The Black Lily
by Juliette Cross
Publication Date: March 27, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Length: 290 Pages
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Paranormal, Historical, Vampires, Cinderella Retelling
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…
This was my first book by this author and I must say I am hooked. This book had a little bit of a Cinderella vibe to it; almost could say it was Cinderella with a twist.
This book follows the story of Marius, a vampire prince who is approaching his 100th birthday, and Arabelle, a human peasant who is heading up the resistance against the vampiric monarchy. These are two people who are on opposite sides of the fight and would never be put in the same room. Unfortunately, Arabelle’s assassination attempt requires her to get close to the prince. And everything just kind of goes down hill for the resistance from there. These two are thrown together many times and the more time they spend in each other’s company, the more they question their own previous stances.
I very much enjoyed this read. There was the cinderella aspect and almost a romeo & juliet aspect to it to (the two of them should never be together, families despise each other – that type of thing). I was very happy that it wasn’t just one character who changed their way of thinking. In this book both Marius & Arabelle realize that the way they’ve always thought the system worked is incorrect and there is a little give on both their parts. Both characters are pretty stubborn, so it takes a while but eventually they realize that they need each other in their life. The book was very addicting and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I think it is one that will be enjoyed by all.
ABOUT JULIETTE CROSS
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.