I read this series back in 2010; I loved it, but had to stop reading after the fourth book because, well, the rest hadn’t been written yet. Since 2013 seems to be the Year of Rereading and I desperately wanted a comfort book, it seemed like a good idea to return to the world of Schulyer Van Alen. I then finished this book and immediately ran out (literally, the same day) to purchase all the installments I was missing, just so I could sit here and completely engross myself.
Plot summary: Within New York’s City’s most elite familieis, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City 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.
But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
I love these books. I would happily sit here and devour them day after day until I’d read every single one of them (which I pretty much ended up doing). It’s possible to completely lose yourself in the world of the Blue Bloods, as Melissa de la Cruz has painted such a brilliant depiction of their society. It’s actually almost believable. The glamour and eliteness of Duchesne seeps from the page to the point where I can still see it in my head, days later.
The author has a real talent for world-building. There’s just something about these books that make them stay with you. The plot itself is cleverer than first meets the eye as it works on three levels: a) young, snooty vampires facing a myserious danger; b) their passage throughout time as various historical characters; and c) the fascinating mythological aspects.
It works so, so well. Interspersed with the story are letters from the travellers on The Mayflower in the 1620s. These provide a little bit of something extra and it’s interesting how the story keeps linking back to the actual history of Roanoke, the ‘lost settlement.’ It’s not an age I know a great deal about, but it was still a nice addition to an already unique story.
So that’s great. Unfortunately there is a pretty big flaw with Blue Bloods, and there isn’t any getting around it. Just keep in mind that I adore these books regardless.
The funny this is, I’m usually the first person to slam down a book in disgust due to bad writing. But here, the plot and atmosphere are so amazing that I can actually get past it. This is rare for me, but I can’t emphasise enough how these books are definitely worth putting up with a little bit of clunkiness for a while.
So yeah, you’ve probably got the idea by now, but read these books. Even if you don’t like vampires, or you don’t like YA or you’re morally against… I don’t know, pearls, or something. The Blue Bloods series is so full of atmosphere and uniqueness that there really is something in them for everybody.