The Inbetween: Enthralls with Transylvanian Dracula Academy

A teenage novel that hooks readers in from the outset, The Inbetween feels all the more impressive when learning that the author is only in her early twenties.

Offering a contemporary and unique twist to the timeless appeal of Dracula mythology, this story of Riley and Lilith immerses readers in vampiric escapism, an opportunity to delve into the ‘darkness’ that Dracula presents; as well as a chance to embrace the pop culture allure comes with the subject matter.

And with Stephanie Meyers Twilight books, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all highlighting the addictive nature of such narratives, could The Inbetween and its sequel (which is already in the pipeline) be the blood-sucking blockbuster of the 2020s?


In the mysterious realm of Transylvania, Riley, a 15-year-old girl harbouring extraordinary elemental powers, seeks sanctuary from a tumultuous life in Brooklyn. With a sense of unease and longing for acceptance, she flees to the shadowy landscapes of Dracula’s domain.

Guided by fate, Riley crosses paths with Lilith, the enigmatic daughter of the infamous vampire lord. In a gesture of solidarity, Lilith conceals Riley’s human identity, seamlessly integrating her into the clandestine world of monsters and magic that thrives within Dracula’s academy.

However, their carefully constructed facade shatters when Dracula uncovers Riley’s true nature, setting ablaze a volatile conflict between father and daughter. As the flames threaten to consume everything in their path, Riley, Lilith, and Dracula find themselves bound together by an unforeseen quest for survival. With a little stowaway, determined to keep them safe.

Driven by necessity, the unlikely group embarks on a perilous journey to retrieve the elusive moonstone, rumoured to possess the power to amplify Riley’s already formidable magic. But amidst the dangers that lurk in the darkness, a bond forms between Riley and Lilith that transcends the boundaries of their vastly different worlds, challenging societal norms and defying expectations.

As they traverse treacherous landscapes and confront formidable adversaries, Dracula’s icy facade begins to thaw, revealing a newfound acceptance and understanding for Riley’s humanity. In the crucible of their shared trials and triumphs, an unexpected alliance emerges—one forged in the fires of adversity and strengthened by the unbreakable bonds of friendship and love.

Secrets are unveiled, friendships are tested, and love blossoms in the most unlikely of places, as the characters navigate a world where magic reigns supreme and anything is possible.

Independently published, The Inbetween is available in paperback (ISBN No: 979-8883604552) priced £9.99 and is available on Amazon at