Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods Series #1)

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Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she's starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and ...

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Overview

Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she's starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.

Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz's vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read.

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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: 9781423101260
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Series: Blue Bloods Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 121,625
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Well worth the read!!!

    This is a great vampire tale. They are called blue bloods and come into their heritage around the age of 15. These blue bloods are descendants, or in some cases, the same people who came on the Plymouth. The blue bloods are very wealthy and all go to the same school. Several know what they are before receiving their invitation to the Committee but like Schuyler, others have no clue. Life is great, you find out your immortal, nothing can kill you, you are forever perfect, sun doesn't hurt you, but something is hunting and killing blue bloods.
    I enjoyed this book, it was good. Not the best vamp book I've ever read, but a page turner. I enjoy Schuyler and Oliver's relationship and Mimi is the perfect rich brat.
    I think the reader is lead to believe there is a relationship brewing between Schuyler and Oliver but in the matter of a paragraph it's nothing. Jack is way too hot and cold to Schuyler and doesn't make sense in his intentions. It also seemed in the space of one chapter being 2 pages long, Schuyler has learned the ancient language and the reader is given the impression that she has discovered very strong hidden powers. The book was moving along very nicely and then it just seemed like it was chopped down and rushed to the end.
    Also note, you will not find out who the Silver Blood is, this book does leave you hanging with a need to read the next in the series.

    20 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2009

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    Wonderful book, even POST Twilight!

    In this wonderful book, Schuyler, Bliss, Mimi, and Jack (a name you will come to LOVE), deal with finding out things other then their heritage and school work. On top of learning your becoming a vampire, people are mysteriously dying, dealing with your best friend straying from you, dealing with the school populars, and conceling your crush on a "boy" you can't have; the silver bloods are far from destroyed.

    ok, so I have to say that I have 2 addictions now; I LOVE the Twilight series and The Blue Bloods Series. I honestly thought that I would NEVER find a book as good as or even something that would be as simi cool as Twilight, but in the past week, I have found that totally untrue! The Blue Blood series is a thrilling, heart-warming, exciting romance/suspense story. You sympathize, you get frusterated with, and even, I dare say, fall in love with some of the characters. It always kept me guessing and predicting as I read...(and that was NON stop becuase I couldn't put it down). I generally don't like reading books with a three person point of view, but this kept me on edge and explained alot about the characters so you could get to really know (and sorta understand) them. I bought all (so far, can't wait until the fourth comes out....)and haven't regretted it. I LOVE these books! The only thing I would warn you is that you might want to wait until the fourth book to read them, because the 3rd one leaves you hanging! :)

    (: Enjoy, Reading 'em! :)

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    good read

    Great plot, great characters. hard to put down- can't wait to read more.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Would recommend to readers young and old alike.

    I thought this book was written with a very refreshing take on "vampires". Not your run of the mill garlic hating, cross fearing, don't let the sun touch your skin type of novel. My praise to Melissa de la Cruz, for being bold enough to step away from the typical vampire myths and even incorporate a little religion into this novel. A good page turner, I was throughly disappointed when I realized it was part of a series and I would have to wait for the next book to arrive by mail! Can't wait to start book two in the series! :)

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

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    Very Inappropriate

    I found this book while just browsing, it sounded like it was good. The beginning was okay (not a real page turner), but I thought it would get better. I found that most parts I had to make myself read, and others were either sexual related or were and just all around uncomfortable to read. And the thing about the brother and sister being in love or something made me sick. I must say I was very disappointed. I don't recommend it.

    11 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    Wow!

    ...This book was good. Like, hecka good and if you haven't read this series, you should fix that soon kind of good. I've read a lot of great books right now but none of them hold a candle to the obsession that has taken over my body while reading this book. This book, the characters and the story just knocks you on your butt, it's so good.

    This book follows Schuyler Van Alen as her life takes a change she wasn't expecting. She's thrown into the Blue Bloods world and is struggling to find her place in this new world. She's a Van Alen and in the past, that would have meant something but now, in this new world that she lives in, the Van Alen name doesn't mean much. After all, her family is broke and she doesn't live the life of the rich and famous like most all of the Blue Bloods that she knows.

    Like Jack and Mimi Force.

