Even though I have not read the first book in this series, I found it surprisingly accessible to a first-tiWon as apart of the LibraryThing giveaway.
Even though I have not read the first book in this series, I found it surprisingly accessible to a first-time reader of Blue's work. This definitely fits the YA genre, but I have to disagree with the idea floating around that this bridges the YA-Adult fiction divide.
You can definitely tell what Blue reads in their spare time/their influences in terms of the YA/supernatural genres - I saw a lot of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden in Val's character, and a lot of the world from Charlaine Harris' "Southern Vampires" series imported into the Demon Underground world.
I do have to say, though - Blue's take on how demons/half-demons would look in human form was definitely interesting, especially in Shade's case. I wish there had been more risks like that taken throughout the book because otherwise, it's really not anything new or original within the YA/supernatural genre.
If you're looking to unwind with some fun reading to distract you from a rough day, this series is for you. If you're looking for something deeper, you might want to look elsewhere.
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 inforEverything 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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