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(The Blood Lily Chronicles #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  135 reviews
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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Ace (first published September 23rd 2009)
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Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Lily has gone to kill her fourteen year old sister’s rapist. She is able to kill Lucas Johnson with a gunshot, or so she thinks, but her act also backfires on her as she lies dying in a pool of her own blood because he stabbed her. Now she thinks she is going to hell for the crime she has committed as well as some minor misdeeds she did while was alive. But Lilly doesn’t die because as she awakens from her blackout, she finds herself tied down and about to be sacrificed by some monster. Lily is ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
3.5 Stars!

Good start to a paranormal series. It has a few things I love to see. The tough heroine who is strong and can take down evil, the dangerous hero who has a darkness to him but wants to be a good guy, and a storyline that wasn't cookie cutter.

There's not much romance in book one. I have high hopes that this part will be escalated in the next book. I see potential with this couple. They have a strong attraction that both can't resist but there were trust issues they had to overcome at fir

Okay... for this review, please bear in mind that I'm currently very hard to please. I haven't been reading much for the past 8 months or so due to a terrible (book) funk I can't seem to shed, so the fact that I was able to finish this at all should speak for itself.

It was definitely a fun read. My lovely friends and followers should know by now how much I love myself a badass heroine, especially in the Urban Fantasy genre, and Lily aka Alice was a badass alright. She sported a healthy dose of e
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
It grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the book was done. There were many twists and turns and the author wrote a compelling storyline, and had me questioning all the characters to figure out what was really going on.

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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
As with many of the urban fantasy books I've been reading lately, I was really looking forward to reading Tainted. I actually got excited when I saw this sitting on the shelf in the library, and I couldn't wait to get to it in my to-read pile. A demon fighting assassin heroine may not be original, but it sounded fun and exciting at least. Unfortunately, I was more than a little disappointed with Tainted. First, the age old wake up with powers routine. I've never been bothered when this happens i ...more
Dirty Dayna
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Revenge Killing Stars

I love J. Kenner/Julie Kenner however the pen name is given. I have actually never read any paranormal by her and I am actually quite impressed with how this turned out. Lily felt like she was channeling some “ Kate Daniels” energy ( find her in : Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews ). Lily set out one day to avenge the pain brought upon her sister and in a weird twist of fate died by the hands of the man who hurt her sister emotionally/physically. But instead of seeing the light at the end of the tun
harlequin {Stephanie}
Started to unravel after the first dozen pages. The romance occurs at mach speed with a tag along. An awkward love triangle considering she doesn't even like the second guy.

Not the most inventive story line, done to death in some aspects. I found myself enjoying the writing & the dark urban fantasy atmosphere.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Born in Darkness is the first in the Redemption Chronicle series. Lily dies trying to avenge her sister and somehow now she’s back fighting evil. I did have a hard time getting into the story at the beginning. I stuck with it and by the end, I’m needing more. Well written with an a$$ kicking heroine and forbidden romance that’ll suck you right in.

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers

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

Of all of the urban fantasy I've read, this one comes closest to Buffy. Which is not actually a bad thing. Buffy was great, with wonderful characters and emotional stories that really connected with the audience. I read once that there are really only 8 stories/themes, and every new story is just a shuffling and repackaging of of those originals. The trick is to be entertaining in the telling, and this book was. So sure, there's a young woman suddenly called to fight demons and prevent the end o ...more
Jeanette Stingley
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have tried on several occasions to jump on the Paranormal Fiction bandwagon and absorb books by recommended authors such as Kim Harrison, Anita Blake, and L.A. Banks. I honestly did try but I just couldn't find a book or author to catch my fancy. It finally happened this week with Tainted by Julie Kenner.

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
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2010
While I love Kenner's "Demon Soccer Mom" series, this one was a real stinker. It had none of the humor or snappy wit of the other series. In fact, I found myself actively rolling my eyes in annoyance of the character, her actions, her motivations, her vapidness - just all of it was cheesy and trite.

The "big shock/twist" ending was blatant from about page 4 and honestly made me cry "DUH!" out loud.

I don't know what went so wrong with this one but it was a total miss for me. I will NOT be reading
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, I read this book previously years ago when it was first published under a different name. I read so darn much and so fast, I can’t remember very much of the books I’ve read years ago, but I do remember I liked it. So, when I read the description, it didn’t seem familiar to me, but since I remember I liked it, I decided to give it a go. Wow! It was as great as I remember! The writing is terrific, the plot is unique, and I was engrossed from the minute I started it. I only ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This unfortunately felt like a loose copy of Buffy.
There were very few Vampires but still Demons and instead of a stake a knife was used.
The story itself was ok but the characters lacked emotion.
Maybe I am too old for this now.
Not for me.
Sadly, I couldn't continue after 63%.

