Published in: 2011
Edition read: Paperback, which did not appreciate being semi-dunked in the pool and now has curling pages…
Series: Book 6 in the Blue Bloods series
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.
Boy, this book took me forever to read. I wasn’t really feeling this series, but had to get though to at least this book, because I had this paperback sitting on my literal to-read shelf for like 6 years, it was time to read it already. And drop the edges into the pool, because I primarily read this book while lounging in the pool in the leadup to New Years.
So, as per the rest of the series, the book is told from multiple viewpoints- from Schooler’s, as she and Jack attempt to be a normal couple living in Egypt and searching for Catherine of Sienna (whoever that is, I am still not clear on that), from Mimi’s as she and Oliver travel through the underworld to find Kingsley Martin (and this was the most interesting of the three viewpoints, just FYI), and from Allegra’s view, 20 years in the past, telling the story of how Allegra and Ben came to have Schooler.
As stated, Mimi’s story about travelling to the underworld with Oliver was the most entertaining by far. I enjoyed Allegra’s storyline because it filled in all the information we were missing about Schooler’s parents, but the storyline about Schooler and Jack just bored me to tears and made me wish I could reach into the book and drown Schooler instead of just the poor pages of the book. If only she wasn’t such a bland, boring, unimaginative lead character. What Jack sees in her I will never understand.
Lost in time rating: 5/10
Would I re-read it? Probably not… if I did, I’d read the Allegra and Mimi chapters and skip over Schooler’s entirely.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, or of young adult vampire fantasy.
Author’s website: http://melissa-delacruz.com/book/lost-in-time/