Thursday, 13 October 2011

Blue Bloods

Parajunkee's View Vampire Challenge, Review #14 - Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Vampires aren't immortal in the way we think; they reincarnate continuously, remembering each and every one of their past lives and gaining in power and prestige along the way. And in this century, they have carved their own niche in upper-class Manhattan society. To the outsider, they are beautiful and glamorous, New York City's elite. Their human familiars seem no more than doting admirers. But the Blue Bloods, as they call themselves, are blood-drinking, unkillable creatures, thousands of years old...

Well, almost unkillable.

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Our heroine is Schuyler van Alen; she's fifteen years old, and a total misfit at her exclusive school. Where the other kids (many of them Blue Bloods) are wearing high-end designer duds, Schuyler prefers layers of tattered vintage and thrift-store clothes in a palette of black and grey and prefers underground trance clubs to celebrity nightclubs. By some quirk of fate, Schuyler is the first new Blue Blood in pretty much forever - and half-mortal, too.

Schuyler is uncorrupted by the politics and intrigue that surround the Blue Blood community, and when the younger Blue Bloods begin to fall victim, one by one, to a murderer, she is the only one who can see through conspiracies and cover-ups to discover who the real killer is.

I enjoyed this book immensely; high-school bitching and rivalries take on a whole new light when seen through the eyes of centuries-old vampires - imagine if the Queen Bitch at your high school had been a grudge-holding bloodsucking vamp!

There are plenty of sub-plots to keep you busy; Schuyler's love life, her modelling debut, her relationships with her friends Bliss and Oliver, and the relationships of several other main characters including Bliss, Mimi (the Queen Bitch) and love interest Jack. Such relationships range from the relatively normal to the increasingly bizarre, but I guess things like family trees get pretty tangled when you've been reborn in several consecutive generations.

The best vampire tales are either gritty, a la Poppy Z. Brite, or ooze luxury like the tales of Anne Rice - Blue Bloods practically demands to be served with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, as de la Cruz name-drops designers left and right. The fact that Schuyler and her friends don't fit into this glittering sphere helps make them more appealing to the Goth reader, who understands the determination to be yourself and carve your own niche. Although most of us don't have to work out which of our friends and family is potentially a crazed killer along the way...


Ghoulina Bones said...

I absolutely love this series!
One of my favorite teen reads.

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