Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Released: March 27th 2007(first published March 27th 2006)
Review Source: Hyperion
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.
I came across Melissa De La Cruz originally by reading her Princess Diaries novels, but when I came across her Blue Bloods series I was blown away. While the novel is written about vampires (not a spoiler, as it’s categorized as vampire mythology) it really focuses on one girl in particular, Schuyler Van Alen and how at the age of 15 her whole life starts to change, as well as the world around her. I liked how it’s a mix between vampires and a dab of Gossip Girl, very high class society with high schoolers.
Each novel builds with more detail in a delicious way, with history weaving into it, and no this is not a historical novel but I don’t want to spoil it. These vampires live once yes, but really it’s more than one life each time after all. I also enjoyed her origins story for her vampires, and I am thrilled that a character in this series has her own series that fits right in perfectly but doesn’t take away from it, but I’m getting ahead of myself, excuse me!
The art work on each novel is also so alluring and delightful!