SERIES REVIEW: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, and Revelations (Blue Bloods #1, #2, #3), by Melissa De La Cruz

Released: April 25, 2006 (Hyperion)
Series: Blue Bloods, #1
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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?

Released: May 1, 2007 (Hyperion)
Series: Blue Bloods, #2
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Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help—her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. 

But it’s at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire’s destiny. 

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.

Released: October 28, 2008 (Hyperion)
Series: Blue Bloods, #3
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Source: Purchased
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Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help—her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. 

But it’s at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire’s destiny. 

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.

My Thoughts (May Contain Spoilers)

There is such an onslaught of vampire books nowadays. There used to be a time where only Bram Stoker and Anne Rice ruled the bookstore, with their creepy and terrifying versions of vampires, but nowadays the young adult shelves have been bursting at the seams with new additions. In comparison to what used to be a vampire novel, these books are lighter, full of teenage angst and romance. There isn’t a lot of gore, but these are books for teens, right?

When I started reading Blue Bloods, I liked it immediately. Although it follows the same plotline as other books of its genre, the Blue Bloods series is fresh and intriguing. In Twilight we knew that Bella and Edward were supposed to be together, but by the end of Revelations, I still want Jack and Schuyler to be together – though I still don’t know if they will be in the future. It makes me crazy when I read these books to not know if they can or can’t be together.

There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of name dropping in these books. For some reason, De La Cruz seems to think that readers need to know fashion labels, musician names, etc. I’m interested in the story, not in knowing what kind of t-shirt someone is wearing or what brand of jeans they have on. If it’s not pertinent to the story, leave it out. We get it – they’re all Manhattan elite kids who have money and can obviously afford the best. It is also repeated plenty of times that Schuyler doesn’t wear the top names, but is oh-so-stylish in her second-hand clothes.

We get it.

The whole ordeal with Schuyler making Oliver one of her human familiars reminded me too much of the imprinting process in Twilight. I was annoyed at how attached Oliver became to Schuyler and agreed that she may have made a mistake choosing him. Personally, I liked the old Oliver, not the love-sick Oliver who seems annoyed that Schuyler likes Jack. The threesome reminds me of the Zoey-Heath-Stark threesome of The House of Night novels and I wonder why authors can’t commit a character to another character without all the drama. Is it a common thing for vampire girls to have lots of man troubles? Apparently.

There are differences, of course, from all of the vampire literature that’s out there. Rather than someone being a vampire for the rest of their “life,” the vampires go through century long cycles, where they are born again as a vampire but in a different body. This is one reason why Mimi and Jack, who are supposedly connected through each other, have been born again as twins. Kind of creepy on the offset, but when you know that their souls aren’t actually related to one another and that they’ve been together for centuries, it’s not so bad.

Of course, the problem with this series is that everyone seems more into money, fashion, and social status than anything else. It’s very Gossip Girl-meets-vampires. The characters seem to be very superficial and there’s not a whole lot going on. While I’m kind of peeved that the House of Night series is so badly set up as a series, I kind of like those books better because there was more action. There’s probably a lot more action going on in Twilight, too.

If you like the kind of books that are deliberately set up for a series – or if you like books that are constantly name dropping the latest fashion trends – then you’ll love these books. From the looks of it, there are still a few more books coming out in the Blue Bloods series. I’m interested to see what happens in the storyline!

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