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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blue Bloods

Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Bloods series, and various other books

Series Title: Blue Bloods
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Blue Bloods Summary: 
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 dilapated 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? 

 Masquerade Summary:
Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help—her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair.
But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Revelations Summary:
Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City's wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.
Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question--is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire's secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.
The Van Alen Legacy Summary:
With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

Series Review: 
I read these books a couple of months or so ago. I might not remember everything about them, so I apologize.
Anyway I really liked these books. It's like historical fiction meets vampires, and something else, I can't remember the word. They were fun to read, fast-paced, and are set in New York and Venice.  Though I have never been to either New York or Venice it was fun anyway to read some books set there. Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in with the upperclass and is surprised that she is invited to be a part of the Committee a exclusive social group. What she doesn't know is that the Committee is made up of vampires only. Schuyler gets dragged into the world of vampires when she discovers that she herself is one, and that vampires have been among the upperclass for    
a very long time. Schuyler learns about her family secrets and the mystery of the Blue Bloods. Masquerade reveals the mystery to the deaths of the young Blue Bloods. Though it leaves even more questions about Silver Bloods and the relationship between the families and Schuyler's mother. 
In Revelations there is a tone of Gossip Girl to it. In Revelations       Schuyler and the others travel in Venice where there is a gate that is in danger of being breached. Schuyler and Jack's relationship which was flourishing comes into question. I didn't really like Revelations, towards the end I got kinda lost, but it was okay. The Van Alen Legacy was okay, but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. I had such high expectations, but sadly it didn't live up to them. Overall a pretty good series.

Rating: B+

Notable Quotes:
"Black is the color of night. White is the true color of death"

"I don't need anything to get high. I'm high on life."

"He's too much for Schuyler. They're wrong for each other. Anyone can see that. 
And when he leaves her, I'll be there.
However long it takes, I'll still be there for her. 

"White for light. White for love. White for forever." 

"Never trust a shiny surface. They hide a multitude of flaws." 

"A brain with no heart and no reasoning ... well, nothing is more meaningless." 

"Schuyler pulled Oliver close and hugged him tightly. "Thank you," she whispered. Thank you for loving me enough to let me go." 


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