Series: Silver in the Blood #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on July 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Europe, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
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As debutantes in 1890s New York City, cousins Dacia and Lou knew little about about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. Now, upon turning seventeen, the girls must journey to Romania--a journey that seems to be both reward and punishment--to meet their cousins and their tyrant of a grandmother and to learn the secrets of their family. Secrets spoken of in whispers. Dangerous secrets known as the Claw, the Wing, and the Smoke.
But as dangerous as those family secrets might be, even more dangerous is the centuries-old bond between the Florescus and the royal Dracula family, and it seems that it's time for Dacia and Lou to give up their life in New York society and take their place among the servants of the Draculas. When the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula, sets his sights on Dacia as part of his evil, power-hungry plan, the girls must accept or fight against this cruel inheritance. Do they have the courage to break the shackles of their upbringing and set the course of their own destiny?
So, I pre-ordered this one and dug into it almost as soon as it arrived.
I feel like this book could have been so much more. I found myself bored by some of the details, which is not something I usually get with one of George’s books. I felt really in the dark, and not in a good way. The family secret just wasn’t intriguing, and rather than the unknown whetting curiosity, it really just fizzled my desire to finish.
Also, and I think this was the most important part, I wasn’t feeling either of the main characters here—Dacia and Lou—but especially Dacia. By the end of the novel, they grew on me, sort of. But, Dacia in particular felt very silly, and while I wanted to have a connection, I just didn’t.
So, now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’ll say that I loved so much about the attention to detail in the story. The idea of an old family with a dark secret was interesting. The connections to Bram Stoker and Dracula were a pleasant surprise. There is a lot of rich material here, and Romania was such a fun setting with so much to explore. The turn-of-the-century time period was also a wonderful touch. I loved that the time period is one of uncertainty and change, and I feel like George captured that well.
What it comes down to is that I enjoyed reading the book, especially the last half. But it just didn’t measure up to what I expect from George’s books, and that was a disappointment. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on in the series, though the ending does leave a wide open space for an interesting sequel.