Monday, January 20, 2014

Review The Van Alen Legacy

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

Book 4 Blue Blood Series

Bookologist Analysis: A wedding veil on a cover surely means a true mystery.

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? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz's vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.

This book was by far the best book in the series (yes, I spelled series right). We have three main protagonists- Bliss, Mimi, and Schuyler. The girls of high society who have decided to run away to the high seas and far away.

The action in this book was minimal. Mimi had a few fight scenes because she is now a Venator on a team with two non-talkative boys and Kingsley Martin. Bliss is having inner conflict with her devil (also known as the Visitor). Schuyler is just dealing with running from her kind and her growing sickness.

Tensions in the romance department are growing. Mimi subtly ran away from Jack by joining the Venators (lead by Kingsley). Schuyler has spent a year with Oliver and has grown to love him, but still dreams of Jack. Bliss had Dylan for a while before he was killed (think dead dead this time). When thing go wrong we all like to wrong because our minds resist change.

I liked the few subtle changes. The translations for the Sacred Language (is it Latin?), French, and everything else was covered thankfully, otherwise I would have been driven crazy. This book really stretches its arms as it embraces that the entire world have Blue Bloods from the European Conclave to the traitors in South America. The tragedy of Kingsley is nice to. Finally for the first time the chapters were labeled, so it didn’t take forever to learn who the narrators were. This book was about perfecting series.

I didn't like the singularity of Bliss’s narration where it was just her and the alternate persons and dimensions in her brain. The betrayal of some people was wrong because these people were supposed to be there, now the elders are either gone or stupid. It is just the teens (counted that they do have several lives in their mind). This book had a few minor problems that will be corrected in the next installment.

The run in Paris was a scary one, but it was anticlimactic. The plots are usually predictable except at then end where everything was just a twist. I hated Bliss's identity issues. The Mimi depression was bad. The book overall was okay.

The book was enjoyable. I loved learning Then ending left you bittersweet where you know it was bound to happen, but still it didn't have to go down that way. The book was one I liked with a touch of mystery and love. 

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