I received this from the publisher this weekend. I read it super fast: 2 days! :)
I'm going to switch it up with this review! :)
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa De La Cruz
Summary (Melissa's Website)
Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City 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 dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.
But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Steeped in vampire lore and set against the glittery backdrop of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by fans of Melissa de la Cruz.
- Schuyler Van Alen is very likable. She's cute, smart, and not naive. She is blossoming and I'm looking forward to seeing her grow.
- Oliver, Schuyler's best friend, is a cutie!
- Vampires! Yup, the Blue Bloods are vampires. Truly unique vampires too.
- History element. I love the references to history. It makes it very believable.
- Mystery. Something's not right about how one of the students dies.
- Scanned documents. There are clippings from the journal of a Blue Blood throughout the book, which makes them look like they are scanned pages. I thought that was a very cool effect. The font of the book, at least the first letter of each new chapter was also interesting. It is written like it is fresh ink. Neat.
- Way too much fashion jargon. I really didn't care what brand of clothing they were wearing. Goodness gracious but does she tell us! I've been warned that this does stop, so I'm looking forward to more substance in the plot and other details than what the characters are wearing.
- There's no conclusion, hence the sequel, but I found it disappointing that we don't find out exactly who's responsible for the death.
- Mimi. I
hatedislike her immensely. She's super annoying and such a bitch to everyone, including her likable twin brother Jack, who is hot and interesting.
- NYC. I don't know my way around NYC but this author sure does. She references turns and addresses but they meant nothing to me. It would have been nice if there was a map of the area she references in the front of this book. Or in the back.
I enjoyed it. I'm giving the series hope because this was the first of a series and it really needed that first book to get things rolling. Yah know?
I've already started the second book, Masquerade, and looking forward to what Schuyler and Oliver find out about her heritage.
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