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All power comes at a price… Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual All power comes at a price… Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There’s only one thing she knows: if she doesn’t learn to control her unnatural instincts, she’ll destroy every last shred of her humanity. Princess Dracula is the first book in a dark fantasy horror series. If you like crisp writing, emotional gravitas, and intriguing retellings of classic tales, then you’ll love John Patrick Kennedy’s new twist on vampire lore.


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All power comes at a price… Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual All power comes at a price… Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There’s only one thing she knows: if she doesn’t learn to control her unnatural instincts, she’ll destroy every last shred of her humanity. Princess Dracula is the first book in a dark fantasy horror series. If you like crisp writing, emotional gravitas, and intriguing retellings of classic tales, then you’ll love John Patrick Kennedy’s new twist on vampire lore.

30 review for Princess Dracula

  1. 4 out of 5

    KP

    I received this book free through Kindle Scout. I dread giving bad reviews, because writing a book is a huge accomplishment. So, kudos to the author for accomplishing what most people fail to do. However, I did not enjoy this one. The best way I can describe it as if the movie Nell was rewritten as a vampire with no real conflict or ending. I liked the idea of the daughter of Dracula making her own way through the world, but it didn't go beyond soft porn and eating wildlife. The book actually en I received this book free through Kindle Scout. I dread giving bad reviews, because writing a book is a huge accomplishment. So, kudos to the author for accomplishing what most people fail to do. However, I did not enjoy this one. The best way I can describe it as if the movie Nell was rewritten as a vampire with no real conflict or ending. I liked the idea of the daughter of Dracula making her own way through the world, but it didn't go beyond soft porn and eating wildlife. The book actually ended with a glimpse of what I thought the book would be. Maybe cutting out the middle and starting at the end would be interesting.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Claire

    What a sexist piece of garbage. This book is what happens when a man who only thinks of women as sexual objects writes a female protagonist. Ruxandra is naked for 80% of the book and the author reminds us of it constantly. The author cannot for the life of him cannot stop mentioning the word "breasts." Every female character is sexualized. Ruxandra initially has relationships with women, which would be great if her first experience with a man doesn't bring her to admit that he is sooooo much bett What a sexist piece of garbage. This book is what happens when a man who only thinks of women as sexual objects writes a female protagonist. Ruxandra is naked for 80% of the book and the author reminds us of it constantly. The author cannot for the life of him cannot stop mentioning the word "breasts." Every female character is sexualized. Ruxandra initially has relationships with women, which would be great if her first experience with a man doesn't bring her to admit that he is sooooo much better than her female partners. Mixed in with the constant nudity and the sexual objectification is a lot of self-hatred of the main character, who I think we are somehow supposed to admire. Also nothing actually happens in the book. Like really. I cannot think of a single interesting thing that actually happens. I spent the entire time cringing at how poorly written it is. Books like these always have so much potential. Unfortunately this one is a complete failure that left me reading it just so I could more roundly criticize it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Weismann

    This. Book. Sucked. Do not waste your time. It is NOT a whole book! It is all set up for a 2nd book! The story doesn't even begin yet! There is no plot or climax! It is all prologue.. whoever wrote this needs to take a basic elementary story writing class. It feels like what should be 1 book is getting cut into 4 books just to make more money out of it. It's a scam. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!! I CANNOT EMPHASIZE HOW ANNOYED I AM BY THIS BOOK THIS MAY BE THE FIRST NEGATIVE REVIEW I'VE EVER WRITTEN T This. Book. Sucked. Do not waste your time. It is NOT a whole book! It is all set up for a 2nd book! The story doesn't even begin yet! There is no plot or climax! It is all prologue.. whoever wrote this needs to take a basic elementary story writing class. It feels like what should be 1 book is getting cut into 4 books just to make more money out of it. It's a scam. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!! I CANNOT EMPHASIZE HOW ANNOYED I AM BY THIS BOOK THIS MAY BE THE FIRST NEGATIVE REVIEW I'VE EVER WRITTEN THAT'S HOW ANNOYED I AM. I don't think I've ever even written a review before but this book is soo skeezy of a rip off I am driven to take the time to warn others not to waste their money or time! All about Benjamins baby! DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR $$$$$! OH and another thing! When reading the "sex" parts the way the author is NOT describing her anatomy with very flowery words without actually saying I even thought to myself this author must be a man and he must be a virgin. At certain moments you can't even tell what body parts he's talking about. I'm 110% certain he's never seen a vagina before, let alone touched one in real life. This man needs to take a WRITING CLASS and SEX ED! Ok. I'll stop ranting now.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Kayla

    Read my full review on GracelingAccountant So the reason I picked up this series is because I have ARCs for two of the books through Netgalley and they're bringing my rating down. Somehow, even though this book was incredibly AWKWARDLY oversexualized, gorey, and weirdly religious it also drew me in? It's like one of those books that you just know if a more skilled and less chauvinistic person wrote the book it would actually be quality. Although tbh, the plot was literally: girl becomes vampire. Read my full review on GracelingAccountant So the reason I picked up this series is because I have ARCs for two of the books through Netgalley and they're bringing my rating down. Somehow, even though this book was incredibly AWKWARDLY oversexualized, gorey, and weirdly religious it also drew me in? It's like one of those books that you just know if a more skilled and less chauvinistic person wrote the book it would actually be quality. Although tbh, the plot was literally: girl becomes vampire. Oh look, girl vampire does this. And this. And then this. And then she kills a bunch of people. Cliffhanger! There, now you don't have to read it 😂😂😂

