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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1)
Blue Bloods - Blue Bloods, Bk 1
Author: 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 chages dramatically.  The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways.  And stranges...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781423101260
ISBN-10: 142310126X
Publication Date: 4/1/2007
Pages: 336
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 369 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1) on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
I have now read the first book of three different Vampire Series (Twilight, Marked and Blue Bloods) of the three this one I liked the least.

Why didnt I like it? There was way too much set up for the next book. I understand wanting to write a series, today they are really hot, but you still, in my opinion, need a complete story in one book. This book didnt have one. In fact what little bit of a story it did have Im not sure got wrapped up. There are so many loose ends that it may take the author a dozen books to finish what she has started.

On top of that for a Young Adult book there sure is a lot of Adult situations. Drinking, Drugs and a pretty hot and heavy almost sex scene pepper the pages.

What did I like? Oh I love more than anything how she has mixed histories mysteries and a touch of mythology into the Vampire lore. It is a fresh and new approach. Now you may be thinking, wait Anne Rice did that, but this is different.

I do want to continue reading to see just how much the author chooses to wrap up but I must admit if she doesnt have a complete story in the next book then I am done with this particular series.
reviewed Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Well, this book didn't start out promising. I have to say that I tend to find it ridiculous when authors try to be coy when it comes to introducing us to characters in a book. This one uses the stereotypical format of hinting around that the characters in the story may be something other than human when it's unnecessary because all you have to do is read the blurb on the back to know it's about vampires.

The story itself is only so-so. It probably could have been a little better if the author worried more about depth instead of how often she could mention brands of couture in the first half of the book. Also, for parents who prefer to watch what their younger teens read, this book is filled with underage drinking, smoking and even incest... Oh my!

This novel is also another example of an author trying to write a vampire tale so that they can get in on a popular genre. It uses the annoying formula that I've seen a lot of lately where the writer is trying to tie vampires in with something else to seem "creative". When what it really does is remind me of those music artists who can only sample other original musicians, yet claim they've contributed to the music industry. It just leaves you feeling like you haven't found anything of importance because the original recipe was better. I really think the whole plot around the "Blue Blood" species would have been better if the author had chosen to make them a race of something other than vampires. The reincarnated fallen angels thing just made me want to roll my eyes once it was revealed.

If the plot weren't bad enough, characters who really should have known better, due to experience and knowledge (that was conveniently forgotten), are so TSTL that I felt like slapping them. It's like running up the stairs in a horror movie or not seeing that the killer is one of the most least likely characters in a mystery. You know when a vampire/angel starts calling something a myth just because they haven't seen it in awhile there really is no hope for such idiocracy. Another point of disinterest in this book was the disturbing acceptance of modern-day incestuous relationships. Sure, it's understandable from the less educated people in the past before science showed what that can do, but from supernatural creatures who have had life-times to know better, give me a break. I was just more than a bit on the gross side for me.

Overall, this book was really mediocre (and that might be generous). Even with the cliff-hanger ending, it wasn't interesting enough for me to feel I need to read any more of the series, but who knows. I may be up for reading another book I can bitch about.
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Helpful Score: 4
I picked this book up after reading the entire Twilight series and needed a vampire fix. This book is definately not as good, but kept my interest and was an easy read. I agree with one of the other posts that describes it as 'Gossip Girls' meets vampires. It does start up kind of slow, and the romance plot was disappointing. The vampire backstory/lore was a little complicated at times, also. It didn't leave me wanting to rush out and buy the next book, but the main character was loveable and I will put it on my wish list if it ever comes up.
reviewed Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
For me as an overall view. The book was good, very unique with the history of the vampire and I did enjoy the description of the life of the vampire. I do agree with other reviews expecially when it comes to the fashion side of the story. I didnt really care too much about the name brand clothes they were wearing and did find myself skipping a paragraph and just skimming through when those parts came up.

I also felt as though she could have maybe combined the first three books and made them into one. With this book the end was--well not really an end at all which of course makes you want to read the next. IMO I enjoyed the book minus the fashion side. But if you like high end clothes and know designers names and enjoy that sort of thing, this is probably the book for you.

After being invited to join "The Committee" - a group of blue bloods. Schuyler learns some startling things about herself and her family that she isn't sure how to deal with. As it turns out, Schuyler isn't human. Her best friend Oliver and her dog she mysteriously found ends up all being a part of her new "life" like she didnt expect. Also dont forget the Silver bloods.

A very creative take on vampires and vampirism.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't even be bothered to finish the book. Shallow characters, insipid story line. Another disappointing vampire story.
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reviewed Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1) on + 401 more book reviews
Strange things are happening a New York private school. There is Schuyler and her best friend Oliver. They are not part of the cool group but something is happening between Schuyler and Jack Force. Jack Force and his twin Mimi Force are the cool kids. They know parts of the secrets going on at the school but mostly focus on themselves then helping others. Then there is Bliss the new girl who finds herself stuck in the middle of two groups trying to solve murders of the mysterious and paranormal Blue Bloods.

I read the two spins off of this series so I know a little of the background. The way Melissa De La Cruz writes just captures you. It a story about vampires tied to Angels tied to Lucifer. It takes the fight between heaven and hell to a new level.

I feel like this is a good start to the series but I think the writing of the spin offs is better. So I think with time Cruz just got better at developing the stories. Not that this was bad or anything it just felt different then the spin offs (Witches of East End, and Wolf Pack)

Definitely a must read if you love vampire or fantasy young adult.
reviewed Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Bk 1) on
I thought that the idea behind this book was very interesting, but that was all. The characters weren't very developed, and because the writer kept jumping to different points of view, it made the story seem sort of jumbled and confusing at places. I really felt let down once the conflict was resolved, it seemed like too much of a build up and then the rest just fell flat.
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This book is Teen, or Tween, level but I did liked it. Shuyler and Oliver and Jack are very interesting characters. Millie is the hidden Silver Blood I think, but that is just based on her over-the-top diva attitude I think. Will be reading the next book.