ARC Review: ‘The Black Lily’ by Juliette Cross
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The Black Lilyby Juliette Cross
Series: Tales of the Black Lily #1
Published by Entangled: Select Otherworld on March 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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…
If you are looking for a different re-telling of Cinderella then you definitely have to check out The Black Lily by Juliette Cross. Unfortunately, there’s no Cinderella looking for her prince charming and no prince charming looking for the girl who lost her glass slipper.
Instead, in The Black Lily we have a Vampire Prince who is looking for his next bleeder and a pheasant girl who wants to kill the Vampire Prince. Yup, definitely not the same sweet Cinderella story.
Arabelle is the leader of the resistance behind trying to crumble the vampire monarchy. She’s determined to make her point known, but unfortunately her plan backfires, when she actually meets the Vampire Prince, Marius.
Although, The Black Lily is nothing like the original Cinderella, it has definite similarities, but several differences. Arabelle stands out to me in the story because of her strength and determination and I really liked her. She will do everything to crush the vampires, especially with what happened to her mother.
Then there’s the prince in the story, Marius, who is hard-headed and determined too just like Arabelle. I liked him in the story because he didn’t give up on finding out the truth and wanting to know Arabelle. He was the dark handsome prince charming who wants to win over, Arabelle, even though she did try to kill him.
Marius and Arabelle are what I would consider enemies to lovers and I always love those kind of stories. Arabelle does not make it easy for Marius in the story at all. 🙂
The there’s the craziness in the world of the vampires/humans. (First off, the first chapter tells you a little background on why there is a monarchy, but I won’t get into those details). There’s a reason why the Black Lily was formed and I really loved the idea of the storyline. The characters, the plot, the romance, and the drama all together in this book had me intrigued and constantly turning the pages. I actually finished this book over the weekend because I couldn’t get enough of it. Don’t even get me started with the ending of the book and when the truth was unveiled. Definitely, was not expecting it at all.
I give this book 5 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I always love fairy re-tellings and I really enjoyed this re-telling of Cinderella because who doesn’t love the paranormal. I have found yet another author I definitely to make sure to keep an eye out for her new books coming out. I also need to check out her previous books she’s written too.
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