Tuesday, December 27

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320

Summary: 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?

My Thoughts: So, I have heard really great things about The Blue Blood series. So great in fact, I decided I would read them.
We are introduced to Schuyler Van Alen who goes to an expensive private school in New York City. The schools name is Duschesne. There she attends school with her best friend Oliver. Oliver is her only real friend and they have been best friends since they were kids.

Another student at her school is murdered, Aggie and nobody really understands why or how it happened. But in the back of Schuyler's mind, she suspects the worst and starts to ask questions. Another boy; Jack Force starts to take an interest in her. He's popular. You know the kind, popular, rich, hot, and all the girls notice him. Yes, one of those boys.
As the story progresses Schuyler learns more about Aggie's death and herself, and who she really is.  I also really enjoyed Oliver's character, I think he was my favorite.  
I did like where the story ended. We understand why Schuyler has started to get abilities, why her veins are changing, and why her relationship with Oliver is a bit strange.

I'll be honest the first half of this book dragged for me. I was confused at times. There is so much world building and at times I became frustrated. And every other paragraph it jumped between characters and at first it was hard to keep them straight. Who was whom and whom was related to whom. This reminds me of Gossip Girl (rich kids) but with vampires. It had me very confused at times.
Blue Bloods was an interesting take on vampires, I will read the second book and see where it goes. I enjoy all the secondary characters throughout the novel as well. I want to know more about their stories.

Overall: Like I said up above, it was confusing at times. I think now that I know more about each character I think I will enjoy the second book more or at least I hope so. If you start reading and start to feel frustrated, just keep reading on. It does get easier and smoother to read as the book goes. I think this rates more of a 3.5 or at least until we get to the middle. By the end of the book, it was way better than the first half. I hope that the other books suck me into the story more. I really want to enjoy this series.

Cover: Like it!  Like the bite marks and necklace. Very artistic.

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Alexa said...

I have had this book on my shelf for a very long time. I think I'm scared to read it because most people seem to only think the series is good, not great or amazing. I will just have to give it a shot though and see where I stand with it.

Thank you for the great review!

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I read the first two books in the series, but just wasn't getting interested enough to invest in the rest of the series. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed De La Cruz's Witches of East End.


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