The Blue Bloods Series
by Melissa de la Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne,her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan’s most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and – as Schuyler soon discovers – the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they’ve been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all? -Goodreads
Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball. In true Blue Blood fashion, the ball is totally fab, complete with masks-and hidden behind this masquerade is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny. -Goodreads
Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When an ancient place of power is threatened in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high, the battle is bloody; and through it all Schuyler is torn between duty and passion, love and freedom. -Goodreads
[[I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible]]
As a reader known to series binge, I read these three books one after another, blurring the lines between the novels, thus I decided it would probably be best to review them together. The Blue Blood books are a series I started about my sophomore year of high school, for most of the books in the series, these are re-reads. Recently I finally came around to purchasing the final two books in the series (they were published when I was lost in the world of academia), hence the restart.
As far as curb appeal goes, I love how each novel reveals a bit about each novel without spoiling anything. The skyline of New York City against a girl with vampire bites tells us that something happens in NYC with vampires in Blue Bloods. Masquerade shows us a Venice silhouette under a masquerade mask revealing to the reader that “wow Venice and hey I bet there is some kind of masquerade party”. The softened human picture is grounded by the black silhouettes of the cities. Overall I feel this tells us that setting is important to each novel, after reading them you find that to be true.
Forget about your sparkling vampires from Twilight and your Strigoi and Moroi vampires from Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods gives us a new twist to the vampire lore. Everyone knows that vampires are immortal, Melissa de la Cruz takes this fact and makes it something new. Instead of being one single being living ever-after as a blood-sucking creature, the blue bloods are immortal in the sense that their consciousness is reborn every century or so in a new body. Additionally they can cast spells, influence weak-minded people, read minds, run super fast, and dress fashionably while going to school in Manhattan, New York City.
The Blue Bloods series offers up a whole range of diverse characters. (Diverse, except for the fact that they are, mostly, all vampires.) You have your social outcasts, your just-trying-to-be-a-part-of-the-in-crowds, and your populars. While not the most complex of characters, (most have one distinctive personality trait) the characters reveal to the reader in short chapters an array of teenaged emotions with some immortal vampire emotions thrown in the mix. One aspect of the characters I’m not sure I’m one hundred percent comfortable with is the relationship between the popular mean girl Mimi Force and her brother popular jock Benjamin “Jack” Force. The story basically is that they are destined soulmates, who just happened to be reborn as siblings this cycle. That is just a bit creepy. So I hope their relationship doesn’t last.
As soon as one novel ends, the next begins. There is perhaps a couple months difference between the novel that gets recounted as the story progresses. This flow is what keeps me reading. Well… that and new cliffhangers. Unfortunately the trend so far is that each novel ends with a death or almost death. Needless to say these novels offer a lot of action and drama.
While I enjoy this series, I don’t feel everyone would. It appeals to me because I like vampire teenage romance, but also because it has a Gossip Girl vibe. While I only read a couple of the GG books, I watched the entire television series from the CW. So for those out there who like both of those genres I say go for it, read the series, you’ll probably devour it as I did. For those who dislike books like GG, then the Blue Blood Series is probably not for you, but read it anyway so you know for sure!
I hope you enjoyed this sort-of review!
If you’ve already read the series, or just the first book, what did you think?
Note: The Featured Image of this post is from the Blue Bloods Graphic Novel.