Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Book Review: Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and the pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And the strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan's most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and - as Schuyler soon discovers - the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries, they've been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all? - From the back of the book.

Blue Bloods is the first in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. Though it is not her debut novel, it is her first foray into the vampire world. It's basically Gossip Girl with vampires, and it's awesome. It has posh parties, expensive clothes, beautiful people, but also, it has an amazing supernatural element.

The vampires in Blue Bloods are angels, fallen to earth. There are only 400 souls that are reincarnated every generation, and they have blue blood. They do not kill humans for food, just perform a sacred ritual to make sure they'll always have blood to drink. The whole thing is run by The Committee,  which runs the whole city, disguised as a charity. This was good, as the vampires are thought to be superior, which explains the hierarchy of high society well, to people who might not know.

The characters are likeable and believable, and they really drive the story. They are typical Upper East Side teenagers, and are written well. They can be annoying at times, and this just makes them so much more real.
Blue Bloods is really good, and anyone with a love of vampires or Gossip Girl or just reading in general should pick this up, as it will be loved by everyone, and will leave you hungry for the next book, Masquerade.

I give it 4 Feet!

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