Saturday, 11 September 2010

Book Review: Keys to the Repository - Melissa de la Cruz


Won't you come inside?
Lavish Parties. Passionate meetings in the night. Bone-chilling murders. Exams. The day-to-day life of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Bloods friends (and enemies) is never boring.
But there's oh-so-much more to know about the beautiful and powerful Blue Bloods. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, lies a wealth of revealing short stories, journal entries, and never-before-seen letter about the vampire elite dating back through time.
- From the back of the book.

Keys to the Repository is a companion book to the popular Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. It contains short stories, character profiles, and has never before seen information about the Blue Bloods series. Only it doesn't.

At the beginning, it gives you an overview of the whole series of Blue Bloods books. There is nothing in this that we don't already know from the books themselves, although, if you have forgotten anything, it was quite a good reminder.

Then, it goes into character profiles. These bored me, and I ended up skimming them. They just tell you a little about the characters and their stories, again, nothing we didn't already know though. There were tiny snippets of information that wasn't in the books, but these were insignificant, and will probably get forgotten.
Then, there was the short stories. Dylan's story, Shelter Island was good. It is set in between Blue Bloods and Masquerade, and although it is not told by Dylan, it does give a little insight into what happened to him. The other short stories, however, weren't exactly short stories, more like deleted or extended scenes, that could have been taken straight from the books, or slotted right in.

Bliss's story though, was an excerpt from de la Cruz's new book she's writing about wolves, so that's not really a short story, though I did enjoy it, and will be buying the book, Wolf Pact, when it comes out.
While Keys to the Repository will please any hard-core Blue Bloods fans, I do think it's more of a borrow from a friend or library book, or buy in an offer. It's short and full of things I already knew, and I found myself skimming through a lot of it. I was hoping for more exclusive information, and I didn't get it. I was quite disappointed by this book, but while it wasn't great, it did leave me hungry for the next book, Misguided Angel.

Note: It is FULL of spoilers. Do not read if you haven't read all the Blue Bloods books, and don't want to be spoiled.



I give it 4 Feet!

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