Friday, October 9, 2009

Review: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
Pub. Date: October 06, 2009
384pp
Age Range: Young Adult

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 Van Alen Legacy takes place a year after Revelations where Schuyler Van Allen and Oliver Hazard-Perry are on the run from the Conclave. A lot of things have changed within the year like Schuyler’s and Ollie’s relationship. Their friendship has grown into something more and I love how Ollie’s been there for Schuyler through the thick of it and he’s sacrificed so much for her and with that, he’s growing on me. It’s not all glamour for Mimi Force either, she’s joined the likes of Kingsley Martin (the Silver Blood who once tried to bring about her demise in Revelations) to uncover the truth behind the murders of the North America Conclave and the events surrounding the disappearance of Watcher, Jordan Llewellyn. We all got a shocker from Revelations that involved the one and only Miss Bliss Llewellyn and I enjoyed reading more about how deep the rabbit hole is with her and her Visitor.

Things take on interesting twists and turns in The Van Alen Legacy and I was so thrilled with the outcomes. I enjoyed reading from Schuyler’s, Mimi’s and Bliss’s viewpoints. But, I would have loved to read from Jack’s or Ollie’s viewpoint, but I guess that would have taken the mystery out of things. Melissa did a great job keeping me in suspense. I love reading about Schuyler’s growth and her abilities in this book and how she’s so much different now from the timid and unconfident girl that we were introduced to in Blue Bloods. Her powers are growing and she'll need all the help she can get if what the Legacy says holds true.

The Van Alen Legacy did not disappoint and I will be highly anticipating the next installment in this series. With the way this book ended, I see a lot of great things happening in the next installment. How can I not mention the uniqueness of this series? These vampires are so different from what I’m used to reading and I love the concept behind their origins. I can’t wait to see what De La Cruz has in store for us next.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

62 comments :

  1. This makes me even more excited to read Van Alen! Can't wait to discuss with you :)

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  2. I agree. There is a definite unique aspect to this vampire series. I'm even more excited to read this book now.

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  3. This sounds like a series I need to read.

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  4. Just started this book with great anticipation!Thanks for the great review!

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  5. Superb review. I should really start this series.

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  6. Great review! I can' wait to read VAN ALEN LEGACY :D

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  7. Great review! I'm hoping to get a copy myself =) It looks interesting and lots of people have been talking about it =)

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  8. Thank you for the review i saw this and did not know too much about the book, it might be a change of pace with how different the vampires are

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  9. In all honest, for some reason this book doesn't sound appealing to me out of the series. I loved Mascarade & Revelations, but after reading the first chapter of Van Allen Legacy I was confused and unsure. But since you gave it a good rating, I'm sure it's worth the read.

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  10. Ahh! I'm so excited for this book! I love the whole series and I'm glad this one didn't disappoint. Looking forward to reading it :)

    -Staysi

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  11. Melissa de la Cruz is a visionary genius. Anything she writes is pure gold. Love her.

    I cant wait to read Van Alen Legacy. I've been waiting about, what, a year now? NEED THIS BOOK. :)

    Dani.

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  12. everyone has been raving about this booK!
    What a great review!
    I can't wait to read it!

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  13. I haven't read any of the Blue Blood series, but this review really makes it sound good. I love when book series show a characters growth and how they've changed from the first book to the next book.

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  14. You had me at "did not disappoint." lol

    Deidre

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  15. I thought the same thing about growth. I thought MImi showed quite a bit of growth. I almost found myself liking her in some parts, almost.

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  16. Yes, I love the way that the Blue Bloods have become a part of history. This is probably my favorite vampire series because it is so differnet.
    Thanks for the review! I cannot wait to hear more about what's going on with Bliss and Schuyler. Revelations left us all at such a suspenseful part!

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  17. I'm dying to read this one! This is a very good series and the cliff-hanger at the end of Revelations made my eyes as big as frisbees. Awesome review, too!

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  18. I've always loved Oliver's character! I can't wait to see how The Van Alan Legacy turns out. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

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  19. I'm more of a reader of adult paranormal romance, but I'm trying to get more into YA fiction. I know my sister really enjoys this series, I might have to check this out!

