Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: 5th in Blue Bloods
Published: Available now from Hyperion
Description: After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods. Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again. As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.
I Give This ...
I sadly found myself slightly indifferent to this book. I was expecting something more fast paced considering the events of the last book.
I was surprised at the lack of Schuyler and Jack, which was probably a good thing, because I was bored with what was there. For being on the run, they seemed to be nonchalant about the whole thing. And when did they get all lovey-dovey? They seemed out of character.
I was surprised that the coven choose Mimi to lead them. But, maybe she's just what they need. When her part of the story finally picked up, I was surprised I actually enjoyed it. She's got a side of her that comes out at the oddest times and make me feel like she's not the villain here. She really cares about keeping the coven together. I also enjoyed the new friendship she seems to be developing with Oliver. It's not an aspect of the story I saw coming. I also really enjoyed the addition of Deming. Her story was interesting. I did miss Bliss though.
So, while it wasn't the best addition to the Blue Bloods series, we learn some new things. I will read the next one of course. Still on the fence about Bloody Valenting, and I have yet to read Keys to the Repository.