Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
Posted 07/08/2015 by alicemarvels in Fantasy
Most of the Jessica Day George books I’ve read before have been middle grade, so I was pleased to find Silver in the Blood is aimed at an older audience, but still has the same charming characters and engaging writing I’m used to from this author. We are taken back to nineteenth century Romania, as two cousins, Lou and Dacia, make the trip to their maternal ancestors’ home in Romania from New York. Peppered with diary entries, newspaper clippings and letters, the story is told through third person perspective changes and gives us a birds eye view of the drama building as the girls embark on this life-changing trip.
Lou and Dacia are more like sisters than cousins, and they both face a shocking truth about their family – the Florescus are shapeshifters, and they have an important role to play in a political struggle amongst supernatural creatures. I love that we get a new take on Dracula, and that the girls aren’t resigned to their fate. They don’t just roll over and let their family push them around, but they take charge of their destiny, even when it is out of character for Lou and certainly for the time and traditions of their family.
There is a bit of romance for both girls, and though I do wish we’d gotten a bit more development, overall I was pleased with the direction the relationships took. The ending leaves room for more stories with Lou and Dacia, while wrapping up this adventure nicely. I look forward to reading more about these two in the future if we get a sequel to Silver in the Blood !
A New York Times bestselling author brings dark secrets to life in a lush new YA perfect for fans of Libba Bray or Cassandra Clare.
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.
With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.
Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.
2 winners will receive a finished copy of Silver in the Blood. US Only.
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