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Title: Silver in the Blood
Author: Jessica Day George
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Content Warning: Brief strong language, nudity, and sexual assault
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate… or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.
With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.
Silver in the Blood reads like a middle grade book, but has content unsuitable for that age group (unsuitable for anyone, to be quite honest). The MCs are a bit vapid and shallow, and I had a hard time rooting for them. The villain isn’t terribly intimidating, except for one entirely gratuitous attempted rape scene that served no purpose for the plot or character development. Too much attention was given to descriptions of clothing, but I did like the descriptions of Romania. If it’s as beautiful as it sounds, I’d like to visit someday.
Also, you’d think that with a title like “Silver in the Blood”, there would be something significant about silver in their blood… But the only time that ever comes up is in one scene, when Dacia notices strange flecks in her blood when she is injured. It is never brought up again, and the significance is never discussed.
Score: (1 / 5)