Saturday, November 19, 2011

Double Book Review: Misguided Angel and Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cruz

Today I'm reviewing two books from the Blue Bloods series.

Why You're Reading These Books:
  • You're a fan of the Blue Bloods series (definitely need to read them before you get to these ones).
  • You like a little history.
  • You like a little bit of the paranormal.
Title: Misguided Angels
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion
Publish Date: October 26, 2010
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From "After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.

Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.

As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart."

My Two Cents:

This book continues the story of Jack and Schuyler as they hide out in Italy after they fall in love.  Both of them have given up so much to be together but they feel like its meant to be. Mimi is back New York trying to bring all of the vampires together. This book is not as action packed as the previous books in the series. It almost feels as if it's just supposed to be a transition.

I liked this book but I wish that I had read it closer to when I read the other books in the series as it was hard to remember exactly where the last book left off. I think in a series, authors don't need to re-hash everything and actually I get kind of annoyed with it when the author goes back and says every single detail over again. That being said, it would have been nice to have a reminder of exactly where things left off. 

Title: Bloody Valentine
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion
Publish Date: December 28, 2010
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From "Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps - the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.

Also, witness the bonding of Jack and Schuyler."

My Two Cents:

This book was okay. I liked it but in some ways, it felt like an ad for the other projects the author has going on. Fine but was this book necessary?

The book had three stories in it. First, Oliver is still nursing a broken heart since Sky left with Jack. He ends up meeting a woman named Freya, who happens to be a character in De La Cruz's adult book, Witches of East End that came out this fall. There's literally an ad in the middle of the book for Witches of East End. Second, was the story of Allegra (Sky's mother)'s love story. The last story was about Jack and Schuyler's bonding, which had pictures as part of it (De La Cruz has a Blue Bloods graphic novel coming out as well).

I'm not a big fan of ads.

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