Tainted (The Blood Lily Chronicles #1)
Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life.
But in death, she'll really get to be bad...
When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise b...more
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Tainted, an urban fantasy about a heroine who fights demons, may not be the most original concept, but it certainly is entertaining. It starts off with a gripping opening and is very fast-paced and entertaining throughout.
One thing I really liked about this book were the plot twists. As Lily kills more demons, she absorbs some of their powers and becomes more demonic. Nor suprisingly, this l...more
Lily is out to protect her sister when she dies. She's resurrected into the body of a girl named Alice. Clarence tells her that she has been chosen by the big guy to help save the world. The Apocalypse is coming, and it's been prophesied that Lily will be the one t...more
Lily Carlyle died while trying to exact revenge against her teenage sister's stalker and rapist. Unfortunately for Lily, regardless of how noble her cause for retribution, her intent does not dismiss the fact that she had murder in her heart. While Lily was alive, she was a small time hustler and thief. She did whatever it took to put food on the table for her family. Luckily for Lily, shortly after her death, she was given an opportunity for redemption against her past sins.
The book is based around Lily, who believes that she has never been good person. She has done bad things in her life, but they were all to protect her youn...more
It's not every day that a book completely blindsides me. I don't always figure books out before I finish, but when Tainted came to the revelation portion near the end, I was blown away. I was expecting anything except for the direction the story actual turned. The ending did feel a little rushed and lacking finality, but it's not the end of the world because the next book in the series comes out 11/24 and the third sometime in December.
Pace: 4.5 Stars
The story grabbed me quickly and...more
Alice or should I say Lily is training to close the ninth gate of hell, she failed to protect her sister, so she is determined to succeed at this. She has a scaley mentor & succumbus trainer, a demon stalking her to reveal what she knows & no-one to talk to, because even though she just...more
Lily is in Alice Purdue's body; Alice is dead, and Lily doesn't know who killed her. Clarence, Lily's handler, tells her that she shouldn't bother to investigate what happened to Alice, as it's not important.
What is impo...more
However, with that being said, I got most of the way through the book on an airplane ride and it wasn't compelling enough for me to pick it up again later. Part of it was because I already felt like I knew the ending...but mostly it was just because I had a hard time getting into the character. She didn't really seem to have many redeeming qua...more
"Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life.
But in death, she'll really get to be bad...
When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good.
It's the job...more
For one, Julie Kenner's writing is riveting. It keeps you sucked in and turning pages. Plus, Lily Carlyle is so badass, she dies and comes back to life -- all in the first couple of pages!
This book has a lot of twist and turns, too. You only think you know what's go...more
At first, I was reminded of a couple of other urban fantasy series. The wrong-body plotline and the theme of sisterly love reminded me a bit o...more
Julie Kenner is the author of many award winning books and he most famous series is about a demon hunting soccer mom. In her new series, The Blood Lily Chronicles, she takes a more serious ton...more
However, this is eas...more
Lily Carlyle is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her younger sister, Rose, is raped by a man named Lucas Johnson. When Johnson is released on a technicality and begins to stalk Rose, Lily takes matters into her own hands and kills Johnson. Unfortunately, Lily is also killed during the attack.
Lily wakes up in the body of Alice Purdue, a bar mai...more
Her characters are not believable and their reactions are nonsensical. Her settings are stale and flat. Her romance is all "forbidden heat" and no actual romance.
Luckily for Ms....more
Do you think the difference between good and evil is as simple as black and white? Well think again. Lily finds out that she can be good by being bad as an assassin for God. After Lily kills her sister’s attacker in cold-blood, she is given a second chance to redeem herself and wakes up in Alice Purdue’s body. Working for the light as a demon assassin, her job is to prevent the ninth gate to Hell from being opened by demons. But Lily’s new life has her wondering if she’s strong enough to the kee...more
Tainted is the first book of the Blood Lily Chronicles, which is a trilogy. Basically the book starts as Lily Carlyse dies and then she comes back in a different body and finds out she the key to saving the world. (I have a theory about that that and I'd like to see if it pans out.) In any case, she left behind a younger sister that she had...more
It's not that it was actually a bad book. I guess it is okay for someone who wants a simple plot with simple characters a not so original idea.
It just wasn't interesting enough. My expectations were high and as soon as I started the book I saw it wasn't going to be exactly my cup of tea. Still, I kept going on hoping to see something interesting. Past the half mark there was no longer anything new to add to the plot and I w...more