Review: Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

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Title: Revelations
Series: Blue Bloods, Book 3
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2008 by Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

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.

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Finally! My suspicions have been confirmed! I had guessed right who the Silver Blood was! Go me….

Out of the three I’ve read so far this has the most, suspense, romance. heartbreak and history. Bliss loves Dylan who in turn doesn’t know who she is as he has no memory of her. Schuyler loves Jack Force but has now come to terms with the fact he can never truly be hers. Oliver shows his hand because he still loves Schuyler who discovers deep down she returns his love.

The Silver Bloods are finally revealed on the conclaves mysterious trip to Rio! Some were expected while some were a total surprise.

I love how Melissa has added lots of history into this one. It has helped me to understand some of the characters and their past lives in more depth.

It’s a shame that certain main characters die but it makes for a great twist in the story and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

The end is totally shocking, I’m disappointed with how it finished whilst totally glad I already have the next book ‘The Van Alen Legacy’ at hand.

4 Rating

Ashton

Review: Masquerade (Blue Bloods #2) by Melissa de la Cruz

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Title: Masquerade
Series: Blue Bloods, Book 2
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2007 by Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young Blue Bloods. Her search brings her to Venice, Italy, in the hopes of finding the one person who can help. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. But it’s at the after-party masquerade that the true danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsty for more.

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I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It definitely lived up to my expectations.

The book starts off with Schuyler and Oliver in Venice trying to track down her grandfather in hope that he can help them understand the Silver Bloods (corrupted blue bloods). It wasn’t what they were expecting. Whilst they are in Venice the rest of the Committee is putting together the Four Hundred Ball where the vampires coming into themselves are announced by their true names.

If anything, Schuyler’s feelings for Jack have only intensified and her relationship with Oliver takes a new turn which only complicates matters further.

Mimi decides to take action with dire consequences and in the end the person she despises could be her only salvation!

Bliss also pops up more frequently which is good as I liked her character in ‘Blue Bloods’.

Some new characters are introduced in this book. Lawrence Van Alen (Schuyler’s grandfather) and Kingsley Martin, both have a big impact on the story.

I loved the twists in this story and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment ‘Revelations’.

4 Rating

Ashton

Review: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

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Title: Blue Bloods
Series: Blue Bloods, Book 1
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: March 27, 2007 by Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UKAmazon US

Synopsis

Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.

But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

Steeped in vampire lore and set against the glittery backdrop of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by fans of Melissa de la Cruz.

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My first thought after having read Blue Bloods was WOW, I enjoyed it plenty. It’s not like all the other vampire stuff that is floating about these days (not that I won’t read them too!), it’s different. Different equals good! I loved how the vampires were actually angels that had fallen from heaven along side Lucifer. The ‘Blue Bloods’ were the ones to follow the code where as the ones who chose to break from the code (Lucifer’s & co) were named ‘Silver Bloods’ who are the baddies trying to take over.

Schuyler Van Alen is a misfit who goes to a high society school in NYC where she doesn’t fit in with the crowd. She prefers cast-offs to vintage and isn’t snobby like most of the other kids. She’s surprised when she finds herself in The Committee and shocked when she learns the truth about who and what she really is.

With a turn of unfortunate events Schuyler is left with a choice… Does she do nothing and let the authorities do their job or does she take charge and try to fix it herself?

I love a good romance and this didn’t disappoint, I am looking forward to seeing if and how this relationship between her and Jack Force develops. I’m eager to start book two ‘Masquerade’.

4 Rating

Ashton

Review: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown

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Title: The Da Vinci Code
Series: Robert Langdon, Book 2
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: March 28, 2006 by Anchor
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and da Vinci, among others. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory’s most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.

In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon (first introduced in Dan Brown’s bestselling Angels & Demons) is the most original character to appear in years. The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.

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I’ve had this on my bookshelf for a few years now and after watching the movie decided it was time for me to read it. I think perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I not watched the movie first as I kept comparing it to the book throughout.

I chose to read this solely because I enjoyed the film, purely for entertainment reasons. I’m not a religious person so this didn’t wave any red flags for me; if anything it made me question my knowledge on religion.

I loved the code-breaking, puzzles and riddles as they always kept me on my toes, trying to guess before they worked it out (didn’t have much luck though). I thought the symbology was amazing the way they saw it in everything and especially in Da Vinci’s art. This was a real page-turner for me but had to keep reminding myself to keep an open-mind and not judge.

