Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review: Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Misguided Angel
Blue Bloods, Book 5
By Melissa de la Cruz
H.C. won from Paranormal Haven

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 seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silverbloods.
As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads--and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.

A summary in my words: After the bonding mess where Jack leaves Mimi and Oliver helps him and Schuyler get out of town they end up in the European Conclave and under the Countesses protection but her protection is not all it seems. Jack & Schuyler escape their prison at sea and travel to Florence in search for the Gate of Promise. Dodging Venators sent by Mimi to retrieve Jack and following the clues in Lawrence Van Alen’s notes they find humans have been left to guard the gate. They can’t figure out how this could of happened but the kidnappings of young women around the area is even more mysterious.
Back in New York Mimi is Regent of the Coven and is just barely holding it all together. When a young Blue Blood goes missing from a party and is untraceable in the Glom she calls a pair of Venators in from their search for Jack and requests Oliver’s, a Repository Scribe, help. They are both grieving lost loves and seem to find a bit of solace in working together. When a second Blue Blood goes missing Mimi must bring in another Venator, Deming Chen, a Death Walker, in hopes of solving this mystery in time.
My thoughts on the book: I absolutely hate to write this but...ah... I am disappointed with this book. 
I love the first four books in the Blue Bloods series and hope that this book was just a fluke. I will read the sixth book because I am a fan of the series, not because Misguided Angel left me wanting more. The whole book can be summed up in the first few chapters and the last chapter; the middle was just filler. And if you’re new to the series there is no recapping, you must read the series to get what’s going on.
I was so looking forward to Jack and Schuyler finally having some time together, they really deserved it I thought, man what a let down. Jack and Schuyler’s part seemed to be cut short and there was really no development in their character's or in their relationship.
Mimi, who not a favorite of mine, took up most of the book. And I do understand that she is a main character and we need to see her side. Though she supposedly loves Kingsley and is heart broken over his loss but instead of trying to figure out a way to get him out of Hell she is obsessed with Jack and vengeance. Plotting to burn him for his abandonment in The Van Alen Legacy, even though she was thinking of doing the same thing. Her character developed a lot and seemed to mature but I found myself just not caring. She also formed a friendly relationship with Oliver, who I love and was sad to see still so heartbroken, but you didn’t get to delve into his character at all outside his relationship with Mimi. 
Like I stated above, I'm not a Mimi fan so that was one of my big issues with this. If you are a Mimi fan then I do recommend this for you. 
A new character is introduced, I suppose to replace Bliss, Deming Chen and she is somewhat interesting character as a Venator but so far hasn't been developed enough to take Bliss' spot, maybe in future books we will see more of her.
Also, at the begging of Parts One, Two and Three there was some jumping back to Florence in the 1400’s, which was a bit confusing and the point never revealed.
Basically I found Misguided Angel to be short, non-descriptive, and did not move the plot forward at all. There were no resolutions to anything, nothing was solved, and it just left me with more unanswered questions. Frustrating. The only thing I loved about this book was the cover.

Bloody Valentine, out December 28th, is supposed to have a short containing Jack & Schuyler’s bonding ceremony. Which despite my disappointment in Misguided Angel, I am looking forward to reading. Book 6, Lost in Time, is scheduled for release in October of 2011.
Rating: 2 Wine Glasses


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