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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Released Date: May 1, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: Hardcover (302 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Blue Bloods #1
Genre: Fantasy
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Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description: 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?

Book Trailer:

Memorable Quotes:

"Black is the color of night. White is the true color of death."

"He kissed her, and their souls melted into each other in a melody older than time."

"Oliver liked to play the part of disaffected youth, but he liked shopping in SoHo even more."

My Musings: I really didn't know what to think when I picked up this book. Recently, I have read many vampire books, and have become slightly strained against that story line. Plus, I didn't want to read anything that could be compared to Gossip Girl. It's just not my type of style. This book washed away all those pre-conscieved thoughts, and threw me for a total loop.

First of all, this book is very unique in that it ties in fallen angels and vampires into one tale. Never did if figure that this two beings can be side by side, put now I am a believer.

Melissa De La Cruz has created a vivid world, with many complex characters with crazy storylines. They are so complex, that the book is switched from more than four different character perspectives. This is essential to get the big picture. There are some fantastic flashbacks and romance to boot.

Schuyler and Oliver are my two favorites. Schuyler is quirky and doesn't conform to the rich and glamorous. That just makes her more relatable to us normal foke. Oliver is the geeky cute side kick that you just can't help but fall in love with.

I can't wait to continue the series, and find out what happens next to all of Melissa's characters.

Cover Art: Love the cover. Classy, but haunting. It really draws you in to want to learn more.

Reading Order:
Blue Bloods
The Van Alen Legacy
Misguided Angel
Lost in Time


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