The Van Alen Legacy
by Melissa De La Cruz
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
By Brandie Moore, Courier Books Editor
"How she had taken that life for granted! Tonight she would not enter the hotel's exclusive, exalted domain as an invited guest, but rather as a humble servant. Like a mouse creeping into a hole. Schuyler was anxious by nature, and she needed almost all her self-control to keep it together. At any moment she feared she might scream; she was already so nervous she couldn't stop her hands from trembling. They vibrated, fluttering in her lap like trapped birds. Next to her, Oliver was handsome in a bartender's uniform, a tuxedo with a black silk bow tie and silver shirt studs. But he was pale beneath his butterfly collar, his shoulders tense under a jacket that was a little too big. His clear hazel eyes were clouded, looking more gray than green. Oliver's face did not display the same blank, bored look as the others'. He was alert, ready for a fight or flight. Anyone who looked at him long enough could see it. We shouldn't be here, Schuyler thought. What were we thinking? The risk is too great. They're going to find us and separate us . . . and then . . . well, the rest was too horrible to contemplate.
Here is the fourth book in Melissa De La Cruz' compelling Blue Blood's series of vampire novels. The Van Alen Legacy is the most recent book out right now.
This time out, protagonist Schuyler, a high school student in Manhattan, has just lost pretty much everything she has ever cared about. Her grandfather is dead by the hand of a silver blood, a rogue vampire who feeds on the blue bloods, an old race of rich, high society vampires, and she gave up her romance with Jack. Now she feels like she has nothing more to live for.
She runs away with Oliver because the Conclave believes that she had actually murdered her own grandfather. As they're on the run she turns 16, but doesn't even realize it. While on the run Schuyler starts to get sick, in a matter of speaking.
To help her get back, home she goes to the European Conclave to help prove her innocence. When she is about to talk to the queen she is tricked and ends up face-to-face with an all-too-familiar face that she can never forget, Jack Force, her one true love.
Schuyler runs from him believing he wants to take her back home and turn her in to the Conclave. After Jack catches her she learns that he is there to help her, not harm her. He tells her that she is in the middle of danger and almost everyone around is a Silver Blood.
She learns that Charles Force is with Jack in trying to find Schuyler. And she also learns that Jack and Mimi never bonded after what happened earlier in the series. After hearing this Schuyler knows that she loves Jack more then she can possibly say and she can't deny it anymore and from the look in his eyes she can tell he feels the same way.
After Charles fights a whole bunch of Silver Bloods and never comes out Schuyler's mother wakes up from her 16-year coma and tells Schuyler to follow her heart and not just be with someone out of pity (Oliver) but be with someone she truly does love (Jack).
So much happens in this book and so much is explained. If you've been keeping up with this series you need to check this one out. It's sure to keep you flipping the pages once you start it. So if you're into vampires and myths beyond this world check out the Blue Blood series.