Quickie Review: Bloody Valentine

Bloody Valentine (A Blue Bloods Book) by Melissa de la Cruz was released in hardcover, audio and eBook editions on December 28, 2010. The print version is 160 pages.

Goodreads description:

Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control.

In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps – the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.

Also, witness the bonding of Jack and Schuyler.

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz is a novella in the Blue Bloods series. It consists of three beautifully written short stories each with a focus on matters of the heart – hence the title.

While it is not necessary to have read all the books in this series before reading this novella, it is recommended, as two of the three stories relate to events that take place in the previous two books.

The first story is about Schuyler Van Alen’s friend and familiar Oliver Hazard-Perry and Freya, a character who will be the focus of a new series by the author entitled Witches of East End, due out in the summer of 2011. It is a wonderful story that fills in some of the missing pieces on what’s going on with Oliver at the same time as other things are occurring in Misguided Angel.

The second story brings us back to 1985 where we get to meet a young Allegra Van Alen and the human familiar she falls in love with, Bendix Chase. This is a great addition as it gives further insight into Schuyler’s parents and just how she came to be.

The final story, and the longest, is about Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force and their bonding ceremony which occurs after the events in Misguided Angel. This is a great way to close this book as it gives readers another opportunity to see Jack and Schuyler and witness their love for one another. It bridges the long gap between the previous book and the next book in the series, Lost in Time, which won’t be out until October 2011.

Melissa de la Cruz is a superb writer and even though these are only short stories, each one embraces the elegance of her writing. These stories are heart-warming, with a little action, romance and sensuality included to make this a perfect book to enjoy in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

On a personal note:

I just love the Blue Bloods series and cannot wait for each book’s release. A year between books is always tough to deal with, but this gives me my fix of Jack and Schuyler (my two favorite characters in the series). And I always love when Abbadon makes an appearance.

Ms. De la Cruz has such a way with words. I really do lose time when I read her books. And even in this short novella I am just so captivated by her writing. She turns the simplest of phrases into works of art:

Time did not just stop at the Holiday, it came to a standstill, frozen in amber as thick and viscous as the home-brewed whiskey it served.

Oh…and I got such a kick out of some of the ‘80s references in the Allegra Van Alen story. It really was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours.

Book trailer for Bloody Valentine:

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