The Van Alen Legacy – Book Review #20

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

Title: The Van Alen Legacy
Series: Blue Bloods
Book four
Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: Hyperion
Published: 6th October, 2009

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Young Adult

Rating: ♣

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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.

Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz’s vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.


The fourth book in this series has made me a little tired. I think that happens when you realise you’re thinking about another book that is not the book you are currently reading but you wish you were reading the book you were thinking about. It feels like “Really? This is only book four? I have three more to go?” -_-

This book wasn’t as good as the others before it. That had to do with the fact it was set a year after the last book. At some points of the story you felt like it hadn’t been a year at all, only a few weeks, then at others you really felt that stretch of a year, like you missed out on so much. That was annoying. I didn’t like how it kept jumping back to past scenes, that felt like it slowed the book down a lot, even if it explained current circumstances. And in this book it felt like you never really got to be invested in the storyline because it kept jumping back and forth between point of views every chapter, it felt dis-connected because the characters weren’t in the same situation. It was three stories told in one book. I felt like I started to get into Bliss’s story or Mimi’s story and then suddenly I had to get used to another character’s story already. So I did not enjoy it as much as the other books.

The beginning was slow to start off with but the ending made up for it. It took me a few days to get into the book then I read the whole end half of the book in a night.

I actually loved Mimi in this book, she is now my favourite character. She is so strong and interesting and the most humanely developed character of this series yet. She actually grows in this book and that is so interesting to see! Schuyler is the most annoying character in my opinion. I suddenly find I can’t stand the way she pines after Jack and Ollie at the same time. We all know she only loves Ollie as a friend yet she so very gallantly tries to convince others, but mostly herself, that she is in love with Ollie when really she is in love with the forbidden Jack. But I don’t like Jack. Not after the ending of the second book, that changed my opinion very fast and I can’t forget it. Even if it ties in with the story and is true to the nature of his character. Which is a shame because I cringe every time Jack appears in the story, even if he is the ‘hero’ at that point in time. I guess it goes to say that there are two sides to every story, two sides to every person and two sides to every reason, action and decision. We see both of those sides with Jack and I can’t stand either now.

In Bliss’s chapters is when I found that time was weird, it felt like it had only been a few weeks since the last book. Which is probably the idea that De La Cruz wants us to think because that is really what Bliss feels like. Still, we’ve just come from reading a chapter on Mimi or Schuyler so we know that so much time has passed, so coming to Bliss just feels like time has gone backwards and the story starts dragging again.

The way the history of this story works just gets more interesting and complicated as the books go on. It’s intriguing but at the same time it is tedious to keep up with who everyone is, well was, or is actually? See, confusing.

Overall, it’s still interesting and still keeps you on the tips of your toes but with this one it takes a bit longer, just like the first book did.

Miss J


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