The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

The Black Lily

byJuliette Cross

Kobo ebook | March 27, 2017

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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...

Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone and can be read out of order.

Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Black Lily
Book #2 The Red Lily
Book #3 The White Lily

Title:The Black LilyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633758753

ISBN - 13:9781633758759


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinderella and vampires! Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. Vampires. Cinderella fairtytale Strong female character Romance. Need I say more than that?? The synopsis of this drew me in right away. People feel vampire books were overdone a while ago and are now just passe, but for me, I never get tired of them. That and retellings and this book is both combined! It's a story about Arabelle, a young girl who is the leader of the rebellion against vampires after the humans found a lot of dead bodies, despite the "peace" between humans and vamps. She dresses up as a lady and goes to a ball held in which the vampire prince Marius will choose his new blood feeder. When close enough she tries to kill him. He's taken with her though, so even while looking for her, he finds himself wanting her. This is pretty much where the Cinderella part ends. Which is good, because it then leaves room for the rest of the story to go on. I enjoyed the characters. Arabelle was a nice mix of girl and rebellious fighter. Even near the prince, she didn't stop trying to fight to kill him. Until they got closer and she told him the truth of why she wants him dead of course. Then he basically joins her. I found her to be funny at times, sweet at others. I don't have a whole lot to say and that's a good thing. Lots means bad character. Marius I was torn by. He had the whole vamp prince thing going for him and that was good. There was times he was a great character and times he fell short for me. The times he fell short for me were when we were not in his POV. Although it's expectant that we will see more of "him" in his POV, I found his voice and character didn't come across as well in Arabell's chapters. Them together was dynamite. I loved them. And the sex scenes were pretty great too. The one thing I really wished there were is more vampire scenes. We see Marius feed a few times, and there is a "vamp" scene at the end, but overall not enough. If the book didn't tell us they were vampires, besides the blood drinking, I may not have figured it out. I wish there was more paranormal aspects to it. I gave this 4 stars and not 5 because I didn't love it. It was a good read by all means but not something I'd reread. I'd read a sequel for sure though. The writing was good, the story for the most part was good, characters were not bad. All this equals 4 stars for me.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars-creative and electrifying 4.5 stars-- THE BLACK LILY is the first installment in Juliette Cross’s TALES OF THE BLACK LILY adult, paranormal/fantasy series. This is one hundred year old vampire Prince Marius, and peasant girl Arabelle’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Arabelle and Marius) THE BLACK LILY follows the struggles of the human population; the underground movement setting up a coup to take down the royal vampire family-vampires who now threaten the lives of everyone they love. Enter peasant girl Arabelle, a young woman, head of a group known as The Black Lily, and a woman determined to rid the world of bloodsuckers-one vampire at a time starting with the youngest royal heir-Prince Marius. The time has come to select a new concubine for the royal Prince, and Arabelle is determined to seduce the Prince to his death. What ensues is the building romance between Arabelle and Prince Marius, and the search for the vampires responsible for taking too many lives. THE BLACK LILY is the retelling of Cinderella only Cinderella’s happily ever after comes with a caveat-the Prince is a vampire, and a man who is desperate to make Arabelle his own. While Arabelle struggles with her attraction to a man she believes is killing her people, Marius searches for the truth and doesn’t like what he is about to find. We are introduced to a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Marius’s best friend and vampire Nikolai; Marius’s parents the King and Queen of the vampires; Arabelle’s friends Deek and Mary, as well as our heroine’s evil ’step mother’ and two wicked ‘step sisters’. On the run Arabelle befriends a woman known as Sienna, whose connection to the wolves is magical and mysterious. The world building looks at the prejudice between human and vampire; the potential eradication of the species; and a romance between a human and a vampire that pushes all of the boundaries for our leading couple. THE BLACK LILY is an engaging, lively and spirited retelling of Cinderella. The premise is creative and electrifying; the characters are animated, colorful and passionate; the romance is fated and uplifting. THE BLACK LILY is a wondrous start to a new series that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
Date published: 2017-03-27