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Silver in the Blood

Silver in the Blood

Ditulis oleh Jessica Day George

Diceritakan oleh Sandy Rustin


Silver in the Blood

Ditulis oleh Jessica Day George

Diceritakan oleh Sandy Rustin

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4/5 (21 peringkat)
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9 hours
Dirilis:
Jul 7, 2015
ISBN:
9781490691947
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New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George begins a new series of historical thrillers with Silver in the Blood.

Spoiled society sisters Dacia and Lou return to their native Romania to do the bidding of the royal Dracula family. But when its devilish heir takes a fancy to Dacia, the sisters must team with a monster-fighting duo to break free from this horrific family legacy.

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JESSICA DAY GEORGE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series, the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and the Dragon Slippers trilogy. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and worked as a librarian and bookseller before turning to writing full-time. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their three young children. www.jessicadaygeorge.com @jessdaygeorge


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  • (4/5)
    Fun supernatural historical ya fantasy - young wealthy cousins from NYC visit mysterious family in Romania in the late 19th. Reminded me a little of Sorcery and Cecelia.
  • (3/5)
    A lot I liked (the main characters, the setting, the premise) but the romance felt false and certain resolutions felt contrived.
  • (3/5)
    The Claw, The Wing & The Smoke...

    The beginning of this book started out pretty iffy for me. The main characters, cousins Dacia & Lou, came across as superficial, flighty and immature and the majority of the dialogue focused on what they were wearing, what boys they liked and what shops they were going to visit while on vacation.

    I listened to the audio and the narrator's voice, although it reflected the flighty characters personalities perfectly, it was also rather annoying. About midway through, the plot finally took a turn for the better and Dacia & Lou gained a little more depth in their characters. The narrator seemed to reflect that too in her tone and I started enjoying both book and narrator a lot more- not enough to rate it 5 stars or anything but enough to finish the story at least.

    I think the story with its shapeshifters, Dracula family origins and Romanian setting had the potential to be much more then it was but it just wasn't executed very well. The plot waa thin at best. The Romanian culture was hardly touched on and the characters left much to be desired. The tone of the book also seemed geared more toward children's middle grade then young adults. I would say the last quarter of the book was probably the strongest but, it was a case of- too little, too late!

    *I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Vampires vs. Werewolves~ square



    **Booklikes has been sooo slow today & yesterday for me that I can't do anything on there so I'm only posting here on GR until it's fixed.

