302 pages | Published March 27th 2007 by Hyperion
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 dilapated 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?
Review: 3 stars
This book was kind of like a dream come true for me; the gorgeous New York elite meets blood thirsty vampires?! EXCELLENT. In all honesty; I want to be a Blue Blood.
Melissa de la Cruz has added a really great and creative new twist to the vampire genre. I absolutely love the lore behind the creation of these vampires, I love that they’re history in America comes back from the Mayflower and I love how they rotate through different life cycles but are still immortal. Basically I love the back story and foundations that this world is built on. I think its interesting, creative and awesome! In terms of originality in her world building, Melissa has done a great job!
However, I thought the plot itself was just lacking a little bit. Overall I liked the idea of something hunting the Blue Bloods and later on I liked the story behind what is hunting them. But I didn’t like the whole thing that went on with Dylan, it seemed really underdeveloped and predictable. Despite these moments though, I did really enjoy the book!
To be perfectly honest; I did not open this book expecting to be blown away by any literary amazingness. I expected a fun and entertaining read, and that’s what I got. I really did enjoy this read and I will definitely be continuing with the series! I want to know what happens with the Blue Bloods (probably because I’m secretly hoping that I’m one of them and my blood is just taking a really long time to “come alive”) but I also want to know what happens with Mimi and Jack because I’m weirdly fascinated/disturbed by that relationship….
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