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Silver in the Blood

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  4,287 ratings  ·  894 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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When I first started this book I really liked it, then it was dragging & I needed to know, & then I found out...... I LOVED IT!



As you know by reading about the book, it is the 1890's and Dacia and Lou who are cousins living in New York, are shipped off to meet their relatives in Romania. (I want to go there so bad) They are Romanian through their moms bloodlines.

Both girls ha
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, fantasy
Review first posted on

In 1897, seventeen year old Louisa (Lou) and Dacia, cousins, close friends and high society debutantes, are excitedly traveling from New York City to Bucharest, Romania for an extended stay with their Florescu family relatives, on their mothers’ sides. Dacia is traveling with her mother’s sister, Aunt Kate, while Lou is traveling along a separate route to Romania with both of her parents.

Bucharest about 1900.

But their eagerly anticipated trip sta
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

SILVER IN THE BLOOD could have been a lot of things. It could have been yet another spin on wolves in service (enslaved) to vampires. It could have been nothing more than two silly girls running amok in Eastern Europe. It could have been a bland Victorian tale about society misses having their sensibilities shocked by some generic Family Secret.

I was half expecting it to be one of those things or something else equally mediocre.

Which is why SILVER IN THE BLOOD is
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the book that I went to Romania to research. I love this book. I'm so excited for this book to finally be out there, in the world. Also, I love the cover of this book. Isn't it gorgeous? Love this book! Just had to say that!

February 2015: Just finished reading the galleys. This book is awesome.
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Silver in the Blood was sadly not all I wanted it to be. It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s very creative and fun but it is also a little slow and needed a little work in the character department.

It takes almost a third of the book for us to finally see all the fun action and I don’t think there was enough of all the good stuff happening to make up for the initial slowness. To be fair, I didn’t mind the slow bits too much. I was never b
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If I met Jessica Day George in person, there is a 99% chance that I would freak out; the odds are also high that I would start either crying or incoherently trying to talk about how much I love her books. Perhaps both. She’s one of my favorite authors, so saying that I didn’t like Silver in the Blood really pains me. I was so sure this was going to be my favorite book from her, because it sounds so BEAUTIFUL.

Let me make it cle
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
DNF at about 75%

Immature, underdeveloped, boring, predictable - it is all the words that came to my mind while reading this book. Usually, I would start to list all the bad things this book has and analyze why I didn't enjoy it. But in this case, there's no need to analyze. Silver in the Blood wasn't particularly bad - it just middle grade book. That's it, if you are under 16, you will like this book. It has this childish aftertaste and as a grown person I did not find anything interesting for m

Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Book One of the Silver in the Blood series
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 lin
Have you ever loved something so much that every time you tried to formulate an acceptable description of it, all that came out was incoherent babbling, punctuated by half-sobs and words like "amazing," "beautiful," "perfectly realized and imagined," "argle blargle blergh"? My love of supernatural stories and anything mentioning that infamous Romanian/Transylvanian figure of history and fiction blend perfectly with my love of the Georgette Heyer and Marion Chesney worlds of Regency romances, and ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't actually finish this book. I got to page 257, and when the prince threatened to RAPE both girls, decided that I'd had enough. It's a long stretch before anything happens, with lots of ominous foreshadowing and stilted dialogue. There were elements that I thought may be good, I was entertained by the characters, and honestly wouldn't have minded finishing the book, if it hadn't been for the completely unnecessary rape threat.

"If she refuses, I will simply force myself on her, and ruin
The Captain
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! This author came to me attention with her book the princess of the midnight ball which is a twelve dancing princesses retelling. No, I haven't read it yet. I was looking for something light to read as me last several books have been rather heavy. The dancing princesses book wasn't available but this one was. It had also been on me list as it had a cool cover.
So I scooped it up and had a gander. The book ended up being a silly okayish read that did give me some enjoyment.

Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was an interesting book. It definitely dragged a bit in the beginning, but the second half made up for it.

I loved Dacia and Lou. On the surface, they're quite opposite, but they both are devoted to each other and their family and expect truthfulness from everyone. There are a couple of boys that were pretty adorable and fit right in with the girls.

The chapters alternate with letters or telegrams and I thought that was a unique way of progressing the story. I did wish that the shifting par
Mar 29, 2018 added it
the wing, the claw, or the smoke?

this is one those books where it takes you a while to get into, but you keep going because you’re curious and the writing ain’t half bad. then 50% into the book it starts to get charming and interesting.

also I knew what the big twist was (sort of) so I don’t know why drag the mystery. I mean it was perfectly clear. that frustrated me.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars but rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.