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    I really wanted to love this book and might have even liked it instead of just finding it OK if it hadn't been for all the needless sex scenes. He didn't even wait to start throwing them in, the first chapter alone has a three way and then the third chapter has a demon with an erect phallus, "It pulsed, like a creature with its own mind..."; this is followed by random masturbating scenes throughout the book. The one sex scene that I felt might have belonged in the story was, in my opinion, overl I really wanted to love this book and might have even liked it instead of just finding it OK if it hadn't been for all the needless sex scenes. He didn't even wait to start throwing them in, the first chapter alone has a three way and then the third chapter has a demon with an erect phallus, "It pulsed, like a creature with its own mind..."; this is followed by random masturbating scenes throughout the book. The one sex scene that I felt might have belonged in the story was, in my opinion, overly descriptive. The story itself was actually interesting enough and without the useless sex I think I would have enjoyed his twist on the vampire. I do plan on giving him a second chance and I am hoping he will calm down on the sexuality on his next book.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Hollie

    This book started out really strong. It had some dark vibes to it for sure. I think the character depth was done amazingly well. The story execution was decent but I was disappointed with how it ended. I did not go into this read expecting it to be part of a series. At my time of purchase nothing in the blurb or elsewhere indicated that this was not a standalone. However, it ended with no real closure at all. I don’t even consider it a HFN feeling. If this does turn out to be a series (which I c This book started out really strong. It had some dark vibes to it for sure. I think the character depth was done amazingly well. The story execution was decent but I was disappointed with how it ended. I did not go into this read expecting it to be part of a series. At my time of purchase nothing in the blurb or elsewhere indicated that this was not a standalone. However, it ended with no real closure at all. I don’t even consider it a HFN feeling. If this does turn out to be a series (which I can only assume to be the plan, since it ended with so many loose ends) I won't be continuing it. At least it was offered as a kindleunlimited.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    I wouldn't even give this one star

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vera

    wtf did I just read. and yet, I'll probably continue. >.<

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ehlers

    Originally posted on Escaping Reality with Books: https://escapingrealitywithbooksblog.... I actually really liked this and I’m so glad that I did because look at that gorgeous cover! It would have been sad if the story wasn’t executed well but thankfully that’s not the case for this one! I was hooked from the very first page and I didn’t want to put down the book- read 122 pages in one day (finished this in two) which is very, VERY rare for me. Mr. Kennedy’s writing just draws you in! Though I wa Originally posted on Escaping Reality with Books: https://escapingrealitywithbooksblog.... I actually really liked this and I’m so glad that I did because look at that gorgeous cover! It would have been sad if the story wasn’t executed well but thankfully that’s not the case for this one! I was hooked from the very first page and I didn’t want to put down the book- read 122 pages in one day (finished this in two) which is very, VERY rare for me. Mr. Kennedy’s writing just draws you in! Though I wasn’t exactly expecting the sex scenes, though done well, I’m glad they didn’t over power the story. This is an origin story, going to be a four book series, so expect a cliffhanger. Which was well done by the way, I’m dying to buy the second book! Surprisingly I liked that we got to see how she lived in the wild, trying to live as a vampire without hurting anyone. You don’t see a lot of that and before it dragged too much, she runs into a human again and trouble starts up once more. Overall there was enough action to keep me interested. Mr. Kennedy’s storytelling gives loads of detail, making it easy to slip away from reality! With the ending, I’m quite curious in seeing where Ruxandra’s story goes!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie C.

    *I received a copy of this ebook through Kindle Scout. This has not affected my rating* This book is the first in a series. Princess Dracula was a quick but interesting read. There were a few errors such as spelling and words missing from a sentence. I was interested in the overall story but there were many sexual scenes that were poorly executed. If they had given a bit more to the story, I could have understood them being included but I felt the initial scenes added nothing to the story or cha *I received a copy of this ebook through Kindle Scout. This has not affected my rating* This book is the first in a series. Princess Dracula was a quick but interesting read. There were a few errors such as spelling and words missing from a sentence. I was interested in the overall story but there were many sexual scenes that were poorly executed. If they had given a bit more to the story, I could have understood them being included but I felt the initial scenes added nothing to the story or characters. I did enjoy reading this take on a classic tale of vampirism/Dracula/Vlad the Impaler. It was interesting to see how the MC handled her newfound life. I didn't care for the way the book ended but as it's the first in a series I feel like that's forgivable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ivy M

    I am on a quest this year to read some books out of my comfort zone. With that in mind when my friend offered me this book and I decided to give it a try. I found the book well written and interesting. The story line was okay but slow in spots. I got really tired of hearing Ruxandra whineing about having been turned into a monster as she put it. I was about to put the book down and not finish it I got so tired of the whining. My friend encouraged me to keep reading and I am glad that I did. It to I am on a quest this year to read some books out of my comfort zone. With that in mind when my friend offered me this book and I decided to give it a try. I found the book well written and interesting. The story line was okay but slow in spots. I got really tired of hearing Ruxandra whineing about having been turned into a monster as she put it. I was about to put the book down and not finish it I got so tired of the whining. My friend encouraged me to keep reading and I am glad that I did. It took to the last 50 pages of the book before it really got interesting though. And then left me with a cliff hanger that would make most people who like this type of book want to read on. Unfortunetly I am not a fan of this genre so will not be continueing on with the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jemima

