Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

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 dilapidated 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?

–Back cover of Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

My favorite part of this book was that the bite marks on the picture of the cover were actual indentations. That was cool!

This book really did have potential, but it looks as if it were quickly thrown together with a flat plot and even flatter characters. There were some errors that suggested that it did not go through much editing either.

I spent most of this book in a state of confusion. The first eight chapters or so I had no idea what was going. By the end, I at least knew what was going on, but I still had many “Wait, what?” moments. Besides confusion, I was very bored. It was hard to get through more than 10 pages in one sitting. For most of the book, I was very confused by the letters at the end of some of the chapters. By the end of the book, the letters were explained, but I didn’t know what to think of them at first.

I did like the author’s take on Roanoke though. I have always been fascinated with that, and I thought that it was interesting that it was incorporated into the story.

The characters were pretty much cardboard cut-outs. There really aren’t distinguishing qualities between any of them. I got them confused time and time again. I couldn’t visualize them.

The author’s take on vampires was interesting though.

As for the writing style itself, as said above, there were some errors. I noticed some grammar and punctuation issues, but my main problem was that the author would switch quickly between points of view very quickly. A chapter would be in the point of view of one character, for instance, and mid-paragraph it would turn to the point of view of another character, then back again.

I give this book 1.5 out of 5 stars.