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Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods Book


Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods Book

The title of Melissa de la Cruz's latest release brings to mind
scarlet-colored decorations and gory images of a dim-witted slasher
entering the scene just when things are heating up. I'm
speaking of a corny slasher movie produced two decades ago that was
based on Valentine's Day killings, which coincidentally shares the
same name as the sixth installment of the Blue Bloods
series. As a kid, the film scared me silly, though I'm probably the
only one now who remembers it. I'm happy to report that this
book bears no resemblance whatsoever to the B-movie.

The saga of Blue Bloods tells the centuries-old tale of
the many generations of vampire-angels who have been damned
following their resolution to protect unknowing humans from
Lucifer's persistent scheming. Based in fantasy and heavy in New
York elite culture, this is essentially a romantic work that has
become increasingly dramatic as the series has progressed. I would
think de la Cruz's many fans would agree that the love triangle has
been the main driving force for her books. They will be happy to
learn, however, that she has finally come to a solid conclusion on
that front. Though the tangled love affairs have been delightful
and even tantalizing, the love triangle has gone on quite long
enough. But how can any resolution be achieved with hope left for a
happy ending? Has the bestselling author written herself into a
corner? I think not. You'll just have to go buy a copy of
BLOODY VALENTINE and find out.

For those who aren't yet familiar with the series, Schuyler Van
Alen has fallen in love with two men: the handsome and fearless
dark angel Jack Force and her devoted human counterpart and best
friend (aka blood donor), Oliver Hazard-Perry. Against his better
judgment and despite his physical longing arising from their blood
pact, Oliver had been selfless enough to push Schuyler far away
from him, enough that she could feel entitled and enabled to choose
for herself. The only question remains: Will Schuyler's sudden
empowerment lead to a permanent choice? There has been little
doubt that both adore her equally and that Schuyler would return
the love of either man.

A new character, Freya Beauchamp, is introduced here. She's a
young bartender who's clearly neither a Blue Blood nor exactly
human. Thoughtful, beautiful, selfless and infinitely available,
Freya seems destined to be someone's girl. But whether she'll be a
permanent addition remains to be seen. Her story ends with a
footnote that hints at a new series titled Witches of East End
to be released in summer 2011).

BLOODY VALENTINE is a true novella in that it doesn't follow a
linear format and is much shorter than any past installments,
except KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY. It is not a companion book, and I
would emphasize it as non-optional to skip. It gives essential
background to the intergenerational story behind the Van Alens and
the legacies of angels defying Lucifer, and (importantly) is the
most romantic addition thus far. All the many readers who have been
dying to see what Schuyler is up to by now will miss a great deal
if they pass this one up. 

I have come to appreciate the wonderment and mystery surrounding
the peculiar creatures who call themselves Blue Bloods, along with
the varied and odd creatures of the Underworld and de la Cruz's
creations. The very idea of multifaceted divisions of protectorates
and guardians persisting throughout eons is (while not wholly
original) enticing enough to draw readers in and keep their


Reviewed by Melanie Smith on October 18, 2011

Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods Book
by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423134494
  • ISBN-13: 9781423134497