My rating: 4.5/5.0
Release Date: March 27, 2007
This is one of the many young adult series that I have heard about since I began delving into the blogging world earlier this year. And after reading the first book, Blue Bloods, I am glad I found it.
About the Book:
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? Steeped in vampire lore and set against the heady backdrop of the rich, young, and powerful in the heart of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by Melissa de la Cruz's legion fans.
I loved the setting of New York, it was kind of like Gossip Girl with vampires, and yet so much more. It features what appear to be different levels of the social clique system focusing on money, yet not totally money - even the rich have their outcasts in high school and in Blue Bloods we are shown both the outcast and the social elite.
I loved the little bit of history that was put forth (I'm from coastal NC so the Lost Colony is second nature to us). And I also loved the characters and search that takes place. The world building in this was great - just enough to get a feel for the Blue Blood world, but not too much to bog the whole book down.
After finishing the first book, I quickly reserved the next two books in the series from the library and look forward to reading them very soon.
If you like your young adult paranormal books with a dark twist and very interesting characters then you will like Blue Bloods, the first of the Blue Bloods series.
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