Title: Silver in the Blood
Author: Jessica Day George
Date Started: August 21
Date Finished: August 22
Format: Hardcover from library co-op
Dacia and Lou are cousins who are close as sisters and are journeying to Romania to visit long lost family that they never know existed. On their way, each girl experiences some very weird things that make them even more anxious to get there. When they do the mysteries continue, to the point where they don’t understand what is going on. But on the night of the full moon they learn the truth, not only about their family, but themselves.
It turns out that Dacia and Lou’s family protect the legendary Dracul family. The prince that Dacia met earlier in the book is part of that family and is trying to usurp the throne from King Carol of Romania because he believes he is the rightful ruler. And he wants the help of Dacia and Lou, because he believes that they are the Claw and the Wing. The Claw is the line of Dacia and Lou’s family that turn into wolves, and Dacia is one of them and becomes their queen on her first night of transformation. And Lou is believed to be the Wing, the part of the family that turns into bats. But on the night of the transformation, Lou turns into the Smoke – part of the family that hasn’t been seen in generations. But even after all this, Dacia and Lou don’t want any part of their families legacy.
I’ll be honest, there were a lot of moments in this book that I was about ready to give up, or throw it against a wall. Lou and Dacia weren’t the only ones who were anxious and confused about what was going on. I was too. It didn’t help with all the onslaught of characters and places either. However, when the truth is finally revealed the book became a lot better. This take on the Dracula myth was intriguing, especially with the added effect of the family having another family protecting them so that they could reclaim the throne. Dacia and Lou both started out as annoying characters that I really didn’t care for at all. However, after the family mystery was dropped, they both grew on me. Lou became less sensitive and more strong and assertive. Dacia also became less about her social standing into someone who took a stand for something she cared about.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. If you had asked me at a hundred pages in what I was gong to give this book, it was going to be three stars. But, after the mystery is revealed, the book became less hazy about the details and the characters grew on me. According to Goodreads this is supposed to be a series, I’m still not sure if I’m going to continue on, we’ll see.
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