Friday, October 19, 2012

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

3 stars
Format: paperback 
302 pages
Published by Hyperion 
morISBN: 0786838922 (ISBN13: 9780786838929)

When settlers came over on the Mayflower in 1620 not all of them were human.  Now as these vampires assimilated into the new world around them they were able to gain positions of power and influence over the society.  This is the secret of the Blue Bloods and they do not want anyone else knowing it.

 Schuyler Van Alen is not a typical New York City private school girl; she does not fit in with the prissy ‘popular’ people around her.  But as she turns fifteen though things start to change and not in a good way.

 My Review:
The idea behind the book of reincarnating vampires who then have to remember their past lives is interesting.  Unfortunately for me I do not think the author was able to pull it off to its full potential.  All of the characters are spoiled and snobby making them difficult to like and relate to.  Even the main character, Schuyler, being an outcast ends up conforming to those around her.  She started off with this independent, almost relatable nature yet once loses that and submits to the pressure of the other kids.  At least there is some mystery about who the killer is to keep the plot moving which starts to unfold at the end.

About the Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

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