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The Van Alen Legacy

(Blue Bloods #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  64,295 ratings  ·  1,577 reviews

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 369 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Disney/Hyperion
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May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Melissa de la Cruz has been holding out on us! The Van Alen Legacy is by far the best in series. As a reader, I got everything I wanted, plus many amazing things I never would have thought to ask for. This series is basically a vampire soap opera, but man, what a well done soap opera it is.

It has been over a year since Rio and Schuyler and Oliver have been on the run nearly as long. It would seem as though she has made her choice, but just as she makes a daring move to secure her and Oliver's sa
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I want to know what's gonna happen between Schuyler and Jack!!!!!! ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is like a supernatural soap opera with a touch of political thriller dashed in for your entertainment. This one, so far, has been my favorite because of the pace and the revaluations that finally came to be, along with Allegra no longer in her role as what was basically Sleeping Beauty as a Vampire-Angel. Now time to start Misguided Angel (which I must say has one of the prettiest covers)!

My quick and simple overall: adventurous and engrossing!
Nicole Goodwin
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
WARNING: I AM VERY OPINIONATED, READ AT OUR OWN RISK! I wish there were 2.5 stars. This was, in my opinion, better than the first 3 books, but probably not something I would mark as 3 whole stars. Now, having said that, I can't lie, I have enjoyed reading this series. Why would I rate something as a 2 if I enjoyed reading it? Well, because its not great writing and the story isn't wonderful, and I don't like some of the events...but, she has hooked me with the mystery. So, I have to give her poi ...more
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was ok

I was torn between rating The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz one and five stars. Certain scenes (anything with Ollie/Schuyler romance for example) were incredibly cringe-worthy whilst others, such as the self-sacrificing Kinglsey, deserved a standing ovation.

Probably the worst part (and the main reason for a potential one star rating) was the constant skipping around of point-of-views; I love hearing other character'
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Blue Bloods fans
Recommended to Julie by: read the other Blue Bloods books
Bleh. First of all, I was sure I'd read somewhere that this was the last Blue Bloods book, but this barely wrapped anything up, so I guess I'm in for at least one more volume.

This book just felt scattered all over the place. There is so much going on, with so many people, and so many sub-plots, and so much backstory - it just gets confusing. I also realize how unattached I am to this series, because I page one of this book alerted me to the fact that I'd completely forgotten 9/10 of what happene
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: blue bloods fans
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Jul 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I am once again impressed by Melissa's skills! THE VAN ALEN LEGACY just might be my favorite of the series!

Since there is no synopsis up on the web, I'll just explain a couple of things. After the death of Sky's grandfather, the Committee is lost. With Jack and Mimi Force's father gone, they have no one to lead. And when Bliss' father steps forward, everyone is happy with the decision, but when a note from an anonymous sender pops up, regretful thinking prevents him from landing the position.

I l
Elizabeth Scott
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I got super lucky and was able to read the latest Blue Bloods book--out on Oct 6th--and okay, The Van Alen Legacy? So good I actually COULDN'T stop reading it. For real--I had work to do, but I kept saying, "I'll just read one more page. Okay, one more chapter. Okay, just this little bit more...

The Van Alen Legacy is a non-stop ride of twists and turns and OMG I didn't see that coming! and OMG! over other things I won't mention for fear of spoilers but let's just say that if you are a Blue Bloo
Janelle Dazzlepants
Holy fuuuuuuuuuck. This book was DEFINITELY worth the wait, and I'd venture to say it's probably the best in the series. Lucifer finally takes the stage, and there's so much more action and excitement than in the previous books. The Van Alen Legacy finally gives us the information we need and kickstarts what we've been waiting for over the past 3 books.

Everything is sort of turned on its head in the Van Alen Legacy - relationships are twisted and broken, angels are going against the Code, nobod
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
The series started out so great. The premise was extremely original considering all the other vampire works coming out - reincarnation through life cycles, vampire/angel crossovers, half bloods, conspiracies, murder, and prophecies - but sadly that was all put to the side in favor of teenage angst, designer purses, and underage drinking. And this book in particular seems to have had nothing really happen in it. It's almost like it's filler. I literally skimmed a majority of this book, reading on ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
This is where the series lost me. I loved the first one...but by number four I just can't stand switching through everyone's pov the way this series does. Plus, the story is random and doesn't make sense. .The plot holes are just something my logical brain can't ignore anymore. maybe I'll skim the rest just to see what's going on with jack. ...more
bella farren
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, ya
4 / 5 stars

reread: 25/04/20

I am flying through this at a concerning pace. I've had to put myself on a momentary ban so I can study for my upcoming tests (I'm sure it'll only last for a few hours, probably finish the next two by the end of the day lmao).
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story that started it all - such a creative, truly unique to incorporate vampires with angels and Roman history. Having said that, the delivery was kind of blah.

I wish I could say I was sucked in to Skylar and Ollie's adventures or Kingsley and Mimi's quest or the love triangle (with an infinite number of sides) with all of the character. But I wasn't.

