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The Black Lily

(Vampire Blood #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  837 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Every day, the threat the Varis family poses to the humans they rule over grows stronger. Every minute that Arabelle spends doing chores for vain, entitled aristocrats, her resolve to overthrow the vampire monarchy increases. She is the leader of the underground resistance, The Black Lily. And she’s waited long enough.

Now is the perfect time to ignite the rebellion. The pl
ebook, 300 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Entangled Publishing: Select Otherworld
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
ten stars:

The Black Lily is book one in the brand new series Tales of the Black Lily by Juliette Cross. I have long been a fan of Juliette’s books. Pretty much since the first book. But this book…I’m trying to find the right words. It’s amazing, fantastic, stupendous…well, I’ll stop there and just try to tell you about it.

“A balance of equality among classes does not mean all people are equal in terms of property and wealth. Rather, it is the opportunity to gain wealth and a strong livelihood that sepa
Kat Valentine
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enchanting read from the amazingly talented Juliette Cross!!! I loved the Cinderella spin on this tale!! Sexy vampires and fairytales are two of my favorite things. Prince marius is sexy and so sinfully hot and his pursuit and seduction of arabelle is all that consumes him and he won't stop til he has this beauty in his bed with his body and fangs sunk deep inside her. Arabelle is the head of the black lily resistance group who wants to over throw the ruling vampire family, just because ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - "I'll see you at dusk..." Stars!

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I think it says a lot about the quality of a book, when at around the halfway through point, you jump on Amazon and buy four more books that the author has written.

That was me whilst reading The Black Lily. Juliette Cross, is an author I have heard great things about but this was my first experience of immersing myself in her vivid and visu
Robin (Bridge Four)
I love Fairytale retellings and this is one of the most different retellings of Cinderella I’ve read in a really long time. While I do tend to read a lot of stories that end up having vampires in them since I also enjoy UF they aren’t something I go out of my way to look for. The vampires in this telling were definitely cool and sometimes brutally hot.

One of the best parts of this retelling is that Cinderella isn’t just some doormat that lets the people around her walk all over her. Nope she is
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

The first time I came across this book I took one look at the cover (which to me screamed Mills & Boon bodice ripper) and skipped straight past it but then I noticed a friend had enjoyed it and then another and so I decided that despite the cover I was going to give this a try and I'm so glad I did.
This is the first book I've read by this author but it certainly won't be the last. It turned out to be a fabulous historical paranormal romance with a touch of Cinderella.
I liked all the characte
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, retellings
Look at that horrifying cover!! Ugh! Don't judge the book by it.

It's actually very well-written.

If you read this book, you are getting Cinderella with vampires. Vampirella. Oh, that would be so awesome if that was her name! But, alas, she isn't the vampire, the prince is. She's just trying to kill him. I like her.

Including stabbing yo grabby ass!

There is a definite mixture of light and dark in this book because it has the fairy tale feel, but with plenty of blood and sex throughout. So, sometime
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I love retellings and when I saw that THE BLACK LILY was based off of Cinderella, I jumped at the chance to read it... and quickly realized it wasn't what I expected.

There was a prince. There was a peasant girl. There was even a ball. And that's where the similarities end. First of all, the prince was a vampire and it got real when Arabelle went to stab Prince Marius in the heart. Of course she missed. However, they both threw doubt on everything they had ever known. That near-fatal blow was the
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

Once upon a time...

...there was a beautiful girl. She grew up as an orphan because a vampire had killed her mother. As bodies of people being sucked dry keep piling up Arabella and her clandestine group of resistance fighters and friends stick their heads together and come up with a plan to combat the ruling vampires' oppression. Cut the problem by the head.
Or root.

The root in this case is the reigning vampire royals, amidst them Prince Marius. At
Em Lost In Books
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

First of all that cover is cringeworthy . Ugh.

This was a very different story for whatever I have read in this genre about Vampire. Pheasants' rebellion led by an orphan girl, Arabella (yes, that is our heroine Black Lily). She formed this rebellion because she thought that ruling Vampire clan is killing pheasents and poor for sating their blood thirst.

