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Book Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)

Blue blood

noun

noble birth.

“blue blood is no guarantee of any particular merit, competence, or expertise”

Yeah. I felt that.

Book Synopsis: Schuyler Van Alen, 15, the last of the line in a distinguished family, is being raised by her distant and forbidding grandmother. Schuyler, her friend Oliver, and their new friend Dylan are treated like outsiders by the clique of popular, athletic, and beautiful teens made up of Mimi Force, her twin brother, and her best friend.

What they have in common is the fact that they are all Blue Bloods, or vampires. They don’t realize that they aren’t normal until they reach age 15. Then the symptoms manifest themselves and they begin to crave raw meat, have nightmares about events in history, and get prominent blue veins in their arms. Their immortality and way of life are threatened after Blue Blood teens start getting murdered by a splinter group called the Silver Bloods.

My review: I gave Blue Bloods a chance that I probably shouldn’t have. Don’t mistake that for it being a bad book because surprisingly it wasn’t half bad. I just felt that it was too Blue Blood/teen angst/stuck up snobbery for my tastes. I like my characters to be a bit rough and ready, a bit on the dirty side (yeah that kind o’ dirty too), I like my YA to have a bit of flair to it, for it to suck me in and not let me go.  I just didn’t feel that with Blue Bloods at all.

The storyline itself was fairly unique – I don’t think I’ve ever read a storyline like it. It consisted of a group of teenagers who are all vampires called Blue Bloods – they’re all reincarnations of themselves in previous lives.  They tire of the life they’re currently living and move on to the next 100 years in solitude before coming back reborn in another body.

When they hit the age of about 15 they start to develop the memories of their past lives (though they think they’re all going mad).  There’s secrets by the bucket load in this book and no one wants to admit that they’re wrong.  Though to be fair, if there was some evil beastie killing off an ancient ‘un-killable’ race and I could have stopped it years ago but didn’t, I wouldn’t admit to it either.

I felt that the story jumped from pillar to post and there wasn’t really a clear-cut line as to where one tangent ended and the next began; at the beginning before I knew that the Blue Bloods were reincarnated there were diary entries that made absolutely no sense until about half-three quarters of the way through the book.

A lot of things that were happening in the first 3 quarters were not really explained until the end of the book – by that point I’d unfortunately given up the will to carry on reading it and attempting to enjoy it.  I’m not a huge fan of YA I think I’ve been jaded for the more risqué and otherworldly novel since I started reading ‘adult sized’ novels.

I found the characters apart from one or two to be very snobbish and stuck up – “I’m better than you because I’m richer and more beautiful” was the vibe that I got from the very first chapter.   I didn’t like it at all as I felt it was too much the same.  The kids all go to a prestigious school where they don’t have to wear uniform, have to go to church on the weekends and even have official allotted time to play hooky.

They’re all introduced to a modelling agency where all the kids (because they’re all thin, beautiful and rich) get to try for the opportunity to be a model and of course, the most popular people get in.  But oh wait! The outcast gets in too.

There’s tension between all the main characters in this and there’s so many main characters and they’re all telling the story from their own point of view that it can get a bit confusing, trying to work out who is saying what and who belongs to which family.  Throw in the fact that the “twins” don’t act like any twins I know of; it’s more of a twisted kind of one-sided incest on the part of Mimi, her twin brother Jack gets confused between Schuyler and her mother because of the fact that each Blue Blood is reincarnated.

Then there’s the Conduit’s – humans who are there to help the Blue Bloods but of course being Red Bloods they’re not wanted by anyone and there’s very few of them left.  Schuyler’s best friend is a conduit though and he knows what she is – dun dun dun – cue drama. The romance was minimal to say the least.

Overall, it wasn’t a fantastic story but it’s wasn’t a rubbish one either.  3.5 stars because I can’t give it 4 and 3 seems too harsh considering I liked some of the story.  Would I recommend it?  Probably to a young girl with a painful Twilight obsession.

Series: Blue Bloods

The Verdict: 3.5 stars

For: Lovers of young adult fiction, vampires with a twist and teenage angst and fans of Twilight

Publication details: August 20th, 2009 by Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle, 321 pages

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