by Melissa de la Cruz
Published September 2011 by Disney/Hyperion
Book Description (From Goodreads):
After their beautiful yet brief bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force are forced to separate. To fulfill the Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler travels to Alexandria to search for Catherine of Siena and the Gate of Promise. But Schuyler quickly discovers that everything she believed about the Gate to be wrong. Meanwhile, Jack makes the difficult decision to return to New York to face his twin and former bondmate, Mimi. But instead of a bitter reunion, he is faced with a choice for which there is no good option.
Mimi, with a most unexpected travel companion in Oliver Hazard-Perry, jets off to Egypt, too, to search for Kingsley Martin, her long lost love. With all roads leading to Hell, Mimi learns that not all love stories have happy endings. But she’ll have to put her own feelings aside if she’s going to save her crumbling Coven.
Packed with heartache, twists, and vampiric folklore, Lost in Time is sure to satisfy hungry fans’ cravings for more Blue Bloods adventure.
After reading the fifth installment in this series and being pretty disappointed, I pushed ahead and read the sixth book anyway. I’m really glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The alternating points of view has returned, and I never thought that I’d say I would be happy to see that it was back. But the last book being in three sections made me change my tune.
Schuyler and Jack are fresh off their bonding ceremony, and now they must go their separate ways after searching for the Gate of Promise and turning up empty. Jack decides to finally face his twin, Mimi, after breaking their bond to be with Mimi, and the results are rather exciting in the end. It’s nice to see some actual conflict and action out of these two where they are both forced to admit their feelings.
Mimi drags Oliver along with her to Hell in an effort to rescue Kingsley Martin, her former lover and the one she’s quickly realized she just might love more than her former bondmate, Jack. But is she really willing to make the sacrifices necessary to break him free of Hell, and what happens if he doesn’t want to leave? Melissa de la Cruz paints some vivid imagery here as she takes you through the circles of Hell until you get to the inner circles where Kingsley resides, and it’s a nice change of pace from the usual high society New York and Italian landscapes from the previous books.
The third storyline in this book focuses on Schuyler’s mother, Gabrielle, and her relationship with Michael and Schuyler’s human father Stephen. You get the entire backstory leading up to how Gabrielle finds herself in a coma. It’s nice to finally see how all of this comes to be, and it only took five books to get there. (that should be in sarcasm font)
Lost in Time gets a five out of five. Mimi’s character development continues, and definitely in a most unexpected way. I certainly didn’t expect her decisions in the end and was pleasantly surprised. I loved to see Gabrielle’s backstory finally explained. This installment was so much better than the fifth book that it gives me high hopes for the final book in the Blue Bloods series, due out January 2013.