Blue Bloods, Melissa de la Cruz

| 15 April , 2010 | 2 Replies

Tina Gamble

Premise:

Within New York City\’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.

But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler\’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school is showing a sudden interest in her.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

Melissa de la Cruz\’s novel Blue Bloods is the first in the Blue Bloods series, and looks to be a promising start. More Gossip Girl\’s than Twilight – this novel reminded me somewhat of a daytime soapie – but don\’t let that deter you, as it is still a interesting read, that will tweak your curiosity and have you flying to the end.

The story is told around the lives of three girls – Schuyler, Bliss and Mimi. Though admittedly the story does start off as a bit blasé, by halfway through it really does pick up, as both the characters and the plotline develop a little more. So if you\’re a couple of pages in and you think where are all these vampires? Where is all the mystery and action? Well, keep going – it does get better – soon becoming a good mix of high society and vampire mystery.

One minor thing I was a little disappointed in was Jack Force. I wanted so much to like him – the confident, rich, all round golden boy – he had so much potential. I mean, his name was Jack Force, one of the Force Twins – quite cool, it sounds like a name for some sort of superhero, and although, he\’s not a bad character, it would have been nice if he had a bit of a stronger personality – at times I felt he fell a little flat.

That being said, I\’m about to start the second book in the series, Masquerade, and I have my fingers crossed that hopefully in this one Jack will live up to his name, either that, or one of the other boys Oliver, Dylan or the newbie, step up to the spotlight.

All in all, Cruz\’s book Blue Bloods is faintly addicting, as I set off now to read the next novel. For fans of society novels, teen dramas and those who like to see a little fang, this is a series to check out. It has glamour, love, bizarre relationships and enough quirky characters to keep you entertained.

They\’re young, fabulous and fanged – they\’re Blue Bloods.

Available now: Hachette RRP$16.99

Tina

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