Review: Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
Synopsis: From Amazon
Lavish parties. Passionate meetings in the night. Bone-chilling murders. Exams. The day-to-day life of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Bloods friends (and enemies) is never boring. But there's oh-so-much more to know about the beautiful and powerful Blue Bloods. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, lies a wealth of revealing short stories, journal entries, and never-before-seen letters about the vampire elite dating back through time. Won't you come inside?
As you might have noticed I am kind-of a Blue Bloods fan-girl so I was very excited when Atom Books sent me a copy of the new addition to The Blue Bloods Series. Yes, I admit it squeeing was involved when I opened the package : D
WARNING: This is a companion book to The Blue Blood Series and should therefore not be read without reading the other books as a lot of the plot is revealed but you wouldn't necessarily understand the implications of events and interactions without reading the other books.
Keys compliments the other books in the series perfectly. Answering a lot of the questions I had regarding the plot from the other Blue Blood books. Written in log format from the point of view of the human conduits in charge of the repository complete with reports.
This format enables terrific background detailing and plot definition without emotion to cloud judgement. The history given of each of the central characters really helped to clarify there actions and personalities. You can see how their very long past has shaped their character in the present.
Melissa actually starts the book with a letter to the reader, which I found made the book that more personal. She actually puts little notes throughout the book explaining her writing process and how the story of the Blue Bloods developed. It made me feel as if more involved with the plot and understand the character development better.
The reports are interspersed with short stories focalized from some of the other characters point of view. Although they played an important part in the plot formation/action of the other books their characters weren't developed beyond their role in the plot. This chance to see their side of events really added depth to their character and gave another dimension to the plot. Although I am a bit confused about Dylan?
Melissa has included teaser chapters of forthcoming books in the series that really had me jumping up and down with impatience. I want them now.
There is even an appendix of peripheral characters and another of the terminology used throughout the Blue Bloods Series. Which was really helpful in getting everything clear in my overcrowded head : D
A terrific anthology that compliments the rest of the series perfectly : D
You can read the first chaper at Blue Bloods Books - just click the link ;)