Wednesday, November 26, 2014

{2014 TBR Pile Challenge Review} BLUE BLOODS by Melissa de la Cruz

ISBN #: 978-1423101260
Page Count: 336
Copyright: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Later Printing Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she's starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz's vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read.

Kathy's Review:
(Copied with permission from her personal blog, Grown Up Book Reports)

Maybe it’s because I just finished a hoity-toity, Pulitzer-winning novel, but Blue Bloods felt a little, I don’t know, beneath me. It definitely felt like YA writing, and not the John Green kind of YA writing that adults love too. I actually didn’t know going into this book that it was written for a YA audience. Having read Witches of East End, which felt more grown-up, I was ready for this book to read much along those lines.

That having been said, I still ripped through this book and am considering reading more of this series. Basically, the story revolves around rich, teenage vampires. Some nice ones and some bitchy ones. Just like in high school. Except everyone at high school is super rich. And there’s really no blood sucking, at least not in this one. There’s a few attacks, but your basic vampire stuff doesn’t really happen here. de la Cruz means to bust up some of the vampire stereotypes and create a new kind of immortal with this series. Can they go in the sun? Check. Does garlic repel them? Nope. Can you kill them with a wooden stake or silver bullet? Negative. Uh-oh.

So the mystery at the heart of Blue Bloods, and perhaps at this series, is, WHO or WHAT is killing off the vampire Blue Blood race? And how does our main protag Schuyler (sorry, but I can’t stand that name) factor in to this?

Looking for an alternative to Twilight, or just a fun, campy YA series to occupy some of your free time? Give this one a whirl. If you’re looking for something to stimulate your mind, look elsewhere.

BTW – this is another 2014 TBR Pile Challenge Book. Almost done!

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