  • (4/5)
    I was pleased to win a copy of this audiobook production of Silver in the Blood through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. This audiobook was excellent, the narrator, Sandy Rustin, did a fantastic job of voicing the characters which only enhanced this enthralling book. Silver in the Blood is the story of Dacha and her cousin Lou who have traveled to Romania to learn about their family history as well as the mysterious legacy that is a part of their birthright. When they find out the truth about their legacy Dacha is distraught whereas Lou accepts her special gift more readily. I don't want to go into more detail to avoid spoiling this wonderful read but the book is well written and deeply atmospheric. I loved seeing both young women become more self aware especially Lou who gains confidence and poise when she discovers her power. The ending indicates that there will be a sequel and I'm excited to read or listen to the next volume.
  • (3/5)
    Note: I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.Silver in the Blood is a historical fantasy involving two very close cousins who discover a "Terrible Family Secret" and then have to deal with the consequences. It was refreshing to find heroines willing to buck the system here and defy expectations though the characters themselves felt somewhat flat. In particular, the villains were very one-dimensional. One of them, without giving spoilers, manages to demonstrate his cruelty and malice without displaying anything more human. Still, Jessica Day George knows how to keep the reader entertained. I kept reading to find out what would happen next, because I needed to know how things turned out. It reminded me of the old Dear America books, particularly the diary excerpts.Did I like this book? Yes. Would I read the sequel? Yes. Would I recommend it? Maybe, maybe not.
  • (4/5)
    I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This was a perfect choice for a spooky October read. The story was very intriguing with shapeshifters, references to the Dracula family, and a Romanian setting. I really liked the letters and diary entries throughout the story as well. The narrator did a pretty good job with the voices of the different characters but I had a hard time in the beginning keeping straight which point of view I was hearing. Although I would have liked to learn more about the silver in the blood which is only briefly mentioned, the story kept me entertained and I really enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    [Full disclosure: I received this audio book as part of the LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for my honest review]This was a very interesting book. While I usually don't go for supernatural-type books, the blurb on the back of this one intrigued me, so I chose to sign up for the giveaway. I'm glad I did. First, the narration was very well-done. She had a different voice for each character, though sometimes the shift was subtle, and she made me feel like I was there. She certainly furthered my enjoyment of the book. The setting and characters seem believable, as well as appropriate for that time period (1897-ish New York, Paris, and Romania). The thing I really loved about this book, though, was how the two female leads, Lou (short for Louisa) and Dacia, seemed so... '''''real'''''. What I mean is, their personalities are well-fleshed-out in the beginning of the book as well as throughout, and easy to root for. I felt that they acted how I would expect young ladies from upper-class families '''would''' act at the turn of the century in New York. This "realism" carried on, even when the life-changing event happens about mid-way to 3/4 of the way through the book. The girls each shift personality-wise, but that shift still feels authentic. I also love the fact that both girls may be "proper ladies", but they are still spitfires in their own right. They will fight when need be, and they're pretty good at doing so while still remaining "classy." I also loved the Bram Stoker's '''Dracula'''-related references the story made. I have also listened to that audio book (voiced by Susan Adams & Alexander Spencer, which I '''''HIGHLY''''' recommend. Best audio book I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.), and '''Silver in the Blood''' lines up quite well with it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next, and it was well-written and well-narrated. Perfect for those who like historical fiction, but that don't mind some fantasy along with it.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked George's writing in this novel. It is a bit slow, which I think fits the tone or the novel and its source material. Just don't go in expecting fast-paced, butt-kicking adventure. Silver in the Blood isn't quite a retelling of Dracula. Rather, it takes inspiration from Dracula. It's as if Stoker was traveling through Romania and heard rumors, stories, and that some of those tales were true or close to it.I loved the relationship between Dacia and Lou and the ways they both changed throughout the novel. The changes were a bit too sudden to be realistic, but I enjoyed the book so much, that didn't bother me.It was a nice little tribute to Dracula to have diary entries and letters between each chapter, though it did break immersion a little bit during the climax when those letters or entries seem to have been written right then in the thick of things when no one would have had time to write longform.A strong stand-alone with sequel potential. Even if it were just in novella form, I would love to read the continuing adventures of Dacia and Lou. And that cover is gorgeous.
  • (2/5)
