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November 10, 2011

Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz

Series: Blue Bloods 4.5
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon
Lavish parties. Passionate meetings in the night. Bone-chilling murders. Midterms. The day-to-day life of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Bloods friends (and enemies) is never boring. But theres oh-so-much more to know about these beautiful and powerful teens. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, exists a wealth of revealing information about the vampire elite that dates back before the Mayflower. In a series of short stories, journal entries, and never-before-seen letters, New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz gives her hungry fans the keys to the Repository and an even more in-depth look into the secret world of the Blue Bloods. Wont you come inside?

Keys to the Repository is a companion book to Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods Series. It is practically a dossier of the important characters of the series, filler stories and teasers. It also includes Appendices on the series' secondary characters, canine familiars and the dictionary of termsq.

What I liked are the in-between stories. There's a brief account about the history of the Blue Bloods tracing the events from Lucifer's Fall to present day New York. De la Cruz created this amazing and fascinating world that is most certainly inspired by champagne kisses and caviar dreams. But fret not, the annoying label dropping is absent in this one so we have a break from the author's extensive knowledge about the fashion industry.

There are also short stories about Schuyler and Jack. The first one is about the love bird's first meeting in the Perry St. apartment written in Schuyler's POV. The next one is Jack's story and is a companion to Revelations, the third book in the series. The story is how Schuyler broke up with Jack in favor of Oliver. There is also Dylan's story, it accounts for the time when he disappeared. The time frame is between Blue Bloods and Masquerade.

What I liked best is Wolf Pact. It's a spoiler on the Blue Bloods spin-off with Bliss Llewellyn as she hunts for the Hounds of Hell. I was really impressed with this one because I was expecting Werewolves but de la Cruz has something else in mind. Based on the teaser, the Hounds are far from canine creatures, rather they are these humanoid persons who are beautiful, lithe and virile. I have a feeling that I will enjoy this more than Blue Bloods.

Here's the thing, if you're curious about the series but not quite sure if you want to follow it, you can start with this. It's gives you a fair picture of de la Cruz's interpretation of Vampires. I, personally, am impressed more than anything. She really owned it not just with the history and mythology but came up with terminologies and jargons to accompany the story. That in my book is astounding, you can tell that this world is very real to her and de la Cruz was, and hopefully still is, inspired when she conceptualized the series.

It's all in the details. Always.


3 comments:

  1. I have all these books sitting on my shelf, I keep collecting them and don't read them. I have heard mixed feelings. But ..again..intrigued....

    Michelle

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  2. Book 1 is a bit annoying but if you're able to connect with the story it's actually good. If you're curious start with the companion books so you'll get a snapshot of the story.

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  3. Another great post guys. I have heard that the first book isn't the greatest, but once you pass that it gets a lot better. But I have had this on my wishlist because some of my friends keep recommending it to me. But I will take your advice and try the companion books first to get a taste. Great post again, thank you hon :)

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