The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods Series #4)

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With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

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Overview

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz's vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.

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Schuyler Van Alen, Bliss Llewellyn, and their strange classmates are back in this episode of Melissa de la Cruz's Blood Bloods series, a sort of delicious hybrid of Gossip Girl and Twilight. With each new installment, the threat of the sinister Silver Bloods seems to grow, but young love continues to triumph, or at least fester. A rarified vampire feast in the Upper East Side.
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
A year has passed since the vampire massacre in Rio, and the New York coven is in disarray. Schuyler and her human conduit, Oliver, have been running since Rio, Mimi has joined the Venators to track down the missing Watcher in the body of Bliss's little sister, and Bliss, having lost the year possessed by the Visitor, is struggling to keep herself in her own body. de la Cruz continues to build the mythology of the Blue Bloods in this fourth book in the series, expanding the past lives of the young, rich, and powerful vampires into the time of Ancient Rome and far beyond to their origins as angels and demons. Chapters alternate between the three young women at the center of the saga—Schuyler, Mimi, and Bliss—and while these different perspectives create a complete view of the action, the structure becomes choppy on occasion. The story depends heavily on details revealed in earlier books; readers should definitely read (and even reread, if it has been a while) the rest of the series first to fully understand what is going on here. The climactic battle with Lucifer and the Leviathan is strangely anticlimactic, and the revelation that Bliss must find "the wolves" and bring them to join the Blue Bloods' battle is an eye-roller in these post-Twilight days. But there is plenty of adventure, romance, brand-name dropping, and even classical history in this installment; the Blue Bloods faithful will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423102274
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Blue Bloods Series , #4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 126,551
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including the first three books in the Blue Bloods series, Blue Bloods, Masquerade, and Revelations; the Au Pairs series; the Ashleys series; and Angels on Sunset Boulevard. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on the next book in the blue Bloods saga. While Melissa is not a Blue Blood, she knows people who are .
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Great Way to Continue the Series

    Melissa De La Cruz's fourth book in the blood blue series is her best book yet. The pace and plot are rich and driven, leaving the reader with a focused, engaging story. Schuyler Van Alen is on the run from the New York coven, blamed for the murder of her grandfather, Lawrence. Her conduit, and best friend, Oliver Hazard-Perry is with her as she tries to seek the aid and protection of the European coven, all the while trying to discover more about The Van Alen Legacy. Meanwhile, Mimi and Kingsley, part of the Venator team, are back in Rio trying to find Bliss' younger sister Jordan, who was revealed at the Watcher, Sophia. Bliss is trying to deal with and overcome being a silver blood, and harboring Lucifer himself inside of her. Super charged with secrets, backstories, revelations, and a less than ordinary bonding ceremony, The Van Alen Legacy promises to satisfy readers while leaving them begging for more.

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

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    Not Your Average Vampire Story

    Completely opposite from the horrific Count Dracula and far better then your average Edward Cullen is the fabulous, rich, prissy, and most of all fanged cast of Blue Bloods. But with all praise aside, this book is really fast past, having little detail and many fashion references. The characters come together nicley though and the way they're are written, it makes you hate the vilians and love the heroes and have mixed feelings about the people stuck somewhere in the middle. Although I have to say I get really annoyed but their thought process and reactions sometimes. I enjoyed it I'm not one for socailites and vampire books, and anyone who loves fantasy and realistic fiction will love this series!

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    OMG...It Was Awesome

    I had been waiting for this book forever. Totally worth the wait. <Spoiler Alert...Don't read if you haven't read the book yet> I was so happy at the ending when they got together at last. I was sorry for Ollie and I was kinda sad he had to loose her, but he was right. They are so perfect together and I can't believe it took them this long to realize that they had to be together.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Best in series yet!!!!

    Melissa de la Cruz has been holding out on us! The Van Alen Legacy is by far the best in series. As a reader, I got everything I wanted, plus many amazing things I never would have thought to ask for. This series is basically a vampire soap opera, but man, what a well done soap opera it is.

    It has been over a year since Rio and Schuyler and Oliver have been on the run nearly as long. It would seem as though she has made her choice, but just as she makes a daring move to secure her and Oliver's safety, she is thrown into the very thing she fears the most and into the arms of the one she can hardly bare to live without. Being her mother's unncorrupted daughter has made Schuyler the Blue Bloods last hope, but despite the fact that she has embraced her task, she has managed to run from the biggest similarity that she and her mother share, until now. Is her mother right? Are there some loves worth dying for?

    Bliss has been in a lost state, struggling just to remember her name. She can't account for over a year of her life, and there is a Visitor living inside her, taking over whenever he pleases. As Bliss fights to regain control of her mind, body and future, she uncovers the truth of who she is and in the process uncovers a scheme that could undo everyone and everything she has left, but how do you fight something that lives in you? Will she be strong enough to stop the Visitor, before its too late?

