Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: The Val Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publication date: October 6th, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion
Number of pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository
Description: 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.
April's review: 

The forth installment of Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series picks up a year after Revelations ends. We've learned that the Concave doesn't believe Sky's story of Leviathan's escape from his prison, and believes that Sky was the one to murder her grandfather. Realizing this, her and Oliver decides to go on the run. It seems to the reader at first that she has made her choice between Oliver and Jack. Seems that the out of sight, out of mind works for Sky's feelings for Jack. But when he is thrown back in her life, will her choice still be Oliver? Back in NYC, the stock market is crashing. Blue Bloods have lost millions of dollars in investments. The Visitor has completely taken over Bliss's body and she has lost a year of her life. And Mimi has shock us all and has joined Kingsley team of ventors, and have been traveling the world looking for The Watcher.

This is probably one of my favorite books of the series. And this is the point where I've actually started to like Mimi. I couldn't stand her before. We see more compassion in her. And she cares more about shopping and how she looks. Bliss plays an important part, especially near the end of the book. Cruz never disappoints me in keeping me on my toes and delivering an excellent story.

Rating: 4/5

Jen's review:

I'd say it was this book where a new ARC for this story started to form. With the tragic events that enfolded in the previous novel, Sky and Oliver find themselves on the run as they try to seek refuge and discover more about what her grandfather had told her about.
But after a year, they are both exhausted and time seems to be running out. There is only so much one person, or in this case, two can do until you run out of options.

After her past, which she thought she had put behind her, catches up to her in Paris, Sky suddenly realizes the truth of her own feelings, even if she denies them to herself. The thing about Sky is, when she commits to someone, that is how it will be. She won't or can't hurt someone on purpose, only of course if she feels it is in their best interests to do so, see Jack in 'Revelations'.
Mimi and Jack seem to be on two separate paths right now. While Jack is working with Charles in stopping the enemy, Mimi has joined the Venetators, and is being forced to work with Kingsley as they try to figure out who took and where Jordan, aka Sophia is, who was seemly kidnapped a year prior.

Bliss's Arc in this book is quite important, and it is one you don't see coming. I felt it was an interesting way to mix things up, as she discovers that she is on a bigger course of destiny, but for that to happen she has to make a personal sacrifice and do the one thing none of her past lives counterpart was able to fully accomplish.

This was actually the first book I really liked Mimi. Up until now she was just a jealous, petty and prissy rich girl who to me, stood in the way of Jack and Sky. LOL  I felt having her own mature storyline by herself changed her a bit, and the relationship for forms with Kingsley is what really sets her apart. It makes her more interesting and relatable than what I thought beforehand.

This book takes us on a journey of personal sacrifice from each of the characters, as they explore what they want and need, and what they should do. Discovering that part of you that says.. Hell with this... I can make up my own mind on what I want, rather being told  what to do.

Rating: 5 out  of 5

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