24 November 2010

Review of Misguided Angel

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
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Description: After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.
Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.
As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart. 
Review: Whenever I read the Blue Bloods series, I'm always pretty confused. I usually completely forgot what happened in the previous book, and I'm trying to piece to get what happened. Since The Van Alen Legacy was my favorite book so far, I remembered. But if you asked me what happened in the book before, I'll have no idea.

Misguided Angel is broken into three parts : Schuyler Van Alen's story, Mimi Force's story, and Deming Chen's story. I actually prefered it this way. Melissa usually writes each persons story in rotating chapters. But this time, about 5-8 chapters were devoted to each character. This way, it's not skipping back and forth between 3-4 characters at a time.

First off was Schuyler's story. She ran away to Florence, Italy, with the love of her life, although he may have been Bonded to someone else. (Bonded, for those of you who have not read the series, means soul mate, and once you're bonded, all your thoughts and emotions are consumed by the one you're bonded with.) Schuyler is trying to find the four Gates that a Silver Blood, or bad vampire, can enter the world in. (It's very complicated. Read Keys to the Repository, it's a tie-in that explains everything.) Schuyler's story is more action and trying to save the world than the other's stories. She gets bombed by Venators (Vampire secret agents), has to swim across an ocean to find her long lost love, and then finally has to find a missing girl in a cave. It's hard for her.

In NYC, we have Mimi Force. She was the more the evil-spoiled girl in the beginning of the series, but now I have a special place in my heart for her. She's my favorite character, to be honest. The relationship between her and Kingsley is so adorable. I really enjoy when two evil characters hook up. The trouble that ensues is hilarious. In the last book, the Boy-Who-May-Not-Be-Mentioned, or Highlighted, kinda fell in limbo? I actually wasn't too sure what happened, but I think he died, and now Mimi is depressed about him. Now she's the Regent of the Coven, (President of the NY vampires) and she has to deal with vampire murders, two twins geniuses, and her absent father. Well, technically the vampires don't have fathers, but still. 

Also in NYC we have Deming Chen, who is a vampire spy who, from what I understand, is Bonded to her twin sister, so she really can't fall in love. She's here to go undercover at Mimi and Schuyler's school to help out in the murder case. She figures it out, and her goal after her chapter is done is to find Nephilim, which was a vampire/ dead person mix. Melissa should really update that info book...

To conclude this rant, this book was alright. I don't think it measured up to the other ones in the series, ahemThe Van Alen Legacyahem, but it was a nice tie for alll the loose ends in the series. And there are a lot. I used to enjoy books with loose ends that needed sequels or triquels to answer, but not it's just plain confusing. Or maybe it's just this book. 

"The team disbanded, and Mimi lingered at the table, drumming her fingers. She felt a rush of the old excitement running through her veins. She was suddenly not paralyzed by hatred, or stifled by an incoate frustration; she was fulled with purpose. She was going to find whoever did this and crush them under the point of her spiked heels. And she would enjoy it. No one threatened the vampires. No one. "
- pg 109 Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

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