Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blue Bloods

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think.

Could those vampire legends really be true?

Like Beryl said, this was some sort of contest to see who could find the worst book with great reviews and survive. Obviously, she won, since Blue Bloods was actually a pretty good book.
First of all, the characters had a certain depth. Of course, they could have been elaborated more and they were all kind of cliché in their own way, but they weren't the worst characters I ever read about. Schuyler was a pretty typical emo girl, Oliver her faithful best friend, Mimi the prick you want to slap, Jack the sexy awesome vampire, Bliss the misfit popular girl. I find the relationship between Mimi and Jack fascinating.

One thing I sometimes found annoying is how some of the girls were so superficial it hurt. There were too many parties and clothes shopping sprees and clothes descriptions for my liking. Also, Jack Force made me slightly apprehensive at the beginning, since he sounded like another Edward. When it became evident that he and Schuyler wouldn't be hooking up (at least, not for too long), I could breathe better.

Also, the vampires were different from the classic killing beasts without being sparkling Twilight vampires. They had codes, rules, laws that they have to respect, they had a history, they are organized. Their whole concept is quite mesmerizing, I even think it is worth picking this book up just for them.

The story actually had a plot, which was, I must admit, excellent. There are many answers you want to know, and the idea of a greater predator preying on the mighty vampires was good. It wasn't your typical lets-save-the-world book, it was more like lets-save-the-vampires. The ending makes you want to read on, and I just picked up Masquerade. Expect its review sometime soon.

Finally, the author's style was very nice, with great vocabulary and no abuse of slang terms (such as 'like', 'omigod', etc.).

Overall, this was a good book that will mostly please teenage girls. It is nothing like Twilight, that is for sure. It really ressembles City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, so if you loved that novel, you'll probably like this one too.


Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Rating : 7,3/10

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