Van Alen Legacy, The (Blue Bloods #4)

Van Alen Legacy, The (Blue Bloods #4)
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12+
Release Date
October 06, 2009
ISBN
1423102266
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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 the fourth installment of the best-selling Blue Bloods series.

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Typically, when a new series comes out ... I tend to wait for more than one book to come out. This was an exception. I heard so many good things about it, I had to get the first as soon as it came out -- and I've been patiently waiting for each book after to be published. The Van Alen Legacy has proven to be definitely worth the wait.

Sometimes, when people mix different paranormal creatures - this case being fallen angels and vampires - I cringe. It was the opposite with these books, I actually love the mythology that de la Cruz created in her Blue Bloods world. It's absolutely delightful!

The secrets of Schuyler Van Alen and the other Blue Bloods of Manhattan are slowly but surely being revealed, as well as how Jack truly feels about Schuyler. I must say, Jack Force was starting to become a lost cause for me. I don't know why, I just didn't think he'd prove to be nothing other than what Mimi described him as. In the latest installment, he proves me wrong. If he was a real person, I'd humbly apologize to him.

The story is divided between three alternate points of view: Schuyler, Mimi Force, and Bliss Llewedlyn. Honestly, I know some people think that alternating the POV can get confusing ... but, I don't think Melissa could have told the story any other way because there's so much going on in the story, and it's not all happening in the same place. Plus, it adds to the drama to be able to read what Mimi's fighting with her new love interest, and how it feels for Bliss to be possessed.

New relationships are formed and destroyed, old relationships are rekindled and/or broken, bonds are being tested, angels are breaking codes, the world is going to Hell in a hand basket and it seems as though Schuyler and her family are the only ones that know how to keep that from happening.

The Van Alen Legacy ended on a very happy and promising resolution, and I hope that the happiness continues into the next. I'm extremely eager to find out what happens in the next installment!
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Second Fav of the Whole Series!
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I just do not understand why some of these reviews are negative about this series, but especially about the book! Are people just writing reviews to get points? I don't get it I loved the Van Alen Legacy! The relationships blooming and breaking, the growth in characters especially Mimi Force, the chaos of everything that's going on, how could you not be addicted to this series?!
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Once again, I went back to just brushing over paragraphs entirely because not much was happening. I feel like this whole series could have been done in less that four books, but the author thinks otherwise. I don't think I will be reading any more books in this series, unless they come on sale, which is why I read the other ones!
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The Van Alen Legacy: a compulsive read, but not my cup of tea
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Reader reviewed by Kelsey

I wasn't impressed with this series to begin with, and The Van Alen Legacy
hasn't changed my mind. They're still good enough to keep reading,
though. It's sort of like sitting at a doctor's office and seeing a
whole bunch of celeb gossip magazines. You can't help but pick it up and
devour it, even though there's not much substance to the stories. And
once you finish one, you have to read the next.

So, while I'm not
praising Cruz for her storytelling abilities, I will commend her for
hooking me in. I was confused sometimes while reading, and part of that
was because I read Revelations
last April and I had to familiarize myself with what was going on. For
example, I totally didn't remember that Bliss was possessed by her
father, I thought Bliss and Schuyler already knew they were sisters, and
I don't remember anything that happened at Rio de Janiero.

Also, it seems like this series will never end. I just wish Cruz would wrap it up already.

I won't be reading Keys to the Repository,
because honestly I'm not that interested in it. It doesn't have much to
do with the series' story. It's just a bunch of the Blue Bloods'
history, which I don't care about unless it has to with the storyline.
But Misguided Angel, Blue Bloods #5 comes out in 27 days, so...yay!
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