So she plans to kill the prince of vampires where she fails but managed to win Marious's (prince) heart. Poor Marious was totally un
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: Sh3lly (

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If you know me, you know I love vampire romances and I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect darkly erotic read. THE BLACK LILY caught my eye because it's written by one of my Goodreads friends, Juliette Cross, and also because it's a loose retelling of the Cinderella fairytale told with vampires. Throw enemies to lovers into the mix and the fact that the heroine is the leader of a revolutionary movement determined to assassinate the
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
I intensely love this book! Kick-ass AND adorable!?!? I don't know how Juliette Cross pulled that off, but let me tell ya... SHE DID! I have only read one other book that turns childhood fairytales into an adult read, and in all honesty, I didn’t like it. There was something about adding adult situations into a “Disney” type atmosphere that didn’t sit well with me.

The Black Lily is nothing in comparison to that previous read. It’s a darker, grittier tale with just enough of a nod to the tales o
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

It's been a while since I've read a paranormal romance and this was a fantastic one to get back in the game with. I've never read Juliette Cross before but I can say without a shadow of a doubt, having polished off The Black Lily and enjoying it hugely, she has herself a new reader.

“There was no world where the two of them could be true lovers. She did not belong in the Glass Tower. And he did not belong in her world of the Black Lily.”

I love it when we're given a kick-ass heroine
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
A bloody retelling of Cinderella.

Well minority here again. ✋🏼
Hides in shame. 😞

I liked the heroine and because of her I'm giving it 3 stars, She was a strong sassy woman. But too bad I can't say the same about the hero.

"Well, I do so love to be original. No sense in being part of the crowd”

A hero with a harem plus a fiancé. He's destined to marry the last vampire princess. The fiancé is not a problem since she doesn't want marry him just like he doesn't want to marry her either.
After he and the h

Title: The Black Lily
Series: Tales of the Black Lily #1
Author: Juliette Cross
Release date: March 27, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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“I don’t want any other woman. Only you. More than blood, more than breath, more than life itself.”

I'm going to start out by saying that this book is worth the read just based on its originality alone. I can honestly say that I've never read another Vampire historical with a twist on the Cinderella fairytale. Just the fact that the author w
Rhenna Morgan
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoa boy! Cinderella's story got turned on its head in the best way possible with this one. I'd been on the hunt for a good vampire story for a while, so when I had a chance to grab an Advance Release Copy from Juliette, I jumped all over it. Yowza! What a freakin' ride!

First, let's talk about the heroine, Arabelle. She's a badass. Fearless and courageous in championing her fellow humans. Then there's Marius--the vampire prince Arabelle originally set out to kill. How can you NOT love an alpha h
Some of my Goodreads friends reviewed this book and declared it wonderful. I bought it as soon as it became available but was unable to start reading it. As things go it got pushed down the list and I actually forgot about. Gasp! I know! When I saw a review of the next book that is being released soon, I determined to pull this one out. Wow, I’m a knucklehead because I should have never delayed in reading this one.

It was so different and unique. Maybe not to everyone, but to me anyway. With a h
There is nothing I love more than a strong female heroine that is smart, witty and can kick butt with the best of them. Cross provides that and so much more with Arabelle, The Black Lily.

Arabelle is a human servant, living under the oppressive rule of the vampires. After years of blood lust attacks, killing hundreds of humans, Arabelle creates The Black Lily persona to help garner support from the peasant human populace. All indications say the ruling vampires are backing the savagery plaguing t
Marta Cox
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Do you love fairy tales? Are you a hopeless romantic and proud of it? Then I'm betting you loved Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and many more! Well this new to me author puts a different slant with vampires into the famous Cinderella story. Not only that but our supposedly downtrodden heroine Arabella might do menial work for three nasty women but there's a fire to her and backbone too plus Arabella hides a huge secret! She's the leader of the resistance , the woman who is determined to sto ...more
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Do you love fairytales? Well, The Black Lily puts a new spin on an old classic. Cinderella got turned on its head in the best way possible. The author has done a sublime job recreating on an old classic and adding her own unique spin.

Arabella is a tough woman, who has not had an easy life. She’s fearless and courageous. Instead of giving in, she has planned and vowed to change the status quo. Then there's Marius, our vampire prince and alpha hero who goes on the hunt for the woman who tried to
Lakshmi C
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Arrows

The Vampire prince is the target.

Revolution? assassin? undercover spy?

Cinderella retelling??!!! I thot I saw Cinderella!!


I can imagine Anthony Hopkins narrating the story - She went to the ball in a gorgeous gown, with a beguiling smile, muder on her mind, nefarious motives in her heart...

