Title: Blue Bloods
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Published: 27 March 2007
Buy here : Amazon UK
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne,her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan’s most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and – as Schuyler soon discovers – the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they’ve been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?
I used to really like these books, they were one of the first ‘vampire’ type books i read, maybe even before Twilight, however reading it again now leaves me slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, there is an interesting plot and such a great backstory to the book, however i just couldn’t get in to the flow of the writing.
Schuyler Van Alen (imagine having that for a name) is a 15 year old student at a prestigious Academy in New York City, only the rich and famous go to this school, with the odd scholarship student thrown in. Schuyler doesn’t really fit in with most of her peers, she doesn’t dress the way they do and she doesn’t flock Mimi (the queen bee of the school) which has cast her into the ‘loser’ circle as well as her best friend Oliver. However when a girl from the school is murdered, things start to get weird. She is invited to join The Committee a charity group with some of the most powerful people in New York as members. Here she is told of her past and the great secret that her and some of her peers hold dear. When more people start to turn up dead, people from the Committee, secrets from a long time ago start to be revealed, but no one must know what Schuyler knows, along with Oliver, will she be able to save herself?
I do kind of like Schuyler, she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and just does what she wants. (to an extent) She helps make the books more relatable rather than just being a bloodsucking monstrosity. (Just to clarify, i do like vampire books, i just really wanted to use that word 🙂 ) The plot never really seems to pick up until the very end, and then you have to read the next book if you want any semblance of an answer.
I love the idea of the high-society of vampires in New York and the story had so much potential, however i do feel that it could have been done better, the explanation for why the vampires where around was satisfying though, as it was addressed and explained.
“Black is the color of night. White is the true color of death”
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Thanks for reading,