Monday, November 14, 2011

Lost In Time, A Blue Bloods Novel - Melissa De La Cruz

The stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force depart for Egypt, desperate to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face his twin, Mimi, for a blood trial. A blood trial that only one of them can survive. But everything Schuyler thought she knew about the gate turns out to be a lie, and they soon find themselves ensnared in a deadly battle against the demon-born. Schuyler and Jack take up arms, only to realize that there is a much graver threat simmering in the Kingdom of the Dead.
Meanwhile, determined to save the only vampire she still loves, Mimi has followed Kingsley Martin into Hell. With the help of her new human Conduit, Oliver Hazard-Perry, Mimi makes a bargain with the Queen of the Dead that she may soon regret. When the time comes to choose between love and revenge, both Mimi and Oliver will learn the true meaning of sacrifice.
Confronted by danger, betrayal, and loss at every turn, the Blue Bloods must find the will to fight—and love—another day. - Synopsis from the book

I have been patiently waiting, and waiting, and waiting for this book!  Then I had to wait just a little bit more until Gabby finished with it.  But then FINALLY (!) it was my turn (mwahahahhaha). Ok, enough of that.
It didn't take long for me to get back into the groove of reading this series again.  I was thrilled to be thrown back into the world of the Blue Bloods, of Jack and Schuyler, of Mimi, Oliver and Kingston, and to my total and complete delight, of Allegra, Charles, and Ben!  The fact that we get to read about how things came to be between Allegra, Charles and Ben  was one of my favorite aspects of this book.  Melissa De La Cruz did NOT disappoint with the release of this installment.
I read this book in little over a day.  I couldn't tear my eyes away.  The book oozes "unconditional love", and "sacrifice".  We get to see the true forms of both Mimi and Jack as Azrael and Abbadon and ... we get to see an epic battle.  Oh yes, epic battles were fought.
What I also love about De La Cruz's writing style is how she jumps from scene to scene with every chapter.  If the Blue Bloods were a television series (oh how I wish it were true...) each chapter would pretty much be an episode.  With each chapter, we are shown what is going on with each group of characters, so you are never left in the dark about what is going on with a character.  You are thrown from one unforgettable event into another.  You are always left wanting to know more, to know what is going to happen next and with that, the need to plow ahead and forget about sleep so you can see what is going to occur.
I loved that De La Cruz gave us a treat and allowed us to see the true strength of both Mimi and Jack Force as Abbadon and Azrael.  Whether it's battling the demon's of Hell to survive, or coming face to face with consequences of bonds that were broken.  As well, De La Cruz allows us access through the gates of Hell.  Her descriptions of what her version of Hell is is so full of imagination and depth!  I was able to visualize every detail of what the characters could see...even taste.
You can see just how connected De La Cruz is with her characters.  She has given them all so much life and personality that you can't help but love them all...even the ones you love to hate.  And the men in this!  De La Cruz has made them all (yes...all!) so sweet, and romantic, and loveable, and soooo smexy.  I mean, yes I did crush on most of them throughout the series, but in this was all of them.  Jack will always be my favorite, hands down...but all these boys got on board the romance train in this one.
I recommend this book to all Blue Bloods fans.  It is yet another great continuation of this addictive series that you just can't get enough of!

I've been a big fan of the Blue Bloods saga for the past two years.  The series itself is amazing and since we haven't written for the first few novels in the saga, I'll explain for all of you before we get to the review.
The Blue Bloods Saga is about a girl named Schuyler (pronounced Skylar) who learns the secret behind the lavish lives of New York Socialites, they are all vampires. Not just vampires... Fallen angels who have been damned to spending eternity on earth, drinking the blood of humans while their blood hold the hundreds of memories from their past lives. Schuyler isn't just a vampire.  Her mother is the Arch angel Gabrielle (don't you love that name? I do) and her father is a human, something forbidden. Schuyler has been marked as an abomination only to fall in love with a boy who's bound to somebodyelse...
Okay.  So now you have a bit of an idea of what Blue Bloods is about right?  So onto the review!
I've been waiting for Lost In Time for the past year and have to say that like every Blue Bloods novel it didn't disappoint. It starts out almost where the last novel left off, Mimi and Oliver are on their way to Egypt to find Mimi's love Kingsley Martin, and Schuyler and Jack are ready to find the Gate of Promise and Katherine of Siena.
The beginning did have me wishing for the pace to quicken, which was met the exact moment that Mimi and Oliver end up in Hell going through each circle until they reach the one where Kingsley must be.
I was still in love with Jack in this novel, especially when Schuyler seems to have some sort of illness (is she pregnant????) and he shows support for her. They even end up meeting with most of the venators from the past novel, Misguided Angel, to find Katherine of Siena. One of the things that I found trulyinteresting is how the POV, or point of view, in every few chapters is from Allegra Van Allen, Schuyler's mother, from her past. We get to learn about her relationship with Charles, how she left him on their bonding day, and how she met up with Bendix Chase after years of being apart from him.
It had plenty of twists, and like always, Melissa De La Cruz's writingstyle had me burning up with emotions and being more than able tovisualize what was unfolding in front of me. So many questions had been playing through my head, and it had an ending that has me just dying for the last novel in the series.... FOREVER!!! I've alreadygot the release date for The Gates of Paradise on my book calendar (yes, I have a calender dedicated to book release dates, don't judge me...). If you already are a Blue Bloods fan, then I'm assuming you already have Lost In Time, and even if you aren't you really should check out the series.
Fifteen thumbs up!


kimba88 said... Best Blogger Tips

ok..your excitement has caused me to buy the first in the series!

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yay Kimba!! You have to tell me what you think :D

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