What hides behind the blue-blooded fangs? | Cyn’s Book Review of Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods, #5.5)


By: Cynthia A.

A review of each of the stories contained within Bloody Valentine discussing how vital this novel is to the series as well as how well the content is structured within it.

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Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Published: December 28, 2010

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Series: Blue Bloods

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

The Blue Bloods are not the typical Vampires.  Suffering for their sins of turning against God and siding with Lucifer, the Blue Bloods are the fallen angels. Stronger than humans, speed that cannot be captured, the Blue Bloods have control over aspects hum  ans wished they could control, except in the matters of the heart, making them just as human as those they feed upon.

Bloody Valentine is a Blue Bloods novella complied of three separate stories, all of which share the common theme that revolves around matters of the heart.  As each story focuses on one character, Cruz sets out to reveal the undying love, hope and lust that has followed the characters through the series.

The first story follows fan favorite character Oliver Hazard-Perry as he searches for a release from the pain he feels, the longing he feels for Schuyler, his best friend and love of his life.  It’s a torment he feels from having his blood tied to Schuyler while he was her conduit.  Readers are finally to not only see the pain Oliver goes through, but understand it as well, giving his character more life and substance; he no longer comes off as some heartbroken teenage boy.  It’s a story that is rich in detail and explains how he was able to break the bond with Freya, one of the Witches of East End.  All Oliver wants is to feel whole again, and for him the pain is so unbearable.  Nevertheless, what Cruz does is go in-depth with the emotions and the pain creating a brief story about the pain Oliver feels, why he feels it and his path to being whole again.  This was really a revitalizing story that gives Oliver a grounded personality and shows readers why he is so vital to the Blue Bloods series.

The second story, while on the one hand has a lot of history and backstory that is incredibly important in the series, it wasn’t told well.  The reason being is because it follows Allegra Van Alen, Schuyler’s mom (the archangel Gabrielle) back in 1985 where she attended Endicott Academy and where she fell in love with her human familiar Steven “Ben” Chase, Schuyler’s human father.  It was really off putting because Allegra was that stereotypical high school girl, the one with all the beauty and sweet attitude.  However, she had none of the spunk that was in Mimi who was the stereotypical bad girl through the Blue Blood Series.  On the one hand, it’s refreshing to see this character have a life and to see her as something other than “Gabrielle, The Uncorrupted”, but the way her character was written was off putting.  This is character is in a coma for more than half of the series then wakes up with all the answers and strength befitting of her angel name, but she was obnoxious and rude to those who cared about her because she couldn’t deal with the events of their past lives.  Overall, the story gives readers many answers surrounding Schuyler’s heritage and what makes her such crucial part in the war between the Silver bloods and the Blue Bloods.  Despite that, the characterization was seriously lacking.

The third and final story was fun to read.  It centers on Jack and Schuyler and tells the story of their bonding ceremony.  It really is a story about love, not just romantic but also the depth of love between friends.  It’s really just a fun story with a lot action at the same time and it really delves into how Schuyler not only care’s about Jack, but also about her friends, Bliss and Oliver, as they have to rescue one of their own and face imminent death.  This last story, while fun to read, really doesn’t add much to the background of the Blue Bloods series and seems to have been written for fans only, not that that’s a problem.  Fans will appreciate this story a lot and to new readers it will give them an insight into the world of the Blue Bloods. ★★★☆☆ (B-)

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