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…
About the Author
Juliette is a multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. She calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab named Kona. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance-brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more books set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Title: The Black Lily
Series: Vampire Blood #1
Author: Juliette Cross
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: IndieSage PR
If you love fairy tale retellings, this is one of the things you can’t skip out on. Cinderella gets a Gothic makeover when the tale turns into a kingdom ruled by vampire royalty, and with the murders of humans being brushed under the rug, Arabelle decides she’s had enough with the injustice and vows to do the one thing her people pray for: regain freedom from their oppressors.
Prince Marius was a total sweetheart despite being one of the most fearful creatures in this novel. According to Arabelle, vampires are these psychotic monsters that shouldn’t be trusted, but when you get to Marius’ POV, it’s a totally normal kingdom with a nonchalant, mildly clueless prince that didn’t want a ball in the first place, never mind an arranged marriage to a woman he doesn’t know.
I liked Marius a lot more because of how chill he was and passionate about seeing his people safe, vampires and humans alike. Arabelle was a little insufferable but I did admire her dedication to justice. If anything, Marius more than mellows her out. The writing style was great, a nice and flowing story that painted a pretty, dark fantasy world where I think I saw snippets of other fairy tales? Mmm? Nonetheless, I thought this was an entertaining series that I wouldn’t mind venturing into when the next installment comes out. If you like vampires that get gritty, heroines that take action, and humor in surprising places, definitely check this out.