The Van Alen Legacy
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion Teen
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Series: Blue Bloods #4
The Other Books: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, Misguided Angel, Lost in Time, The Gates of Paradise
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? Schuyler has made her choice. She has forsaken Jack for Oliver, choosing human over vampire. But old loves die hard...And even coldhearted Mimi seems to suffer from the ties that bind.
Young vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series.
This review was updated on May 11, 2012.
Bliss. Yes. That was it. Bliss Llewellyn. That was her name! She'd remembered! She hugged it to herself as tight as she could. Her name. Her self. As long as she could remember who she was, she was okay. She wouldn't go crazy. At least not today.
So where to begin?
Schuyler and Oliver are on the run. She is accused by the Conclave of her killing her grandfather. Wait, what? Is that correct? Yes. They don’t believe her story of what happened to Lawrence, or that her mother, who is a coma, gave her a sword. So, instead of facing the consequences, she runs. They hardly sleep or eat, because they have to be two steps ahead of the Venators. But there is someone else who is chasing her. Silver Bloods, and their new member, Leviathan, who was awaken after Dylan was slayed on Rio, and killed Lawrence. But who is there to save her? The guy, who she told that she didn’t love anymore, Jack, and Charles Force. They rescue her, but someone gets left behind. She has no choice but to go back to New York, but not with Jack, with Oliver.
Mimi Force, is doing something she probably would never dream of doing. Stepping in things icky and gross, with pony-haired boots. She has joined the Venators on their search for the Watcher, who was kidnapped by the Silver Bloods. Along with the Venators, is Kingsley, who seems to catch Mimi’s eye and sometimes make her heart race. Can she love someone besides her twin, Jack? Unfortunately, they don’t find the Watcher but know that the Silver Bloods don’t have her either. They go back to New York, where once again Mimi is planning her bonding ceremony with Jack. But someone is pulling her back.
Bliss, on the other hand, is having trouble remembering things. Like who she is, what day is, and where she is. Things like that. This is because Bliss has become somewhat like a shadow to the new person who has taken over her body. In Revelations, Bliss is discovered to be more than just a southern Texan, who blackouts on some occasions. Now she has one powerful being in her, and she is trying to fight back with the help of Dylan.
There are so many sacrifices in this book, it was heart-breaking. Someone also is awaken from her sleep, and is ready to talk to her daughters. There are a lot more deviant suspects and no one can trust anyone. The Conclave is falling, and is desperate for a leader. It looks like the Silver Bloods are winning in this book. The ending was so beautiful and sad, but there are just so many questions still.
I was happy that some character were growing in this book. Like Bliss, she was fighting desperately always, and the ending for her was hard on me. Also Mimi, who surprised me in this book, she actually came out of her shell and actually cared about other people.
The ending, I was literally heart-broken for all the characters. I am just glad the series is continued with another and I don’t have to wait to read it.