Every day, the threat the Varis family poses to the humans they rule over grows stronger. Every minute that Arabelle spends doing chores for vain, entitled aristocrats, her resolve to overthrow the vampire monarchy increases. She is the leader of the underground resistance, The Black Lily. And she’s waited long enough.
Now is the perfect time to ignite the rebellion. The plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball. And kill him.
Dagger in hand, Arabelle is caught off guard by the immediate spark she shares with Prince Marius. It doesn’t help that he’s listening to her and seems so kind and understanding.
Arabelle is sworn to kill Marius at all costs, but what if Prince Charming is more than he appears to be? But the big question? Now that he knows the truth can she do what she must to save her people?
Each book in the Vampire Blood series is STANDALONE:
* The Black Lily
* The Red Lily
* The White Lily
* The Emerald Lily
Not much of a Cinderella fan, but I did love this version. So much so that I’m going to read little red next. After reading other reviews, I dove in with an open mind. It did not disappoint. Arabella was a fiesty, strong female. Marius was fun. In fact I loved all the characters. Funny part was after 100 years, he was tired of being the Prince. He wanted happiness and love. He defied his parents to follow his heart. Cute. Unfortunately for him, a long the way to love, he realized that his life held very little truths. Towards the end I felt that the book started to drag for me. Hence the 4 stars, but it was well worth it in the end. It was a fantastic read. I highly recommend.
Romantic Fantasy that captures and enraptures
There is nothing I love more than a strong female heroine that is smart, witty and can kick butt with the best of them. Cross provides that and so much more with Arabelle, The Black Lily.
Arabelle is a human servant, living under the oppressive rule of the vampires. After years of blood lust attacks, killing hundreds of humans, Arabelle creates The Black Lily persona to help garner support from the peasant human populace. All indications say the ruling vampires are backing the savagery plaguing the humans, pushing Arabelle into action. She takes on a suicide mission to kill the heir to the throne, Marius, at his 100th birthday celebration. The same celebration that Marius is supposed to pick his human concubine.
You guessed it, Marius is irrationally drawn to Arabelle and much to Arabelle’s dismay she is drawn to Marius…but that doesn’t stop her from plunging a knife into him. Marius stop at nothing to find Arabelle and what caused her to take such dire actions…but the deeper Marius investigates the more truths he uncovers about his kind; maybe even someone closer to him than he ever imagined.
I flat out loved The Black Lily. Cross, once again, writes a tale the captures and enraptures. Pulse pounding and heart aching, I was riveted from the get go and that momentum never wavered. I can’t wait to see what Cross will bring us next in this magnificent world she created.
I received this ARC copy of The Black Lily from Juliette Cross and Entangled Publishing, LLC. This is my honest and voluntary review.