Tuesday, October 6, 2009

REVIEW: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

Summary from the website of Melissa De La Cruz
With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss’s true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry; love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Schuyler has made her choice. She has forsaken Jack for Oliver, choosing human over vampire. But old loves die hard...And even coldhearted Mimi seems to suffer from the ties that bind.

Click here to read the first chapter. 

My thoughts... In case you are new to the Blue Bloods series, this is the fourth book.  I recommend you start with book one Blue Bloods, or you will be confused.   That being said, I should have reread the last book before I read this because I found myself rereading to avoid confusion.  Melissa build an elaborate world of Angels and Demons.  She takes as classic tale of vampires and makes them into something more, something not of this world. 

I was impressed by the amount of character development that occurred in this story.  The main characters, particularly Schuyler, Bliss and Mimi are no longer kids.  They are dealing with some more difficult issues like loneliness, betrayal and death.  I was especially impressed with Mimi, she showed the most growth, in my opinion.  I was also surprised with the book setup.  As you will discover upon reading several chapters, the book rotates.  One chapter to Schuyler, one to Bliss, one to Mimi.  It alternates through the first book.  Initially, I was a bit annoyed, but once I got used to the flow, I kind of enjoyed it.  This format built quite a bit of suspense and made it harder to put the book down. 

This installment explained quite a bit, but did leave the storyline open for more books.  Although there wasn't a huge cliffhanger, I will be picking up the next book when it comes out!   I really enjoyed reading this one.

For more information about Melissa and her books, visit her website

If you liked this book, you may also like:
1,   Marked by P.C. and Kristen Cast
2.  Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
3.  City of Bones by Cassandra Claire


Debbie's World of Books said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I am only about 50 pages in. I see you have vampire academy coming up. I love, love, love that series! My favorite vampire series.

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review :)

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