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Peek Inside The Black Lily

As the leader of the underground resistance against the vampire monarchy, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him

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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 plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball. And kill him.

Dagger in hand, Arabelle is caught off guard by the immediate spark she shares with Prince Marius. It doesn’t help that he’s listening to her and seems so kind and understanding.

Arabelle is sworn to kill Marius at all costs, but what if Prince Charming is more than he appears to be? But the big question? Now that he knows the truth can she do what she must to save her people?

Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 The Black Lily
Book #2 The Red Lily
Book #3 The White Lily
Book #4 The Emerald Lily


5 stars “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…I was entranced from the first page until the very final page.” ~Carol, Goodreads

4 stars “Cinderella meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets revolution in this fresh take on familiar tropes. Cross debuts her new paranormal fairy tale series with a brave and clever heroine, a Grimm Brothers-esque mysterious forest — and vampires. The world that Cross builds is layered, and we get tantalizing hints about what the forest might reveal in future books, including a killer plot twist.” ~RT Book Reviews

5 stars “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! [...] If you’re a fan of a warrior princess who wears adventure like a cloak, Juliette Cross is your author in shining armor!” ~KT Book Reviews

5 stars “I DEVOURED this in one day. [The Black Lily] is one of my favorite vampire romances now. I want to go and binge everything this author has written now, even though I think this is her only vampire book. She did it all SO WELL. More vampires please!” ~Shelly, Goodreads

5 stars “Whoa boy! Cinderella's story got turned on its head in the best way possible with this one. [...] Yowza! What a freakin' ride!” ~Rhenna Morgan, author of the Eden series

5 stars “A story with sneaky, shocking twists and sentimental, heartfelt moments. Thrilling [read] full of surprises and extraordinary characters...A story not to be missed.” ~Talking Books Blog

5 stars “If you love Juliette Cross, you'll love her even more as you dive into this new series!!! [...] this is a fantastic, fresh and sexy retelling of a story we all know and adore.” ~Kyra Jacobs, author of the Checkerberry Inn series

5 stars “The story is enchanting and memorable. I was on the edge of my set and couldn’t put The Black Lily down. The characters are fascinating, alluring, and gripping. The world building is outstanding, the story is well written, riveting and awe-inspiring. We are treated to a little mystery, action, adventure, heartache, and romance. Truly, this is going to be a fantastic new series!” ~Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

5 stars “[The Black Lily by Juliette Cross is] sexy and dark, thrilling and exciting, and completely engrossing. An adventure that will have you galloping through the fields, wielding a sword, running through the woods with wolves and tasting blood with vampires. Definitely a world that is fantastical and mind blowing.” ~Sylvia, Goodreads

5 stars “The Black Lily will grab your heart and hold it with a vice grip from the very first words. It's also an utterly fascinating retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale unlike anything I've seen before. A vampire prince, a peasant girl, a ruler with a conscience, and a revolutionary.” ~Deanna’s World

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758759
Series: A Vampire Blood, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 27, 2017
Page Count: 290
Imprint: amara next
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, vampires
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Carol [Goodreads Addict] February 09, 2017

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 ...more

By Shelly Strange June 26, 2019

Re-read April 28, 2017 - New thoughts:

I saw many threads I missed that could be indicators of future books (besides Nicolai's who is next up in The Red Lily. I think I have my vision of Nicolai and he looks like this:

Perhaps Nicolai looks a bit younger as an immortal vampire, but I think Jaime Lanni ...more

By Kat May 31, 2019

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 ...more

By Claire June 05, 2017

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 t ...more

By Robin June 19, 2017

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 te ...more

By Deborah March 27, 2017


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 ...more

By Jilly August 03, 2017

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 h ...more

By Natalie September 24, 2020

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 w ...more


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 togethe ...more

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 situa ...more

By Nicola June 01, 2017

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.


By Christie«SHBBblogger» March 27, 2017

Title: The Black Lily
Series: Tales of the Black Lily #1
Author: Juliette Cross
Release date: March 27, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

“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 bas ...more

By Rhenna December 05, 2016

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 h ...more

By Carvanz June 04, 2017

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 so ...more

By Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) February 10, 2017

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 fe ...more

By Beth March 22, 2017

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, ...more

By Marta March 02, 2017

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 A ...more

By Kyra April 01, 2017

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 nai ...more

By Saint Monique December 12, 2019

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 bl ...more

By Sylvia February 10, 2017

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 o ...more

'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 concu ...more

By Colliding Worlds March 27, 2017

4,5 Sterne: Eine von Juliette Cross' größten Stärken ist es, dass sie sich für jede ihrer Welten etwas ganz Neues ausdenkt: sie nimmt Bekanntes, gibt diesem einen innovativen Dreh, den man so noch nicht gesehen hat und gestaltet damit faszinierende Geschichten. In ihrem neusten Roman The Black Lily, ...more

By Dianne March 26, 2017

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 a ...more

By Stacie December 23, 2017

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

By Sarah September 30, 2017

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 he ...more

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Juliette Cross

About the author

Juliette Cross

Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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