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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Book Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America. But not all the Pilgrims were pure of heart; they were not all escaping religious persecution. Indeed, some were not human: they were vampires. In present-day New York City, Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious New York private school. On her fifteenth birthday, her veins turn a bright blue and she begins to crave raw meat. Suddenly she is part of an exclusive secret society ruled by The Committee, a group of honored Blue Bloods. One of the popular girls at her school is found dead, and Schuyler decides to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger?
(Publishers website)

So, I wasn't quite sure how I would like this book since I have pretty much had my full of vampire stories for a while. I was, however, able to snag a used copy and though I would give it a try. I'm glad I did.

Blue Bloods is a vampire story but it's a little different from what you might be used to. There are three main aspects that I really liked. First off - the little amount of romance that does exist, isn't the main focus of the novel and it doesn't over power the story. Secondly - the story itself reads like a mystery. Third, the vampires themselves are different. Immortal - yes - but still very much modern. Oh - and they don't sparkle. AND it's hinted at that they orientated in Egypt which is one of my favorite aspects of Anne Rice's vampires. The characters are very much Manhattan socialites. Again, a different take.

I honestly didn't think I would like this story as much as I did. I could resist - had to buy the second in the series :) Blue Bloods doesn't really end on a cliff hanger but there is still a mystery to solve and a lot more of the story and background to reveal. I can't wait!

Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Ages 12 and up
Hyperion (www.hyperionteens.com)
Published April 2007
1st in a series that includes: Book 2: Masquerade 2007, Book 3: Revelations 2008, Book 4: The Van Alan Legacy 2009
302 pages


  1. Even though I'm not crazy about vampires, I think I'm going to try and read this series. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D


  2. This is an awesome series!


  3. I love this series. You'll definitely have to read the rest of the series(:

  4. I read these and they were not my favorite, but I am inclinded to keep reading the books. These are ones I would not buy, just wait for the library copy.

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Amazon keeps telling me to buy it, and I keep resisting, since I have a giant YA pile to get through.

  6. I haven't read this yet so I'm glad to hear you liked it. I'll have to give it a try, especially since it has a different take on the vampire story.

  7. This looks like a great book. I can't wait to read it! Great review!


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