The Van Alen Legacy
by Melissa de la Cruz


Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication date: 6-Oct-2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 369
Series: Blue Bloods (#4)
Genres: Young Adult
ISBN: 9781423102267
Source: I don’t remember, but probably Borders back when the book came out.
Rating:4 stars

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. -Goodreads

When I set out to reread this series, I thought I remembered the gist of the books (at least the ones I’d read before). I was definitely wrong, I didn’t remember anything about the Van Alen Legacy. I’m sad I didn’t remember because so far this is my favorite of the first four Blue Blood novels.

In my previous review of the first three novels I brought up the cover design. The fourth installment of the series also carries the same characteristics of the prior and I love it. The relevant city scape against a light image makes a beautiful cover. The Van Alen Legacy gives us Paris against a bride symbolising the importance of Paris to the novel and the bonding of Mimi and Jack.

I don’t like giving spoilers because I want everyone to read these books. I posted a soundtrack I put together to symbolize this novel which gives a bit of insight into the relationships, the feel at the beginning of the book, and the feel at the end of the books. If you want a spoiler free feel of the book I recommend listening to that. You can access it here or just go to my homepage and scroll down one post.

An interesting aspect of this book versus the prior Blue Bloods novels, is the way it flows. In the earlier novels the perspective spontaneously through the chapters. In this novel whose point of view we are seeing through is clearly stated at the beginning of each chapter. The perspective switches between Schuyler Van Alen, Mimi Force, and Bliss Llewellyn. With this novel taking place a year after the third, Revelations, ended, the characters don’t intersection one another until the final few chapters. I keep thinking throughout the novel, would I be able to read just Schuyler’s (my favorite character’s) perspective and understand the story? Would that make it a more interesting story, only knowing one character’s thoughts?

Let me know what you think, whether you’ve read this novel or the prior ones.

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