The Black Lily
Book 1, Vampire Blood
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Cinderella like you’ve never seen before...
With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.
Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever...
Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone and can be read out of order.
Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 The Black Lily
Book #2 The Red Lily
Book #3 The White Lily
Not much of a Cinderella fan, but I did love this version. So much so that I’m going to read little red next. After reading other reviews, I dove in with an open mind. It did not disappoint. Arabella was a fiesty, strong female. Marius was fun. In fact I loved all the characters. Funny part was after 100 years, he was tired of being the Prince. He wanted happiness and love. He defied his parents to follow his heart. Cute. Unfortunately for him, a long the way to love, he realized that his life held very little truths. Towards the end I felt that the book started to drag for me. Hence the 4 stars, but it was well worth it in the end. It was a fantastic read. I highly recommend.
Romantic Fantasy that captures and enraptures
There is nothing I love more than a strong female heroine that is smart, witty and can kick butt with the best of them. Cross provides that and so much more with Arabelle, The Black Lily.
Arabelle is a human servant, living under the oppressive rule of the vampires. After years of blood lust attacks, killing hundreds of humans, Arabelle creates The Black Lily persona to help garner support from the peasant human populace. All indications say the ruling vampires are backing the savagery plaguing the humans, pushing Arabelle into action. She takes on a suicide mission to kill the heir to the throne, Marius, at his 100th birthday celebration. The same celebration that Marius is supposed to pick his human concubine.
You guessed it, Marius is irrationally drawn to Arabelle and much to Arabelle’s dismay she is drawn to Marius…but that doesn’t stop her from plunging a knife into him. Marius stop at nothing to find Arabelle and what caused her to take such dire actions…but the deeper Marius investigates the more truths he uncovers about his kind; maybe even someone closer to him than he ever imagined.
I flat out loved The Black Lily. Cross, once again, writes a tale the captures and enraptures. Pulse pounding and heart aching, I was riveted from the get go and that momentum never wavered. I can’t wait to see what Cross will bring us next in this magnificent world she created.
I received this ARC copy of The Black Lily from Juliette Cross and Entangled Publishing, LLC. This is my honest and voluntary review.