SILVER IN THE BLOOD Read-Along Wrap Up + Author Interview!


Welcome to the SILVER IN THE BLOOD read-along!  We’ve finished the book!  I’ve included links to all our posts below so you can backtrack with Tressa (Wishful Endings) and I (Batch of Books) if you want.  If you have an update posted somewhere, please link it up.  If you don’t, just leave a comment! 🙂


July 10: Kick-off!  Start reading (my post | Tressa’s post)
July 17: Chapters 1-16 (my post | Tressa’s post)
July 24: Chapters 17-END, final thoughts, and interview with Jessica! (my post | Tressa’s post)
My Review | Tressa’s Review

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My Thoughts on the First Half:

Thoughts about the characters:
I really like the changes in each of the characters, especially Lou. I was also glad to see Dacia grow into herself and her role. The villain(s) were interesting, and I’m curious to see how one of them comes into play in future books.

Thoughts about the plot: 
I really liked the plot! It builds gradually, then explodes about halfway through the book. I was hooked from page one.

Least favorite part so far, if there is one: 
I was sad that the girls found such a lack of support from their family members, on both sides. Lou’s father, Aunt Kate, and Radu all disappointed me, even though they redeemed themselves by the end.

Most favorite part so far:
When the girls finally learn the family secret! That part was so wild and exciting, yet frightening at the same time. I loved it!

My favorite lines and quotes:

‘”Get up, you foolish girl, and wash your face,” Lady Ioana ordered. “You are stronger than this, and you must be stronger still.
“In two nights you will find out why you must forget your father.”‘ – 40%

‘She turned her back on them and fled higher up the mountain, into the trees, running faster and faster on her four legs.’ – 50%

‘Goodness, there were a lot of people she could imagine Dacia eloping with!’ – 51%

‘She supposed that she could tie it to a lamp, but that might hit someone on the head and make them less inclined to help her.’ – 70%

Thoughts about the conclusion:
I like the way the book ended, and I’m really glad there was no cliffhanger. Some things were left open, but for the most part it was a complete story. I also liked the way the story wrapped up and the way things worked out. I was proud of both girls!

My predictions for book two:
I think the girls will get a new mystery to solve and go on another adventure. I think we’ll see a return of a certain villain, although I’m curious to see what will motivate her in the next book.

Other thoughts…
I’m really interested to see what the next book brings.  This one wrapped up pretty nicely, so I’m curious as to whether the second book will be a separate adventure or if it will be a continuation of this one.

Any questions?
I wonder why being the Smoke is so important. What is it about that shape that makes them the leaders of the family? Can the Smoke do anything other than float around?  Are they dangerous in any way?  Will we see more involvement from the Wings in the next book?

What did you think about the first half of the book?  Share your thoughts with me in the comments or link up your blog post!

Interview with the Author:

Which character was your favorite to write?
I liked writing about the main characters’ grandmother, Lady Ioana, who was just so HORRIBLE.

What inspired you to write about shape shifting?
I’m not a huge fan of werewolves, per se, but I do love the idea of being able to turn into a certain animal at will. I’ve thought about it a lot, and I think it would be both very scary and very cool to have that power, so it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do in a book.

How did you come up with the villain(s) for this book?
To be honest . . . I don’t totally remember. This book just came together all at once, but it was about five years ago. Once I had a handle on the main characters, Dacia and Lou, I knew immediately who they would be facing.

Was anything particularly difficult about writing this book?
The only other time I’ve written a book set in a real country it was Norway, a place I studied all through college. So trying to stay true to the history and spirit of Romania, a place I had only briefly visited, was hard.

Will there be any strong gypsy roles in the story or the series?
Not really.

When you researched Romania for the book’s setting did you find anything interesting or intriguing that you’d like to share?
Yes, and the result is . . . this book!

What was your favorite thing about your visit to the country?
So. Many. Castles.

What was your most fulfilling or favorite thing from this story?
Lou coming out of Dacia’s shadow to be more independent.

What’s your favorite part of being an author?
There is nothing as thrilling as starting a rough draft!

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.

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About Jessica:

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.

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