Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: 5.5 (Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Misguided Angels)
Published: December 28th 2010 by Hyperion
Description: The Blue Bloods have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shape-shift, and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even those immortal vampires, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, part of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, author Melissa de la Cruz offers three tantalizing stories that delve deep into the love lives of the all-powerful vamps (and their Red Blood friends) from New York's Upper East Side. Might a witchy new girl help cure Oliver's broken heart? How did Allegra fall in love with a human? Will Schuyler and Jack finally be bonded?
I Give This ...
I don't normally do short stories. It depends on the story I guess. I this case, I'm actually glad I read it. I think it bridged a few gaps that I was missing in how things came to be the way they are.
I loved all three stories. I was curious as to what would happen to Oliver. I think the pain of being bonded to Schuyler was almost to much for him to bare. It's event in some of the things he tries to do to be rid of her in his soul and his blood. I was happy that the witch was able to cure him of the bonding, but sad when she left. I felt that Oliver might have grow attached to her to quickly as a replacement.
I think the story of Allegra and Ben is my favorite. She was willing to go against time and tradition by not renewing her bond. She tried to not let that happen for the better of everybody involved. But, she found she loved Ben to much and he loved her. In the end the realized that it was better to be together no matter what the cost than live without each other.
Jack impressed me a lot in the last short story. It's taken a long time for him to prove to me that he really does love Schuyler. For some reason, I was never as sure of him. I admire the great lengths he went to for all their friends to be there on their bonding day. He made it special and meaningful despite all the dangers they were facing.
I do think reading this short book made certain events in the next major installment make a little more sense. I also think it filled in some back story that I really wanted to know (like Ben and Allegra).