Sunday, May 16, 2010
Book Review: Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan's most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and --as Schuyler soon discovers-- the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they've been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?
Hungry for more. Blue Bloods, book one in the Blue Bloods series, left me hungry for more. There is often a tricky balance that an author has to find when serving up the first book in a series. In my opinion, Blue Bloods maintains an enjoyable balance of introducing us to the series and moving the story forward. The characters are well developed and believable. I found myself immediately identifying with Schuyler, a social misfit at the elite Duchesne school, and felt compelled to continue rapidly turning pages to see what she would encounter in the future and what she would soon discover about her past. De la Cruz manages to interweave an elaborate back-story of vampire history without losing the reader's interest and without becoming unnecessarily complicated or confusing. I found Blue Bloods to be a fun, quick read that left me wanting to sink my teeth into more books in the Blue Bloods series.
I recommend Blue Bloods to readers of paranormal, paranormal romance, young adult, mysteries, thrillers, and urban fantasy and especially to fans of vampire fiction.
Source: This book was purchased by me for review.
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E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.