Why kill the Prince? Why isn't the King her target?

Arabelle is quite judgemental...not sure if I like it.

Marius - He was protective, observant, civilzed & rational. Add sweet, patient and romantic.

Kyra Jacobs
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love Juliette Cross, you'll love her even more as you dive into this new series!!!

I had the extreme privilege of reading an early copy of this book and sooo look forward to more! Glass slippers are traded for golden daggers, and princes to vampires, turning this classic fairy tale into a nail-biting book one of the Black Lily’s revolution. (And as someone who’s also had the chance to read an early copy of book 2, you’re definitely going to want to stick around and see how Arabelle and he
Saint Monique
4 'Cinderella assassin style' stars


“You are mistaken, Your Highness. I came to the ball specifically to meet you.” As did every other woman in the room. Except they came to fall into his bed. She came to put him in the ground.

I really liked this combination of Cinderella retelling and bloodthirsty vampires with the assassination attempt thrown in the middle. And fairytalish style went very well with the pnr elements.

Both Arabelle and Marius were great characters. Arabelle was a perfe
Stacey is Sassy
Not a fan of the cover but the story was OK.

***3.5 Stars***

It's hard to fall for a hero when I can see him (on the cover) and he doesn't do it for me. The long flowy hair, weird eyes and his need to show off his manly chest does not make my heart go pitter patter. Then, when I meet him and get to know him, I find out that he's betrothed AND uses a blood concubine, I was not jumping for joy. But, not everything is as it seems. Our manly chested hero isn't happy and a cut to the heart changes ever
Before I begin my review, I would love to thank the wonderfully talented author, Juliette Cross and Entangled Publishing for receiving an ARC of The Black Lily, in exchange for my honest. I was absolutely thrilled and elated at the chance to read this and let me tell you, it is a retelling like no other.

When I think about the story of Cinderella, the first thing that comes to mind is how dainty and so innocent she is. But when you dive into reading The Black Lily, that is the furthest from the
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Black Lily' by Juliette Cross is book One in the "Tales of the Black Lily" series. This is the story of Arabelle and Marius. Arabelle is the leader of the "Black Lily" and has set out to kill Marius who is a Vampire Prince. Arabelle is out to kill Marius because so many of the human blood concubine are being killed and Arabelle wants this to stop. Marius is turning 100 years old and his family has set in motion for him to marry a Nobel Women that they have chosen for him. In addition he has ...more
She is the driving force behind the human rebellion against the oppressive rule of the vampires. She is THE BLACK LILY. Her people depend on her to save them from the blood lust and butchery the vampire royalty had seemingly allowed. In a daring move, Arabelle was willing to sacrifice her own life at a celebration for the crown prince’s 100th birthday when she assassinated him. What Arabelle hadn’t planned on was that Marius’ kiss would be felt by her very soul, even as she buried her dagger dee ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
4++ Stars! I really liked this a lot! Two good MCs, good side characters, lots of good fighting action, descent plot, ultimate evil, some hot sex scenes; I'm definitely going to continue with the series. A good mishmash of some of my favorite fairytales. Vampire style! Happy reading! ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I left it a long time between reading this one and finally getting around to writing my review so I'm going to keep it fairly short and sweet but I loved The Black Lily. This is a Cinderella retelling with a twist, Arabelle isn't a simpering idiot who is desperately waiting for the prince to save her, in fact she's the leader of the rebellion and the only reason she's attending the ball is because she intends to kill the vampire prince. Arabelle is sick of the vampires abusing their powers and g ...more
A Tantalizing Paranormal Romance

Arabelle and Marius are the ultimate couple in this original, fast-paced novel. Together they recreate the worlds they are bound to, challenging the boundaries,defeating their enemies and fears. As a pair, this h and H are captivating and heroic. The love scenes are hot without being graphic, and the author explores and connects Arie and Marius' feelings as they develope. I recommend this novel for its excellent plot, character development and world-building.
4 stars

I am so glad I gave this book a shot! It was a pleasantly surprisingly enjoyable read. I was worried that the H's harem would be a huge issue for me and that I would never be able to get past that. Thankfully, and shockingly, that was not the case. This book had plenty of action, some mystery and a H and h that I loved. The H went from being blinded by his upbringing, heritage, traditions and culture to becoming a man/vampire of valor and honor. He was book boyfriend material. The h was s
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