Saturday, 30 October 2010

Book Review: Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen is just getting used to her life as a vampire when her world is shattered. Now, forced to flee New York with the love of her life, Schuyler believes that she is choosing her own destiny. But when the love is promised to another,the fates are rarely kind; breaking vampire lore will put both their lives at risk.
Destiny will not let Schuyler go. Destiny has other ideas in mind.
As Schuyler is led to a terrifying crossroads she must make a decision that will determine not only her future but that of all vampires. - From the back of the book.

Misguided Angelis the 5th book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz (not counting Keys to the Repository). It carries on the stories of Schuyler and Jack, and Mimi and Oliver. Yes, you read that right, Mimi and Oliver.

First, I'd just like to say that the synopsis above that came from the back of my book, is not a very good summary of the book. Whether the American version is different or not, it doesn't sum up the book very well, in my opinion. The book is in four parts, the first part being about Schuyler and Jack, the second about Mimi, the third about Deming Chen (and Mimi), and the fourth summing up all the characters. So, the majority of the book is not about Schuyler, as the synopsis suggests, so if you're put off by that, then ignore it.

As I said above, Schuyler is not in the book all that much. Only for just under a third of it. I love Schuyler, and I love reading about her difficult romances with Jack and Oliver, and once I found in the end of The Van Alen Legacy that she could finally be with Jack, I was thrilled, only to find that there isn't that much about them. She is definitely my favourite character, and I was quite disappointed.

But, saying that, the rest of the book makes up for it. Mimi Force is Regent now, and she has meeting after meeting to attend to, on top of school work and social events. It's all going OK, up until she gets an email from an anonymous sender. Attached was a video of the young vampires of Manhattan, being vampires, along with a clip of one of them burning. Victoria Taylor was in the video, and now she's missing. She has to be the vampire who will burn, and Mimi has 5 days to find and save her. Can she do it?

I loved this plotline. It shows that Mimi can be a person, and is not the horrible, spoiled little brat that everyone thinks she is. She even befriends Oliver, a Red Blood, something which Mimi has never imagined would happen. Ever. She grows as person, and I even found myself liking her towards the end. She has to use the brains that she definitely has, to come up with ways to save Victoria Taylor. She's determined, and nothing will stand in her way.

Misguided Angel is rather short, and I would have liked a longer book, as I can never get enough of the Blue Bloods books. I have loved them ever since I laid eyes on Blue Bloods. I just think that the way the vampires are in this series is so unique and clever, and I can never stop reading. Misguided Angel sets up nicely for the next book, and I cannot wait. It's going to be amazing. While I don't think Misguided Angel is the best book in the series, it is certainly an awesome addition to the series, and Blue Bloods fans will love it.

I give it 5 Feet!

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