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5.21.2009

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa De La Cruz
Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Vampires
Trade Paperback (HYPERION BOOK, 336 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 142310126X
Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she's starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz's vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read.

Author Site:
melissa-delacruz.com


What color is your blood? (5 stars)

For students of the uber elite New York City private school known as Duchesne, wealth and beauty aren't the only things that determine social status. Quite literally, the color of one's blood determines what secrets one can and can't be privy to or which social circles a student will associate with. That is because much of Duchesne's student body consists of Blue Bloods—vampires! For centuries the Blue Bloods have been invincible but when a young Duchesne student is murdered under mysterious circumstances rumors of an ancient evil that preys on their kind begin to surface.

Schuyler Van Alen was always an outsider at Duchesne. Content to wear her layers of black and vintage, hang with her best friend Oliver and visit her comatose mother in the hospital on Sundays, the last thing Schuyler expects is to learn that she's a vampire. Sucked into the world of the Blue Bloods she must uncover their most dangerous secrets if she is to protect herself from the enemy hunting her peers down.

The premise for this series is so complex and well written that it's really hard to summarize it without giving away anything important. Many of the reviews I read before choosing this book complained that half the book has gone by before vampires are ever mentioned. I have to say I disagree with this being a bad thing. If you pay careful attention there are very subtle hints at the vampire side of things which I found only tantalized me building up the excitement for when the 'big reveal' moment came.

The historical inspiration used for this series really added to the elegance and richness of the world creation. The concept of vampires being some of the earliest American settlers is sure to please and interest any young adult readers who love history class. But the series also has the designer label mentions and rich, high society nods that are so popular with teen readers right now and fortunately they aren't so overpoweringly constant that they date the series.

My one complaint about this book was that Schuyler is presented as the protagonist but Bliss Llewellyn for me felt like she could almost have been switched with her. Both characters are very likable and relatable in different ways. Surprisingly I found most of the Duchesne students to be likable, interesting and pretty mature (in a good way) without being overly raunchy and adult. I am definitely hooked on the series after just this one book!

Overall I don't think this is one for a reluctant reader and while I would use discretion with choosing what age of teen reader to give it to I felt it was a nearly perfect example of young adult vampire fiction. Enjoy!

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