Daughters of Dracula: The Stoker Sisters Book 1
October 12, 2010 Release
Two sisters… Born during the time of Jane Austen… Set to marry for advancement, but escaped their fates by becoming vampires. Now vampires in the 21st century, hunted by a sect of rogue hunters and governed by an ancient Romanian and Bulgarian vampire myth, the sisters live in a small beach town of California where they meet Keegan Knowles, a mysterious boy. For hundreds of years they’ve shared clothes, books, and their home, but will they share the same boy or is it there going to be war?
Angels and Hunters: The Stoker Sisters Book 2
Is the ultimate vampire story! It’s dangerous, dark and exciting!
I love the whole premise of this series. The sisters are the last remaining descendant of Vlad Dracule. This one really stood out, Although this isn’t the first novel I’ve read about vampires, the story is definitely unique and well done. Plus it has that whole sibling rivalry going on, which is something that I can’t get enough of for some reason. Things definitely get heated when you add a cute guy.
I really like the elements in the story like in Vampire Academy the evil vamps are Strigois, and it’s the same for The Stoker Sisters. Sadie and Alexis struggle to keep what’s left of their humanity and lay low on the radar from Hunters…but with Sadie, it’s pretty hard when you have a sister who is sometimes just evil! Lol
Sadie is a really well-developed character and as a reader you can’t help but get caught up in the emotional battle that she struggles with throughout this novel. Sadie’s character has a very compelling and relatable voice, and I think readers will automatically like her. I know I did. Alexis spices up the novel…because the things she does just get on Sadie’s nerves. And the boys in this novel, wow. They are definitely Mr. Darcy material…,and read Austen….hot right?
I enjoyed the story, it ‘s like the girl version of Vampire Diaries(Sadie is Stefan and Alexis is Damon) meets The Prophecy of the Sisters. It was excellently written and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep you on you toes. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
- Faye, Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
Meet Sadie and Alexis. Two sisters who could not be more different. Sadie, the calm, rational one, longs to be as much like a human as she can. Alexis, on the other hand, is Sadie’s completely opposite. She adores the fact that she has been turned and does everything to live in the moment… which usually ends up costing her.
Daughters of Dracula is a highly addictive novel that completely took me by surprise. With its references to Romanian mythology and Victorian society, readers are introduced to a completely different side of the typical Dracula vampire story. With Gow and her tale, everything seems more realistic… well, as realistic as it can get when you are discussing vampires. Sadie and Alexis are some of the best characters that I have seen in a while. And readers are sure to be picking sides in this sibling rivalry.
While there are some slower parts and questionable scenes for younger readers, Daughters of Dracula is a promising start to what I hope will be an outstanding series. Gow takes the old Dracula legend and completely turned it on its head.
- Kate, The Neverending Shelf
A wonderful take on Dracula’s story, based on the author’s personal experience. Imaginative and complex, this story of two sisters who become vampires during Victorian times England and end up in modern-day America is a fascinating mix of old and new. The story starts off in Jane Austen’s time where the sisters are being brought up as proper young ladies, set to marry for social advancement. They meet a dashing gentleman who changes literally. This vampire awakening is like a symbolism of their awakening as women. We learn they have gone in separate directions since becoming vampires. Sadie, the obedient younger sister, has tried to blend into human society, while Alexis has relished in it, sometimes flaunting it into human faces. Alexis incurs the wrath of powerful vampire hunters when she meets up again with Sadie. Unable to defeat them, they flee and somehow end up in a California beach town in America. Here Sadie believe would be they can lead a quiet life, not stir up trouble because there would be no vampires or hunters. As they settle into the community and meets a mysterious boy, they learn why they’re drawn to this town, and why they have an instant attraction to Keegan.
I could not have expected a more fantastic ending! The story is full of plot twists and turns, and drama. You can feel the heavy sibling rivalry, you can feel the change in time period. You can even relate (although they are vampires) to Sadie and Alexis’ adjustment to their new vampire state, and new place.
I enjoyed the reference to Dracula and Bram Stoker, especially since it is not at all like Bram Stoker’s version of Dracula. I highly enjoyed the reference to Jane Austen and her time period when a girl of proper upbringing can only become two things: marry for wealth and status or become governesses.
Though this book was written for the ya/teen audience, it does touch on these issues of women’s roles in Victorian times, perspective on fiction Dracula versus the real-life Dracula, and the choice to accept one’s fate.
I actually haven’t read Bram Stoker’s Dracula before reading this book, but have read it a day after. Because of Daughters of Dracula, it got me to read an old classic that I otherwise wouldn’t read.
As encouraged by this book, too, I’ve sent recommendations to my friends to read Daughters of Dracula. This would make an excellent book club choice.
- Dayna, Goodreads
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