Book Review: Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods #5.5) by Melissa de la Cruz

Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps - the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series. Also, witness the bonding of Jack and Schuyler.

Release Date: December 28, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Purchased

I am no lover of short stories, and with that in mind, you'd think I would stop reading them.  However, when short stories are part of a series I just can't resist.  Bloody Valentine falls between books five and six in the Blue Bloods series and it was the perfect teaser to tide me over until Lost in Time (book six) comes out in September.
Bloody Valentine contains three short stories: the first about Oliver trying to recover from being Schuyler's familiar, the second a look back in time to Allegra and Charles Van Allen's relationship, and the third a present-day account of Jack and Schuyler's bonding.  The bonding is why I bought this book and although it does irk me that I paid about $10 for a book that took me an hour and a half to read, the third story was worth the cost of the book.  I have been team Jack all along so it was great to read about Jack and Schuyler's happiness.

My one complaint about this book is the same complaint I have with all short stories: it felt lacking in substance and depth.  However, I would definitely recommend Bloody Valentine to fans of the series.  It's a great addition to the series, and sets up the author's new series about witches as well (funny how convenient that is...).

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