    istorical romance set in the 1890s in Romania and Hungary, where two wealthy young cousins, Dacia Vreeholt and Maria Louisa Neulander travel as requested by their imperious grandmother, and escorted by their Aunt Kate. George provides characterization of the two protagonists through much description of their emotions, diary entries, letters to each other as they both travel separately and arrive at the ancestral estate of their Romanian side of the family, the Florescus. Lots of details about dress, flirtations with eligible, well to do young men, and increasingly- questions about the Florescu clan, why they HAD to come from their homes in New York City, to the ancestral estate. At a large banquet Lady Ioana Florescu, the matriarch, gives a toast, declaring that the time had come to depose the false king and help put Prince Mihai, of the House Dracul on the throne. Shocked, the girls discover their Romanian side of the family has supported House Dracul for centuries and that many of them are shapeshifters, changing when needed into bats and wolves. Most amazing, Louisa (Lou) & Dacia discover they have powers they never dreamed of. In a dramatic chapter, the Florescus gather in a clearing behind the manor one night, while their grandmother announces it's time to teach their two youngest members what the family prophecy is and who they really are. While Uncle Horia restrains Lou, Dacia is chased by the shifted family members, large bats and hungry wolves, into the forest. Surrounded, she defies them, especially the large wolf that is Aunt Kate, and as she leaps toward her, she changes into a wolf herself. Lou in despair that Dacia may be mauled, or killed, suddenly shifts herself -discovering she was a swirl of mist, and could move on currents of air. She was "the Smoke", and Dacia is the "queen" wolf, who defies the rest of the pack. The plot continues to take wild turns as the girls decide to reject their destiny and flee to Budapest; there they meet with Lord Johnny and his companion Mr. Arkady, who inform them that they are part of a secret society, committed to preventing "monsters" from spreading their evil, particularly Prince Mihai. They learn the Prince is determined to wed Dacia and further cement the Florescu clan's support of his family line. His claim to the Romanian throne means he will have to overthrow King Carol and Queen Elizabeth- and further plot complications include Dacia being abducted to a hotel where Mihai arrives and informs her of his intentions: she will either marry him willingly or he will "despoil" her anyway. Lou arrives as "the Smoke" and leads Lord Johnny and Arkady to her rescue, but the Prince escapes. After the foursome discuss what they must do to stop Prince Mihai, they travel to the King's castle, to warn him and his queen of Mihai's intentions; Lou is drugged with a gypsy's help so she cannot control her shifting- she is "the Smoke" and cannot change back. Then, before they can leave, Mihai, trusted Florescu members and mercernary soldiers attack the castle. Again Mihai breaks through defenses and brandishing a gun, informs the trapped King Carol, Lord Johnny, and Dacia that he will kill them and take Dacia as his bride. Yet, "the Smoke" helps once again, Dacia shifts into her wolf form, and Aunt Kate and other Florescu relatives, arriving as wolves, decide the prophecy they will be led by their new leader "from darkness into light" means they will not defend House Dracul any longer, but support the rightful king. Dacia leads her pack into a fight to the death with Mihai and his hired soldiers, and Lou -reemerging from her mist form still rendered weak from the drug- is cared for by Arkady; Dacia, human again with new battle wounds and apparently (a complete reversal from her anger and rejection of the family bonds and her powers in earlier chapters) a determination to lead her clan to a new day. In a rapid series of concluding chapters, the loose ends are neatly tied. While the Romanian history/setting adds interest and sets up our protagonists to face truly deadly foes -some of their own family members and Prince Mihai, one of the Dracul family- the narrative devices didn't always work: the letter and diary entries, as the chapters passed, seemed unnecessary & slowed down the pacing, for example. Lots of "telling" by the author - and toss off lines that didn't seem to fit the characters. In one chapter, the queen, who acts regal and formal throughout, waits until her royal husband & the others leave the room and says to Dacia, "sometimes men can be so taxing" - now like two girlfriends agreeing on the "down side to men". Jarring lines like these detracted from the breathless prose and 1890s mannerisms. However, teen girls who want their historical romances to be filled with plot twists, some supernatural elements and some hunky guys thrown in to add romantic tension will probably enjoy this book.
  • (3/5)
    Set in the late 1800's this book is about two young NYC debutantes who are off to Europe to see the continent, shop, and learn about their Romanian heritage. And it's not vampires that lurk in the family closet. Instead cousins Dacia and Lou come from a line of shape shifters who wield amazing power.This is the first in a series, and it definitely shows promise. But I felt this book spent too much time setting the stage. Also the characters seemed a little shallow and predictable, although the premise of shape shifting is innovative. The audiobook is narrated by Sandy Rustin, who does a nice job with accents and changing voices for the different characters. My only bone about her performance is that Lou and Dacia's voices sound very bubbly and young. It made it difficult to take them seriously.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    2.5 stars. I loved George's Castle Glower series so I'm quite sad not to love this new series. It is quite slow with a rather predictable plot, characters changing personalities annoyingly frequently, and way too many romantic interests. The setting and retelling of Dracula was interesting though.
  • (5/5)
