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

UK book cover of Revelations Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Why yes, it does appear as though I’m going to review each of the Blue Bloods books separately. Thank you for noticing. You’d be forgiven for groaning in distaste as my reviews of Blue Bloods and Masquerade are fairly similar – awesome plot, very unique but sadly terrible writing. However, Revelations is where it all starts to change and some awesome new plot discoveries are revealed. The clue is in the title, people. Point is, it’s completely justified to review each and every one… so deal with it!

Plot summary: 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 threatened in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high, the battle is bloody, and through it all Schuyler is torn between duty and passion, love and freedom. 

Revelations does seem like a bit of a ‘filler’ book – you know, one of those installments in a series that only exist to provide a bit of background story and take up some space before the next book – as there’s not a whole lot of action until close to the end. However, the story develops a great deal as various… well, revelations, are uncovered. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s enough to warrant this being a book on it’s own, but I’m leaning towards the ‘yes.’

It’s starting to get a little more political and therefore much more intricate than your general vampire young adult book. There’s less about Schuyler’s boy troubles and more about uncovering what the Regis is really planning. It’s also very mysterious and various twists and turns leave you completely unsure who to trust. I have read this before so it wasn’t a complete shock, but it left me able to appreciate the build-up a little more.

However, I had forgotten about The Thing With Jordan and it so it left me reeling all over again. I challenge anybody to look me in the eye and say they saw that coming! That’s why I love this series so much – it’s very clever, working in the old stories that you thought you knew and giving them a new, twisted edge.

The story is so inventive and so unique that it’s easy to look past any flaws in the prose. Incidentally, that has improved a lot since Blue Bloods. Melissa de la Cruz either found her ‘flow’ or she got a new editor, but it doesn’t really matter which. It’s settled down now into something much less cringeworthy. To be fair, it wasn’t really a huge problem for me in the earlier books, but it’s a marked bonus to go along with Revelations regardless.

I do occasionally wonder how much of this series she planned out in advance, however. For example, Schuyler suddenly has a semi-plot-important birth mark on her shoulder… that we hear about for the first time in THE THIRD BOOK! It’s not mind-numbingly frustrating, but it does make me sigh with resignation a little.
The conclusion of any of my reviews for this series (and apparently there will be more to come – please try and contain your cheering) will always be for you to run out and buy these books immediately. They’re just so good – not perfect, but yet somehow still amazing.

Read my reviews of Blue Bloods and Masquerade.

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