About It Started in Budapest
Molly Cooper is haunted by one simple fact: it is her fault her twin brother, Matthew, has spent his life trapped in a frail body while she has thrived. Deep in her heart, she knows he can’t hold on much longer . . .
In her desperation to save her brother, Molly finds inspiration in an unlikely source: the newly published novel Dracula. When her family embarks on the Orient Express to seek treatment for Matthew in Bulgaria, Molly is prepared to set her plan in motion: she will sneak away from her parents and journey alone to Transylvania, where she will seek a vampire, whose blood can make her brother immortal. Molly’s rash plan is going flawlessly—until she encounters Percy Hunt, a handsome American traveler running from the shadows of his own past. When he discovers Molly’s plan, Percy’s concern for the naive young woman leaves him no choice but to accompany her on her strange quest. But neither Percy nor Molly is prepared for the feelings that quickly grow between them or for the death-defying escapade that awaits.
This is the first book in a new series. I really love the premise behind this series. Each of the books will be set on the Orient Express. A luxurious train line of it’s time. It’s fun to think about how travel on it would have been during this time.
Molly is the main character in this one. The reader sees the whole story through her point of view. I thought she was a good character. The way she was worried and cared about her brother’s health was something I really liked about her. She was really compassionate and not afraid of adventure.
One thing really fun about this book was the way Molly uses the book Dracula as her road map. She thinks that making her brother a vampire would cure him of his disease. And she follows the main character’s route in the book. This ends up getting her into trouble.
That’s where Percy comes in. He realizes that she’s going to be a target and follows her to protect her. It would have been really interesting to see what Percy’s point of view would have been during some of this book. I loved the way he kept showing up, just when she least expected him.
The plot of this book was fabulous! I loved the adventure aspect. The reader never knows just what will come next. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
I was sent an e-copy of It Started in Budapest by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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