    Two young women Dacia Vreeholt and Louisa Neulander are cousins and society girls in New York. They are traveling to visit their mothers' family in Romania in June of 1897. Lou is quieter and shy; Dacia is outspoken and bold. Together they learn some family secrets that rock the foundations of their lives and find themselves involved in political intrigue.Along the way they meet Lord Johnny Harcastle and Mr. Theo Arkady who become their romantic interests and co-conspirators. Johnny and Theo have been charged by the secret society of which they are both members to watch Dacia and Lou's family who are very suspicious. The girls have to deal with a grandmother who is using them to further her political ambitions and Prince Mihai Dracula who is mad and who wants to use them to help in his plan to conquer Europe.The relationship between the two girls was interesting to read about. I enjoyed the way Lou stepped out of her secondary role to take charge when Dacia was thrown by the family secret. Lou was my favorite character because of the way she changed from shy little mouse to strong confident woman.I liked that the story was filled with action and adventure. I look forward to reading more adventures with Dacia, Lou, Johnny and Theo.
  • (4/5)
    Set in the 1890s, society rules abound and define what a young lady may or may not do in public and private. Cousins, Dacia and Lou, who are more like amiable sisters, come from aristocratic, old New York and Romanian families. The girls, whose mothers are sisters, begin with an adventure to their mothers' homeland of Romania to meet family. While in Romania, dark, old secrets surface that redefine who these girls are and the what they are capable of. Dacia, an adventurer by heart, who is months away from being engaged to the best New York bachelor, and the stronger advocate takes a back seat to Lou, as they both discover family secrets. Action-packed subdued by society norms for girls. Great addition to any middle or high school collection. The book cover hints at the adventures that await the reader.
  • (2/5)
    I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I was so bored reading this book that I was skimming pages at a time trying to find interesting content to get sucked into. After doing this for about half of the book, I realized that I just cannot continue skimming a book that I'm obviously not interested in and finally gave up. I did not like either of the main characters: Lou and Dacia. They were spoiled rotten, high class girls that I would never be caught dead with, so it makes sense that I couldn't handle being in their heads through this novel. And they were always complaining and never asked the right questions. I seriously about lost it in the beginning. I've read one other book by this author and gave it three stars... Maybe I'm just not meant to like this author's work? If I get intrigued by another book by this author I may try it, but so far it's looking bleak and weary for our relationship with one another...
  • (4/5)
    Debutantes from New York City travel to Europe to visit their powerful, wealthy and mysterious Romanian relatives. Think Downton Abbey period - the girls lose friends on the Titanic. As the two cousins, Dacia and Lou, get closer to their destination, they notice that people have been acting strangely. Their relatives have gotten more anxious and it's a surprise to see their independent aunt defer to the tyrannical grandmother. Also, as they meet a prince and nobility, their last name provokes a strange reaction. As we learn about the shape shifting and the Florescu family's long tie to the Dracula family, Silver in the Blood gives us an unexpected twist. Lou and Dacia are transformed and it's a delight to have Lou discover her power. If you're looking for a historical fiction with a twist - think Gilded Age and werewolves - Silver in the Blood is treat!
  • (5/5)
    Cousins Dacia and Louisa are both excited and nervous about visiting Romania and meeting their mothers' family. There seems to be some sort of family secret, and nobody will explain it to them. When they learn the truth, it will be more shocking than they could have guessed.This book has a lot of excellent elements, though it falls short of distinction in a few ways. I liked the two main characters, though they were hard to tell apart, at least at the beginning. I also found the love interests... interesting. I wanted to see more development of those stories, because they really took a backseat to the main action of the story. This was probably as it should be, but I think a little more attention could have been paid to that aspect of the book, because it felt a bit rushed. The pacing lagged in places, though I don't know if I would have noticed that if I had not been listening to the audiobook. I also felt that the villains were flat, entirely evil and without nuance. All that said, I did enjoy the book. Many of the secondary characters are well-written and the setting is fairly good. Mostly, I wanted a little bit more from this book, but I liked the things it did accomplish. I'd recommend it to readers who enjoy books like Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing.
  • (4/5)
    I have always enjoyed Jessica Day George’s work. I love re-told fairytales. This one branches away from fairytales into another tale—that of Dracula. This book kept me up late at night. I was immersed from the first chapter. The female protagonists are well-drawn and each is given full scope to change and develop over the course of the book. The characters of Lord Johnny and Theo are a little less developed, but, since this is only the beginning of a series, I am sure they will have plenty of time to become more real. Minor characters, such as Aunt Kate and Cousin Radu fare somewhat better.My biggest complaint is that I’ll have to wait to see what happens next!Possible objectionable material: Mild language. Dangerous situations. Family turmoil. Nudity—non-sexual and not described in detail.Who would like this book: Primarily girls, probably middle grades and up. Anyone who likes adding to a well-known story. Approximate Lexile: 700
