The Van Alen Legacy Friday, Aug 20 2010 

“When you had lived for thousands of years, going through your memories was like trying to find a contact lens in a pile of glass” (51).

Warning: Spoilers ahead. I’m not going to lie–I screamed when this came in at the library. And my friends, it did not disappoint. I–for the FIRST TIME EVER–wanted to be caught making my suprise face. Crazy probably–damn near scared Amanda. 🙂 So much happened in this novel, it  is definitely more jam packed than the first three: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, and Revelations. I did not put it down except to go to sleep–it only took me a day to finish 368 pages of speechlessness.

I was not sure what to think about each chapter belonging to the three central female characters: Schuyler, Bliss, and Mimi. However, prior to this post I would have spit at the character named Mimi–evil. This novel changed all of that. I can’t tell you why–just that you may or may not, depending on your tolerance level, have more patience with her during Misguided Angel.

And then there’s Jack Force. Dude! Why, why, why! I spent the first part of his appearance banging my head against a wall because Schuyler had already made a choice–it was not okay. So frustrating. I will not be shy about this though–I’ve secretly been rooting for Jack and Schuyler since he made his first appearance in Blue Bloods. All I’m going to say is this: If my love life ever becomes three-people complicated, Houston, we will have a problem. I need to find someone who has read this book so I can gush over it with them–I know, I know–how teen-like. I don’t care. :) Shout out to my friend, Kala: Girl, hurry and read these books!!!

Onto my homegirl, Schuyler. I’m so happy she has been able to learn the use of her powers in the year she and Oliver have been on the run. I feel bad for her though–Jack and Oliver. Same story, different day. I think it is just a matter of of getting to the events that will FORCE her to make a final decision… or maybe someone can make one for her. How do you say complicated: We have a Mimi, Jack, Schuyler triangle. Then we have a Oliver, Schuyler, Jack triangle. Oh goodness!!

I just can’t get over the use of biblical references and historical events. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love almost anything history–European history–America is too young. But to mix Bible stories with historical events–Oh my God–match made in Heaven. Props to you, de la Cruz–you are amazing.

On another note, this novel holds true to the quotes at the very beginning of the novel:

The murdered do haunt their murderers.
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems, got to open my eyes to everything….
– Evanescence, “Bring Me to Life”

In that, I was quite content to find out that two characters have made a return. Granted, one of them did not make a permanent return–RIP Dylan. I am glad those Silver Bloods can do no more harm to you. And I will not say the other character’s name–you will definitely have to read this novel to discover that information.

There has been a great deal of character development. It has been so touching to see characters make choices they would not have had to make a year ago. De la Cruz has written her characters well. I am really, truly excited for Misguided Angel–the fifth and possibly final book in the series. Loose ends are being tied up and one day, I will re-read the Blue Bloods series; pulling my own loose ends of the novel together. For more information on the books and any spin-offs, click here. The Van Alen Legacy gets a 4 out of 5. Superb writing.

“Thank you for loving me enough to let me go” (365).

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Fifteen Books Thursday, Aug 19 2010 

For my fifteenth entry, I’d like to suggest fifteen books that I have read and loved. They might be from way back in grade school to recently read. I’d suggest them as gifts depending on age and preferences of the receiver.

1. The Dear America Series by Various Authors.
There is something so very personal about reading a diary. Add that to historical fiction, and I am pulled in. I have a couple of favorites and began reading this series when I was in 4th grade and continue to read them every now and then. With a beautiful hard cover and satin ribbon for a page marker, it makes a perfect Christmas Gift.

2. The Royal Diaries by Various Authors.
This series is a spin-off of The Dear America series. I would say this is more of a birthday gift. I discovered this series in 5th grade when I discovered my first book about Elizabeth I of England–of Tudor fame. 🙂

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
I do not care how old you are, almost everyone I have met has read this series and connected with one or more of the characters. If you ask my roommate, Amanda, what she thinks, you will get a long rant about the crappiness of the 7th book. Feel free to click here to view her blog. Apart from that, this series is wonderful and have been with me through some of the hardest times in my life.

4. Night by Elie Wiesel.
This is probably one of the most phenomenal stories I have ever read. I read it in my sophomore year of high school and could not put it down. I have read it multiple times since then, and everytime, I love it more.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
It is Jane Austen! Probably one of my all-time favorite love stories. I read it in 7th grade and loved it!

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Ah! The story of lovers who have a severe problem with giving each other whiplash. I read this particular novel in 8th grade and found that the characters could easily be diagnosed with some form of mood disorder or another. Great for picking apart character development.

7. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
My mama gave this book to me. I was a bit unsure about reading it because… well, I don’t rightly know why I was… just was. In any case, Albom’s writing style really pulls you in and allows you to do what few books do today–think.

8. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
Same with this novel. I really enjoy reading Albom’s stories. Fantastic author.

9. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory.
Love the book, like the movie. Books will almost always be better than the movie. Gregory really gives her characters room to grow and evolve. Very impressive.

10. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende.
I truly loved reading this novel! So amazing. Check out my blog entry for Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea here.

11. Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz.
If you have not already guessed, I love vampire books. Melissa de la Cruz is refreshing because she brings all these new ideas about vampires to the forefront.

12. Skin Deep by Lois Ruby.
I was in 8th grade when I read this book. The story of a girl who is love with a boy who becomes a skin head. Dramatic story, and the topic was handled well. Especially it being a book for younger readers.

13. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
 One of the most amazing love stories–EVER! Granted, it is kind of like Thornbirds and being able to be with someone who is promised to God. Anyway, was very apprehensive going into it and came out loving it.

14. Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Just started this series and already I love it to death. No pun intended. Hamilton’s writing and content is probably for older teens rather than Twilighters… but no matter… Still really, really good.

15. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs.
Well… you can ask one of my friend’s from school, completely addicting. You put one down and want to pick up the next one. Love, love, loove the main character and her main man. 🙂 Another book with vampires and werewolves. 🙂 🙂

Do you have any books that you would suggest?