Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Age range: 12 and up
Series: Silver in the Blood #1
Genre: Historical fantasy
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 7, 2015)
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
As spoiled society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their family, find proper husbands, and-most terrifyingly-learn the secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, bound by a centuries-old tradition to do the bidding of the royal Dracula family and it is time for Dacia and Lou to take their place among the ranks. But when the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula sets his sights on Dacia as part of his plan to secure power over all of Europe, the girls choose to fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. Only the dashing Lord Johnny Hardcastle and the mysterious Theophilus Arkady- members of a secret society charged with ridding the world of monsters-can help Dacia and Lou, but breaking the shackles of their upbringing will require more courage than the girls ever imagined.
The thrilling start to a richly drawn, romance-filled series, this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives will have readers coming back for more.
About the Author:
Jessica Day George is the author of many books for young readers, including the wonderfully whimsical Tuesdays at the Castle and three books in the Dragonskin Slippers series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian and bookseller. Jessica lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
What an unusual and interesting setting for a book! It made me want to learn more about Romania and European history. I really liked the story, the characters, and the setting. It was different from other books set in a similar time period.
One of the things I liked about this book is that it has been branded as young adult, and it is clearly intended for that age group. Jessica Day George knows her audience and how to write for it. There is plenty of suspense and action, a dash of romance, and great characters. This is the first book in a series, but the ending doesn’t leave you hanging. While some ends are left loose, it is a complete story that I felt satisfied with. I’m interested to see where the author will take us in the next book.
If you or your teen like historical fantasy, you will probably like this book too. The author’s love for history and fantasy come alive on its pages and make for an enthralling read!
Content: violence and a couple of curse words (2 or 3)