  • (5/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Action packed story filled with adorable romance, loveable characters, and great humor. I enjoyed every minute of this story and would highly recommend it to all young adult fans!Opening Sentence: Dacia picked up her book and put it down again.The Review:Cousins Dacia and Louisa grew up in the wonderful city of New York. It is the year 1897 and both of these girls dominate the social scene in New York. Both girls have just recently turned seventeen and they can’t wait to tour the beautiful country of Europe where there is sure to be handsome gentlemen, wonderful shopping, and enchanting parties. But instead of going on a dream vacation like they planned they are sent to Romania, the country where both of their mothers were born and raised. This is their first time visiting their ancestral home and they have only met a few of their relatives from their mother’s side of the family.Upon arriving in Bucharest both of the girls learn that their family is very different. It turns out that their family has the ability to shapeshift into one of three creatures. Some are members of The Claw and have the ability to change into a wolf, others are of The Wing and can change into bats, and finally there is The Smoke where they can basically change into a form of smoke. There is a prophecy that states Dacia and Louisa will lead their family to greatness, but to do so they must commit the most horrendous of crimes. Will they have the courage to defy their destiny or will the temptation of power and acceptance tempt them into doing what their family wants?Dacia is a very spirited girl that doesn’t have a care in the world. She is blunt, witty, and loves a good adventure. I instantly loved Dacia and found her to be a very entertaining character. She has no problem using her charms to get what she wants and she is very good at everything she sets her mind. She is a terrible flirt, but she is also a very loyal friend. Her fiery attitude was so much fun and she added a lot of great humor to the story. There was one moment in the book where I found her to be a little frustrating but it was very short lived and I quickly fell back in love with her! She is a great heroine and I really look forward to seeing where her story goes next.Lou is a much more reserved person. She has what they call a tender disposition and she has always felt a little awkward in her own skin. Everyone tells her what a beautiful girl she is, but that’s not how she sees herself. She is the perfectly obedient daughter that does what she is told. What I have described probably sounds pretty boring compared to Dacia, but I actually ended up liking Lou even better than I did Dacia. There is something about her tender personality that just pulled at my heart strings and as the story unfolds she grows so much. She discovers so much about herself and in the end she becomes a much bolder person. She doesn’t shy away from a fight and she is very resourceful. I felt an instant connection with her and it just continued to grow throughout the story.There is a fairly large cast of secondary characters and I found each one of them so interesting. I loved learning all their stories and to be honest I can’t wait to learn more. I especially want to find out more about the girls mothers and aunts. I actually would love it if George wrote a sequel telling us how the 3 sisters ended up in America and their whole journey. I doubt she is going to write this but I personally would love to read it if she ever does. Then of course I loved the boys in the book as well. I’m not going to go into any detail about them because I don’t want to spoil anything. But I can tell you that they are very swoon worthy and I loved both of them! The romance was pretty subtle, but I felt that it was a great setup for the next book in the series which I am now dying to read!Silver in the Blood is an amazing story that completely blew me away! I loved everything about this book, the rich atmosphere, the witty characters, the adorable romance, and the suspenseful plot made this an epic book that is easily the best book I have read this year so far. From the very first page I was hooked and I kept trying to find time throughout the day to read this because I just had to know what happened next. I ended up finishing it in just a day and now I wish I would have taken more time to read it because I am going to have a serious book hangover now. Jessica Day George is such an amazing storyteller and her writing is exceptional! I have read many of her other books and I have enjoyed every single one of them. This book was just pure fun and had everything I love in a great story. I found myself laughing many times throughout the story and there was also tons of great action. As you can tell by my review I can’t say enough good things about this book and I would highly recommend this to all young adult fans.Notable Scene:22 May 1897Oook la-la! Whatever shall I do? There are far too many beautiful young men in the world, and I am just one girl. First there was Will Carver in New York, then Lord Johnny in London, and now I have just met the most delicious of them all. And it seems that he is a prince. Prince Mihai of Wallachia, if you please! It’s an old title, and one that (sadly) does not mean much anymore. Still. A prince! A prince with beautiful long lashes and thick curling hair. A prince who wears perfectly tailored suits and speaks seven languages, who likes to go to plays and concerts and read popular novels!If anything, I would day that he is too perfect for words! Yes, yes, diary, I can hear Lou’s voice in my head right now asking me about Will Carver and Lord Johnny. Well, I’m sorry, but neither of them are here at present. Surely it can’t hurt to amuse myself a bit in Romania? When I return to New York, dear Lord Johnny will be but a memory, and Will Carver will be back from France, eager to dance with me once more. Until that day, however, Prince Mihai and his beautiful eyes are here to entertain me, That is, if Aunt Kate will let him!FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury Children provided me with a copy of Silver in the Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.