Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jen & April' review of "Blue Bloods" by Melissa de la Cruz

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publication date: April 25th, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion
Number of pages: 302
Format: Hardcover
Description: 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?
Jen's review --

I have read this series many times, but each time I always find something I didn't know and brings a whole new perspective to the story.
I really loved the whole history of the Mayflower and the settlement, along with the mixture between angels and vampires. Melissa gives a whole new meaning to this genre and it's one of the reasons why this series is one of my favourite in the vampire genre.
We have three different girls from different background. Schuyler, Mimi and Bliss. They find themselves thrown together, and not always in the best way possible.

When Schuyler discovers that she is a blue blood, or at least half of one, she finds herself deep within a tragic and mysterious world she never thought possible.
Finding herself falling for a boy who is meant for someone else sure doesn't help matters either. With a deep lore of mythology, forbidden love and mystery to boot, this is a book you would love if you are into vampires, and even angels. A bit of both worlds and you can't go wrong.

With each chapter a different POV from each girl, we find ourselves into their thoughts and worlds as they discover new things, and dig into relationships and also finding rivals in each other.

I really loved the beginning of Jack and Sky's relationship in this book. It wasn't something that was OUT THERE, but it was subtle bits, but with some substantial things that will make you soon.
Mimi is someone who I love to hate. In this book, a little more hate then love, LOL But I do understand where she is coming from.
Bliss is someone who I adore. A girl moving from one place to another and trying to fit in, it's only natural she would want to impress the girl who could make you or break you in a school that is pretty much run by popularity.

There are boys of course. Romances along the way, and a series long mystery that involves the Silver Bloods, a creation that should not exist and are wrecking havoc amongst the Blue Bloods. 
April's review -

No matter how many times I read this series, it never disappoints me. It takes a very original and refreshing twist on vampires, mixing angels and vampires together.  The vampires or Blue Bloods are essentially the fallen angels cast out of heaven.  And then there’s the whole twist on the Lost Colony of Roanoke and Croatan. I’ve always been interested in it, and really do love the twist Cruz puts on it.

And of course with being YA it has to follow some predictable plot points; Sky and Oliver being outcasts and of course Sky being involved with the popular guy Jack Force. I did love how you can tell Sky and Jack are infatuated with each other, but don’t actually fall in love in this book. Sometimes I really hate how it seems like the next minute the person is in love. Even though I do love Sky and Jack, I think it’s kind of weird that he used to pursue Sky’s mom.  I couldn’t stand Mimi. Wait scratch that. It’s more of a love to hate her kind of thing. Very spoiled and selfish. At first glance it would seem like Bliss would be exactly like her, but pull away from Mimi’s clutches and befriends Oliver and Sky.

Just when you think you figured everything out there’s another small twist. The book keeps you on your toes and very hard to put down.  Instead of Sky being close to solving the mystery behind the Silver Bloods, the story is just only beginning.

Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. Great reviews ladies! I'm glad there wasn't any insta-love either. I mean we've all had a guy we've majorly crushed on and were infatuated with. I think the relationships in this were paced wonderfully. I can't wait to read Masquerade next month. :D

    1. It's so difficult to refrain from reading the rest right now, lol I am not used to waiting a month in between re-reads in a series.
      But good things I have enough to read in between.

      - Jen

    2. True story. I have the same problem. Luckily lots of books for the wait. :D