Hi Readers,

It. Has. Been. A. While. And that being said… let us proceed. šŸ™‚

I bring you a two-in-one post today and let me tell you, I only stopped reading for an hour, and right after that hour, it was back to the books. Although this time, these books are not necessarily required reading, haha. A warning to all, this post may contain spoilers.

Misguided Angel

“The Silver Bloods were in cahoots with… humans? She felt sick. It didn’t make sense.
Nothing did.” (153)

Misguided AngelĀ starts off, for the most part, where we left Schuyler and Jack–in Europe, off the Italian coast. Quite honestly, this particular book was not as good as its predecessors. It was great, but there was something missing from it that was quite present in the first four. I can’t peg it down though. Through much of the action, it felt like Melissa de la Cruz was distracted.

In any case, Misguided Angel is divided up into sections and the chapters within said sections: 1) Schuyler Van AlenĀ and the Gate of Promise; 2) Mimi Force, Regent of theĀ Coven; 3)Ā Deming Chen, Mercy-Killer; 4) Forks in the Road.Ā  The fourth section is split between Schuyler, Mimi, and Deming. (Deming Chen is a Venator from China who is brought over when Mimi becomes certain she won’t be able to find the Blue Blood murderer on her own).

It was so nice to see Mimi as a decent being to Oliver. They have a ton in common even if neither want to admit it. Granted, she is still hellishly angry with Jack–to some extent, she has every right to be… but it’s not like she wasn’t messing around too. She has gained a conscience, the quantity of human familiars she has had… well, it outnumbers almost every other Blue Blood, that’s for sure. However, if there is one theme in this novel that is heavily mentioned as regards to Mimi, it is her grief in losing Kingsley… and I can’t blame her for that.

Deming Chen is a new face. And she brings with her a new… well, new for us… breed of vampire. SheĀ is a starbornĀ twin. Quoted from pg. 201, “It was a rare thing in the vampire world, to have a truebornĀ sibling. StarbornĀ twins were two halves of the same person, made from the same empyrean star that split and produced two spirits instead of one and were identical in every aspect… StarbornĀ vampires usually lived out their cycles alone” because they don’t have a bondmate. Anyway, Deming is a VenatorĀ who, like Kingsley, is very good with her craft and will take whatever measures necessary to get results. And boy does she get results. This indirectly involves Deming… but Melissa de la Cruz is bringing in the Nephilim, the result of an angel and a human. My guess is that she will draw more of that particular story thread into the next book.

Misguided AngelĀ kept me reading for a littleĀ less thanĀ four and a half hours. I liked it, but not as much as the previous four. BooklistĀ gives a star and says, “‘De la Cruz introduces a conception of vampires far different from traditional stake-fleeing demons, coupling sly humor with the gauzier trappings of being fanged and fabulous.'” I’d say keep an eye out for Lost in Time, the sixth novel in the Blue Bloods series. I give Misguided Angel a 2.5/3 out of 5. It brings a bit more explanation to the overall story, but I feel it was at more of stand still in regard to plot development.

Keys to the Repository

“The following documents you are about to read contain top secret and classified information concerning the history of the Blue Bloods” (7)

True to this quote, the book gives loads of background information. Keys to the Repository is a companion book to the Blue Bloods series and was great to read. It took me about three andĀ a half hours to finish and Blue Bloods 1-5 areĀ clearerĀ than ever. Keys to the RepositoryĀ outlines the Family Records for the Van Alen, Force, Llewellyn, and Off-Coven families. Also explains the VenatorĀ Records, and the Fallen Brethren: House of the Morningstar. This book deals with many other parts of the Blue Bloods series, but I can’t give EVERYTHING away… now can I? šŸ˜‰

However… there was one part dealing with Dylan Ward… it broke my heart. He’s such a great character–reminds me of some of my friends from school–dark clothing and brooding, but a complete sweetie. I was so sad when he was killed–not cool de la Cruz, not cool.

Long story short, I can’t say much about this particular book because the point of reading it is to better understand the worlds of our beloved Blue Bloods. šŸ™‚ This is the first companion book I’ve ever read, so, I’m giving Keys to the Repository a 5 out of 5. I respect Melissa de la Cruz so much–being able to create a world that detailed is amazing. šŸ™‚

Until next time my dear readers.

ā¤ Nolaleigh

P.S. Another Blue Bloods companion book just came in at the library. I’m so excited! šŸ™‚

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