    This book is an excellent example of the importance of good cover art. John Patrick Kennedy may have written a misogynistic, oversexualised, thinly plotted, badly characterised mess of a space-filler, but he had the good sense to hire the utterly brilliant Carlos Quevedo to design the cover so idiots like me would buy it without reading the reviews. Truth be told, I don’t regret spending eight quid on this book. It looks beautiful on my shelf. I just wish I’d never opened the bloody thing. The wr This book is an excellent example of the importance of good cover art. John Patrick Kennedy may have written a misogynistic, oversexualised, thinly plotted, badly characterised mess of a space-filler, but he had the good sense to hire the utterly brilliant Carlos Quevedo to design the cover so idiots like me would buy it without reading the reviews. Truth be told, I don’t regret spending eight quid on this book. It looks beautiful on my shelf. I just wish I’d never opened the bloody thing. The writing is very good, I enjoyed the gore, and I thought the way in which Ruxandra became a vampire was fascinating. I also liked poor Neculai’s fate a lot- it was the most unpredictable part of the plot. However, the problems with this book massively outweigh the positives. As I said before, it is extremely thinly plotted. This feels like a hundred-page-long prologue to the rest of the series. Ruxandra’s actions didn’t always make sense, she seemed to undergo the same blip of character development over and over again (give into instincts, kill someone, feel bad, give up on feeling bad, cast off humanity, kill someone, FEEL BAD DESPITE CASTING OFF HUMANITY), and even the important plot elements felt like spontaneous decisions on the author’s part, let alone the reams and reams of filler content. I felt Ruxandra’s thought process was often lacking from scenes- the author, who would often tell us her feelings instead of showing them so that we could feel them too, often described her actions without explaining the thought process behind them. From page one, it’s clear that the author doesn’t understand women. Ruxandra is utterly flat, and has no personality whatsoever besides her obsession with sex and men. For example, a kind man finds her naked in the forest and offers her some clothes (of course, instead of being grateful that the dress will fend off the cold, or the bugs, or the scratchiness of the straw she sleeps on, she only thinks of how good her breasts will look in it), but instead of being floored or charmed by his kindness, she thinks obsessively of his looks and wonders how well-endowed he is. Now, I know some women think like this, and that thinking like this is not something to be ashamed of in the least, but Ruxandra thought of NOTHING else. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many women in male-driven novels behave like this. As well as Ruxandra’s personality, her treatment in the story by the author- and of the other women too- was absurd. Ruxandra is turned into a vampire by a fallen angel, summoned by her father to take her as a sacrifice. I found most of this scene incredibly cool, HOWEVER- and it’s a big however- the fallen angel absolutely HAD to be a gorgeous woman, and a naked one at that, with perfect breasts which are described in agonising detail. The angel also grows a penis at one point- this moment was utterly baffling for a million reasons, but the most prominent one is the fact that it was completely unnecessary to the story. Ruxandra herself is also naked at every opportunity. She and her friends are stripped off as part of their punishment in the convent. She is stripped off again in order to be sacrificed to the fallen angel, which by consequence means she is also naked throughout the duration of the novel’s first major massacre scene- the blood gets all over her breasts and in her pubic hair, which I’m glad the author decided to mention, because otherwise how could the reader have possibly pictured the scene? She has a screaming fit after discovering what she has become- a fit which causes her to tear off her dress. I think- although I’m not sure- her clothes also burn away in the sunlight at one point. She gets naked in order to wash her dress in a river, and is consequently so disturbed by the dirtiness of the dress that she decides to remain naked, despite constantly having complained about being cold. She doesn’t put her clothes back on after a session of lovemaking goes terribly wrong because “Monsters don’t need clothing” and by consequence remains naked for the entire final action scene. I have no problem with sex scenes at all, and a few were completely necessary- I also acknowledge that sex is a very integral part of vampire lore, and that many vampire books contain sex scenes to enhance the mood. However, most of the sexual content in this book was unnecessary, and ridiculously gratuitous. I think it’s great that Ruxandra is bisexual, although I don’t think Kennedy made her that way for diversity’s sake, nor do I think her two female friends from the convent needed to be sexually involved with her at all for the plot to function. What’s more, I found it very frustrating that she seemed to be gay until she met Neculai, at which point she immediately fell in love and declared that he was so much better than any woman she had had before. I see this so much in bisexual characters- they always ‘experiment’ with the same sex, but end up with a person of the opposite sex- and find it very disappointing. If Kennedy was so desperate to fulfil his quota for ‘hot’ lesbian scenes in his book, why couldn’t Neculai have been a woman instead, and Ruxandra gay? Besides this, Ruxandra masturbates at random- once after breaking into Neculai’s house in a bizarre Goldilocks-esque fashion and getting into his bed, and once during a mental breakdown, utterly ruining the scene’s emotional weight. The author also seems completely incapable of conveying that a character is cold without mentioning their nipples. The most frustrating scene in the entire book for me was the scene in which Ruxandra acknowledges she has lost weight- this was the scene that cemented in my mind the fact this woman existed to fulfil a male fantasy. I don’t remember exactly what I read, but something at the very start of the book clued me into the fact that Ruxandra was a little plump. I thought this was amazing, especially since I knew she was going to become very desirable later in the book. But unfortunately, less than a third into the book, she realises she has lost all that weight, despite having spent the vast majority of her month in the forest eating. Well, I say ALL that weight- this is a lie. None of the weight comes off her breasts, seemingly whatsoever. She is not a beautiful fat woman, nor is she a beautiful thin woman. She is a thin woman with a fat woman’s breasts. Because God forbid she possess any physical ‘imperfections’ whatsoever. Many of the scenes were bafflingly funny, but not intentionally. The scene that springs to mind is the one in which she repeatedly falls on her face whilst attempting to catch animals for the first time, but there were more. I hate giving scathing reviews, and this book did have potential- the author’s writing was fabulous and I’ll reach for anything vampire-related, especially if it focuses on the inner turmoil and gore- but these were its only redeeming qualities. I’ve heard that the other books in the series are better, and I will be buying them- as I said earlier, I can’t resist the gorgeous covers. I wish they were posters. Or just better books. The author’s note at the end made me feel very guilty- the author seems like a very sweet person, and he is a very, very good writer. Unfortunately, he picked a plot a bad writer would pick.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charles Daniel

