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Spotlight: Blue Bloods

Working my way through a stack of young adult urban fantasy has been quite a lot of fun this month. I've found several books/series I've never even heard of and added a lot of books to my wishlist. And let me tell you... reading a book about zombies after having spent the day in a cemetery for a funeral was one of the stranger experiences I've had in reading.

I love all sorts of UF thematic elements be it zombies or faeries or shapeshifters but let's face it... vampires are the theme du jour right now. I blame the success of the Twilight Saga series and the film based on the first book. I can't even go into my local hot topic without being bombarded by t-shirts plastered with characters and quotes from the flick. And that is what had made it so difficult to find books to read this month!

I've found a few non-vampire books to read and review but the one that's really got me right now is the first in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De la Cruz. (Visit Cruz's site for information on the series: http://melissa-delacruz.com). It's just so well thought out and intelligent for teen fic. Thus I've decided to spotlight the series this month! I think it deserves the notice and want to encourage adults looking into some good YA vampire fiction to check it out.
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Blue Bloods #1
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.

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Masquerade #2
Trade Paperback (HYPERION BOOK, 336 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 1423101278
Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help--her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman--a true Blue Blood affair.
But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.
Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.

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Revelations #3
Trade Paperback (HYPERION BOOK, 272 pages, $8.99)
ISBN# 1423102282
Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City's wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.
Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question--is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire's secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone. (Paperback Release: Summer 2009)

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The Van Alen Legacy #4
Hardcover (HYPERION BOOK, 320 pages, $16.99)
ISBN# 1423102266
With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged. (Release: Fall 2009)


Karen W. said...

I LOVE the "Blue Bloods" series and was excited to see there's a 4th book coming out in the fall.

Rhi said...

I just finished the first one last night and am definitely going to try and keep up with the series. It's not everyday you find a good vampire series that blends real historical facts into it. Thanks for commenting Karen!


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