Oh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed,...moreOh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed, and why Patch is handling her with kid gloves (or is he?), I found myself getting incredibly bored within the first 50 pages of the book. I was hoping that the cliche of "my boyfriend feels that he has to keep me at arms' length to protect me while still trying to love me" wouldn't be used within this series, but unfortunately, it was. I guess you could call this cliche "twilight syndrome" (for obvious reasons), and I was so overwhelmingly disappointed that this was inserted into Patch and Nora's relationship.
I get so very tired of the girl being the pawn between two other parties - this case, Heaven and the Fallen - and unfortunately, this book is no exception to the case. Yet another symptom of twilight syndrome, I'm afraid. Now, compare this to Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series, where you have the girl being the forceful power behind the literal falling from grace of the male character - that's refreshing. That's what I like in my literature. The helpless female? SO 1890's. Austen's calling, she wants her characters back.
I'm not even sure at this point whether or not I want to even look at the third book. And for me, that's a pretty strong statement.(less)
Everything I love about the "Blue Bloods" series is captured right here in this slim volume. "Keys to the Repository" gives you a lot of insider infor...moreEverything I love about the "Blue Bloods" series is captured right here in this slim volume. "Keys to the Repository" gives you a lot of insider information that was either hinted at or not given to the reader before in the previous four books. I was so happy this was released, because honestly, I was wondering when we were going to be getting some kind of companion book to keep track of everything. And then in 2010, this came out! Yay!
So why review it now, more than a year later? Well, the penultimate book is coming out in a few weeks, and netgalley thoughtfully provided me with a re-read version. So I thought I'd refresh my brain with the information provided then, and keep it mind for when "Lost in Time" comes out on September 17th.
The other great thing about this book is the wonderful short stories and outtakes from the "BB" universe that we hadn't seen before, or memos from within the coven that sheds a lot of light on the misadventures that have been happening within the Blue Blood world at large, whether it be in the States or Europe, or other places around the world. It's a little treasure trove of information and if you're a fan of the series, this is a definite must-have to refer to when you need it. I won't spoil what you'll find in here - so you'll have to check it out for yourself.
And possibly the best part of this companion book is that it sets up for books 5 and beyond with its epilogue/preview chapter at the end. It doesn't give us much to go on, but it sets the mood, and it gives you an undeniable craving for the next books in the series. At least, that's what it did for me. I was practically chomping at the bit for the next book after reading the teaser at the end of this book. Hell, I still am now.
So whether you're just dipping your toes into the BB universe, or are an experienced navigator in its waters, give "Keys" a read - you'll be thankful for all of the knowledge you've gained.
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