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Blue Bloods:
Within New York City's most elite families, there lurks a secret society: its members are powerful, wealthy and unhuman. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to Prada and pearls. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically: haunted by the death of a classmate, she craves raw...

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Overview

Blue Bloods:
Within New York City's most elite families, there lurks a secret society: its members are powerful, wealthy and unhuman. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to Prada and pearls. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically: haunted by the death of a classmate, she craves raw meat and finds herself the romantic interest of Jack Force, the most popular boy in school. As one discovery leads to the next, Schuyler finds herself drawn into the elusive social circle of the Blue Bloods-and a mystery that threatens to destroy them all.


Masquerade:

Schuyler wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires, and travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, glamorous Blue Bloods prepare for the Four Hundred Ball an exclusive gala hosted by the city's powerful undead but it's at the after-party masquerade that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire's destiny.


Revelations:

Schuyler's heritage is under scrutiny: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is the sinister Silver Blood coursing through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is stranded in the Force household, trapped with her nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force. But when an ancient center of power is threatened, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. Romance, glamour, and vampire lore collide in Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling Blue Bloods series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
De la Cruz combines American history, vampires and a crew of rich New York City kids, delivering a page-turning debut to her new series, sure to appeal to fans of her Au Pairs titles. When 15-year-olds Schuyler and Bliss find out that they are vampires, as are many of the city's elite, they learn what's behind some of their weird symptoms (such as Schuyler's blue veins, which form "an intricate pattern, visible under the skin's surface," or Bliss's cravings for raw meat), and that "nothing could kill vampires." But something is hunting them, even killing some, and Schuyler grows more determined to stop it, even as the Conclave, the vampire leaders, attempts to cover it up. Readers will recognize the character types here: Schuyler the outcast, Bliss the pretty new girl and Mimi the popular queen bee (who nurses a somewhat incestuous relationship with her equally gorgeous brother). Not many question are answered along the way, even for the start of a series. Still, it's hard to resist a book that combines expensive clothes, modeling jobs, blood-sucking and even diary entries from a Mayflower vampire. De la Cruz plants enough seeds (e.g., What does it mean that Schuyler's father is human? Will her mother come out of her coma? Who are the Silver Bloods, and is one of them hiding amongst the vampires?) to give readers a stake in what happens next. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Schuyler Van Alen never was comfortable at her elite private school. Despite having as impressive a pedigree as the next student, she has always felt like an outcast. During her sophomore year, though, she finds the students who once ignored her reaching towards her in various ways. After a fellow student is murdered, Schuyler finds out that she and many other students at her school are Blue Bloods. Blue Bloods are vampires that trace their lineage to the Mayflower and beyond. They are used to being immortal, but now something appears to be hunting them. While teenage vampire stories are numerous nowadays, this title adds new elements about vampires that keep the story and legend fresh. The story is told not just from Schuyler's point of view but also from the point of view of Bliss (a transplant from Texas), Mimi (a spoiled rich girl), Jack (Mimi's twin brother), and even uses diary entries from an ancestor in the 1620s. This book is a worthy addition to the vampire genre. 2006, Hyperion, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
VOYA
Schuyler, Mimi, Bliss, and Jack live the good life in New York City. Young, beautiful, and rich, they are members of the exclusive philanthropic society known as The Committee. More than just a charitable board, The Committee guards an ancient secret that the blue-blood members of the American upper class are actually Blue Bloods, a four-hundred-member ancient race of vampires that might not be as invincible as it believes. Combining historical references to the lost colony of Roanoke with high-fashion name-dropping and the threat of an evil hunting the Blue Bloods, de la Cruz takes her trademark brand of high-society chick-lit and turns it into a fresh and engaging vampire tale. The four main characters develop from character types to believable teens struggling with the realities of being both young and undead. To be sure, most teens do not get modeling contracts in the hallway of their high schools, but many deal with distant, ill, or embarrassing parents, much like these teens. With tongue-in-cheek explanations for everything from how the no-sun or garlic myths began, to vampirism being the reason that these elite girls can eat their weight in cupcakes without gaining an ounce, de la Cruz opens the vampire genre to readers who cannot get enough glimpses into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Recommend this title along with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005) as a delicious reading feast and be prepared to be asked when the next Blue Bloods book is due. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Hyperion, 256p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Vikki C. Terrile
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-De la Cruz has revamped traditional vampire lore in this story featuring a group of attractive, privileged Manhattan teens who attend a prestigious private school. 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. This novel constantly name-drops and is full of product placements, drinking, drugs, nonexplicit sex, and superficial characterizations, but the intriguing plot will keep teens reading. De la Cruz's explanation for the disappearance of the Colony of Roanoke is unique and the idea that models don't gain weight because they are Blue Bloods rather than anorexic is unusual.-Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A juicy, voyeuristic peek into the lives of rich Manhattanites-who happen to be vampires. As shown by a diary in a handwritten font, vampires came to this country on the Mayflower. In contemporary Manhattan, the ensemble of protagonists attends an elite prep school. They're old souls, because vampires return in new shells (bodies) indefinitely; however, until mid-adolescence, they don't know it. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler, intelligent and vaguely Goth, has no idea she's a vampire. Neither does Bliss, newly arrived from Texas. Mimi and Jack, glamorously haughty twins with a suspicious bond, already know the scoop; the adults know too. The others are meant to learn slowly and keep strictly to the Code (for example, never suck so much blood that a human dies). Name-brand clothing and luxuries abound, but a mysterious danger lurks: Someone is killing the supposedly immortal. Schuyler's destiny is to bring the vampires-cast out of heaven with Lucifer-back into a state of grace, but her immediate goal for the next installment is to find the murderer. Delightfully trashy. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423125952
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Blue Bloods Series
  • Pages: 944
  • Sales rank: 102,194
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 2.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the novel Cat's Meow and the co-author of How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less. Her work has been translated into several languages. She writes regularly for Marie Claire, Gotham, Hamptons, and Lifetime magazines and has contributed to the New York Times, Glamour, Allure, and McSweeney's. She recently moved from New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She has never dared use her cell phone on the Hampton Jitney. This is not her dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2009

    Great book!

