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Blue Bloods [Paperback]

Melissa de la Cruz
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April 1 2007 Blue Bloods (Book 1)
Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she's starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz's vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read.

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Grade 9 Up–De la Cruz has revamped traditional vampire lore in this story featuring a group of attractive, privileged Manhattan teens who attend a prestigious private school. Schuyler Van Alen, 15, the last of the line in a distinguished family, is being raised by her distant and forbidding grandmother. Schuyler, her friend Oliver, and their new friend Dylan are treated like outsiders by the clique of popular, athletic, and beautiful teens made up of Mimi Force, her twin brother, and her best friend. What they have in common is the fact that they are all Blue Bloods, or vampires. They don't realize that they aren't normal until they reach age 15. Then the symptoms manifest themselves and they begin to crave raw meat, have nightmares about events in history, and get prominent blue veins in their arms. Their immortality and way of life are threatened after Blue Blood teens start getting murdered by a splinter group called the Silver Bloods. This novel constantly name-drops and is full of product placements, drinking, drugs, nonexplicit sex, and superficial characterizations, but the intriguing plot will keep teens reading. De la Cruz's explanation for the disappearance of the Colony of Roanoke is unique and the idea that models don't gain weight because they are Blue Bloods rather than anorexic is unusual.–Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton
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Gr. 9-12. Like the power brokers that are their parents and ancestors, members of the popular clique at New York's Duchesne School are Blue Bloods, continually reincarnated vampires endowed with preternatural beauty, charisma, and strength. The plot revolves around several teens, unaware of their heritage, who begin to manifest their true natures during a terrifying spate of vampire-to-vampire violence. At book's end, nonconformist Schuyler has emerged as heroine, having discovered a rift in Blue Blood history that lays the groundwork for forthcoming books. Grafting the chick-lit sensibility of her Au Pairs books onto horror themes, de la Cruz introduces a conception of vampires far different from traditional stake-fleeing demons, coupling sly humor ("What, the Committee was just a front for a bunch of blood-sucking B-movie monsters?") with the gauzier trappings of being fanged and fabulous--as well as abundant references to the taboo-laden "taking" of human familiars, a procedure with overtly sexual overtones. Although the novel isn't sure quite what it wants to be (satire? beach read? gothic saga?), many teens will savor the thrilling sense of being initiated into an exclusive secret society, and will doubtless want to drink deeply from the vampire-themed offerings suggested in the adjacent "Read-alikes" column. Jennifer Mattson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Am I reading Italian vogue? July 16 2009
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is one of the most interesting vampire stories I have ever read yet. They're vampires but not your typical vampire (ie: avoids the sunlight, hates crosses, etc etc). These are most likely very rich, privileged vampires who are in high places in New York City running everything behind the scenes but maintaining a very human facade. Interesting thing is, you don't know you're one until you turn 15, I suppose it's sort of like puberty in a rather twisted sense. You belong to a charity that serves a front for what's really like a coven where you mingle with your other vampire buddies. You die, but you don' a sense you're just leaving the "life cycle" and will end up coming back's rather odd it's sort of the way reincarnation works..except you're always a vampire in the next life - which I thought was really neat. Blue Bloods is interesting and quite different from other vampire stories I have read. Without giving much away, the main plot is; someone's killing off these vampires and it's someone or something real big bad and nasty.

I thought for a first novel, it was pretty good plot setting wise. Everything was introduced and explained. Of course there are always questions in the end but at least you get the general idea of what they are, and who, and what's going on. It's actually a pretty good starter for a series. One of the better ones I have read in a while.

Character wise, I'd say I'm attached to Oliver. He's your always loyal, always there guy and I'm a sucker for those types of men. The rest of the characters are very interesting. The thing with Mimi and Jack is a little creepy and...taboo I suppose. Ever read Black Order by James Rollins? remember those twins? yeah, that kind of creepy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good March 29 2007
By Luna
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this novel after reading so much drudgery of late, being a librarian. I found Blue Bloods to be a light, cute, and fun read. While not a piece of high literature, the plot is intriguing and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I am a fan of vampire stories and Cruz presents us with another twist on vampire mythology. The characters are endearing, if not fully developed, nor did I expect them to be. This is a light series novel to escape with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Jan. 3 2009
I did not know what to read after the whole Twilight series and I suddenly came across the Blue Blood Book. The writing is amazing and the action is super fast. You really get into the story after the first few chapters. I'm now into book 2 : Masquerade and it's just as good as the first one. I already bought book 3 and I heard that book 4 is coming out Fall 2009.

If you are looking for a well written book, fast paced and easy to read: This is the book to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 27 2007
It's the invasion of the vampires!

Recently, the world of the undead has been sweeping its way into young adult novels, making sure that the vampires are prominently featured. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the popular series THE AU PAIRS, makes sure that she adds her own twist on vampires in her new series, BLUE BLOODS.

Schuyler Van Alen believed that she was just a normal teenager, living a normal life, and just didn't seem to fit in. Attending a private school isn't the world that Schuyler wanted to enter, what with all of the high fashion when she would rather wear her "unfashionable" clothes. But she never thought she would enter the world of the vampires, either.

When she turns 15, Schuyler discovers some major changes in herself, like the veins in her arms that are distinctly blue. And the blue veins can only mean that she is part of the Blue Bloods, a group of vampires whose ancestors go as far back as the Mayflower. Being a Blue Blood isn't so bad, right?

Well, when a murder takes place and a popular guy starts to notice you, Schuyler knows that there is something strange going on, and it's up to her to crack all of the society's secrets and to keep herself out of danger while doing it.

Melissa de la Cruz does not disappoint with BLUE BLOODS. The world that Ms. de la Cruz has created is not only unique but also very intriguing. Fans of the vampire world will definitely want to add this to their collection, and will be looking forward to MASQUERADE, the next novel in the series.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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2.0 out of 5 stars I've read better. Aug. 5 2006
By hanha
I'm really not impressed with this novel. Although I believe that the author had a great original idea for the story, it just does not live up to my personal expectation. The flipping between characters and different points of view make character development slow and reluctant. Also, I found myself confused when the author would mention things like "The Comittee" , for example, which were supposed to be mysterious and suspensful.. but were actually annoying. You want a good vampyre novel? "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer. Cannot be topped.
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