Revelations – Melissa De La Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen is not just your average run of the mill vampire. She is part of Manhattan’s most popular and elite of all Blue Blood vampires, and life for Schuyler just became very, very complicated. She isn’t like the other vampires in her society – they all remember the details of their past lives, they all know where they come from. Schuyler, however, is a new spirit. She has no memories of her previous lives because this life is her first. As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, the third instalment in Melissa De La Cruz’s Blue Bloods vampire series – Revelations – finds Schuyler tackling problems that transcend your regular teenage, adolescent dramas. Or do they?
After the death of her Grandmother, Schuyler suddenly finds herself living with the Force’s, against her will. Waking up to the sound of Mimi Force’s voice every morning isn’t exactly Schuyler’s idea of fun. It’s bad enough that she has to see Mimi every day at school, now that the two girls are permanent housemates, Schuyler’s home-life has taken a turn for the worse. To make things even more complicated, living with the Force’s also means sharing a roof with the one boy that Schuyler loves more than life itself. Shame that Jack Force is Mimi’s “twin”, and her destined life partner. Jack and Mimi share a bond so strong that such a bond has never been successfully broken in all of vampire history. Devoted fans, however, would be well aware of the growing sexual tension between Jack and Schuyler. Will living in the same house finally tip their attraction over the edge? And if so, what would be the cost? These were definitely the questions burning on my lips as I picked up this novel, and while I can safely say that Revelations does in fact reveal some of the answers the fandom seek, closure on the matter seems a long way off. As the epilogue comes to a close, I couldn’t help but feel that the narrative does a one-eighty, and readers end up back at the beginning, asking the same questions, pondering the outcome in much the same way we were at the end of Masquerade.
While it has never been easy to like Mimi, readers might be surprised to find Schuyler is a little less likable than she was in previous novels. I hope for the sake of our protagonist that the questionable decisions she makes in Revelations are simply the result of immature, adolescent hormones, rather than a complete shift in her character and personality.
As I turned the last page, I found myself exhaling and feeling slightly frustrated that I would most likely have to wait an entire year for the next instalment. But I have to give De La Cruz props for her focus on action and drama. So much happens in such a short space of time that dwelling on specific events is never really an option. And although I feel a little ripped off in terms of closure, it is that exact feeling that will undoubtedly find me hanging for the next novel.