Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
US Release Date: October 31st 2008
Series: Blue Bloods #3
Paperback, 264 pages
Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They’re powerful, they’re famous… they’re undead.
Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question—is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When an ancient place of power is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Schuyler is torn between love and passion, duty and freedom. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.
Summary from the author’s website
Even if her grandfather Lawrence is now back in New York, Schulyer is forced to go live with her uncle Charles Force and his two kids to keep appearances to the eyes of humans. If the interdiction to see her grandfather and Oliver is not enough, Schulyer has to live with Mimi who hates her even more after what happened in Venice and Jack, her forbidden crush, who won’t even look at her. The Conclave now knows that what Lawrence always believed is true. When an ancient source of power located in Rio de Janeiro is being threatened by the Silver Bloods, they all have to fly to the exotic city of carnivals and beaches to discover who is behind all this. Conspiracies, secrets and a lot of plot twists!
There are a lot of books about vampires out there. This one is different from them. I feel like Melissa de la Cruz did something new and great with this series. What she did with the concept of immortally was really interesting. I never read about something like that. Vampires live a human lifetime then “die” until they are called again on earth. And they have memories of every lifetime. She also did some funny and plausible explanations of the myths about vampires, like why they catch in fire at the sight of sun (it’s because they can transform themselves in elements like fire) or why humans believe in such things as soulmates because of twins in the vampire world that are meant to find and be with each other in every lifetime. She also mixed vampires and fallen archangels which I enjoyed.
As for the characters, Schulyer is a great heroine. She loves her friends and family and would do anything for them. At first, she’s not confident at all and throughout the books, she’s becoming more and more confident about her abilities, but also about herself and her appearance. I love when we see an evolution like that with a character, it’s essential in a series that characters change after what happen to them. My favourite character is Oliver. At first, I didn’t feel like that about him and I wanted Jack to get the girl, but I’m not sure anymore. Oliver and Schulyer have so much in common. He’s loyal, even after what he learns around the end, he helps her in Rio de Janeiro. He’s perfect for her. But with what was revealed in his Repository file, I’m not sure I want Schulyer to end with either one…
There was a lot going on in the third instalment! And the end. The end! I was so stressed with all that was happening! I had so many questions as to what was going on in this book like who is the man in the white suit? What is happening to Bliss? etc. The only thing I could do was guess. A lot was finally explained in the last pages. I had some things right, but there were some plot twists that I never expected. I have so many questions left and the end brings even more of them. I don’t know why, but Bliss’ parents look shady. What they did with the Watcher was weird, something is going on here, I’m sure of it!
I really enjoyed the book and I have the next one on my bedside table, ready to be read. For me, it’s the best book of the series so far!
She looked up and saw Lawrence locked in a fierce struggle with his adversary.”
Love. It’s so close to hate, it’s almost indistinguishable.”
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) [no review]
Masquerade (Blue Bloods #2) [no review]
Revelations (Blue Bloods #3)
The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) [my review]
Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods #4.5) [no review]
Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods #5) [my review]
Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods #5.5) [no review]
Lost in Time (Blue Bloods #6) [no review]
Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7) [no review]
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family. From the author’s website.