[REVIEW] Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker #Dracul @TransworldBooks

I cannot believe that I waited this long to read Dracul. In this review you will find words like wow, amazing, I found it to be wow and amazing. I seriously enjoyed this book so much.

Dracul is told in chapters which are set in the past where Bram is about eight/ten years of age and the present where we see Bram as a twenty/twenty-two year old. Dracul focuses on the mysterious nanny that has been employed by the Stoker family to care for the young ones and Bram’s quest to find what lies behind the mystery. I think that this is enough information to know before starting the book so this is where I’ll stop.

I am in loss for words to express how much I enjoyed Dracul! At an early age Bram gets sick and can’t move from his bed but whenever nanny Ellen appears he gets better. Why is that? One night when he’s so close to death Ellen appears and as if by magic heals him and from then on Bram is as healthy as an ox.  I loved everything about it – from the mystery to the adventures that Bram, his sister Matilda and brother Thornley go on! I never found a dull moment in this book and if you read the first chapter you will see why. The characters in this story were very well developed and I loved them all! The setting of the book is amazing and I loved how both authors made Bram and other characters come to life – Dracul is such a gripping story. You will get insight into Dracula which is so fascinating! Nanny Ellen Crone’s character is so good and I adored seeing her through the book! I didn’t find Dracul as scary but I found it entertaining BUT I have to note that I did get a few scares from it!

I can safely say that this book will be making my best of 2019 list because it is that good. Read it if you’re a fan of Dracula, gothic and horror books.

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Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the U.S., is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, the commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental in Gallipoli in World War I.

Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men’s Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the Canadian Men’s Modern Pentathlon Olympic Team, Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Dacre is married to Jenne Stoker and is the father of two children. He is the Executive Director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.

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J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of Forsaken, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His 4MK Thrillers, The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die, were released in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to Dracula due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, daughter, Ember, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

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[REVIEW] Wanderer by Sarah Léon, translated by John Cullen @OtherPress

Other Press is one of those publishers you love because of their ability to choose and publish brilliant new voices in fiction as well as non-fiction. Wanderer by Sarah Leon was such an interesting and thought-provoking read but not a perfect one.

Wanderer by Sarah Leon is set in France, in a small territory near Bourbonnais Mountains, where we are introduced to Hermin Peyre, a composer who has decided to isolate himself in order to spend his time composing a piece dedicated to Schubert. One wintry night Leonard Wieck, Lenny, shows up on his doorstep after ten years of not having any contact with him. This event will put years of unspoken words and frustrations out in the open for both Hermin and Lenny. They must revisit their past together in order to better understand what happened between them and what kind of damage has been done. What happened between the two? What lies behind their silence?

‘’The fabric of his life had slowly worn itself out during those years of virtual solitude.’’

Leon having written this book at the age of twenty-one amazes me. Not only because of the fact that she was twenty-one but because of the way she crafts sentences and how she perceives certain things. The way music and certain musical pieces were intertwined within the story was beautiful and Leon combining music with winter made me feel like I was right there with Hermin and Lenny. Both characters are very flawed and interesting. Our story is told from Hermin’s POV which revisits the past and the present in each chapter so we get almost a full picture of what happened. Since the book is told from Hermin’s POV and since Lenny is his guest, Leon makes us a part of Hermin because we experience everything from his perspective – it feels as though we have welcomed a long lost friend into our home and are experiencing all of the consequences that this brings. What I found most enjoyable was the language in the story and the way Leon creates them which are all wonderfully translated from French by John Cullen. The translator did a fantastic job! The story is something I found to be weak – although the ‘ghosts of the past’ came to haunt both characters I felt as though the story could’ve been thought-out better. I get the decision behind bringing Lenny back after ten years of silence but I felt dissatisfied in a way because of the way the story went. I hope this makes sense to people who have read it but the story felt predictable to me. Wanderer being Leon’s debut novel shows to me that she has a lot of skill and I’m excited to see what she comes up with in the future. I feel like what Leon fell short on [for me] she made up by the way she wrote this novel.

‘’I’d looked at him helplessly. I’d never had any gift for consoling people – I could listen to them talk about their trouble, sure, but then how to find the right words? And this particular case seemd to be precisely the sort about which there was nothing to say; no phrases would have the power to cushion the blow that had just struck him. But in spite of all that, I was required to say something…’’

Wanderer explores the psychological effects of what long periods of silence do to a friendship and what damage they may cause.

If you’re someone who likes their reads to be more on the psychological side then I definitely recommend this book.

I would like to thank the publisher Other Press (NY) for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own and weren’t influenced by the fact that I got this book from the publisher.

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Sarah Léon was born in 1995 and studied literature and musicology at the École normale supérieure in Paris. She won the 2012 Prix Clara for her novella, Mon Alban.

