Book Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Blue BloodsBlue Bloods

by Melissa de la Cruz

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: Blue Bloods (1)
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy
Published By: Hyperion in 2007
Format: Paperback (302 pages)

Goodreads / LibraryThing

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?

Review

I surprised myself by loving this book.

I find that the summary on the back of the book is a little misleading – Blue Bloods follows not only the story of Schuyler Van Allen, but also the stories of Bliss Llewellyn and Madeline Force (“Mimi”). There are enough cliches to make it familiar, but few enough so that the pieces of originality stood out well. At the beginning, I was afraid that De La Cruz was going to dive into intense descriptions of clothes (hey-lo upper class, teenage NYC!), but she only did so when was appropriate, and in the voice of the one character who would actually care about something like that – Mimi. There isn’t a single mention of a name-brand that Schuyler is wearing (excepting, of course, her modelling campaign, but her discomfort is clear the whole time).

The summary on the back of the book implies that this is a paranormal mystery, but the story itself seems to be more coming-of-age… except it’s not about growing up… it’s about becoming a vampire.

There were enough unique aspects in this book to make it feel fresh in a world that is torn between sparkly emo vampires (Meyer), and vicious, cunning vampires (Rice). She uses enough of the traditional aspects to remain true to the folklore, but explains away everything that doesn’t fit. Even if she doesn’t use aspects like garlic, etc., then I appreciate the fact she finds a justification for not using them. New aspects, such as the flashbacks and reincarnation? That’s just cool.

However, there are points that are a little cheesy – Gabriel and Michael, for starters. Also, Oliver felt too flat after revealing his secret, as though knowing that sucked his character dry for me, and that was a little disappointing.

This book is great for people who want to read a light vampire flick, who aren’t forcefully invented in “vampire” as the word is defined by another author, and as always with YA… people who can dissociate themselves from an adult mindset and recognize that the main characters may have souls as old as time, but their bodies and maturity level aren’t quite as old.

I will be picking up the next book in this series, and I hope it delivers.

TL;DR

The romance is tacky, but the spin on vampires is fun and interesting.  I devoured this book and will be reading more.


Source

This was one of the books I picked up when our local Borders liquidated after the bankruptcy. 😦


First Sentence

“The Bank was a decrepit stone building at the tail end of Houston Street, on the last divide between the gritty East Village and the wilds of the Lower East Side.”


Some of My Favorite Quotes

“Black is the color of night. White is the true color of death.”


Alternate Covers


Available At

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound

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