Last week, I made a “blind buy” of new-to-me author Juliette Cross after seeing a feature of her latest book over on Hypeable. So I went all one-clicky on Amazon and ordered the first two books in her Vampire Blood series, The Black Lily and The Red Lily (which was just released a couple of days ago). I am almost finished the first one, and so far, so good.
The books are vampire historical fantasy retellings, with The Black Lily loosely based on the story of Cinderella, and the second on Little Red Riding Hood. You get the retelling vibe, but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it which I like. I have been really hit or miss with retellings – I very much enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles from Marissa Meyer, but I haven’t been too successful on getting a series I really like that isn’t young adult. This one is off to a good start.
Book one, The Black Lily
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…
And book two, The Red Lily
When Red falls for the Big Bad Vampire…
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
Ok, the covers are a bit cringy, I admit. Not in quality but in pose. But this is where I congratulate myself once again for going digital since the cover doesn’t really matter anymore. Yay me. If you are interested in checking out a different series by this author, the first book of her Nightwing series is free on Amazon, found HERE. You can also find exclusive extras over on Juliette Cross‘s website, found HERE.