Title: Blue Bloods (#1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Synopsis: 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. 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. 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 popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Rating: 4 stars
Review: You know that feeling when you go to eat a meal that you haven’t had in ages, and it tastes familiar, and still oh so good, but it still feels almost like the first time you ate it? That’s just like when I read this book again after so many years, and it was just as good as the first time I read it when I was just a little first-year, starting school.
Think Gossip Girl but with vampiric bitchy rich girls instead of your bog-standard bitchy rich girls. Melissa de la Cruz drops fashion label names constantly through the book, making sure we don’t forget that this is high-end Manhattan where fashion is the pinnacle of life for all these blue-bloods (blue in more ways than one).
Also, Melissa de la Cruz doesn’t skimp on the hot males in this book – there’s the traditionally handsome Jack Force, who seems to be different to the snobs at their school, or if your tastes cater more towards the home-grown variety of guy, then there’s always Schuyler’s best friend Oliver Hazard Perry. Tall, slim, with ‘a shag of chestnut hair’ which frames his ‘fair, elfin face.’ I was on board at just the tall part, to be honest.
I’m intending on reading the entire series – since the last time I read it, there was only three books in the series, as opposed to the now eight books. This is a book series that I think is massively underappreciated, so I recommend it to anyone who wants vampires who don’t sparkle (except when they’re wearing Tiffany’s) and anyone who likes angel mythology – Michael, Lucifer, all that jazz.