I will admit the beginning it totally dragged me in. The imagery was well written. By 30% the story already started to drag and for me its just in total the story was moving too slow. It just wasn't for me.
Tracie R
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
The first book in The Redemption Chronicles, Born in Darkness is a great read. A kickass urban fantasy with a no-nonsense, strong heroine, a well written, action driven storyline. This is definitely one I will be looking forward to reading more of and recommending to others
Blood Rose Books
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Blood Lily Chronicles and I know that I will be picking up the second one. This book has sat on my shelf for a few months and I think I kept passing it by, for its somewhat cheesy cover. But I am glad that I picked the book up, it was a good easy read, that was action packed and even some romance in there for you.

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
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm coming in kind of late with a review here, but I just recently finished this series. Tainted is the first book in the Blood Lily Chronicles.

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
Lily is dead; she died in an attempt to kill the man that raped her half-sister, Rose. (Yes, they have flower names.) However, Lily is not gone. At the moment of her death, she's offered a chance to atone for her crimes, apparently because this final crime was motivated by love.

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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lily Carlyle has had a very hard life. Her mother died when she was on 14 years old, leaving her with a little sister to take care of and a drunken stepfather who quickly became to loss in his grief to be of any real help. Lily made a promise to her little sister Rose that she would always keep her safe and if this meant lying, cheating and stealing to the bills, then so be it. When Rose is raped and her attacker was released on a legal technicality, he begins stalking her. Lily remembers her pr ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-series, reviewed
The premise of the book may not be very original, but it was something which quickly caught my attention.

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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
When i first saw this book I was so unsure if I could get sucked into ,but that just proved me wrong because getting sucked in wasn't the problem. The problem was putting the book down.

Lily Carlyle has died protecting her sister. Now given a second chance of life. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good. It's the job Lily believes she can do, but she doesn't realize that she may not be able to get out. Lily has come choices to make which will she choose
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Plot: 4 Stars
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
By the same author, Tainted is the dark version of Carpe Demon. the wholesome socceer mom transposed into a seedy, hardened, lying, stealing woman who will and has done anything to protect her little sister and keep their household running since she was 14-years-old when their mom died and their dad retreated into alcoholism. The story begins with Lily dying as she kills the man who raped and is still terrorizing her little sister. Although Lily's life hasn't been sin-free, her motivations have ...more
Dec 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tainted was an interesting read the sucked me in and didn't let go ... well, not even at the end, since it ended in the midst of stuff. So, gotta wait until Torn to find out what happens next.

In this story, Lily kills a man terrorizing her sister, Rose, but dies in the process. She awakes to a frog-like man, Clarence, who tells her that she's been brought back b/c she's the one, the one that will close the Ninth Gate of Hell forever and save the world. She's in the body of Alice and, although Cl
Bethany C
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm sitting here a little confused as to how exactly to word this review, mostly because I can't reconcile exactly how I feel about the book as a whole. Don't get me wrong; that's not a terrible thing- I really did like it. When the book began I was completely riveted. Then it kind of turned into something I wasn't expecting, but was still very interested. I judge a book on how interested I continue to be in the story, and I was never bored, never skimmed. I realize this is really vague, but I h ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is well worth the read, it puts me in mind of Stacia Kane the 'Unholy series', Lilith Saintcrow,Faith Hunter, Natasha Rhodes & Jennifer Armintrout, who turn out gritty, exciting urban fantasies.

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 has to do on
On a quest to avenge a wrong against her sister Lily gets herself “killed”, wakes up in the body of another and has to fight demons in and close the “ninth gate” of hell in order to be redeemed, or so she is being told. Turns out that she is being used and is actually working with the forces of evil and not against them.

I liked the overall story, however the beginning was stretched and repetitive had to fight the urge not to quit reading this book. Lily berating herself for failing her sister i
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was ok

Seriously disappointing, especially when compared to the recently discovered Kate Daniels books, the first of which is Magic Bites.

Lily/Alice is arrogant, crude, glib, and uninteresting. The premise of the story is worn, and all the supporting characters read like charicatures. I do not plan on continuing with the series.
Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Girl dies avenging an attack on her sister, becomes demon hunter. Wants to sleep with every man she meets. Other stuff happens. Yawn.
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Tim

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