    This book, honestly, is one of the best i have ever read and i read A LOT. also, it is an incredible plot. The author does very well to make the story believable with twists and turns everywhere that keeps your attention yet teaches you things too. If you have read twilight, and are timid about any other vampire books, you have absolutely NOTHING to worry about. This is a completely unique book and i guarantee you will love it. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone over the age of 13. Really, you have to buy and read this or i'm sure you WILL regret it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Must read book

    This was an excellent book. The characters and their struggles are believeable. This book is not another book about vampire love, it has the you guessing who is behind the killings. The whole series is a must read. Blue blood series is one that I don't get tired of reading and I read a LOT of books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    The Mst Amazing Series I've read!

    The Blue Bloods Series struck me at the age of 15-16, and was then part of my life. After reading the first book I was hooked and extremly addicted to the story because it was something i wanted to live; almost like the world was made for me. I was so excited to read the rest of the books,I waited anxiously for each one to be published. This series is the best I've read i can't wait to read the rest Melissa's amazing books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    LOVE THIS SERIES

    Book one was good, but I wouldn't have died if I didn't contine reading the story... Book 2 on the other hand had hooked and now I am in LOVE with the series. The books, are a definitely different take on Vampires, Angels and the whole paranormal genre.. It is AWESOME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Another Addictive Vamp Series

    This series is a total blast!
    When I first started to read 'Blue Bloods' I was very, very skeptical. I mean vampire books are hot-hot-hot, but some vampire series are so not-not-not. I was surprised and very overjoyed that my selection of the 'Blue Bloods: One-Three Box Set' was definitely a good choice.
    The series is written in third-person, and the author tends to run-on and on with her sentences, but they are very interesting and detailed none-the-less. The characters are interesting. They are not as interesting as the characters from the 'House of Night' series or 'Vampire Academy,' but they're still pretty appealing. I think my favorite character is Mimi. You gotta love a good witch with a capital B.
    As for the feel and tone of the book ... it's a combination of 'Gossip Girl and 'House of Night.' It also reads very much like a young Jackie Collins/Jacquelie Susann novel; it's full of glamourous and very detailed descriptions clothes, people, and places.
    Anway ... it's a fun read, and a must for vampire fans, young and old. I probably give it three-and-a-half stars if I could. Nice series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING series

    When I first picked up the book, I thought the description and cover were a bit cheesy. I gave it a shot anyway and I couldn't put the book down!Hands down one of the best, if not THE best, book series I have ever read. The plot and characters are very interesting, not your typical vampire books. I also like the fact that these vampires are fallen angels and therefore have much more of a story to tell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not great, but not bad.

    Although the book had its moments and I did continue reading the series beyond these three books, the series didn't really seem to start with anything until the furth book. If I would have checked these out of the library, as did the rest of the series, they wouldn't have been ones that I had bought. However, some good did come out of it, since I have now donated the books to the library.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    good series

    i really liked these book but there is better out there i would recommend this to a friend after they have read the following

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

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    GREAT STORY

    It's a great story. I like to find the vampire books, and can find very few that are well written. This is a great story along the lines of a vampire book and it keeps my attention well enough to keep reading.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    LOVED LOVED LOVED EM

    If you are big vampire reader this series is awesome. I absolutely loved these books. After buying this box set you will definitely be back to purchase the fourth book and like me you will be dying for the fifth book to come out. If vampire books are your favorite (like me :)) then try these ones they are great!!!

    Happy Reading :P

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Don't toss me til you read me!

    I am 22 years old. I work full-time and am married, but these books are awesome. I love a little mystery with some action, maybe even a touch of romance. These books have it all. It's based around the new age high school scene, but the characters are century old vampires. Melissa De La Cruz is such a wonderful creative writer. I absolutely loved getting lost in these captivating tales of hers.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Vampire Series

    With romantic, action, social life, and demons. Any one who love vampire, will surely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Good Series

    This series is different but in a good way. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    can wait for the next book

    If you like twighlight you'll like these as well

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

    Good Book!!!

    i was at my school library bored, when the first book (blue bloods) caught my eye. i am a fan of the twilight and anne rice books so i thought it would be interesting to read. at first i could not get into it, i had to read the first chapter like 2 times just to understand what was going on but by the end of the book it really impresed me. i have read all 4 books thus far and they all leave you wanting more. i would absolutly recommend these books!

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Better then I thought...

    I bought this entire series after some serious debating with myself if i should invest in these books...well, i'm glad i did.
    While the characters seem a bit under developed, the books, especially the last book of the series that is not in this packet, keep you on the edge, wanting for more. I particularly like that the writer incorporates real world history into these books which I think is what sets this series apart from the rest of the vampire dramas.
    I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    recommendable

    From my opinion, these books keeps me on the edge every single time I reach the end of a chapter. The story line is also very capturing and interesting. Love it. The book I also recommend is the fourth book to the series. Unfortunately, it is not part of the whole pack, however, it is also really cool. You should get it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

    Fav <3

    I love this whole Vampire Addiction that's going on and I'm a huge fan of Gossip Girl. In a strange way i feel like this book has everything I want from both series into one. I love them..My favorite books ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2009

    Loved It!

    ALL 3!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Vampire Series

    I love this series, it has a completely original take on the vampire genre.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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