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Bloody Valentine

Melissa de la Cruz: Bloody Valentine

  • Melissa de la Cruz
  • Fiction
  • Out now
  • English English
  • 54 EGP
  • Diwan
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Salma Tantawi
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Melissa de la Cruz: Bloody Valentine

Just as we thought
we’d had enough of vampire novels after the last few years of the Twilight pandemonium and its literary
copycats, another blue-blooded vampire series has hit bookstore shelves.
This time though, Bloody Valentine isn’t likely to cause the same amount
of fuss as Twilight.

The novella
includes three related short stories, each focusing on one or a couple of the
characters. The stories are as old as the immortal lives that they recount.
Vampire falls in love with human; vampire can’t be with human. Now where have
we seen that before?

We first
meet Oliver, a man struggling to escape his vampire ex-girlfriend
Schuyler’s hold on his heart. Meanwhile, she is in Italy, defying truth-seekers
and magic spells in order to be reunited with her lover, while the remaining
story takes us back to another generation, introducing the readers to Schuyler’s
parents.

Something
about reading this type of fiction beats the film versions of vampire tales,
even if it’s the same story, perhaps because the book version is often less
cheesy than watching the film and you don’t have to suffer poor acting. The
writing style of this novella is admittedly interesting and flows easily, and although
the plots are simple enough to follow, one ending may leave many questions
unanswered.    

Though the
stories aren’t particularly compelling, the author manages to maintain the
reader’s attention by building suspense and including a few well-written fight
scenes. Still, that doesn’t seem to provide a good enough read when the handful
of main characters lack depth and don’t develop much throughout the short
stories.   

Ultimately,
you may enjoy Bloody Valentine if you’re a fan of other
vampire-themed books or films. It makes a convenient read due to its small size
and easy language. That being said, non-vampire fans should be warned.

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Author Bio

Melissa de la Cruz is an American author known for her work in young-adult fiction. She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Teen Vogue and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and Fox News.

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