storyline, the characters. Just wonderful!
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Reading Dracula has long been on my list of things to do. I loved The Historian, I read vampire books by the bushel, and I’ve heard time and time again that Dracula is a book celebrating technology and gadgets (admittedly, it’s “shorthand” and “typewriters”, but those were the texting and iPhones of their time). My nook came pre-stocked with a free version of the book, but even then (and I hate to admit it) my deep aversion to epistolary novels held m
Kavanand (Reading for Two)
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 19, 2010 rated it liked it
This interpretation feels very much like the original Dracula, but from Mina's point of view. The story picks up where Mina is staying at Whitby by the sea with her friend, Lucy Westenra. Mina's fiancé', Jonathon, has gone to the Eastern European country of Transylvania to meet with a Count Dracula for a real-estate transaction. Mina misses Jonathon and can't wait for him to return so they can finally be married. As Mina enjoys her holiday, things grow sinister in nature as a shocking shipwreck ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retelling, dracula
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 a book
Shala Howell
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: to people looking for a different take on Bram Stoker's Dracula
I made the mistake of reading Karen Essex's Dracula in Love first, an experience that put me off Dracula retellings for several months. Maybe as long as a year. I won't go into why here, you can basically read any of the very many 1 or 2 star reviews on Dracula in Love to find out for yourself.

I am in Year Two of my Read The Books I Already Own project, and this week after a year or more languishing on my to-read shelf, it was finally Syrie James' turn. At first, the beginning reminded me so mu
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels of historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, & YA. Syrie is passionate about strong women, sexy heroes, and books that keep you turning pages long into the night! Her books have been translated into eighteen languages.

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