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Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1)

Series: Blue Bloods, #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion Paperbacks
Original Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0126-0
Source: Local Library
My Rating: * * * * * (5 stars)
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 changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan's most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and--as Schuyler soon discovers--the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they've been invincible. Now something is preying on the elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?
The Cover:
I like the simplicity of the cover. The bit marks on the side of Schuyer's neck(I'm assuming it's Schuyler on the cover) obviously show that this book will be about vampire. The only thing that seems out of place is the pearl necklace, which isn't something that Schuyler would normally wear.

The Review:
I will admit, this is my second time reading the book. The first time(about 2 years ago) I was rushing to finish it, first because I couldn't get enough, and second, I had borrow it from a friend and did not want to keep it too long.

This time, I found a few points that bothered me. There were too many references to brands. My problem with this is that in the future, when another person picks up this book, let's say in 2020(if we're still alive), most of them will not know about the brands. I want ALL young adult books to be known in the future too, and books with brands make it harder. If a book has just a few brands, then it's fine, but too many can be overwhelming.

My other problem was the whole drinking, making out, sex thing. I get it, it's a young adult book full of teenagers. But, there was WAY to much drinking in Blue Bloods.

So far I've only been saying negative things about this book. So, here's the big question, "Why did you rate it five stars?" Well, I did that because I normally try not to judge so much on literary terms and grammar. I judge on plot. And, the Blue Bloods plot is amazing! It kept me hooked for the most part, and it's my second time reading it! This is why I've rated it five stars. You should read this book(unless you don't like vampires, but that's another issue grouped with Bella and Edward)!

The Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel; the best-selling The Au Pair novels for teens; and coauthor of the popular adult title The Fashionista Files: Adventure in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas. Melissa has appeared as an expert on style, friends, and fame for Glamour, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times. She grew up in Manila, San Francisco, and New York, and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. While Melissa is not a Blue Blood, she knows people who are.

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