    A First Vampire Origin Novel Many authors have written their own version of the Dracula story. With an immortal character and over six hundred years of recorded history between the time of Vlad Dracul's historic deeds and present day, there is an abundance of material for the imagination to grab, twist, turn, invert, convert, pervert, and revert into hundreds of stories. I've read a great many of them. This one takes a sharp left turn a the beginning and then just keeps accelerating into the inev A First Vampire Origin Novel Many authors have written their own version of the Dracula story. With an immortal character and over six hundred years of recorded history between the time of Vlad Dracul's historic deeds and present day, there is an abundance of material for the imagination to grab, twist, turn, invert, convert, pervert, and revert into hundreds of stories. I've read a great many of them. This one takes a sharp left turn a the beginning and then just keeps accelerating into the inevitable, but spectacularly bloody, crash. The story has some interesting takes on the Vampire legend, especially in regards to what makes them and what can kill them, but doesn't wander far from the more common tropes of the vampire.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Princess Dracula (Princess Dracula #1) by John Patrick Kennedy gave vampires a new dimension and I liked it. It was very dark but at the same time, surprisingly human. I liked that it wasn't the same old vamp book, a new twist and turn on the subject that was refreshing. Vamp books are gore and blood and you bet that was in here but if you are reading a vamp book that isn't, well just get out your glitter, blah! Gag me! This was a great book and I enjoyed it tremendously.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth Tilley

    A unique perspective where vampires were born. Ruxandra's father, Vlad Dracula, betrays her on her 18th birthday for power. However, the demon satisfies his request for power by transforming Ruxandra into a creature of the night. Sadly, the demon gives her no knowledge or instructions on how to deal with her new life. This book follows Ruxandra's journey to discover who or what she is becoming. I enjoyed the cliff hanger ending and I'm looking forward to reading book two. (Kindle Scout)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    It was okay, Very ironic since I just finished reading 'The Historian' which is about Vlad Dracula. I feel for Ruxandra she did not deserve what happened to her, I hope she learns in time to accept what she is. It was a little short and ended on a small cliffhanger, I hope the sequel is longer as the start of it sounds good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JaeRavenClaw

    An ok book I really started liking this book in the beginning. I enjoyed Kennedy's work, A Plague of Angels, but there was something a bit lacking in Princess Dracula. Perhaps I was expecting a different story, but the ending was intriguing enough for me to want the second book. Let's see how that turns out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rae Lake

    Well this was a fair read, there wasn't much action, but there was a lot of explanation and scenery. So much so that I had to put the book down a few times. I did like the fact that she still tried to maintain her previous ways even though she was turned into the monster. I'd hope that the next book had more action but good read anyway!

  19. 3 out of 5

    Baileigh Higgins

    Excellent Read I found this to be a very entertaining and easy read with real emotion and good flow. I look forward to the sequel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Noma

