Silver in the Blood

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Title: Silver in the Blood

Author: Jessica Day George

Type: Adventure, Paranormal, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

 

As spoiled society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their family, find proper husbands, and-most terrifyingly-learn the secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, bound by a centuries-old tradition to do the bidding of the royal Dracula family and it is time for Dacia and Lou to take their place among the ranks. But when the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula sets his sights on Dacia as part of his plan to secure power over all of Europe, the girls choose to fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. Only the dashing Lord Johnny Hardcastle and the mysterious Theophilus Arkady- members of a secret society charged with ridding the world of monsters-can help Dacia and Lou, but breaking the shackles of their upbringing will require more courage than the girls ever imagined. 

Silver in the Blood was great book! I loved the concept of the Claw, Wing, and Smoke and how it ties to the lives of characters. The characters themselves were interesting, and their development throughout the book was written really well. I also liked the bond between the two characters, Dacia and Lou. However, the book needed the ‘bang’ to make it a truly wonderful read. All in all, this book deserves 4 stars.

The deutaroganists, Dacia and Lou are best friends (and cousins), and are spoiled constantly by their families. Although they are polar opposites, the bond between the two is so strong that they consider each other as ‘sisters’. I loved their development as the story continues. Lou was a shy, insecure girl but at the end of the story, she gains some backbone and respects herself. Dacia, in contrast, was loud and restless, but she turned into a more considerate person at the end of the book. The two girls trust each other implicitly, and I found their relationship touching throughout the book. However, when Dacia and Lou arrive in Romania and encounter many trials, I felt like these two weren’t very adept at solving their own problems. Instead, they chose to depend on others and not face the problems directly. That deducted the enjoyment out of the reading, because I was so frustrated about Dacia’s and Lou’s problem solving skills. Other than that, I saw no other flaw in Dacia and Lou’s roles in the book.

The relatives of Lou and Dacia were fantastic. I loved how cruel and heartless they were, especially the grandmother. These are the characters you just love to hate, and at the same time, the characters that make you love the book because they had such amazing dreadful characters :D. The main antagonist, the prince, was a nut. Just reading about his character made me want to throw cheese pie at him then run away. He’s a terrible character, not the character himself, but his personality is just rotten.

There is not really a lot of romance in this book, but there is some, just a littlebit. I’m glad there wasn’t a lot of romance though, since it would detract from the relationship of the antagonists and the protagonists.

What I didn’t like about the book was that special something that makes a book a really interesting read. I felt like the beginning of the book dragged on with unnecessary distractions from the story, which made me feel impatient with the book. After that, the

My final verdict: 4 stars. Silver in the Blood was a good book, but it needs a little more to make a really great book.

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