    Thanks!
    Morning Glow

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  20. This looks like an excellent series. Thanks for the review. It's going on my wish list now!

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  21. Nice reivew. I am dying to read this fourth book.

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  22. I think I'm going to like this series.

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  23. The review was wonderful! It really made me want to read the book!!

    I enjoyed the author interview. She is a new to me author, and I love learning about new authors.

    I am a follower.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  24. Please!!! Please!! I loved this series so much!!

    Comented on interview +1
    I followed you on twitter! +1
    I follow your blog +2

    vane_v20@hotmail.com

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  25. I can not wait to start this series and reading your review makes me even more excited!!!! Great Review =)

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  26. Sounds awesome! can't wait to get my hands on a copy ^^

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  27. Very detailed review, which is good for this series because there is sooo much going on in each book!

    Hate Mimi... gosh she annoys me so much. I want one of the books to Mimi-less! :)

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  28. I agree with you so much, I can't wait for the next installment!

    Christy

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  29. This series sounds great! I need to start reading them.

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  30. I'm always looking for new series to read! tWarner419@aol.com

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  31. OMZ, I cannot wait to read The Van Allen Legacy. Great review. :)

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. I saw a big pile of The Van Legacy book in my bookstore I love the cover Melisa Said that their was a wedding I guess I'M going to have to read to find out !!!!!!

    Denise

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  33. I thought this one was great and gave a lot of answers. It was also interesting to see a different side to Mimi.

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  34. Nice review. Concise without giving too much away.
    Margay

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  35. great review!
    i really can't wait to read this :)

    -Briana
    randomlybree@att.net

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  36. I've yet to read these books, but every time I read a new review it makes me want to more and more! They sound like a really great series! And I love the covers!

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  37. I have not read this series yet, but I am really looking forward to reading it. It sounds like a great series. Great review!

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  38. The review was great. I can not wait to read the books


    thanks

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  39. I just read Blue Bloods and i can't wait to plow through the rest of the series! I love the cover for this one too!

    Christina

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  40. Vamps are always of the good in my book and these sound really neat. I'll have to see about giving this series a try really soon!

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  41. I haven't read this series yet but this review has convinced me that I need to.

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  42. Totally agree with Ekta above me. Now I want to know everyyyy single thing about this series :D

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  43. Great review. I cant wait to read this one!!

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  44. I haven't read this series....why?

    Because it's not available on the Kindle!

    Sometimes I just refuse to purchase print copies and this happens to be a series I decided I just wasn't buying.

    Therefore, I'm excited for the chance to win the series on your blog!

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  45. Another great review! I heard about your site from my friend and fellow book lover, Jess Kennedy. I know have two sites to turn to for good, honest book reviews!

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  46. great
    nati_1825@hotmail.com

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  47. Nice review!
    hechicera_terra@hotmail.com

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  48. I actually would have loved to see more of Jack and Schuyler together. Your right though it did not dissapoint.

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  49. gosh, i really need to get started on this series. been hearing such good things abt it.

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  50. So awsome! Its been two hours since I've read it and I'm still freaking out! Im seriously jumping up and down.

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  51. Thanks for an excellent review! I've been so anxious to read this series and now I definitely have to get started!

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  52. Eeek, so jealous you've read it! I can't wait to read this book. So excited.

    -Brittany

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  53. Can't wait to read this book! Though, to tell you the truth I'm only half way through the second book. I just don't have the money, which is why I borrowed the second one from my friend, and the first from the library!! But still, I can't wait to read this!!!!

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  54. Thank you for the review - it peaked my interest in this series.

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  55. Oh, I can't wait to read this series! Loved your review!

    ~Briana

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  56. I love the Blue Bloods series and can't wait to get a chance to read The Van Alen Legacy! I'm glad it's good!

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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  57. I love this series so far. I especially like that the vampires don't fit the usual stereotype. If you like the uniqueness of this series, then you will probably enjoy reading The Vampire Academy series and The House of Night series. For those that want a racier, more mature novel, check out books by Sherrilynn Kenyon. Books like these make me want to be a writer and glad that I'm a reader.

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