A good mystery, thriller filled with lots of suspense. Unfortunately it’s just not my type of book.

3 rating

Ashton

Review: Playing to Win (Play by Play #4) by Jaci Burton

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Title: Playing to Win
Series: Play by Play, Book 4
Author: Jaci Burton
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Erotic Romance
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

Someone’s going to have to let down their guard…

Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot.

When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

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After catching glimpses of Cole in the previous books I was excited his story was next. Cole is a wide receiver for the St. Louis Traders. He’s a bad boy with self control issues. Savannah Brooks is hired to help Cole work on his image to save his career.

Things get hot between Savannah and Cole even though she tries to keep it strictly professional. She’s never opened up to anyone about her past (besides Liz) so is shocked when she finds herself wanting to do so with Cole! Cole turns himself around with lots of help on Savannahs part and realises what he’s been missing out on.

Lot’s more mind-blowing sex (who’s complaining? Not me!) that evolves into much more. They have a lot of chemistry between them; Yet another great read! Loved the characters, great plot and an amazing author!! Can’t wait to read the next instalment ‘Thrown by a Curve’.

5 rating

Ashton

Review: Taking a Shot (Play by Play #3) by Jaci Burton

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Title: Taking a Shot
Series: Play by Play, Book 3
Author: Jaci Burton
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2012 by Berkley Trade
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

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This is my favourite book of the series so far, it was so good I managed to finish it in one sitting!

On the exterior Jenna is a bad-ass, covered in tattoo’s with multiple piercings and an attitude to match so it came as a shock how insecure she was about her fears. Finding Ty was one of the best things to happen to her as he challenged her, pushed her and ultimately enabled her to finally have the courage to face her fears and follow her dream!

The sex scenes weren’t overwhelming as I felt in ‘Changing the Game’ which was a plus. I enjoyed Jenna and Tyler’s journey; to the point where I got all teary-eyed at the end. A great way to finish.

Ty you rock! I hope there’s more of him in the books to come; it’s a shame it ended so soon as I was so captivated!!

5 rating

Ashton

Review: Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton

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Title: Changing the Game
Series: Play by Play, Book 2
Author: Jaci Burton
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Erotic Romance
Release Date: August 2, 2011 by Berkley Trade
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren’t most people…

Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.

Gavin’s more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.

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After reading The Perfect Play I had come to the conclusion Elizabeth Darnell was a grade A B**ch so didn’t have high hopes on this one!

Another hot cover; Loving it! I had been looking forward to getting to know Gavin more and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not a big fan of baseball but if anyone could change my mind I’m sure it would be him.

The story felt very real to me! Women being in love with men without them realising it, shows how much attention they pay! A lot like in reality.

It seemed most of the book was about ‘sex’, I know that’s the point as it’s a main part but it was everywhere, it got tiring at times.

Elizabeth isn’t the cold-hearted person she portrays herself to be, she just doesn’t want to get hurt! After loving Gavin for five years and hiding it (from Gavin at least) she’s left vulnerable when they end up in bed together. Things don’t go according to plan and we end up with a shocking but welcome romance on our hands!

4 Rating

Ashton

Review: The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) by Jaci Burton

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Title: The Perfect Play
Series: Play by Play, Book 1
Author: Jaci Burton
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2011 by Berkley Trade
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

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The Cover itself is beautiful! I definitely don’t mind having a hunk on my bookshelf!

After previously attempting to read, and not getting very far before putting it down to not interested; I didn’t have very high expectations! Oh boy, was i wrong!

I don’t usually read sporty books (although i’m a big football fan) so i was pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed reading The Perfect Play! It was so captivating that once i’d got into it i couldn’t put it down until completion!

I’m a sucker for a good romance so this pushed a lot of buttons for me. Not only was it a great story-line but was steaming hot at times too.

The relationship that developed between Tara and Mick had me enthralled. Very well written in my opinion!

Not only is Mick a Pro-Star he’s also a down-to-earth family man! Yeah so he’d been a big player before meeting Tara but that’s what makes it all the more entertaining! What let me down was Mick always using previous women in comparison to Tara! Besides that it was a brilliant read for me!

Tara is a strong person. Not only has she turned her life around but she has also built a comfortable life for both her and her 14 year old son, Nathan.

I can’t wait to read changing the Game! Even if i found Elizabeth to be a B**ch, I want to know more about Gavin!

5 rating

Ashton