The Black Lily is the first book in the Vampire Blood series, written by Juliette Cross.
This paranormal romance story was published on March 27, 2017 by Entangled Publishing.
THE BLACK LILY
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…
Jen’s Review of THE BLACK LILY
I read The Black Lily because I was intrigued by the idea of a vampire romance based on Cinderella.
Although I received a free advanced reading copy via Netgalley, my opinions are my own.
My original review from Books That Hook got deleted; I didn’t have it saved anywhere else. So, I am trying to remember this book to rewrite the review. I apologize in advance for the review being less detailed than normal.
Quick Review: Well told story with likable character, an interesting plot, and a good balance of action and romance
The Black Lily is a twist on the tale of Cinderella. Although there are some similar elements, it is a completely unique story about a human revolution against vampires and an unlikely romance between the leaders of both groups.
The story moves along quickly from start to finish. I couldn’t put this book down.
Arabelle is like Cinderella, but isn’t. She’s a leader of a revolution and determined to kill the vampire prince. I liked her a lot.
Maruis, the vampire prince, is sweet and determined to find the woman who tried to kill him. He doesn’t want revenge; he wants to find out more about her because he’s attracted.
The book has insta-love, but it’s not as bad as some of the other books I have read. For me, it was believable.
I enjoyed Juliette Cross’s writing style. Although she included one of my pet peeves, I loved the way she wrote The Black Lily. It was easy for me to picture everything in my mind. Also, the author kept tension going in all areas. There was plenty of external danger to keep me interested, in addition to the romance.
One thing I remember saying in my original review is that the author seemed to be unsure of which type of story she wanted to tell. At times, the book was graphic and bloody. Other times, it was sweet and charming. When the graphic scenes came, they shocked me. Not because I have a weak stomach or because I’m a prude, but because they were in such contrast the scenes before them. At least it stayed interesting!
Do I Recommend?
I loved The Black Lily. As soon as I got the chance, I read another book in this series. Sadly, I missed getting the second book and had to skip to The White Lily. And now I am reading The Emerald Lily, which will be out soon. This is one of my favorite series. I strongly recommend reading it if you haven’t already. It’s a great read for people who like a mixture of fairy tales, fantasy, paranormal, monsters, and romance.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)