Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz



Bloody Valentine (A Blue Bloods Novel) by Melissa de la Cruz
160 Pages
Hyperion
December 28, 2010
Source: Bought Format: Hardcover


Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. InBloody Valentine bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps - the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.



    Enhanced by the cover and already grabbed by the Blue Bloods series, of course I had to have this book. I don't know if I was the only one, but I had a misconception on what this book is.Reading the description, I thought that the book was not necessarily a spin-off, but that the plot was different from the rest of the series. I knew that I wouldn't find answers to all the questions that (see review HERE) left me with, but I wasn't quite expecting what I got. So, if any of you are as confused as I was, here's the deal with this novel: it is comprised of three short stories. One is told from Oliver's point of view, one from Allegra's (as a teen), and the last from Schuyler.

Oliver 

    Suffering from the effects of "the sacred kiss", Oliver cannot get Schuyler off his mind. He especially can't seem to fathom how he practically gave her away to Jack a few months ago. Utterly consumed by his desire for the only thing he can't have, Oliver attempts to mask his emotions with whisky from The Holiday bar. On the night as he decides to do something risky and life-altering, Freya, the bar tender, is there to help him. As their relationship progresses, Oliver sees that Freya has some secrets of her own.

Allegra

    Waking up in a hospital gown with a throbbing headache and only a vague recollection of what happened is never fun. But waking up next to Bendix Chase, the most popular red blood boy in school? Could be worse. This blast from the past is the story of Allegra and Bendix and ultimately, how Schuyler came to be.

Schuyler

    After escaping the confines of the Countess in Misguided Angel, Schuyler thought she was free to be with Jack (for the time being anyway). But oh was she wrong. Caught again in a horrible decision, she must choose between being honest with her true love Jack and killing Oliver, or lying and risking Jack's life to save Oliver's. Schuyler's story is fast paced, heart-warming and heart-breaking, and overall I enjoyed these stories, they are a nice addition to the series. It gives the reader a chance to learn a little more about the characters and understand more of what is going on in the main series. So simply rating how much I liked the stories, I would give them a "Liked It" rating. However, the stories were extremely short which would be fine if they were clearly labeled "short stories", but they weren't. Paying $14.99 for hardly any pages is a bit ridiculous. My rating definitely reflects a bit of my disappointment. With that being said, if you can find a good deal on the book (amazon is selling it for $8.99) or borrow it from the library (or a friend), read it. It was a fun addition to the series, I just felt a bit ripped-off.




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