Book Review: Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods Short Stories) by Melissa de la Cruz

Lavish parties. Secret trysts. Bone-chilling murders. Angels.  Demons.  Midterms. The day-to-day lives of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Blood friends (and enemies) are never boring. But there's oh-so-much more to know about these beautiful and powerful teens. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, is a wealth of never-before-revealed information about the vampire elite that dates back to the dawn of history. In a series of short stories, journal entries, and intimate letters, New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz gives you the keys to the Repository and an even more in-depth look into the secret world of the Blue Bloods. Won't you come inside?

This was the first companion novel to a series that I have ever read.  Since I'm no fan of short stories, I wasn't sure what I was going to think of it.  Keys to the Repository contains two bonus chapters: one featuring Jack and Schuyler, and one featuring Dylan Ward.  It also gives us the first two chapters of Misguided Angel (yay!). 

From reading other bloggers' reviews, I understand that some fans of the Blue Bloods series were confused reading The Van Alen Legacy.  I was able to follow the story just fine, but I had re-read the first three books in the series right before The Van Alen Legacy's release, so it was all fresh in my mind.  One of the things I love most about this series is that the story is so multi-layered and steeped in history.  I like that we can trace the origins of the Blue Bloods back through time.  Keys to the Repository provides helpful character bios and is like a refresher course in preparation for Misguided Angel.  It's not a must-read for fans of the series, but I would definitely recommend it.

Just One Gripe:
Some of the writing was pretty dry.  At times it felt like I was reading  a history book.

The Best Thing About This Book:
Without a doubt, it's the chapter about Jack and Schuyler's first meeting at the Perry Street apartment.  That chapter alone is worth the price of the book!

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