Blue Bloods: the second Act

Misguided Angel (US)#5 – Misguided Angel

The fifth book of the Blue Bloods series is divided into three parts and each focuses on one vampire: Schuyler with her Van Alen legacy (and Jack), Mimi as the Regent of the crumbling New York Coven, Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai.

On their quest to find the Gate of Promise and the gatekeeper, Catherine of Siena, Sky and Jack discover a big secret that has been hidden from the vampires for centuries.

Mimi’s heart is broken, and she’s bent on getting her revenge on her twin. But she is also shouldering the title of Regent and the future of her Coven. When a teenage vampire named Victoria disappears, and a video of her tied up shows up in the internet with a warning that in seven days she will burn to death, Mimi knows something is very wrong.

Thus she enlists the help of the Chinese Venator, Deming Chen, a powerful and successful vampire. Deming disguises herself as a Duchesne student and tries to untangle the web surrounding Victoria’s abduction. Yet what she encounters on the way, she could never have imagined…

With Misguided Angel (actually started at the end of The Van Alen Legacy), the problems gets bigger – on an international scale that transcends the time. We also see glimpses of what happened in Florence in 15th century, starring Gabrielle, Michael, Venators and Silver Bloods, a story that continues in Gates of Paradise.

Misguided Angel feels a bit like the first book, Blue Bloods, because it has quite a few red herrings and is laying groundwork for the next two books and the Great Finale.

Lost in Time#6 – Lost in Time

This time the three girls we are following are Schuyler in Alexandria, Mimi in Hell and Allegra before she fell in coma.

The problem with Nephilim has gotten out of control, and many vampire Covens are seriously debating about going underground again.  Meanwhile, Sky and Jack have settled in Alexandria to find the real Gate of Promise but so far has come up with nothing but pleasant time in each other’s company. Mimi has traveled to Hell with her newly appointed Conduit, Oliver Hazard-Perry, to find and save Kingsley. But it is not easy to get out of Hell, much more difficult than getting in… The flashbacks of Allegra and her familiar, Stephen Bendix Chase, show us the conflicted young woman who has forsaken everything she has known to be with the man she loves. And Gabrielle knows that something has happened in Florence, but she cannot remember… and her twin says nothing is wrong. Is he lying? Michael, the Uncorrupted and Pure of Heart? But why would he be?

I was actually a bit disappointed in Lost in Time. The story went on endlessly even though Melissa de la Cruz could have cut it in half. I’m talking about Mimi and Olli’s descent into Hell, here. Other parts – Sky’s struggle and Allegra’s history – were well measured out, more or less. I was especially excited to read about Allegra Van Alen. I have had my doubts about the existence of Stephen Chase but Lost in Time unravels this mystery. It also tells us something about the relationship between Gabrielle and Michael, and what could have happened in Florence…
I was also expecting more from Schuyler. She is prophesied to bring salvation to the vampires, but she rather cringes away from battle. And all this talk about the Seven Paths of the Dead… we only get to see only three of them. (Gate of Vengeance, in Revelations; Gate of Time, in The Van Alen Legacy; Gate of Promise, in Lost in Time)

Gates of Paradise# 7Gates of Paradise – the Finale!

Bliss is back! Her story with the wolves is told in a separate volume, Wolf Pact, which I haven’t read and don’t plan on doing because we can understand the vampire story just fine even without having read it. So, human Bliss has found Lawson’s pact and is now part of it, and they are trying to find a way to release the Hellhounds.

Azrael and Abbadon have returned to Lucifer and are doing now his bidding. They have gone to him in order to break their bond so they can be with their respective love, but what to do when he orders them to kill Schuyler and Kingsley?
This part is told from Azrael’s point of view only, and I welcomed her back with arms wide open. She is cunning and has a good heart. She’s also a great actress. I didn’t like how the Chen-Lennoxes treated her but since they had to believe Mimi has turned to dark once more in order for Mimi’s plan to work, what can I do?

Schuyler… I’m not sure what she was doing all the time. She meets a bunch of vampires and try to figure out how to use the Key of Twins. Try being the operative word. In order to find that out, she also jets off to California (she, Ollie and Kingsley have been living in London) to find her paternal grandmother. To sum it up, she meets a great deal of people, does a lot of irrelevant things (as it turns out) and has the biggest role to play in the end.

Tomasia’s story from the 15th century Florence continues in this final volume, and what has happened in Rome is also – finally! – revealed, along with Michael’s choice at that intersection.

The first three-fourth of the book was like, where is this going? And the last one-fourth was like oh shit, oh man, oh noooooooo! Wow. The last 80 pages or so? Epic. All those pages before that? In retrospect, I can chalk them up as build-up for the grand finis. At the time of actual reading, they were just annoying.
Some of the Big Revelations don’t make any sense, at least to me. (Could someone tell me how Finn’s sister can have two dads?) As for the very last chapter, titled “Regent and Conduit”… Color me surprised.  That was the wish the person has had since childhood? Seriously?! *shakes head in disbelief*

One last word – on this series being the first “cycle” of Blue Bloods series. I have no idea how Melissa de la Cruz wants to continue a series that she has wrapped up like this. But I can tell you that I’m not going to read it, because it’s too exhausting to wait a year after a year for the next book to come out when I have probably forgotten the contents of the book before. Also because I like the ending the way it is, and whoever the new characters are going to be, I’m not interested.

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