Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Now Grad Student tried to tell me no... don't do it... but I had to know for myself.

This weekend I read Blue Bloods.  And I hate to admit that she was right.  While by the end I realllllly couldn't stop and wanted to know what was going to happen, I can't get over the snotty-ness of NYC elite that is the backbone of this book. Croatan could have been REALLY GOOD and REALLY CREEPY.  Instead I came away annoyed at the first 100 pages I had to read before anything other then high school parties happened.

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 dilapidated 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?
  • Originality: 5. Though i guess this is what you would get when you crossed Gossip Girl with Vampire Academy, the result is just snotty.  
  • Absurdity: 7. Absurd in the fact that these high schoolers are out parading around clubs and parties and no one seems to care they are KIDS, that they are super rich and beautiful up and coming models.  This is even before we introduce the vampire elements...
  • Level of Paranormal Romance: 3.  I see what they were trying to do here, with the insta-love memory flashbacks but it got drowned in the high society New York shenanigans.
  • Level of Harry Potter-ness: 2. I wanted to like the characters, and around page 140 (or 217) things got interesting! History! Reincarnation! Guardians! Secret factions!  I just wish the whole book could have lead with this, it could have been awesome.
Maybe I am just too old for this series.  Anyone know of a good review of the series so I can read all about them and figure out what happens without actually learning more about twincest?


  1. My thoughts exactly! I couldn't get past the snottiness and the price tags attached to everything. Too bad we don't find out anything about the Croatan.

  2. twincest! omg great word. I always read wikipedia. That's what I did for Pretty Little Liars. I actually read a few in this series, but I know what you mean. I can't decide if I want to read the last few.


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