Stoker’s Manuscript – Royce Prouty
Stoker’s Manuscript is one of my top five books because how Royce Prouty through his characters Joseph Barkeley and his “Master,” the descendant of Vlad Dracul, Prouty creates a supernatural suspense story that incorporates a foreboding Romanian atmosphere, the connection between Dracula and Bram Stoker, and vampire lore.
Anne & Christopher Rice – Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra Ramses
Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra is one of my top five books because of how an immortal Egyptian pharaoh named Ramses the Damned is adjusting with his new bride-to-be in the Edwardian England when Queen Cleopatra, his former lover, is brought back to life, causing him to be caught in a fierce battles of wills against ancient love. This book is also one of my top five books because through their enriched, seductive language and imagery of Ramses The Damned, Anne Rice and her son Christopher create a thrilling, adventurous, romantic, and suspenseful story of two Egyptian rulers caught in a fierce, exquisite and dangerous battle against wills and ancient love.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is one of my top five books because it tells the story of how two magicians, Celia and Marco, are in a fierce competition with each other at Le Cirque des Reves, but fall in love with each other. This is also one of my top five books because of Erin Morgenstern’s ability into creating a breathtaking, amazing, magical and luxuriously love story of two characters.
The Witches of New York – Ami McKay
The Witches of New York is one of my top five books because of how Ami Mckay creates authentic female characters who are motivated by their intuitive powers and spiritual gives to become mediums along with bridging the gap between women issues in the 1880s.
Notes of the Assemblage – Juan Felipe Herrera
Notes of the Assemblage is one of my top five books because Juan Felipe’s poems have a creative and musical element within them, evoking his beautiful, poetic voice and empowering different cultures.
Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and fables.