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.
An interesting premise to have a book featuring the Dracula family without having any vampires, but there’s nary one to be found in this book. There are a lot of shapeshifters though. Dacia and Lou are backed into a corner by their unscrupulous families who are willing to sacrifice the girls to gain power by aligning with the Draculas. The story is an interesting take on the vampire/werewolf mythos. The girls basically solve their own problems with minimal help. My main complaint is that while I understand the author was trying to give the girls weaknesses, the character personality swings were often so wide as to be unbelievable. Lou is a timorous girl who is driven to fits when a strange man merely calls her a “temptress”, yet within a day she’s battling it out with her evil grandmother. The book is a good adventure that would have had a higher rating if it had had a little more character consistency.
3 out of 5