Delilah Dusticle is back! And this time she’s taking her business across the pond, to Transylvania.
Delilah and Abi are now running their very successful Dustbusters company. They clean houses and buildings up and down the country, from wealthy homes, to the castle the queen lives in. When Delilah receives a letter with a desperate plea for her cleaning services, she immediately accepts, and transports her and several other works, to transylvania. When they arrive they learn that Count Dracula is in desperate need of her help. But he does not want Delilah to clean, oh no, the castle is spotless. He needs her help creating layers of dust on every surface, so as to complete the atmosphere for his infamous Halloween ball.
I loved the first Delilah Dusticle book so much I ended up diving right into the second one immediately afterward. I actually think I ended up preferring this book to the first one. This one is a little longer, so I felt like it gave me the chance to get to know the characters a bit more, and it brought in so many different fantastic elements that it just had me checking online to see when book number three is released. (It’s not up yet, but there’s a sneak preview at the end of Delilah’s Transylvanian Adventure!
Many of the things I would say about this book I have said about book number one – It’s great fun, it’s a perfect read for kids and it has a really intriguing subtle plot. But the thing I really loved about this book was the portrayal of Count Dracula. I love vampire fiction and I have read Bram Stoker’s Dracula many times over the years, but I really loved A.J. York’s modern, whimsical portrayal of him. I absolutely love the idea of Dracula being a neat freak, who doesn’t want to wear capes, but wear sparkly suits and dance the night away. It made me laugh a lot.
I also loved the introduction of Baroness Noreen. Who doesn’t love a good baddie? She’s fantastic, she springs off the page in all of her self-involved, nasty goodness. I loved the opportunity to get to know the characters better, and find out more about their lives. All of A.J. York’s books are very uplifting, and offer important life lessons. This one is no different, focusing on the idea of believing in yourself and being proud of who you are. This is shaping up to be a truly lovely series, and I can’t wait to read book number three!
Also, A.J. York has posted an adorable little trailer for the book which you can watch here! It’s lovely, and the spider is so cute! (There’s something I never thought I’d say!)