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Misguided Angel: A Blue Bloods Novel

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Misguided Angel: A Blue Bloods Novel

MISGUIDED ANGEL, the fifth installment in Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series, picks up where THE VAN ALEN LEGACY left off, with Schuyler's human conduit relinquishing his amorous claims to his closest friend. With Schuyler's life endangered and Oliver failing to protect her, he chose to ignore his anguished heart and insisted that she follow her own. Leaving Oliver behind, Schuyler boarded a plane for Florence with Jack. Overwhelmed by emotion but grateful to be free of an impossible choice, Schuyler and Jack are elated over finally being free to enjoy each other alone. They intend to stay in the romantic city of Florence indefinitely, or at least as long as the situation lasts. 

Part I of MISGUIDED ANGEL centers on the long-awaited love story, a twisted romance that thus far has formed the core of the series. After drawing out opposing courtships for eons, the pair is finally permitted to show their love. On arrival in Florence, Schuyler and Jack are disappointed to find themselves under the constant guard of Venators from the European conclave; apparently, Isabella of Orleans has offered asylum but with the added intention of preventing interference in events outside her control. Schuyler and Jack express their love tenderly and find contentment in their shared, intimate thoughts. But after many dreamy days, they wish for more privacy and realize that this offer of asylum is more like imprisonment. They hatch a dangerous escape plan and move forward with Schuyler's quest to find the Gates of Hell. Subsequently, they find themselves endangered and on the run once again --- from a greater number of enemies.

Most of the rest of the book focuses on Mimi's new role in New York after the failed bonding. Though a little confused by her bottled-up feelings for Kingsley and Jack, Mimi is now sure about what her choice would have been if she could go back. Feeling cheated and consumed by anger and humiliation, Mimi knows that Kingsley is gone forever, and so is Jack. She feels a loss of respect in the eyes of the conclave because of her humiliation and is determined to exercise her divine right to end Jack's life --- in spite of the fact that she still has feelings (or at least some kinship?) for him. To this end, she has hired deadly bounty hunters, dangerous Blue Blood killers with the power to end immortal life.

As always, Mimi's thoughts are selfish and harsh, but she has become surprisingly capable of showing compassion when it suits her --- even toward "inferior" Red Bloods. She is proving strong and incorruptible too, and in spite of the fact that she isn't always likable, is devoted to her angelic duties. Since the absence of Charles, Mimi's dedication is more important to the coven than ever; with no head of the conclave, the Blue Bloods have asked her to become the Regent, and she has accepted. Mimi finds some much-needed distraction in these responsibilities and has become greatly concerned by a mystery involving the capture and murder of young Blue Bloods, a situation that calls for her to bring in reinforcements --- in the form of both a Red Blood and a Venator from the Chinese conclave.

While several main characters from previous installments are noticeably absent (including Charles, Allegra, Bliss and Kingsley), there are some interesting new ones introduced here, such as Blue Bloods in school with Mimi as well as humans and a very beautiful and capable Chinese vampire. This fifth book is consistent with other volumes in that it is outrageous and unpredictable, and demonstrates a high level of drama throughout. Fans will be elated to see their wishes fulfilled in the central love story, yet without spelling out the future too clearly or ruling out possible outcomes. There are also hints about the different ways in which the larger heaven-and-earth drama might play out, and it's always appealing to read about the blessed angels who are also damned (by heroic choice). One of the best things about these books is that all the characters are unpredictable, and you might find yourself surprised about who you consider to be your favorite characters in the end. 

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Reviewed by Melanie Smith on October 18, 2011

Misguided Angel: A Blue Bloods Novel
by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Publication Date: October 26, 2010
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423121287
  • ISBN-13: 9781423121282