The most interesting part was the battle that Bliss is facing, but the way she discovered everything about herself - the constant
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Vampire
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Weird Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: (i don't remember.... my bad.)
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
More action scenes.
Worst Part: Still lost on what's going on.
Thoughts Had: what is happening!?; Poor Bliss; I'm lost.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

Short Review: Is it bad that i don't even r
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it


No actual review, I just pimp my fanart.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BB Fans
Recommended to Julie by: Che Artuz and Szamicaela
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Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. It may sound weird, but I actually liked this book.
*slow music, heads turning towards me...weird expressions...*
YES! I liked this book!

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I really, really love The blue bloods series. Its among the top vampire books I am actually interested to read and know what gonna happen in the end. Because nowadays, vampire books are full of shit.

So... basically, the fourth book was especially, like, made for me because I forgot all the characters (except for the main ones) and I read the
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Melissa de la Cruz has been holding out on us! The Van Alen Legacy is by far the best in series. As a reader, I got everything I wanted, plus many amazing things I never would have thought to ask for. This series is basically a vampire soap opera, but man, what a well done soap opera it is.

It has been over a year since Rio and Schuyler and Oliver have been on the run nearly as long. It would seem as though she has made her choice, but just as she makes a daring move to secure her and Oliver's s
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
*Spoiler Alert*

I'll give what I liked, did not like, and heartbreaking moments (in no particular order).

What I liked:
- Oliver, always Oliver. He is so caring and loving to Schuyler but sigh.
- Mimi's change of attitude at the beginning and middle of the book. She was so... nice.
- Trying to figure out what Schuyler's next step was going to be. Pretty much her sections of the book.

What I did not like:
- Bliss's sections. I avoided them. Yes she was strong for overcoming Lucifer but I did not like
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
So, I'd firstly like to address the fact that this is not the last book of the series. I don't know why I was led to believe that it was, but let me tell you, it is a huge disappointment to read a book and discover that the saga is still not over when you've finished. I kind of just want to see this series end. I stand by what I said last time, I'm in it for the plot. I do have to commend de la Cruz, as I thought her writing had definitely improved significantly in this book. But it's still a lo ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Okay, so I admit that after my scathing review of Revelations it's a surprise that I'm even reading this book. But I did mention that the fourth book could be interesting and thankfully I was not disappointed this time!

Unlike Revelations, this book is quite action filled straight from the beginning. The chapters alternate narrative between Schuyler, Mimi, and Bliss. Schuyler is still on the run after the incidents that wrapped up Revelations. Mimi is already working as a Venator hunting for who
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by YoungBibliophile for

Blue Blood Schuyler Van Alen and her Conduit, Oliver Hazard-Perry, are on the run.

Her grandfather has just been murdered by the Silver Bloods, but the Conclave thinks she did it. Their last hope is to ask the European Conclave for refuge and aid as she tries to fight the demon that killed her grandfather and is looking to maybe get her next.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Bliss Llewellyn, in is the Hamptons, where her body has been taken over by an un
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
I loved this book. It was so much better than the rest in the series. I couldn't get my eyes out of the pages. This book was amazing for a YA book, I would even say that I enjoyed it a bit more than the Morganville vampires series and as much as the vampire academy series.

I loved everything about this series. The story about how vampires exist is so well created in this series that I never got bored or tired about hearing it in every book, all details and information that was said about it just
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
You know, if you are going to stretch out a story arc to what the author is claiming will be ten (ten!!!!) books, you have to have enough story to tell. This book did very little to advance the overall plot and just did not keep me engaged in this series, it just felt like a whole lot of nothing happened. Characterizations are flat and lack nuance. If it is not literary, then there has to be a compelling story, this one fails on both counts. I think this is another series I am done with.
May 09, 2009 marked it as to-read
i cant wait to read this!!!
Suzzay Q
May 19, 2009 marked it as to-read
This is one of the best series I've ever read! This series is so so so so so so much better then Twilight not that i have any thing against twilight, but its the truth!!! ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I think I am running a love hate relationship with this series, I get torn apart every time I write a review for the Blue Bloods series. I have to say, this book was an improvement on book three, it was a bit more entertaining early on and held my attention. There was more groundbreaking moments that put me on the edge of the seat as well as really sad scenes.

If you have NOT read the first three books I would suggest not reading this review. I wouldn't want to spoil any of the book series for yo
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Van Allen Legacy is probably one of my favorite in the series. It has been over a year since the events in Rio & Lawrence Van Allen's death. Schuyler & Oliver have been on the run nearly as long because Schuyler is the main suspect in Lawrence's murder.

Though I know the book is told mostly from Schuyler's POV I was kind of bored with her story. She definitely took a backseat to Bliss & Mimi this time around.

I know a lot of reviewers complained of Bliss & her parts in this book - but I found
Carmaletta Hilton
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like

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Blue Bloods (7 books)
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