    This is a simple story about one girl’s strife to cope with her primal instincts. A familiar theme, but really effective. The beginning even if only briefly, touches on the harrowing cruelty carried out by The Roman Catholic Church at the time and which reputedly continued for centuries. The story begins with Ruxandra, the daughter of Vlad Dracula, in her room at the convent, a day before her father comes to fetch her and her eighteenth birthday. Her two friends Adele and Valencia sneak into her This is a simple story about one girl’s strife to cope with her primal instincts. A familiar theme, but really effective. The beginning even if only briefly, touches on the harrowing cruelty carried out by The Roman Catholic Church at the time and which reputedly continued for centuries. The story begins with Ruxandra, the daughter of Vlad Dracula, in her room at the convent, a day before her father comes to fetch her and her eighteenth birthday. Her two friends Adele and Valencia sneak into her room. The three girls are caught in a lesbian sex act and punished by Sister Sophia. They are flogged with leather straps, naked outside in the winter cold night. This punishment came across as torture to me; the Sister seemed to derive great pleasure in humiliating the girls. Isn’t every Christian taught that the convent or the church is a place of tolerance and compassion? How can religious people teach the love of God and mistreat the ones in their care? Whether what they were doing is wrong or not, our responsibility or privilege as Christians is never to hate but to love, and God is the only one who can judge us because He alone is pure. The story does not delve deeper into Vlad’s Dracula’s character; Most of what we know about him is what Ruxandra recounts. He is a true nationalist and is known for his breathtaking courage and cruelty: He does not have any redeeming qualities because he comes to collect Ruxandra, after ten years in the convent on her eighteenth birthday and barely says anything to her. When Mother Superior tries to tell him of Ruxandra’s accomplishments, which were basically an example of limits that were expected and encouraged of women, he doesn’t seem interested at all. And we find out why. He is a man who has no compunction about doing what he thinks needs to be done to save the Turks. Including sacrificing his daughter. For Power. Whether he desired power out of need or want, it breaks all moral dimensions of parenthood. It resonated with me that the fallen angel Vlad summoned says to him. “You believe that betraying your own flesh will give you power?" It is a powerful statement in its utterance. However positive, in a succeeding flow of dialogue, Ruxandra unknowingly sells her soul to this deceiver. “…Do you want to die?” Ruxandra hesitates to answer because of everything she has been taught about fallen angels in the Convent. In a haze of glamor, she gives an affirmative answer, and the fallen angel feeds her her blood. Her life changes forever and now she has this uncontrollable hunger. For blood. Confused and horrified, after killing her father and some of his men, Ruxandra makes her way to the first village she finds. News of her father’s death and her disappearance has already spread. Amid all this, Lady Demetra offers her a sanctuary. Still trying to reconcile with her metamorphosis, against her will, she drinks the blood and kills Lusa who is supposedly a maid in Lady Demetra’s household. Branded a demon, Ruxandra flees and spends the next few months in the forest, learning to use her cursed power, avoiding humans and killing animals instead, to curb her hunger, in the process identifying her limitations as a vampire until she stumbles across Neculai Lupei. He is woodcutter with a cabin in the woods not far from his village. She is automatically drawn to him. She knows nothing about sex with ‘men,' but he stirs more than her bloodlust. Between him offering her his cloak, giving her his dead sister's dress, towel and lilac-scented soap to starting to fantasize about him and their late night conversations, trying not to sink her fangs into his neck is a struggle. Eventually, she loses her virginity to him. In the throes of passion, she bites him. Neculai turns into a rogue vampire. Ruxandra has fallen in love with Neculai in an understated way, and she has to wrestle with the necessity to kill him when she realizes he is a perverse version of what she has become. I found myself expecting Ruxandra to ultimately help him and for them to live happily ever after but we are presented with his tragic execution. Tut-Tut! I just got goosebumps when she revealed her name to the villagers after killing Neculai. And when one of the males circled around and ready to kill her, he declares she is not who she says she is because she is dead. Ruxandra does not dispel this rumor. “…I am dead, and I am still her.”. We get a glimpse of her power. I could picture it in my mind: the fear gripping the villagers and their mouths agape at her declaration. And in the same scene, I got the impression, some of the villagers or at least one would have given her a chance. One of the men dares to, though fearful, stand with her after he and countless others witnessed Ruxandra mutilating Neculai. That in itself suggested to me that even if he sees her as some kind of monster, she is on their side. I just wanted the author to do more with it, just a little. By a knife assault, she discovers a weapon that can end her existence. Ruxandra delivers the weapon to Mother Superior at the Convent and tells her to keep it in case she needed to be stopped. She lives her coming years as a recluse until Countess Elizabeth Bathory captures her, holds her prisoner and feeds her human blood: unleashing the beast that she had tried so hard to suppress. I am leery of most vampire anything whether be it a book or movie. We all know about vampire myths because so many stories have been retold so many times in so many different ways. And that could be boring. But I forgot I was reading fiction and got so emotionally invested in what Ruxandra was going through and felt bad for her. Patrick did a great job to make us visualize the impalpable; he gives us an insight into her thoughts and feelings as she undertakes her transformation, the intensity of her struggle to hang on to her humanity took me places I have been before. Nearly three-quarters of the book is about her mental process and physical discovery about what the change signifies. What does the Bible say “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” Her flesh shouted loudly when it wanted to feed, and the ruckus it made easily drowned out the desires of her spirit. Ruxandra didn’t want to be this monster. I really dig it. The final scene is serialized, it’s a set up for a sequel (which there is by the way and I will put it on my reading list), but if there had never been one, I don’t think I would have been disappointed. It can be read as a stand-alone. Purchase: For more reviews visit www.etherealediting.net

