This has been the schedule for the read-along:
July 10th: Kick-Off (My Post/Dena's)
July 17th: Mid-Point, Chapters 1-16 (My Post/Dena's)
July 24th: Wrap-Up, Chapters 17-32 (My Review/Dena's Wrap-Up/Dena's Review)
I love Lou! She's fabulous and I love how she evolves and comes into her own in this first book. Dacia also changes quite a bit too and I ended up really liking her versus just tolerating her in the beginning. It took her a while to get there, but when she does she is very fierce. I still love Lord Johnny as well. I'm a little undecided about Mr. Arkady. I'd like a better picture of him and who he is. I know he has feelings for someone specific and that they are intense, but he's still a vague character to me. I was happy with the final roles that Aunt Kate, Radu, and Lou's father all played.
Then lets just mention the villains. I hate Prince Mihai and Lady Ioana. At page 260 my thoughts about Prince Mihai were: "Oh, THE GALL!!! The man is very conceited. And spoiled. How could anyone follow him???" And then my thoughts on Lady Ioana on page 266: "And how could they blindly follow her? She's pretty much evil." So, I think hate is a pretty accurate word for them.
Thoughts about the plot.
The first half was slow and steady and the intensity just kept building and building. I liked it. By the time the end was coming you could just feel the intensity. The pace worked for me and I really like how things end.
Least favorite part, if there is one.
I really hated the way people so blindly followed others, but I would say my least favorite was with Prince Mihai and Dacia because of how she becomes timid.
Most favorite part.
The ending. I would say even more specifically when Lord Johnny says "Beautiful." Dacia finally takes charge and Lou is fantastic and... Yeah. That's my favorite part.
Any favorite lines or quotes?
There was the one line I mentioned above, but nothing else really stuck out to me.
Thoughts about the conclusion.
It was crazy, chaotic, a little scary, violent, triumphant, sad, romantic... I could go on. It wasn't a cliffhanger, but more of a segue into the next book. I felt it was the perfect ending for this book.
Any predictions for book two?
Well, I know for sure that we'll be seeing more of Lord Johnny and Mr. Arkady and the girls, of course. I'm thinking Lady Ioana will probably appear in some way as well.
It would be interesting to actually meet Dacia's mother. She wasn't involved in Romania and I'm wondering which side she'll be on. We also don't meet Dacia's father and I'm curious about him as well.
1. What will Lady Iona decide to lead the family to do next?
2. Where will Dacia and Lou go and what other things (magical or creatures) will they face?
3. Will we get to know more about Mr. Arkady?
Check out Dena's wrap-up and review as well. You can see my full review here.
If you read with us how did you do and what did you think? If you didn't, feel free to share any thoughts.
Now I'd like to welcome Author Jessica Day George to my blog to answer a few questions about Silver in the Blood...
by Jessica Day George
YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Hardcover, 358 pages
July 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
A New York Times bestselling author brings dark secrets to life in a lush new YA perfect for fans of Libba Bray or Cassandra Clare.
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.
Jessica Day George is the author of many books for young readers, including the wonderfully whimsical Tuesdays at the Castle and three books in the Dragonskin Slippers series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian and bookseller. Jessica lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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