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[BEST OF: 2018] Most beloved books of 2018 ft. @OneworldNews @BelgraviaB @QuercusBooks @OtherPress @MantleBooks and more

First of all, Happy New Year. I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting on Breathing Through Pages in 2018 and making me want to continue blogging and sharing book love with you. I want to thank all of the publicists and publishers as well for being so kind with sending books this way! Seriously, thank you for making my little corner of the internet a joyous one.


Now, before I begin with sharing which books I liked last year I just want to note that none of these books are rated from ‘1 to 10’ or ‘worst to best’ etc. I just felt like doing a post reminding you, the readers, as well as me of the books I enjoyed a lot in 2018. With each book I will be posting a short comment on it as well as a Goodreads link so you can add it//them to your TBR pile.

BEST OF 2018

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne published 14th December 2017 by Black Swan.

I read this book earlier in January of 2018 and absolutely loved it. This was my first Boyne novel and it was filled with such interesting characters and I couldn’t look away from it. I was totally immersed in it.

Read my review of it. 

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien, translated by Adriana Hunter published 4th January 2018 by Oneworld Publications.

I love reading memoirs and this book was so good! The horrific childhood of Maude Julien was so, well, horrific to read but also very fascinating and interesting. If you’re someone who loves reading memoirs this is the one you must pick up!

Read my review of it.

Educated by Tara Westover published 20th February 2018 by Random House.

Another fantastic memoir I highly recommend you pick up! Westover writes so well and her upbringing is something you’ll find so interesting. It’s one of those books that stay with you and make you think about them long after you’ve read them.

Read my review of it.

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara published 1st February 2018 by Oneworld Publications

This book is very special to me – from the moment I saw it I fell in love with that cover and when I read it I just got lost in the NYC ball scene and the lives of many LGBTQ+ characters. Such a fantastic debut! It’s the one I’ll never stop shouting about because I want everyone to read it.

Read my review of it.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin published 4th January 2018 by Tinder Press.

If you’re someone who’s active on social media and ‘the book world’ there’s a high possibility you’ve heard of this one. A family saga following four siblings who go to a fortune-teller to find out their death dates. I mean, come on. Read it.

Read my review of it.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara published 1st March 2018 by Faber&Faber.

Amazing true-crime novel. Worth every hype it got and praise it still gets. A must read.

Read my review of it.

VOX by Christina Dalcher published 23rd August 2018 by HQ.

This is a debut dystopian novel from Dalcher which I found to be pretty great and entertaining. I especially loved the use of the author’s profession in the book.

Read my review of it.

Kill For Me by Tom Wood published 26th July 2018 by Sphere.

This book came at the right time for me and I devoured it. Kill For Me is so entertaining and fast-paced you just can’t look away from it! Definite recommendation for thriller lovers.

Read my review of it.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton published 20th September 2018 by Mantle.

It’s Kate Morton. Although not one of her best it’s still worth reading..

Read my review of it.

The Incurable Romantic and Other Unsettling Revelations by Frank Tallis published 6th June 2018 by Little, Brown UK.

I loved reading Tallis’ stories about love and obsessive love. If you love psychology books I recommend you pick it up because it’s so interesting as well as fascinating!

Read my review of it.

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman published 11th September 2018 by Ecco.

I’ve read mixed reviews on this one but my personal experience of it was very enjoyable. I loved this book. Yes, it did read like a long thesis on Nabokov but I still loved it. True crime lovers – it’s a good one!

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True or Poo? by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti published 18th October 2018 by Quercus Books.

A lovely short book that contains many interesting facts about animals and many animal things. It also has some fantastic illustrations!

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker published 30th August 2018 by Hamish Hamilton.

My experience with this book was positive and I just love stories like this. A must read.

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The Syndicate by Guy Bolton published 20th September 2018 by Oneworld Publications.

Noir crime book, I was sold. I loved reading this one. Bolton is the one to watch.

Read my review of it.

Little by Edward Carey published 4th October 2018 by Aardvark Bureau.

The illustrations inside done by the author are fantastic. The story inside is such a memorable one. I just love this book so much! It’s in my heart.

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The Parting Gift by Evan Fallenberg published 4th September 2018 by Other Press (NY).

Such a fantastic one! It reminded me of Gone Girl in a way. Read it, yes!

Read my review of it.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton published 1st October 2018 by Bloomsbury UK.

Believe the hype. I found it to be a very interesting book and very original. Definite recommendation.

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A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley published 1st November 2018 by Quercus Books.

An important work of literature. I teared up a few times reading it. I cannot wait to read more of Melvin Kelley in the future. Read it.

Read my review of it.

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup publishing on 10th January 2019 by Michael Joseph.

This one is not out yet but since I read it last year I’ve decided to add it here. It’s a debut from the producer of The Killing. I found it to be an awesome thriller book.

Read my review of it.


Thanks for reading this blog post. Do you agree with my picks? Would you add any of them to your TBR? Let me know below in the comments.