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August 30, 2011

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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Series: Blue Bloods 1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon

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?
As the name of the series and the first book suggests, Blue Bloods is about Manhattan's Vampire royalty.

The backdrop is present day NY Upper East Side and we'll play voyeur to these Mayflower children with their lavish lifestyles, catty dispositions and drama-filled lives.

The heroine, Schuyler Van Alen, just recently found out that she's part of this elite group called the Blue Bloods. They were Fallen Angels cursed to live again and again as Vam-pyres. preying on human blood. Their transition begins around their 15th birthday and old memories slowly start to permeate their current ones easing them slowly to who and what they really are.

Of late, there is an alarming number of deaths in their community and the victims are drained of blood. This puts all of them in danger because the Committee and Wardens continue to cover up the murders and refuses to warn the younger Blue Bloods. Behind it all are the Silver Bloods, Lucifer's posse of Fallen Angels who are after their fellow Angels to make themselves practically invincible. Only Schuyler with the help of her grandmother Cordelia, can help them uncover the mystery behind the Silver Bloods and how to stop them.

The previous reviews that I've read didn't exaggerate when they said that the label dropping and the zealous flaunting of wealth is a little off putting at first. But they were also right in saying that once you get past that part you'll be intrigued by it all as well. I agree with the first observation because there were moments where it could've been foregone. We get it, these kids don't shop in Forever21 and even vintage for them doesn't equate to Goodwill or the Swap Meet.

BUT plot is interesting though there are a couple of YA cliche's like The Golden Boy, the Queen Bee and her court, The Rebel, The Sidekick, The Loyal Bestie and the inconspicuous Heroine. However the conflict is intricately woven I don't know where to start. But the points below are what whetted my appetite.
  • As reincarnated souls, Schuyler is a new one and she's an outsider because she's a half-human and her mother is more than who she appears to be.
  • The Golden Boy, Jack Force, is drawn to Schuyler because his soul remembers her mother and in the past I'm assuming that they've been intimate at one point.
  • The Queen Bee, Mimi Force and Jack's twin, has also been the latter's spouse on several of his previous incarnations so there's also a certain intimacy between them that is a little bit weird considering they're currently siblings.
By the end of the book I'm actually quite impressed by the story. De la Cruz set a lot of rules and I'm curious on how she'll keep everyone and everything inside the lines. On top of that her vampire myth is a combination of other things, not just Fallen Angels, but other myths as well. I guess the series got too much flack from all the branding mentioned but if you can at least finish the first book I guarantee that she'll make you pick up the next one, Masquerade.


5 comments:

  1. Gossip Girl Vampires! Blake Lively sucking blood. LOL!

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  2. LOL! We'll see but volume 1 ended in a very interesting note. If you ignore the label dropping and just focus on the story it's actually good.

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  3. I read this book about 6 months ago, but never read the second one. It was sort of like "Gossip Girl" or "Pretty Litle Liars", but with vampires and is better then both those books.

    The stuff with Jack and Mimi weirded me out. Though I may read the second one someday...

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  4. I know, me too but it has something to do with their past incarnations. But if you've gone through Mortal Instruments then I think you'll survive this one. LOL

    I'll let you know once I've read the second one. The story looks promising.

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  5. True that. I read the first two Mortal Instruments, but than stopped. I will likely go back and read the 3rd one of those. I have such a problem finishing series lately! I did finally go back and start reading the 5th Vampire Academy book!

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