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"Dracula" by Bram Stoker

Hi everyone, welcome to the first review for February 2017. I've decided to go down a different avenue for February. I could've done the whole love, hearts, and flowers as is sinonimous with this particular month, but I wanted to buck the trend, so the theme of the books being reviewed this month is Horror. Who doesn't like a good scare now and again?

So my first book for February is a real classic. Bram Stoker's "Dracula". I have both the abridged and unabridged versions at home and I've read them I don't know how many times. I actually really enjoy the story and I like the way the books are written.

Most will know the story, a journalist is invited to spend some time with a transylvanian count (Dracula) who turns out to be a vampire and bites the journalist's wife's friend, turning her into the undead as well. (This is only a brief overview).

"Dracula" was the first classic novel that I read as a child. I think I was around the age of 8 or 9 the first time I read the book. (I've always been an advanced reader). I love the gothic theme of the book and the unerring sense that something isn't quite right that just grips you as you read the book.

The way the book is written makes the story easy to read as it flits between Jonathan Harker's (the journalist) diary, his wife, Mina Harker's diary and so on. Bram Stoker's descriptions are more than enough to make you feel uneasy and will give you the sudden urge to eat more garlic and keep a crucifix handy.

If you haven't read a classic novel before, I would start with this one. The language, whilst old, is easy to read and doesn't take too much getting into. If you scare easily, or are prone to nightmares, don't read the book at night - I'm my own worst enemy, especially when it comes to my imagination - I think I slept with a  light on for a week after I finished the book!

"Dracula" is one of my old favourite novels. Whether you are a pro with the classics, or not read any at all, i would urge you to give this one a go, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

a 4 book rating from me.

Enjoy, and keep reading x

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