    Jack and Mimi Force are twins who are richer than rich and the most popular kids at school. Schuyler doesn't fit in with them and doesn't really care to because she's got her friends Oliver and Dylan to keep her happy....but after a chance meeting with Jack at a club, Schuyler can't help but wonder if Jack is interested ...in her.

    As Schuyler (pronounced Skyler) tries to adjust to her new life, the story takes off. There's someone or something rather that is out there killing Blue Bloods and Schuyler is committed to finding out just who and what that is. Schuyler's mother is in a coma and won't come out of it and man but I'm curious to see how all of that comes together.

    Just when you think you have a handle of everything in this book, De La Cruz throws you for a loop and has you jumping through hurdles to find out everything there is to know about the Blue Bloods. This book reminds me of a vampire type Gossip Girl but...better and cleaner, less sleazy and all that...

    To read the full review, please visit http://thebookscoop.com

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010

    for the bad reviewers

    in order to review the book you should read it. i must admit while i did find it a bit overwhelming with all the descriptions about new york but the story plot is one where you MUST pay attention. many things written about in reviews are addressed in the book including the force twins relationship wjile seeingly incestous is FAR from it. READ THE WHOLE BOOK first please

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    Wonderful.

    I was looking for a book to get rid of my Twilight obsession, and the this book was very enthralling. But, it didn't quite measure up to Twilight. I have yet to read the next book, and I have heard it is even better. So I will soon see. But I would and will definitely recommend this book to my friends. It is also educational somewhat because it talks about the MAyflower and the Roanoke (spell check) settlement.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    My Favorite Vampire Books!

    This story is all it's own. With a plot like a puzzle and many point of views this book keeps you reading for hours! It's a thrilling dark love story with a plot like no other. One of my favorite things is how the author works real history into the story line but makes it her own. I can't wait to read the new book and I will be sad when the series ends! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could, great for all ages.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    Fashion book and vampire book all in one

    I thought for a first novel, it was pretty good plot setting wise. Everything was introduced and explained. Of course there are always questions in the end but at least you get the general idea of what they are, and who, and what's going on. It's actually a pretty good starter for a series. One of the better ones I have read in a while.

    Character wise, I'd say I'm attached to Oliver. He's your always loyal, always there guy and I'm a sucker for those types of men. The rest of the characters are very interesting. The thing with Mimi and Jack is a little creepy and...taboo I suppose. Ever read Black Order by James Rollins? remember those twins? yeah, that kind of creepy. You have to remember though, these characters are teenagers, and with that you have their usual melodrama but I think it's a nice blend of teenage issues with a gothic twist that should be in adult novels.

    I liked the ending. A lot. It's a great cliffhanger and does make me want to grab the next book in line. I must admit, I almost gave up on this novel.

    Why did I nearly give up this novel?

    Let me explain, with the following quotes:

    "...a pair of tight four-thousand-dollar Apo jeans with the platinum rivets and a diamond button, a chunky Martine Sitbon sweater, and slim butter-colored Jimmy Choo stilettos."

    "...she was lying there, in only her Cosabella thong..."

    okay. Stop stop stop. Please. Explain to me WHY we need to know what brand name someone's thong is?? do we care? are we going to go out shopping and yell out: "Someone help me find a Cosabella thong!!!" I don't think so. This book was filled with silly descriptions on what brands of clothing these people were wearing it was like you were reading an Italian Vogue instead of an actual book. What are you trying to do, name drop? it's ridiculous! I understand the authors is quite well versed in the fashion industry, and it's understandable that we are talking about rich characters who would never stoop low and buy generic brand names but what in the world does that have to do with the plot or story line?? why the need to drop fashion names as if you're trying to advertise something? was the author getting paid to drop labels like that in a book? if so, hook me up because I want to do that and get paid just to write fashion names in a book.

    Overall a great plot, pretty good characters and great ending but I wouldn't waste the money on this. It's better as a library take out. I will be reading the series as I am stubborn and they're quick reads as long as I skim the useless fashion descriptions.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Great series

    I have read the series as of today all three books.. Loved it.. I think it was well written and excititng.. loved it

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    worst written book ive ever read!!!

    this book is written HORRIBLY.i dont know much about the characters. it was told from no one's point of view just jumped around whenever it felt like it.one minute the hot guy isnt talking to the nerd and then he is and then isnt and then theyre in love. there is no substance to this story.it all goes too fast and is very broad. i cant read a book that doesnt paint a picture. it sounds like something i would have written in middle school.its almost like the author wrote and outline and then decided to just publish it without doing anything to it. if it was more polished an detailed it could have been a great book, but this is the most disorganized and childishly written book i have ever read.i actually just stopped reading it toward the end because the typos and grammatical errors were ridiculous.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Awesome.

