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    Cinderella with a Vampire Twist! Loved it!

    Another great read by Juliette Cross! Beautifully written with a fast, smooth flowing plot, plenty of twists, thrilling action and fleshed out characters, I devoured every page. Ms Cross perfectly balanced each element to create a fantastic read! Arabelle is as determined as she is beautiful, and is solely focused on creating an equal world for all with the support of the resistance, but her feelings for Prince Marius keep getting in the way. Prince Marius is used to others obeying his every word and being revered, so it is a surprise when Arabelle is not in awe of him. Where what once seemed black and white becomes shades of grey for both Arabelle and Prince Marius, I was captivated and intrigued as the story unfolded. Add an arranged married to a vampire princess and an outbreak of vampire blood lust fever, and the tale becomes thoroughly addictive. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a great romance in a fairytale retelling with a vampire twist.
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    I can´t wait to read more

    Arabella is a peasant washerwoman who is going to assassinate a member of the Vampire royal family. The law says that vampires are not to kill when they feed but many people have been killed or gone missing. It's time for the people to rebel. Prince Marius is the youngest of the royal family and he doesn't mingle much with the lower classes. He is also dissatisfied with the ways of the vampire aristocracy. A blood thirsty rebellion, a very brave heroine and an unlikely romance make this a marvellously entertaining book. The secondary characters are going to be interesting to follow into their own stories. It is the start of a series that I definitely want to read more of.
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    Fabulous take on Cinderella!

    I will not give too much of the plot in this review, as I would rather the readers discover it for themselves, and Ms. Cross does a fine job at creating a brand new world. Vampires have been around for a long time, and rule with an iron fist; humans have become fodder for aristocratic vampires, and one day, a peasant girl by the name of Arabelle had enough, and she created a resistance movement: THE BLACK LILY. Arabelle has set in motion a plan to kill Prince Marius on the night of the blood ball, and then go in hiding. But things do awry, Prince Marius is only injured, and swears he will find the human, however beguiling, who tried to kill him and make her pay. However, things get complicated as Arabelle did not expect to find her enemy so bewitching, and while Marius was taken aback by Arabelle’s bravery, and her attractiveness. Still, she must be found first… Prince Marius had not realised how little he knew of his people, and humans are rebelling in other kingdoms as well. Marius is seriously torn: he must marry Princess Vilhelmina to unite their kingdoms, they don’t even know each other, and more and more, he is attracted to Arabelle. THE BLACK LILY is a very ingenious take on Cinderella, and it is also much more. Loosely based on the classic fairytale, the author adds fascinating political undertones to this paranormal romance, as well as a welcome touch of Gothic. Juliette Cross weaves a hypnotic spell on the reader, as powerful as the attraction between Arabelle and Marius. The author has created magical characters, so well fleshed out, they seem real, even in a fantasy context. And dear readers, for once, the cover model is exactly how I pictured Marius! What a bonus! I loved the world the author created: it’s different, very well thought-out, and striking. Prince Marius is a very interesting character, and not at all how I imagined he would be; he surprised me several times. Arabelle is a true resistance fighter: she is courageous, fearless, ingenious, and determined to do what is best for her people. Besides, however taken they are with each other, they both know there is no future for them. I loved the tone of the book: while it retains the stylistic qualities of a fairytale, it is an adult paranormal fairytale, and very well done. The writing is luminous, and simply gorgeous, and I must commend Ms. Cross for her perfect grammar and syntax. The dialogues ring true, every character has its own voice; I love Juliette Cross’ voice! And the characters are very compelling: Deek, Arabelle’s blacksmith friend is wonderful, and Lieutenant Nikolai, a Legionnaire and protector of the vampire realm, is simply delicious, if by-the-book, and at times a bit of an enigma. And how I loved Vilhelmina! But all is not rosy in this romance: I was absolutely stunned when something dreadful happened to a central character, and there is gore and blood – obviously, for a vampire story, but in a more realistic way that is often portrayed, which felt authentic. And what a fabulous ending: I did not expect most of what happened. What delights await us in this new series! I cannot wait for the next book, because this is not over my friends! (Don’t worry, there is no cliffhanger, just a taste of all the fabulousness that we can expect in the future! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Craving the next book already

    Whoopsie! A brand new series by Juliette and she's already got me panting for the next book. Arabelle and Marius are just wow. Initially, during the first few chapters, I wondered how these two were going to get an HEA, being that they were from totally opposite ends of the spectrum but with the revelation of the villain there at the end, Juliette Cross created the perfect out for Marius. I am totally taken with Sienna and Mina as well and I can't wait till their books are out. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the Publisher via NetGalley for voluntary review consideration
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    The Black Lily (Tales of the Black Lily)

    Juliette Cross’ THE BLACK LILY is a clever retelling of the classic Cinderella. Arabelle (The Black Lily) leads a rebellion against the vampire monarchy. She sets out to assassinate the vampire prince, Marius, at the ball held at the Glass Tower. Her attempt fails, and Marius is determined to find the mysterious woman that was unsuccessful in killing him. This fairytale PNR is suitable for adult audiences. THE BLACK LILY was a creative and entertaining read. I enjoyed the plot. I like how the Cinderella and Red Riding Hood fairytales were worked into the story. I also appreciate that there was a lot more to the story then just the basics from the fairy tale. Arabelle is a strong heroine. She is brave and determined to fight for the lower class. I like Marius. Unlike his family, he is noble and wants what is best for the people. He is ignorant about what is really happening, but willing to investigate to discover the truth. The two have great chemistry, and I enjoyed their dialog. Juliette Cross does a fantastic job with all the details to the story. The characters are well developed. The plot is skillfully executed. There were interesting twists and turn of events. Even though the novel is 300-pages, it felt like a fast read. THE BLACK LILY had a great ending. I would love to see this story turned into a movie. I look forward to the second book in the Tales of the Black Lily, THE RED LILY, expected to be published on June 19, 2017. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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