Tuesday, April 13, 2010

READING : The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

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.

The 4th book in the Blue Bloods series, takes place a year after Revelations.And just like Revelations, it doesn't disappoint.
Action and emotion packed, The Van Alen Legacy is a book with an immensely dense plot, which will have you hooked from the very beginning.I know that the multiple-perspectives narration may not appeal to many readers, but I personally love it!You have a chance to learn the "real" story through everyone's eyes, and not from one person's subjective opinion.It's like 3 books written in one, and although it sounds terribly confusing, I find it strangely relaxing.Also, a lot of things change in this book.You'll see people breaking up, you'll see people getting back together, people finding new love,people coming back to life and people losing the most important thing in their lives...
VAL is, in my opinion, the most crucial installment, storywise, so far.So, if you haven't read any of the previous Blue Bloods books, don't even try VAL, because you will be completely lost.Having read all the previous Blue Bloods books though, doesn't stop you from being lost anyways,at certain points!The story is so perplexed and with so many tiny details you have to remember,especially historical facts,which seem important and may be referenced in the next books, that in the end you have to write some things down and take notes, in case you forget when you're reading the next one.I know I did!It'd be great if there was a companion or a guide of some sorts, which readers can consult when they're feeling lost.
All in all,BB series may have had a rocky start,but that's no longer the case.VAL proved that,as it's the best of the bunch so far.


4/5




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