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?
Sidenote: For this book review, as with the Uglies review, there will be no Owl Rating, I love this book so much that to rate it wouldn’t even express my true feelings. It would be like giving Harry Potter a five star rating…no, it’s way more than that.
Why I love Blue Bloods: Haha, jk…that would take forever.
But seriously, as a child (age 9-12ish) I began to cultivate my love for all things vampire and historical so when I heard one of my favorite authors, Melissa de la Cruz, was writing a new series featuring vampires and historical elements, I was so down. See if you’ve read anything by Melissa de la Cruz, you know she’s pretty darn good at “gossipy” books so imagine all of that combined with a Manhattan backdrop, vampires, and history…can I get an Amen!
Thankfully Blue Bloods lived up to all of my expectations and more, the main character Schuyler deeply resonated with me (at the ripe age of 13 aka almost in high school) and my sense of feeling both in the inside (she attends a top Manhattan prep school) yet on the outside (not a part of the rich, popular group).
And as the book goes on, the way Melissa de la Cruz intertwined the vampire lore, with the gossip, with the history was truly brilliant… everything made sense…Biblical elements, check, America history, check, check, check!
But as a quick disclaimer I should say that while I adore this book, and highly recommend it and the next two or three after it, I cannot recommend any others. I stopped reading Blue Bloods after book , I don’t know what, because I felt it started focusing too much on the romance rather than the wonderful blend of history & vampire lore with a tinge of romance that I originally loved it for (aka it started following the trend of most books on the YA shelf currently). I do plan on reading the whole series this summer though.
If anything I have said resonates with you, go grab a copy (local library, bookstore, etc…), and when you’re finished let me know your thoughts 🙂
**This is a 100% honest review**