Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Van Alen Legacy- Melissa de la Cruz

Why can't I quit this series?!  There's all these characters I don't like, and I've never heard of the fashion designers mentioned, and--and I absolutely love it!
So maybe in the first book there was a bunch of snotty high school stuff going on, like Mimi hating on everyone and talking about her clothes too much. So the first book had way too much designer name dropping.  And there was some in the second book as well. But the third book you could tell was heading in a different direction.
And the series has moved WAY beyond all that.  For instance, in The Van Alen Legacy , most of it takes place OUTSIDE of high school.  There's serious issues going on that do not involve which designers Mimi likes best.  In fact, Mimi goes off on a mission with a bunch of other people and has to wear regulation clothing and even destroys a pair of stiletto boots that probably cost more than I make in a year.
Schuyler, on the other hand, is on the run because she's convinced she's going to be convicted of some heinous crime she didn't commit, so she's hopping around the world with Oliver Hazard-Perry (otherwise known as Red Blood of the Awesome Last Name) and running into Blue Bloods and Silver Bloods every once in a while (even Jack! OMG!) and seems to be developing epileptic fits (except it's not epilepsy; it's some blood thing because she's a half blood and all). And there is of course a major threat from the Silver Bloods, and mysteries abound!
What's cool is that you don't know who is good and evil, and some people are both, and some people are posessed, and some people's souls live inside other people's bodies and like to come visit them every once in a while, and there's this whole thing with Lucifer and Caligula and Leviathan and hidden cities, so there's way more suspense than there was in the first book.
I think this series is progressing quite well.  Sometimes, Mimi is even almost likeable.  Almost.
Very much looking forward to Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, Book 5).

And if you need to start the series, here's book one:

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