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Author: George, Jessica Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Year Published: July 26 2015
ISBN: 978-1619634312
Grades: 9 to 12, Grades 7 to 9

Silver in the Blood

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The Smoke, the Wing and the Claw. One is a colony, another a pack of shapeshifters and the third have the mysterious and rare shapeshifting ability to dissipate into smoke. These are the abilities that the Florescue family has carried for generations, and two young girls are about to find out just what cost comes with their newly discovered powers…

Fans of “Cecilia and the Chocolate Pot” will certainly enjoy this young adult take on regency romance and mystery with a good dose of Draculan supernatural elements thrown in. Dacia and Lou are best friends, the type that comes from both being cousins and complete opposites. Lou is the shy New York miss, most comfortable with her father and Dacia, and perfectly willing to follow Dacia’s lead. Dacia, on the other hand, has two suitors and one Grand Misunderstanding already under her belt and is raring for more adventure. When both girls meet up in Romania, in order to been inducted into their maternal family, they discover the supernatural shapeshifting nature running in their blood and a duty that ties them to the remaining Draculan descendants. Told from two different third-person perspectives and with a smattering of letters, this is neither a heavy-handed imposition of bats and werewolves on regency times nor the sex filled, angst driven stories we’ve come to expect from the genre. Instead, Jessica Day George has created an impressive Victorian mystery and adventure which just happens to deal with Dracula, werewolves, and shapeshifters.



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