Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Published: September 27th 2011 by Hyperion
Description: The stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force depart for Egypt, desperate to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face his twin, Mimi, for a blood trial. A blood trial that only one of them can survive. But everything Schuyler thought she knew about the gate turns out to be a lie, and they soon find themselves ensnared in a deadly battle against the demon-born. Schuyler and Jack take up arms, only to realize that there is a much graver threat simmering in the Kingdom of the Dead. Meanwhile, determined to save the only vampire she still loves, Mimi has followed Kingsley Martin into Hell. With the help of her new human Conduit, Oliver Hazard-Perry, Mimi makes a bargain with the Queen of the Dead that she may soon regret. When the time comes to choose between love and revenge, both Mimi and Oliver will learn the true meaning of sacrifice.
I Give This ...
Once again... I've let time get away from me. School is back in session and with teaching, homework, and the kids' outside activities, blogging falls behind. Since this one is not a review book, I'm going to make this short and sweet.
Jack and Schulyer kind of drove me crazy in this book. I don't think they really mean to bury their heads in the sand, but that's what it felt like they were doing. I think they were enjoying their honeymoon time together. It was almost like they didn't want to face the reality of the world around them. As long as the convinced themselves that they were looking for the gate, it didn't matter how much time passed. I was glad to see push come to shove and they were forced to deal with the matters at hand. Jack needed to face Mimi, and Schuyler needed to find the gate.
Mimi Forces really grew on me in this book. She knows she has to face Jack, but she's willing to let him stall as long as possible. In the mean time, she's going to Hell back for Kingsley. Her trip through the land of the dead was my favorite part of the story. It reminded me a great deal of other stories I've read in the past that deal with world of the dead. I do have to admit that I was a little nervous if the old Mimi would emerge in order to fully extract Kingsley from Hell's grasp.
It was a little slow at parts, but the ending just shows how evenly matched Jack and Mimi are. And it also shows how much they truly love their significant others but respect their bonds. I'm looking forward to the next one to see how this all ends.