The Compulsive Reader: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Something weird is happening to Schuyler Van Allen and some of the students at the elite Duchesne School...they start to experience blackouts, strange and terrifying nightmares, and mystifying feelings of deja vu. Blue lines appear on their skin where their veins should be. Their parents and some of their friends seem to know what is going on, but remain tight-lipped. It takes the death of a fellow student for them to learn the truth—they are Blue Bloods, a race of ancient vampires who are reincarnated into a new body every generation.

Though Schuyler is new to the vampire world, she and her friends Oliver, Dylan, and fellow Blue Blood Bliss are able to see what the mature vampires refuse to acknowledge—something is after the supposedly immortal Blue Bloods, something that is bent on killing them. The only problem is, can Schuyler and her friends get everyone to see the truth before it's too late?

Melissa de la Cruz has combined history, religious elements, supernatural intrigue, and a taste of the upper class to create a modern, sharp, and wholly unique take on the tired vampire story that will compel and intrigue readers. Her characters are varied and grounded, and even as vampires they are not so glittering and unreachable that readers cannot empathize with them.

For the most part, the multitudes of tiny details that comes with many main characters, flash backs, and an ever changing point of view are kept in check, but some minor explanations slip through the cracks, leaving you wondering about such things as when Schuyler found the time to learn the Sacred Language, and other finer points of being a Blue Blood. However, de la Cruz packs the pages full of engaging social dynamics, lively bits of history, and some practical solutions to the world's mysteries, such as the true fate of the missing Roanoke colony and how so many models really stay skinny. The wonderfully innovative ideas and plot twists in Blue Bloods mightily overshadow minor flaws and will capture the imagination.


Serena said...

I also reviewed this book, here:


Anonymous said...

Love this series- can't wait for Revelations!

Chayenne said...

I just received this book from Bookmooch. I'm really excited to read it. =)

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! this book was amazing. I've read a lot of vampire books and this one was a lot different than others. can't wait to read the next.

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Anonymous said...

i loved reading the blue blood series. I was just coming off of my twilight high and need a book that could stand up to the standards I now have for vampire books... and these met them and more. Blue Bloods is different because of the mystery story than makes you crave for more! Love them and can't wait for the next book The Van Allen Legacy!

Anonymous said...

Omg I love these books. Even though was coming off the Hunger Games hugh to which I read just coming off my Twilight high but I can't wait for the next book. September is so long from now!

Anonymous said...

I was also coming off of my Twilight "high" and I've recently re-read the books. The story line is entertaining. When exactly does the Van Allen Legacy come out? I'm dying to read it.

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