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, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate... or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.
With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives. @goodreads
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 have diaries and write in them throughout the book, or are writing letters to different people throughout the book. I liked this little added quirk. Both girls are also traveling separate from each other. Dacia with her Aunt Kate and Lou with both her mother and father. The girls have little run ins with men along the way or upon arrival. Dacia gets there before Lou and gets to meet up with a cousin they knew from childhood, Radu and he's cool. But Dacia also meets a Prince, who isn't a Prince....... Lou meets a shady dude that seems to be following her.
Anyhoo, they finally get together and Dacia tells Lou about their evil grandmother Ioana who makes them call her Lady Ioana. She's NOT grandmotherly!
It turns out the girls family are considered a very powerful family in Romania (The Florescus Family) and said family are also connected to the Dracula bloodline. They even go for a visit over at Bran Castle.
While the girls are there they find out what they think is a horrible secret about their family. I think it's cool myself, but only in the magical way, not in the way they have been using their magic for... they become something else and it is so cool! I can't wait for the next book to see how this is going to play out!
I think the author did an awesome job with these characters and what she made of them. No one is ever what they seem :-)
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