    I picked this up at a warehouse sale cuz I was simply attracted to the cover and I think I'd heard about it but yeah. It had me gripped at the first page. This is better- and I so mean it-, so freakin better than Twilight. Serious.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    This Book Was Amazing

    Blue Bloods was one of the best books I've ever read! It is so good! For once my mom was trying to get me to put it down. I cant wait to read the 2nd book and for the 3rd to come out. I really hope Melissa De La Cruz writes more. Anyone who likes to read about vampires will love this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Disappointing

    I was so tempted to buy this, as I love vampire books, and the cover was so beautiful, but I'm very realized I checked it out from the library instead. This book was incredibly boring, I was so disappointed. At first the story went nowhere the plot revolved around a group of completely unlikable characters, and the vampire aspect didnt come in until much later in the book. Seriously, I had no attachments to any of the characters, they were all annoying, bitchy, and snobby. I ended up skimming through the second half of the book because it was so boring. I really, really wanted to like this, especially since there are sequels coming out, but really, it was not worth the time. If you absolutely must read it, please save your money and check it out from the library.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2010

    Totally worth it!!!

    So i had seen this add in the magazine about the blue blood series and i was nah. But then i started seeing it everywhere so i bought the book on my nook and.....WOW! this book was amazing i kept reading and reading. Soon i feel inlove with the books and cant wait for the fifth one. i all the way feel in love with Oliver. I LOVE YOU OLLIE!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2010

    so awesome!!!

    i absolutely fell in love with the blue bloods series - the first book has it all - danger, romance, adventure, mystery. the books just keep getting better!! can't wait for misguided angel in october!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    The Best

    This series is the best series I have read EVER! Thats a lot to say when I read so much. Im 14 and this book was GREAT! Like suspense, humor, romance EVERYTHING! I also loved seeing a rich girls side and I adored how the point of veiws wound up and connected. Just a great read I could put it down I read the whole series In one week! So read it you will adore it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Blue Bloods

    Blue Bloods was an amazing book. Even though all the detail was a little confusing it made me feel like I was in New York, too!! I loved the characters and thought they were developed well. The whole blue bloods thing actually made sense, unlike some books that are hardly beliavable!! I would recomend this to anybody who loves teen horror and suspense!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Blue Bloods is a good beginning

    Schuyler Van Alen, age 15, has always been the outcast at her upscale private school. She thinks of herself as just a normal teenager, living a normal life, and who doesn't seem to fit in, nor does she try to fit in. Oliver Hazard-Perry is Schuyler's best friend, and when a student at their school turns up dead, the two friends start to investigate.

    Suddenly Schuyler learns she is a member of an elite "family" of vampires, The Blue Bloods. The Blue Bloods came to America on The Mayflower trying to escape the one thing that can kill them, the Silver Bloods. For centuries they've lived in peace, but now the danger is back.

    This book is full of "Paris Hilton-like" characters - Mimi and Jack Force, the top dog socialites, and Mimi's BFF Bliss Llewellyn, who is a newcomer from Texas. This story has a "Gossip Girl" type appeal, and although I didn't much care for the obsession with fashion, but it was essential to show the different sides of these characters. I instantaneously hated Mimi, but I fell in love with Schuyler. She is very likable, cute, smart, and street smart. I look forward to seeing her character grow, and I look forward to more interactions between her and Oliver.

    I realize that most "vampire" books are compared with Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight", but this book has a different take on the vampire theme. I enjoyed the story and it managed to keep my interest throughout. This book is similar to creative non-fiction, because the author inserts real historical events - like the disappearance of the original Roanoke colony - which make it an intriguing story. Consumption killed most of the original Roanoke colony and there was once a period in history where people actually did equate consumption with vampirism.

    This is the first book in the Blue Blood series. The next books are: Masquerade, Revelations and The Van Alen Legacy.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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