Friday, July 20, 2012
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
First in the Blue Bloods series
The Mayflower set sail in 1620 it carried men, women, and children who would shape the new world called America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins are some of these few. Among the Pilgrims was something not pure of heart and they were the reason the Pilgrims fled to America. The thing they were running from isn’t human, but neither were some of the Pilgrims. They were vampires. The vampires rose quickly in the New World gaining power, money, and influence; they were celebrated blue bloods of American society. The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain hidden. Now in New York City the secret is starting to come out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at the most prestigious private school in New York. She’s different from the other girls she attends school with. Instead of designer clothes, she prefers baggy, vintage ones. Schuyler is a loner with only one friend, but she likes it that way. When she turns fifteen there are visible blue veins on her arm, she starts to crave raw food, and she is having flashback of ancient times. When a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but as she learns she’s a Blue Blood she thinks they are keeping secrets and she wants to know what hides behind the vaults they other Blue Bloods try so hard to hide. I was expecting just a regular normal vampire YA novel, but I was in for a surprise with this one. These vampires aren’t just vampires they are angels, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about that in this review. There was so much drama in Blue Bloods it reminded me of a paranormal Gossip Girl. The clothes references and other mentioning of surroundings would get annoying at times, but I was so engrossed wanting to know what would happen next I barely paid attention to it. Quick note I read this book last summer, but I’m rereviewing the books I read and I’m trying to make this book sound as close to the way I felt when reading it.
The main female character is Schuyler. I love her name it’s fun to say and it has a nice ring to it. Schuyler was a relatable teenager. She was down to earth and not at all like the other girls. Schuyler has dealt with a lot in her lifetime for a fifteen year old girl. Her mom is comatose, her father died before she was born, she doesn’t fit in at Duschenese, and aside from all the other things she goes through in this novel, but Schuyler wasn’t the only main female character. Aside from the description there were two other POVS. Mimi Force is the queen bee of Duschenese and she knows what she wants and how to get it. Mimi is very vindictive and possessive when it comes to her twin brother Jack. Mimi is spoiled and not a very nice character. She’s judgmental and arrogant. Everything that spells trouble is rolled up into Mimi Force. Then there’s Bliss; the new girl at Duschenese. Bliss is a stereotypical Texan girl with the big hair and all. Bliss is a great character, but it’s obvious something isn’t all there with her.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Schuyler: 8 Mimi: 5 Bliss: 7
The main male characters are Jack Force, Oliver Hazard-Perry, and Dylan Ward. Jack Force is Mimi’s twin brother and is also her bondmate. A bondmate is something that two angels (Blue Bloods) shared when in heaven and the Blue Bloods carried out their tradition bonding each other together. It’s hard to explain. I know what I’m talking about when I say bondmate, but if you haven’t read the series it might be confusing. Jack also becomes Schuyler’s love interest which creates problems later on the series (a lot of problems). I like Jack, but he isn’t a main character that inflicts feelings. I don’t hate him or love him. Oliver is Schuyler’s best friend and Conduit (human servant to the Blue Bloods). Oliver is a sweet guy and I don’t like when him and Schuyler fight. I don’t have a side in the Blue Bloods series. I’m not team Jack or Oliver. It doesn’t matter to me who Schuyler ended up with (although I was hoping it would be Jack). Dylan is Bliss’s boyfriend and friend of Schuyler and Oliver. Dylan is so cool. He is definitely my favorite male character in this novel. Dylan and Bliss’s relationship was my favorite in the novel. I don’t know why I just thought it was sweet.
Swoon Worthy Scale: Jack: 6.5 Oliver: 6 Dylan: 7.5
The Villain- Croatans or Silver Bloods, these are the Blue Bloods that feed off of other Blue Bloods causing a change in them that is drastically different from Blue Bloods.
Villain Scale: 8
Schuyler’s grandmother plays a huge role in this novel. Jack and Mimi’s cycle father, Charles, is introduced towards the end of the book as a huge role in the upcoming books. Allegra, Schuyler’s mother also plays a role, but not as big of one as Charles.
Character Scale: 8.5
Blue Bloods is definitely a YA novel to look for if your end for a light read, but also want a series. De la Cruz’s writing style fits perfectly for the world of the Blue Bloods and flows.
Cover Thoughts: I like the cover it has a certain feel to it that fits perfectly with the world created in the book. The tone is perfect and the picture of a neck with fang marks fits wonderfully with the concept of Blue Bloods.
So this was a really long review thanks for reading if you did.