  21. 3 out of 5

    Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

    Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks? The story itself was well told and made this a hard book to put down. Ruxandra was thrust into an impossible situation, and she has nothing to guide her. With a Dracula story, you need to have some sexual themes going on, but in this case, it seemed like they were more for shock value rather than value towards the plot, and that really disengaged me from the story. The ARC of Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy was kindly provided to me by the Kindle Scou Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks? The story itself was well told and made this a hard book to put down. Ruxandra was thrust into an impossible situation, and she has nothing to guide her. With a Dracula story, you need to have some sexual themes going on, but in this case, it seemed like they were more for shock value rather than value towards the plot, and that really disengaged me from the story. The ARC of Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy was kindly provided to me by the Kindle Scout program for review. The opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary Matus

    I got this series with the impression that it gets better as the series continues. I hope that is true. While one hand, I could understand why she is afraid of what she becomes, I don't read vampire books to have the vampires hide in the woods for half the book. It was Grizzly Adams meets Dracula. And then there are all the references to her living without wearing any clothes. While it wasn't completely illogical, the author kept pointing out all the time that she was naked. I downloaded the who I got this series with the impression that it gets better as the series continues. I hope that is true. While one hand, I could understand why she is afraid of what she becomes, I don't read vampire books to have the vampires hide in the woods for half the book. It was Grizzly Adams meets Dracula. And then there are all the references to her living without wearing any clothes. While it wasn't completely illogical, the author kept pointing out all the time that she was naked. I downloaded the whole series so I'm hoping that this will get better in the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Gutmann

    I'm book drunk! Did the book in a single sitting! Family ate leftovers, I couldn't put it down! Great story, great action, great writing. Fresh take on a beloved classic. And oh the twisted twists! You are gonna love it! Buy it now!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Some individuals have given this title a scathing review and to each their own opinion. This new spin on the Dracula classic is refreshing at best and at worse the character development of Ruxandra can get better. I believe that in time the series has a chance to become more than what it is.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Monteith

    I read the first two books in the series using Kindle Unlimited because I had been provided with digital ARC's of books 3 & 4 and I cannot stand starting a series without reading it from the beginning.  Ruxandra Dracula has spent most of her life in a convent but has always known that her father would come for her on her eighteenth birthday,  That days has arrived and she leaves the Mother Superior, nuns and her two best friends believing that she is going home to be married to someone her fa I read the first two books in the series using Kindle Unlimited because I had been provided with digital ARC's of books 3 & 4 and I cannot stand starting a series without reading it from the beginning.  Ruxandra Dracula has spent most of her life in a convent but has always known that her father would come for her on her eighteenth birthday,  That days has arrived and she leaves the Mother Superior, nuns and her two best friends believing that she is going home to be married to someone her father has chosen for her; she hopes that he is not too old and kind.  Her father has barely spoken to her since he arrived at the convent, they stop for a brief lunch and he still ignores her.  As night arrives her orders them to stop and orders her to follow him and he tells the men that they he will return by morning and they are not to disturb him.  She follows her father to a cave where five more of his men waiting in the cave, at his orders they grab her, strip her and take her further inside where she is spread out and tied to the ground inside a circle that contain a pentagram.  Her orders that they verify that she is untouched and despite her pleas he refuses to tell her what is happening and why.  They all start chanting in a language that she does not understand and after a time a demon (Ishtar appears.  Vlad has thought that be offering her a pure sacrifice that she would be under his control and bound by circle.  The demon soon shows him how foolish he is to think that she could be contained by anything a mortal could do.  She asks Ruxandra if she wants to live and not understanding what would happen she says yes and she is changed into a vampire then she kills her father and the men inside the cave .    Ishtar has left without telling her anything other than she is to sow chaos and fear because she cannot. She has no idea what she has become, she knows she is different but believes that she can go back to the convent.  Her clothes were cut off her by the men as they prepared her for the sacrifice so she takes the clothes from one of the men and his cloak and leaves the cave thinking she can go back to where the camp is and find herself backwards.  She hears the men talking and they are worried, it's been two days and nights since Vlad left and they know that they must go and look for him because something has to be wrong.  Ruxandra is terrified that they will hunt her down and kill her so she takes off running away from them in the opposite direction.  Unfortunately, she doesn't realize that she is much faster now and she is soon hopelessly lost.  As dawn approaches she sits t watch the sun rise then she catches on fire; not knowing what she is doing she buries herself to get out of the sun.  She awakens and is terrified when she realizes that she is buried and claws her way out and her clothes are ruined.  She starts walking and tries to understand what has happened to her, she is determined that she will not kill anyone else, when she does she tries to kill herself but is unable to so she decides that she cannot be around people at all.  She finds a place in the woods and builds a den to live in and proceeds to start catching animals to eat.  This works out for a time until something terrible happens.  I really wanted to like this more than I did, but I found it too predictable.  I know that Ruxandra is only 18, has been in a convent for most of her life but she is far from innocent.  I liked the twist but found everything so predictable and if I didn't have the other books from Netgalley I would not continue the series., even though I read it it in less than 4 hours.  This is a book for adults and younger readers should not read due to bot the violence and sexual content.  2.5/5 STARS  ** I read this using my Kindle Unlimited account. 

