2010 · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Fiction · YA

Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz (*)

Blue Bloods

Published: 2007 by Hyperion | Pages: 302 | Won on Twitter

They’re young, fabulous and fanged…And they rule Manhattan from the trendy uptown clubs to the downtown boutiques. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen has never quite fit in at her exclusive prep school – she’s more of a vintage than a Versace girl – but all that’s about to change…

Because Schuyler has just found out she’s a Blue Blood. The Blue Bloods are the city’s glamorous and secret vampire elite. They’re young, beautiful and powerful. But now they’re being murdered. And Schuyler must find out who – or what – is behind it before she’s next.

I must admit I didn’t buy this book for myself. It didn’t grabbed my attention from the middle of a packed bookshelf in Waterstones, but it is definitely not a book to be missed.

Yes, it does fall into the category of vampire fiction which we all know has taken off after a certain series of books written by the wonderful Stephanie Meyer grabbed the attention of the world. But – Do not rule this one out.

Blue Bloods is the first novel in a series of, what currently stands at 5 novels from the delightful workmanship of Melissa de la Cruz. This first book focuses on the main characters beginning their ‘Sunset Years’ in Blue Blood terminology. Basically their transformation from human to vampire. Although I very much enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down once I’d started it, i felt it didn’t have the same intensity found in the Twilight Series. Yes there were hints of sexual tension between the characters of Bliss and Dylan, but this wasn’t explored fully in their story line. But, seeing as i haven’t started reading the next installment, this may be a false judgment. It is a far more simple ideology of the myth of vampires where you have two clans. The Blue Bloods – the vampires who were banished from heaven but follow the rules and live within the human society, and the Silver Bloods – these are the evil vampires who can destroy others. They are mythologized in the book as ‘Croatan’.

One major difference between Twilight and Blue Bloods is that the vampires found in this novel, the blue bloods, do actually drink human blood on a regular basis, but they do not turn the human into a vampire. Yes they can kill them accidentally but most of them just gain complete control of the bitten human (or Red Bloods as they are known) due to the ‘Caerimonia Osculor’ – basically the bite which ties that human to the said vampire for forever. The reader does not learn any of this information until just over half way through the novel, which I felt did help create a sense of tension and allowed the reader to form ideas of their own about the main characters, but at the same time did not deliver the climatic ending i was hoping for.

There are a few story lines intertwined with one another throughout the novel which helps the reader to learn the stand out qualities of all the main protagonists. Firstly beginning with the leading lady – Miss Schuyler Van Allen. She seems a bit insecure, quiet and hangs around with the two boys who turn out to be rather crucial parts to the story line; Dylan and Oliver. Does this sound familiar? But luckily she doesn’t have any feelings towards either of them, well in this book at least. (Phew!) I did feel sorry for her as she seems to constantly be the butt of bad attention from the rival leading lady; Mimi Force. But the reader discovers why as the Blue bloods history is slowly explained throughout the second half of the book.

I really liked the historical ideas behind these vampires. It gave them more of a backbone, but so far throughout the first book I didn’t really discover any personal history behind either Schuyler, Bliss or Mimi…this may change obviously as the series continues.

As the book progresses and the plot line develops, we learn that nearly all of the teenagers are indeed Blue Bloods, or when Oliver is concerned, a conduit. I like this idea of having a human or ‘red blood’ connected to a blue blood to help them. An independent quality finally! I really enjoyed the idea of Schuyler’s mother who’s in a coma, actually being one of the most powerful blue bloods and choosing not to have human blood to keep her alive. Also i quite liked the idea of some blue blood siblings being lovers, like Mimi/Jack force and their father/Schuyler’s mother. Somewhat twisted but a new angle of thought and again another independent quality!

For me, I was rather disappointed in the ending to the first book because just as I felt the plot line was beginning to get somewhere, there was something to get your teeth into, it finished! Don’t get me wrong, brilliant cliff-hanger ending but i just wish it could have been just a bit more juicy or intense.

I think this book does probably have a younger audience than the Twilight Series but if you love anything with vampires in then it does satisfy that need! But my only real criticism about the entire plot line was, every now and then i did find myself wondering whether Cruz had taken a lot of inspiration from Meyer? One section of Blue Bloods which screamed this analogy at me was the final sentence of the book – “Ollie, how do you feel about a weekend in Venice?” Seems like Italy must hold all the answers for vampires!!

An exciting and fast-paced read. If you adored Twilight then you’ll love these books…maybe not quite as cryptic or intense, but brilliant in their own way!

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