Bloody Valentine Wednesday, Jun 8 2011 

Instead, his love had been absorbed and dispersed into his spirit (Pg. 34)

Hi Readers,

This post is probably going to be fairly short. I’ve a bit going on right now, but I promise a better book review soon. Without further ado…

I bring you another companion book to the Blue Bloods series. Bloody Valentine tells the healing story of Oliver Hazard-Perry, the forbidden love story of Allegra Van Alen, and the bonding of Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force.

I gotta be honest, I was more excited for the bonding than anything. AND it went above and beyond expectations! The entire Blue Bloods series is becoming a problem. New novels and series are branching from the original series which does not help me finish my lists. Oh well, they are amazing, so it is completely worth it! Haha.

I’m giving Bloody Valentine a 5 out of 5. This companion book answered some questions and filled in blanks that I’m sure will be slightly left out in the sixth Blue Bloods novel which I am very excited for! My one issue that isn’t really an issue: You have to carefully read Allegra’s story and be willing to read between the lines…

Fans came for the romance but stayed for the  slow-build family family and murder mysteries.
–Entertainment Weekly

Until next time…

❤ Nolaleigh

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Misguided Angel & Keys to the Repository Saturday, May 21 2011 

Hi Readers,

It. Has. Been. A. While. And that being said… let us proceed. 🙂

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 Angel 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 Alen and the Gate of Promise; 2) Mimi Force, Regent of the Coven; 3) Deming Chen, Mercy-Killer; 4) Forks in the Road.  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. She is a starborn twin. Quoted from pg. 201, “It was a rare thing in the vampire world, to have a trueborn sibling. Starborn 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… Starborn vampires usually lived out their cycles alone” because they don’t have a bondmate. Anyway, Deming is a Venator 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 Angel kept me reading for a little less than four and a half hours. I liked it, but not as much as the previous four. Booklist 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 and a half hours to finish and Blue Bloods 1-5 are clearer than ever. Keys to the Repository outlines the Family Records for the Van Alen, Force, Llewellyn, and Off-Coven families. Also explains the Venator 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? 😉

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. 🙂 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. 🙂

Until next time my dear readers.

❤ Nolaleigh

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

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).