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eunice

    Wow rating this book is tough for me because it had a great concept so 2 stars seems harsh, but it is fitting. I mean I had such high hopes for this book and it crashed and burned for me. I mean there were even typos! Again great concept but horrible follow through. The book starts off with Ruxanna and her two lovers sneaking into her room in the convent. They start pleasuring her as a final good bye before she leaves with her father Vlad Dracula....and then they get caught by the nuns. The nuns Wow rating this book is tough for me because it had a great concept so 2 stars seems harsh, but it is fitting. I mean I had such high hopes for this book and it crashed and burned for me. I mean there were even typos! Again great concept but horrible follow through. The book starts off with Ruxanna and her two lovers sneaking into her room in the convent. They start pleasuring her as a final good bye before she leaves with her father Vlad Dracula....and then they get caught by the nuns. The nuns punish her two lovers while they forced her to pray. Then the next day her father comes and takes her with him. he brings her to a cave, 4 other men strip her naked, Vlad checks between her legs to make sure she is a virgin (yeah I kid you not, this happened), ties her down, and proceeds to summon a demon. So far the book seems interesting enough, weird, but ok I hung in there. The demon comes, takes pity on Ruxanna (mainly bc the female demon prefers to rape male sacrifices with a giant penis that she can make appear on herself, yes this is actually in the book). So the demon releases her, shoves it's bloody finger in her mouth, and turns her into a vampire. Yup just like that. And then the demon (which is actually a fallen angel) explains that Ruxanna will have all this power and can basically be used as a weapon to destroy armies etc. So right there, it sounds like the story is set up for an epic story but NOPE! Ruxanna basically kills her father and the four guys in the cave out of blood lust and then runs into the woods. The next almost 1/3 of the book is her in the woods eating rabbits and praying. I mean, the actually words of the prayer, not just "she said the prayer of redemption". Then a young man gets introduced. He is kind to her, they becomes friends. She has sex with him and kills him during sex, but not fully because she keeps his soul in her head (yup that was a thing) and he became a ghoul who terrorized his village. She eventually tore him to pieces and told the town how to destroy him. Then she returns to the convent with a dagger that could kill her and gave it to the Mother Superior incase she ever needed to be put down. Then Goes back into the woods like a feral beast. Then years later she is captured and brought to Countess Bathory because why not?! Yup, that was the story in a nut shell. Girl becomes vampire, hides in woods, eats rabbits, screws a guy, kills him twice, goes back to convent to give Nun a plot device that I assume will be used in another book, goes BACK to the woods, and then meets Countess Bathory. Yeahhhh....um...yeah just No. Not very good. This was a chance to have a strong female character but nope. So very disappointing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Poteet

    Bloody!!! Brilliant!!! Ok, so I've read a lot of vampire books. They were all awesome. Every story in my eyes deserve a high rating. Every story is great! What pulled me to this book to begin with was the cover. I mean look at it! It's freaking amazing! For me, the cover is a major deciding factor in whether or not I want to read it. I know that sounds terrible, but that's how it is. Then the synopsis, that further more pulled me in. So I began on this journey... Princess Ruxandra, daughter of Vlad Bloody!!! Brilliant!!! Ok, so I've read a lot of vampire books. They were all awesome. Every story in my eyes deserve a high rating. Every story is great! What pulled me to this book to begin with was the cover. I mean look at it! It's freaking amazing! For me, the cover is a major deciding factor in whether or not I want to read it. I know that sounds terrible, but that's how it is. Then the synopsis, that further more pulled me in. So I began on this journey... Princess Ruxandra, daughter of Vlad Dracula. Very pretty, long red hair that must be hidden under a habit for it is more presentable in the sisters and God's eyes. She has been living at Our Lady of The Mountains Convent near Bucharest since she was 10 years old. Her father Vlad sent her there to keep her safe and pure. Now that her 18th Birthday is coming, he also is coming to get her. While living there and praising God she forms a relationship with her friends Adela and Valeria. It's Ruxandra's last night there and the girls try to make the best of it and end getting in some trouble. Ruxandra lucks out of most the punishment for who she is. That morning Vlad arrives and takes his daughter, except it isn't the reunion Ruxandra was hoping for. Things go badly very fast and a Dark thing is summoned. Ruxandra is close to death and is given a choice by an unlikely ally. Naturally she chooses life. Except it's not the life she was hoping for. Darkness and death are her, it follows her and she becomes a thing of the night. After some wrong choices she finds herself living off the land, to keep people away from her. Then comes a man, Neculia. He is sweet and strong and Ruxandra likes him very much, but can she trust herself around him? She soon finds out when all hell breaks loose. A hell she created by accident. I loved this story! It's very bloody and gory. It's sexy and crazy. But also simplistic in a way I like. I love Ruxandra and I'm hoping for a different life for her. At the end of the book their is a hint that maybe three is something more in-store for Ruxandra!! The only thing I don't like is having to wait for book Two!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Well written and good story 3-stars for good writing and intriguing story that kept me reading! Would have given a 4th star if there had been an actual plot with a problem, climax, and ending to resolve said problem. 5-stars if it had less innuendo. That said, I'll probably get around to reading the rest of the series. I understand why previous reviewers did not like this book, because it really does read like a prequel to a series, and in this case it's about how Ruxandra (MC) became a vampire a Well written and good story 3-stars for good writing and intriguing story that kept me reading! Would have given a 4th star if there had been an actual plot with a problem, climax, and ending to resolve said problem. 5-stars if it had less innuendo. That said, I'll probably get around to reading the rest of the series. I understand why previous reviewers did not like this book, because it really does read like a prequel to a series, and in this case it's about how Ruxandra (MC) became a vampire and her journey to control her urges along with her longing to be rid of the evil inside of her. DESPITE THIS, the story was in fact very well written and not once did I find myself confused, as compared to other fantasy/urban-fantasy books. It was a very dark, twisted, and intriguing take on the story of Dracula that kept me reading at an engaging pace, and the author made Ruxandra a very captivating character. There were however a few times that I found myself skimming pages because there was too much description and/or text writing was predictable, but this happened only a few times. In regards to the innuendo I mentioned above, it was clear to me that it was part of the story to give it a sexy and tantalizing edge (i.e., the mention of breasts always included in female character descriptions), and to create in the reader's eye the visual of Ruxandra as a hauntingly stunning creature without the innocence of beauty that is evident when one is not a vampire (beauty that is Godly vs. beauty that is from the devil). Also, the innuendo is clearly part of the story as the author's choice to describe creative sexual fantasies. It's a writer's prerogative to do this, and as much as I prefer stories and books that are cleaner, I felt that the sexuality of the book was mostly well placed and tastefully done, keeping the flow of the story smooth. Also, vampires are constantly written about and described as creatures of beauty, sexuality, and impeccable taste so it makes sense that Ruxandra the vampire would also be written in this way.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Michelle Randall

