Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

11 Jan
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1)

Rating: 5/5
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 dilapated 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?
So, Blue Bloods is one of those series that I have been meaning to get to for a while now and just haven’t picked up longer that shelving it. Last night I decided it was time…and, lo and behold, not even 24 hours later and I am done with the first book. Wow, what a ride! Blue Bloods starts out with a bit of information about the landing in Plymouth Rock. The plight of the colonials turns up from time to time throughout the novel, but the bulk of it is set in present day New York City. At the prestigious Duchesne school there are the elitist of elite, a veritable gaggle of pre-ivy leaguers armed against the world with mommy and daddy’s gold cards and posh attitudes. Schuyler Van Alen may have the pedigree but she certainly doesn’t fit in with the glitterati. In the upper echelons of Duschesne society the Force twins, Mimi and Jack, reign supreme. But a sudden death of one of the Duschesne students upsets the delicate balance of things and brings Schuyler to the attention of both twins. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the word go – the alternating narratives, the shorter chapters, the foundation story tying into modern day, the characters…everything works. I loved that de la Cruz used dramatic irony to build up the supernatural element, but in a very subtle way. We, as the readers, understand early what is going on but de la Cruz’s deft writing keeps the attention piqued until the final reveal…which turns out to be nothing that the reader expects at all! It’s a fun a complex vampire tale that allows the reader to be swept away. A touch of the writing about “Society” and New York reminds me of Edith Wharton, though I’m not really sure why. Kudos though to Ms. de la Cruz… that’s high praise in my book. 


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