I received this book for free from Library, The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Series: Silver in the Blood #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 7th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
My Thoughts –
I was beyond excited when I saw this book hitting the blogosphere; even more so when I was invited to review. It’s been a good, long while since I have read a YA about shifters and the setting and historical aspect added to my excitement.
But it PAINS me say I just couldn’t get into this one and ended up DNF at 21%.
I have a like/dislike with the writing. I loved the details and different characterizations of both Lou and Dacia – but I honestly feel like I should have known more about the plot, characters etc at the percentage I was at. I also was not a fan of the telegrams and journal entries before each POV of the character. Which is odd for me, because I usually love his. Quite frankly – I was bored.
I’ve been told that everything picks up in the second half – and the retelling aspect and the secrets would appeal to me. But.. I just can’t get to that point.
Undertow was one of my most anticipated Spring releases this year – I mean hello, sea creatures coming on land and just camping out in Cooney Island? H-YES! After reviews were popping up and a lot of MEHS were going around, I got really, really nervous. But I pushed out the MEH and drove right in.
And I REALLY liked it!
My favorite parts? Well, I loved how descriptive and gruesome the Alpha’s were. It was like all of Davy Jones’ crew jumped ship and came ashore! I also loved how one of the major key points in the plot was brought to our attention EARLY and not dragged out throughout the whole book. I have seen his done so many times, it was refreshing to know (even though I would have figured it out) early on. I also love close-knit family. Maybe I am getting sappy in my old age.
The romance aspect was kind of.. eh. I liked both Lyric and Fathom; together and individually, but I did wish it wasn’t so romance heavy towards the end. That is my only issue with the book, though!
Action packed, often hilarious and gruesome and I loved it! I cannot WAIT to read The Raging Sea.
After I accepted the second book in the Thrones and Bone series, Nightborn, I immediately went to he library to buddy read it with my oldest. Ironic enough, Frostborn was a book I have previous checked out for him that he never got around to reading.
I am not a huge middle grade reader – but it’s one category that I have been wanting to get into for a while now. Fantasy probably wasn’t the best of genres to start with though, to be honest.
Frostborn had a really slow start. The story didn’t really progress until about 40%, with the introduction to the characters and world building. This is not necessarily a bad thing – but it took a lot of patience on my part to get past this.
We have an array of characters; the main two being Karn, a boy next to take over his family farm and Thianna, a half-human/half-giant. Once these two are introduced, the story really picks up its pace and doesn’t let up from there. These two make a great team – with Thianna’s stubborn and tough personality and Karn’s wit. Their adventures were quite entertaining and love how everything pieced together in the end.
Overall – Frostborn was a great start to a series. Minor pacing issues aside in the beginning, it’s entertaining with an interesting world with Norse history and lore, fans of fantasy books will get a kick out of this one!
Tell me Your Thoughts
- Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?
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