Booktalk: iDrakula by Bekka Black

At long last, here’s a classic story retold for a young and tech-savvy generation!  Bekka Black (otherwise known as Rebecca Cantrell) tells a story that is firmly rooted in the original novel but then diverges in several unusual ways.  iDrakula is an excellent choice to give to a teenager who spends too much time on the computer and not enough time reading books.  iDrakula is a visually stunning book, and even when I don’t booktalk this book the kids who pick it up and flip through it inevitably end up showing it to their friends.  If you like the book, you can also check out the iDrakula app — in this version of the story you can see the emails and text messages, and as an added bonus you can listen to the characters’ voicemails, as well.  The free version of the app contains the beginning of the novel, and after you’re finished with that part of the story you have the option to buy the rest of it.  Talk about tech-savvy!  Oh, and in case you were wondering if this “cell phone novel” idea was the beginning of a trend, the answer is yes.  According to the author, iDrakula is the beginning of the iMonsters series.  Neat!


Jonathan Harker travels to Romania to meet with an important client, a mysterious man who looks like he’s about a hundred years old.  While in Romania, Jonathan has some very strange experiences.  He writes about some of them to his girlfriend Mina, but there are other experiences that he doesn’t remember at all.  At least, that’s the way it seems after he has a nervous breakdown.  This is a story about Jonathan, Mina, Lucy, Renfield, Van Helsing, and a very old vampire.  But it’s not the story that you THINK you know.  Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel is reimagined in this book, which tells its story through emails, websites, text messages, and photographs.

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