So I liked this book a lot. I noticed some issues here and there, but not enough for my interest in the next book in the series to wane. I think that the world building could have been a bit improved and the flow between Dacia and Lou's chapters to be a lot smoother. I would also like a prologue book or something just so you can get more of the history between the two families in this book. I hate being told th
Frannie Pan
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2015, arcs

Settled in 1897, Silver in the blood tells the story of Dacia and Lou, two cousins that after a scandal in London are sent back to Romania to meet their extended family and find proper suitors. Their mothers moved to New York in their youth and they hadn't had any contacts with the rest of their peculiar lineage since then; but the time has come and Dacia and Lou have to fulfill a prophecy and enter a world of shape shifters, different rules and many mysteries.

Saying that I'm astonished doesn't
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction, clean, 2015
Full review to come...
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury!

So, growing up changes you. Obviously you’re not the same person you are five years ago, especially from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes they are these books that you grow up with, and you love from the start to end, no matter how tiring or cliche it gets. Then there are the books that you grow out of, where it’s great when you’re reading them, but five years later it just gets tiring and you can’t
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

***DNF Review***

This book has been on my to read list for ages - probably since I started my book blog back in 2015. The thing is, I never got around to reading it because I've seen so many negative reviews about it, so I kind of just kept pushing it to the back and forgetting about it. When I saw that it was going to be a book of the month from Bloomsbury in their YA newsletter, I finally decided that I was go
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc


Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George has one of the prettiest covers to ever grace a book. As shallow as this may sound, it's exactly what drew me to the book. Besides the gorgeous cover, I was also lusting for this story because of its historical Romanian setting. While Silver in the Blood started off a bit slowly, it ended up being an entertaining story that I read in one sitting.

The book is told in the point of views of two NYC cousins, Dacia and Lou, whose family are from Romania.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

SILVER IN THE BLOOD was a book I was very much looking forward to reading. The beautiful cover and author alone (I loved DRAGON SLIPPERS) was enough to intrigue me, and I didn't even bother reading the description. So going in a bit blind, I was very happy when SILVER IN THE BLOOD lived up to my expectations.

It's hard for me to encapsulate exactly what I liked so much about SILVER IN THE BLOOD. The two main characters, cousins Dacia and Louisa, or Lou,
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So much potential, but this was really dreadful. The first half of the book was unbearable: nothing happened. Dresses, travel, a few oddities, stupid imagined romances. The second of the book was okay. Two female cousins (Dacia and Lou) finally meet in Little Paris (i.e., Bucharest, Romania) in the late 1800s, where their weird family (the Florescus) and evil grandmother have big plans involving destiny and politics. A great setting with enormous potential squandered. The characters were immatur ...more
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Well, as you can tell by my rating, this wasn't really my kind of book.

For starters, it took roughly 170 pages before Dacia and Lou discover their power and the story to even really start. I can't really tell you what filled those 170 pages except uneventful travels, thinly veiled hints, and the musings of two extremely un-curious society girls. Oh, and lovesick boys kept popping out of the woodwork. After they did find out they were shape shifters, Dacia and Lou swit
Bought this book mostly because it's a paranormal set in 19th century Romania. Our protagonists are New York socialites who are on a trip to get to know their mothers side of the family. I got really excited since I heard that the author has visited Transylvania before writing the novel.


But here is the biggest problem: I did not like the writing. It's repetitive, goes into too much detail and feels forced. The book starts out slow, but even in the climax the author failed to maintain an ounce
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really, really liked this! It started out slow, wish it would have got to the shifting part a bit earlier. But I loved the back half! I'd love to see a book 2 there's so much left to tell! ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this story about historical family duels between the Draculas (vampires) and The Florescus (shapeshifters). Only the women daughters have the shapeshifter blood - as two young women are going to find out when they return to their homeland in Romania. I would have given 4.5 stars if I could have. I really loved the storytelling, and the narrative description of the countryside in Romania was breathtaking. Great Story!
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. A bit disappointed in this, hoped to enjoy it much more. Had some decent parts in it, where it was quite entertaining but they where short and far between.
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Claw, The Wing & The Smoke...

The beginning of this book started out pretty iffy for me. The main characters, cousins Dacia & Lou, came across as superficial, flighty and immature and the majority of the dialogue focused on what they were wearing, what boys they liked and what shops they were going to visit while on vacation.

I listened to the audio and the narrator's voice, although it reflected the flighty characters personalities perfectly, it was also rather annoying. About midway through
Tiffany (About to Read)
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I thought I was going to enjoy Silver in the Blood, but I ended up really, really liking it. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was engaging, fast-paced, and exciting. I decided to pick this one up because I flew through Princess of the Midnight Ball  and wanted to try out something else by the author.

I was expecting Silver in the Blood to be a lot like The Luxe by Anna Godberson, b
I haven’t read a good werewolf book in a while (sorry Maggie Stiefvater, I love you tons but Shiver was not my thing...), but now I have! I’m not sure I’ve read anything set in Romania or with Romanian folklore, so that was really cool and I loved it. Dacia and Lou were just the best cousin-friends and became total BAs when *~things~* began to happen. Such a fun read!
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF about halfway through. Werewolves and other creepy beasties just aren't my thing. ...more
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