Author: Jessica Day George
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook • Pages: 368
Published: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
As debutantes in 1890’s New York City, cousins Dacia and Lou know little about their Romanian relations, the mysterious Florescus. Now, upon turning seventeen, the girls must journey to Romania to meet their cousins and their tyrant of a grandmother and learn the secrets of their family—secrets spoken of in whispers… known only as the Claw, the Wing, and the Smoke.
But as dangerous as those secrets might be, even more dangerous is the centuries-old bond between the Florescus and the royal Dracula family. It seems that it’s time for Dacia and Lou to give up their life in New York society and take their places among the loyal servants of the Draculas, an inheritance more treacherous than the girls could ever have imagined. Do they have the courage to break the shackles of their upbringing and set the course of their own destiny?
Excellent Historical FantasyI’m used to reading Jessica Day George’s middle grade and YA fantasy books—that have a lighter feel to them. This one is darker and more violent, and deals with vampires and werewolves. I loved the story. I thought it was a great twist to the whole vampire/werewolf tradition, and a wonderful basis for why most stories have vamps and were as enemies. Loved the ending.
The characters were interesting and believable. The plot was wonderful. I was enthralled and stayed up way too late reading this one. I do think it’s worthy of 5 stars, and recommend it to readers who like fantasy and paranormal. However, bear in mind that this is more violent than her usual books—blood, death, etc. There is a threat of rape, so this might trigger some readers. Also the characters who are shifters are naked when they shift back. No body details, but just the acknowledgment of their nakedness. Maybe younger if I felt they could handle the violence.
Which is not to say that it’s a gory murder fest because it’s not. And there is still the lighter side to the story and characters that we’ve come to love and expect from this author. I’d say it’s a Moderate rating for some crude humor, some profanity, some nudity (when they change), fade-out sensuality, and moderate violence and horror. I think it would be okay for 14+ readers (but parents know best). 5 STARS.