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I loved this series! Blue Bloods is an angsty, supernatural, high school vampire novel that my opinion. ..much better than Twilight. Melissa de la Cruz took a subject matter that was really over used in YA fiction for some time and made it interesting again. Her take on vampires was unique and refreshing (FYI they do not sparkle YAY!). The characters were endearing (Schulyer and Jack <3) and I was genuinely interested in what happened to them. ..even Mimi (I so love to hate her). Blue Bloods is a fun, light read that left me wanting more! Check it out!
From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up–De la Cruz has revamped traditional vampire lore in this story featuring a group of attractive, privileged Manhattan teens who attend a prestigious private school. Schuyler Van Alen, 15, the last of the line in a distinguished family, is being raised by her distant and forbidding grandmother. Schuyler, her friend Oliver, and their new friend Dylan are treated like outsiders by the clique of popular, athletic, and beautiful teens made up of Mimi Force, her twin brother, and her best friend. What they have in common is the fact that they are all Blue Bloods, or vampires. They don’t realize that they aren’t normal until they reach age 15. Then the symptoms manifest themselves and they begin to crave raw meat, have nightmares about events in history, and get prominent blue veins in their arms. Their immortality and way of life are threatened after Blue Blood teens start getting murdered by a splinter group called the Silver Bloods. This novel constantly name-drops and is full of product placements, drinking, drugs, nonexplicit sex, and superficial characterizations, but the intriguing plot will keep teens reading. De la Cruz’s explanation for the disappearance of the Colony of Roanoke is unique and the idea that models don’t gain weight because they are Blue Bloods rather than anorexic is unusual.–Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) Paperback – March 27, 2007 by Melissa De La Cruz (Author) Review
Okay, so I had a short vampire craze (thank you Twilight), which I am not as into anymore. I started this book a little skeptical. It was not too bad, but I can tell I am not so into the vampire genre anymore. It was definitely an interesting take on it though, some twists that I had never read before. Some of it was a little out there for me and I was almost a little offended a couple times with a few of the points. I am being very vague here because I do not want to give anything away. It was a good book overall, it was an easy read that grabs your attention. I will give it a 3 out of 5 only because it is not something I would read again and it is just not a type of book that I am interested in anymore. I do have a bad habit of having to read the whole series once I have read the first one, but I am going to do my best to resist that urge. -Read Reviews-
For some reason I have this annoying habit of shunning bestsellers, ignoring the fact that they are probably bestsellers for a reason. I have seen the Blue Bloods series, by Melissa De la Cruz, floating around for a while now, and like the other post-Twilight vampires, I have ignored it. At the urging of another YA-obsessed cousin, I gave in and bought the first one. I was fully prepared to dislike this series, but just like what happened with Harry Potter and Twilight once I finally forced myself to read them, I was kicking myself for not starting this series sooner!!In posh Manhattan, an elite private school called Duchesne has more secrets than you would imagine of the children of the rich, famous, and stylish. Schuyler is an outcast at Duchesne, along with her only two friends, Dylan and Oliver. Kids like Mimi and Jack Force rule the school in a way Schuyler can’t even imagine. When one of Mimi’s “friends” (followers) is found dead in a members-only night club, things begin to change around Manhattan. Despite the official story that her friend overdosed, the fact that she was completely drained of all her blood brings a secret society to the forefront: The Blue Bloods. The 400 Blue Bloods are a constantly “reincarnating” (it isn’t really reincarnating, but that is the simplest explanation) after they have lived an Expression for 100 years. There are a few Blue Bloods who have lived their immortality in one expression, but that must be approved by the rest of the Blue Bloods. But the most important rules of the 400 involve their lives as vampires- and how they do not abuse or kill Red Bloods (we measly non-vampires). When a new threat is attacking Blue Bloods and draining them of every drop of blood, thereby ending their souls, lives, and immortality, The Committee decides to induct the new Blue Bloods early. Much to Schuyler’s surprise, she is invited. With her new Blue Blood secret and status revealed, she learns more about her friends and family than she could ever imagine. After she is attacked, she, Oliver, and fellow Blue Blood Bliss are determined to find out what is killing Blue Bloods when they are most vulnerable- as teenagers. This is an exciting series that is a mix of Gossip Girl and Twilight. You have the posh Manhattan backdrop full of name-dropping and labels galore. Every school day begins with a detailed description of the Minolos, the Gucci, and the Dolce. The Vampires are the tame variety we got with Twilight, although they do have deep dark secrets. The interesting part of this setting is how De la Cruz used the Blue Bloods to explain much of the fashion industry in NYC, from the top designers to the models on billboards, and almost all the important socialites. How very interesting to use blood sucking to explain these two groups of people!The writing is about on par with Twilight. It isn’t too juvenile, but not too mature either. The story is very tame; there isn’t much by way of sex or violence, although there is a great deal of club hopping. Since alcohol doesn’t affect the Blue Bloods, it is a constant presence, although not the focus. Blue Bloods is a great series for any Twilight fan who needs something else now that meyer is finished with that series. However, it is also a great series for the Twilight skeptics! This kids who hate the popular series’ just for their popularity’s sake would probably enjoy this story. With all the high fashion, this is also a great story for the more “cosmopolitan” of kids! I know I am greedily devouring the second installment!
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