The Compulsive Reader: Books That Suck Month: Day Eight: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Books That Suck Month: Day Eight: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Blue Bloods is one read that I've had scores of readers write in to tell me that I must read. Well, I haven't gotten myself a copy of it yet, but here's a review that sure makes me want to.

From Amazon.com:

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.


Anonymous said...

I love this series- you really do need to read it! Both books are now in paperback, and the third isn't out until late October, so you've got plenty of time to read them.

Chelsie said...

I actually didn't like Blue Bloods... it wasn't nearly as good as I was hoping. But I keep hearing that Masquerade was 100 times better, so I might read Masquerade anyways...

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Anonymous said...

Blue Bloods is a wonderful series by Melissa de la Cruz. I have found that with each book, you get even more excited because you can't wait to find out what happens next. I am currently reading Misguided Angel, and so far it is just an all around good book. It has captivated me. Although, since I have not finished the series quite yet, I wonder. Does Schuyler ever go through the Transformation completely? And if so what does she look like? Is she gorgeous like her mother, or different, since she is a half-blood? I have found that Schuyler is a very unique character who struggles to understand her destiny. And while you read these novels you find that you struggle right along with her. I can't wait until The Gates of Paradise comes out in January of 2013. It is going to be amazing! I can't wait!!!! :)