    Mimi has trapsed acrossed the globe, searching for the watcher with her venator team, lead by the very one who nearly caused her death, Kingsley Martin. But everytime they think they've finally caught up, they are left wanting. Is it the year of adventure and near death experiences that has caused Mimi to reevaluate her life, or has she only just found someone that allows her to be as she truly is? Is it just meaningless nothing, an impulse of this life, of this time, or has Kingsley been there, every cycle, pushing her and possibly loving her and worse, her loving him back?

    I'm not going to reveal anymore, it would spoil the fun. Once again I was swept away in this complex world, with it's vibrant characters, spot on dialog, and nerve wracking plot. I can't wait to for the next installment as I am sure Cruz will manage to shock me yet again, many times. Loved it!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    AMAZING...I LOVED IT!!!

    I love this book..Its one of my favorite from the series and I cant wait for the next one.its going to be even more exciting.the ending of this book was so twisted yet exciting and it really leaves you wanting more.Read this book you will love it!!!! Sucks, I have to wait till 2010 for Misguided Angel.Can't wait!!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    I Can't Quit This Series!

    When does book five come out! I've heard there is also a beautifully illustrated companion on the way! I hooked and cannot get enough.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jack Force with Schuyler Van Alen

    Best book in the series. I can't wait until the next book comes out because i want to see if Schuyler ever sees Oliver again? Is Jack Schuyler's boyfriend? Is Mimi going to look for Jack for revenge? Is Mimi going to save Kingsley from the Underworld? Is Allegra going to find Charles? So many questions, desperate for more shocking answers!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    So amazing

    Continues the excellence of the series

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2009

    perfect

    ive always liked the series since blue bloods first came out. but it was never my favorite series or anything. this book definitely made the series one of my favorites. it did everything a good sequel should. it answered everyone of the questions i had from revelations without ending all of the problems. it fixed what was lacking in the previous books plots. the character dynamics really showed a great deal more than previous. and this book showed what a great story the series was. the only problem i had was that the beginning was a little bit slower but now that i finished it makes since that it was supposed to be slow.

    i absolutely loved it.

    de la cruz couldnt have done any better.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Loved Every Letter

    First time poster, long time reader here. I felt compelled to add my applause to the others that have written in on BN. I've read all four books and found this latest the most wonderful of all!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    the best in the Blue Bloods series!

    got this book as a birthday present from m best friend (both of us have been reading the Blue Bloods series since it first came out). When I first read the reviews and synopsis i was skeptical, cuz i'm all for Jack and Sky. But I read the book in just over a day and it quickly became my favorite in the series! I will definitely read it again...after i get it back from my best friend (who borrowed it from my little sister who borrowed it as soon as i put it down lol).

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    4th Blue Bloods Series

    I just loved it! I read the 3 previous books and I like how de la Cruz kept them sequential. It's not like each book has their own idea, they connected. It was crazy!! The journeys of Schulyer van Alen and Bliss Llewelyn and the Force twins were amazing. They found out about their history. It's a great read for many teenagers who love adventure and maybe a little bit of the genre where you have to think about what you're reading.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    an original vampire book

    this is the 4th book in the blue bloods series. this was by far the best book in the series! the best part of the series are the exciting twists and turns.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    the van alen legacy

    loved it!!! sky, mimi, and bliss tell the story. sky is running from the new york vampires with oliver. mimi is hunting down silver bloods with the help of good silver bloods and falls in love with one of them just before she is to bonded to jack, who still loves sky. bliss is possessed by the devil, finds out about her past lives, and reunions with a lost love. great book, you'll be unable to put it down. the blue blood series keeps getting better and better.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    fab vamps

    Love the story of between Skye and Jack. Very happy with new book, already craving for next book. Mimi character is wonderful example of a strong women.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Really good

    I loved these books! And I recomend them. But if your a sucker for a happy ending (like me) you'll feel yourself hatting skylar and felling sorry for oliver!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Bella Who?

    This has by far(and I mean BY FAR) intrigued me far more than Twilight ever did or ever will. Turning each page, I found myself buzzing with so many questions flying through my head. Will Jack and Schuyler last? Is it true love? Is Oliver truer and better for her? On a more serious note, Is Dylan really dead? Is Bliss truely Lucifer, leader of the Silverbloods? What will happen to the BlueBloods? These questions could only be answered by reading, one page at a time... I am anxiously awaiting the next book "The Van Alen Legacy" (And truely hope that Schuyler stays with Oliver) Guess I'll just have to wait til October! And, just to let you know, if you read one page of this addicting series, you'll find that you won't be able to stop....

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    I Loved It!

    Really good! Can't wait for more stories to munch on.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    Super Read

    I am a librarian and I just finished previewing the book for my student. An amazing Read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Blue Bloods Yet

    All I wanted for christmas was the boxed set and a copy of TVAL. Not a moment disappointed. I cannot wait to re-read the series!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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