    Reviewed for Readers Favorite Princess Dracula takes the classic tale of the origins of the first vampire Dracula and turns it upside down. Vlad Dracula is the father in this story, and a ruthless man, bent on winning a decades long war against the Turks, no matter what the cost, even if it means sacrificing his eighteen year old daughter Ruxandra. Too bad for Vlad he has no idea what he is doing or who he is dealing with, he is way too confident in himself and thinks he is invincible, which lead Reviewed for Readers Favorite Princess Dracula takes the classic tale of the origins of the first vampire Dracula and turns it upside down. Vlad Dracula is the father in this story, and a ruthless man, bent on winning a decades long war against the Turks, no matter what the cost, even if it means sacrificing his eighteen year old daughter Ruxandra. Too bad for Vlad he has no idea what he is doing or who he is dealing with, he is way too confident in himself and thinks he is invincible, which leads to his downfall. Poor Ruxandra has to deal with what her father has done, and what it does to her, which is ultimately to turn her into a vampire of the night. For a young girl raised for the past ten years in a convent, this is unthinkable, how can she live like this. Author John Patrick Kennedy gives the reads a first hand look into the innocence of Ruxandra's mind and her moral and ethical conflicts at having been turned into what she feels is truly a beast. From the very beginning, Princess Dracula twists in ways I never expected and kept me guessing from the first page! I was hooked, wanting to find out how Ruxandra dealt with this change, and what she finally did. There were some parts I liked less than others, but it all seemed to work together to tell a very convincing story set in 1476. Author John Patrick Kennedy reimagined the birth of the vampire and gave it a new life and a new beginning that is completely different and unexpected. This was a great read, but it is definitely and adult book. There are some mature themes throughout the book, which kinda comes with the territory when you are talking vampires, but at the same time I would just mention it here to avoid upsetting a sensitive reader.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    After spending ten years at a convent, Princess Ruxandara is finally reunited with her father, Lord Vlad Dracula. However, the reason behind this reunion is quickly revealed to not be what the Princess expected. Her father hopes to sacrifice her to a demon in exchange for more power. Lord Dracula's plans go awry though, and Ruxandra finds herself changed, with horrifying consequences. The majority of Princess Dracula is spent detailing the struggles the young woman must now face as part of her tr After spending ten years at a convent, Princess Ruxandara is finally reunited with her father, Lord Vlad Dracula. However, the reason behind this reunion is quickly revealed to not be what the Princess expected. Her father hopes to sacrifice her to a demon in exchange for more power. Lord Dracula's plans go awry though, and Ruxandra finds herself changed, with horrifying consequences. The majority of Princess Dracula is spent detailing the struggles the young woman must now face as part of her transition from royalty to living dead. We accompany her while she learns to hunt (which took up way too much of the book if you ask me) and easily predict the doomed fates of those she comes into contact with. Ultimately, as her failure to contain control over her new primal instinct grows and she experiences a disastrous (and overly dramatic) romance, Ruxandra is left completely hopeless. The book ends by doing a bit of a time jump to set up the second installment of the series by introducing someone I expect will be very important, Elizabeth Bathory. For the most part, this was an enjoyable read. However, the hunting scenes had so much detail, to the point of being a little too much for me personally. There would be a little development in the story...and then it would go back to hunting. I get it...she needs to feed, but the amount of time spent on just this aspect of the story makes it start to feel like filler. I was also a little in shock at how incredibly cheesy the sex scene was. It was like I put down Princess Dracula and was suddenly reading a Harlequin romance from the 80's or 90's. One line in particular, "She didn't care about being a lady anymore.", somehow left me speechless while laughing hysterically in my head at the same time. Seeing as we start in book one with Vlad Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) and book two will have Elizabeth Bathory, it seems that each book will see Ruxandra's interactions with historical figures connected to the vampire mythology. Rating: 3/5

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