Series: Blue Bloods #1
Edition: Paperback, 320 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Could those vampire legends really be true? Steeped in vampire lore and set against the glittery backdrop of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by Melissa de la Cruz’s legion fans.
In general I’d say this book has a lot of potential. The author has a talent for writing and that much is very obvious, however you can also tell that she works for a fashion magazine because a lot of that talent goes into describing the clothes and possessions each person has. I found this to be annoying in general as it continues throughout the whole book, but it wasn’t enough for me to hate it because it is written better then most teenage vampire books. This is like a combination of Gossip Girls and Vampire Diaries, so it has the possibility of being addictive. It’s a very easy to read book regardless of the constant fashion talk and it’s possible to get through it quickly. Also unlike other books it’s written in 3rd person and doesn’t focus on just one person which is a refreshing when it comes to adding variety to the plot. Another refreshing quality is the fact that it’s not all about romance as it is in other teen vamp fiction, this has a plot that takes the front position and the romance is kind of a plus. The characters are relate-able on a caste type of level as they can come off as shallow or wishy-washy.
Overall I did enjoy the book when it wasn’t talking about the oh so fabulous clothing world. The plot to me was kind of different and there are a lot of different qualities to it that you don’t find many places among the young adult genre. I must admit that for some reason that gossip factor of the book is kind of addicting no matter how much I think this to be on the lower scale of brain use, so that definitely gives it brownie points. I do like it more then Twilight which seems to be the basis for most comparisons these days, and I’ll give the second book a go. However I must say that if the second book is on the same level as the first then there is a good chance I won’t move on to the third, I enjoyed it but I don’t think I can take a lot high elite gossip and fashion talk.