Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Review: Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Misguided Angel
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: USA:Oct 26th 2010|UK:26th Oct 2010
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 five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.

Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.

As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.
[From goodreads]


Hands down this has got to be my favourite book out of them all so far.  I loved getting to look at the different points of view, especailly Deming Chen, and I found it really easy to keep up with the story.

Mimi, who has been promoted to head of the coven, has to find out who released a video telling all about Blue Bloods and find a way to cover it up. Her task to find Victoria fails and she is attacked by a bloodspell but somehow survives, her reason for survival is explained later in book.
Deming Chen, a Venator from the Chinese coven but also the Angel of mercy, is brought into the book to hunt down the killer of the two blue bloods after Mimi's failed attempt.
Schuyler and Jack barely escape with their lives from the European Coven,continue on their quest to find the Gate of Promise.
Oliver, who has made the choice for Schuyler, has gone back to New York and has been dragged in to assist Mimi in her task to find Victoria.  A terse friendship forms between them both and we get to see a nice side to Mimi.

As you can see, a lot of plot has been squeezed into Misguided Angel, but it all fits perfectly together and you don't feel rushed or feel like too much information is being thrown at you.  All the way through I was trying to figure out who the killer was and I still did not guess it till the last second, I was kept on my toes all the way through.
After finishing Misguided Angel I really can't remember why I stopped reading this series and I will have to invest in my own copies of the books rather than borrowing friends.

Melissa certainly knows how to keep you entertained and I am really looking forward to future releases of the rest of the Blue Blood series, as well as any other books in the pipeline.  I really enjoyed seeing how the relationships between the different pariings developed and played out, either romantically or just friendship and can't wait to see how they develop more.

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