Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods Series #1)

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods Series #1)

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by Melissa de la Cruz

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Publishers Weekly
"[Marguerite] Gavin's narrative passages capture irony, suspense, and humor, moving the story along quickly while maintaining mood and excitement throughout." —AudioFile
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

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.

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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Publication date:
Blue Bloods Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


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Blue Bloods 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1606 reviews.
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)
enticed More than 1 year ago
Great plot, great characters. hard to put down- can't wait to read more.
Triggerfriends More than 1 year ago
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! :)
thebookscoop More than 1 year ago
...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 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
Vampbook_Lover More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
SaraBaBara More than 1 year ago
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.
Poizonivy More than 1 year ago
I have read the series as of today all three books.. Loved it.. I think it was well written and excititng.. loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Schuyler Van Alen lives alone with her grandma, and has only two friends: Oliver and Dylan. However, she begins experiencing strange things, like the intricate, raised pattern of blue veins on her arms. When she is invited to join the New York Blood Bank Committee, the most prestigous charity group in the city, she is reluctant. She attends the first meeting at her grandmother's insistence, where she is informed that she, as well as all the other Committee members, is a Blue Blood, an ancient breed of vampires. She is also informed that she is immortal and cannot be killed. If that's true, why are there three vampire teens who have recently been found dead? Schuyler begins a race against time to find out what could be killing vampires, as well as some shocking facts about her heritage and that of her friends, fellow vampires, and family. Will Schuyler find out what is happening...or will she be killed herself? Blue Bloods is an excellent book, the wonderful descriptions and story line totally suck you in.  This is one of the best teenage vampire books out there, a fantastic read for teens and adults alike.  The plot was multi-faceted and extremely interesting. I don't think I should get that into it, because I know countless other reviews have covered that aspect of the book very well (and I wouldn't want to give anything away), but I found it to be clever and well-researched. Despite the fact that the story is told from several points of view, De La Cruz is a master of never giving the whole mystery away. Readers are kept guessing throughout the novel (and throughout the whole series), which I find to be an accomplishment.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
houseofnight14 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Lulubuug More than 1 year ago
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!
asamum More than 1 year ago
I have read a few reviews and thought, yep lets read it, it will just be another vampire story. Boy, how wrong I was. The whole take on vampire mythology was unique. I would never have associated vampires with fallen angels. Not only that, there are good and evil vampires. Ones that adhere to the vampire code and ones that want to rule the world, for want of better terminology. The story encompasses the rebirth/reincarnation of vampires (aka blue bloods) from a single drop of blood containing all their memories and DNA. Science versus myth with the use of IVF. The formation of true friendships and allegiances. The soul-mate principle (or is it?), the 'ick' factor with the idea that twins are bound by blood (you need to read it, I am not giving away spoilers). With a bit of murder/mystery thrown in to keep you on your toes :0) The female protagonist, Schyler, was so easy to relate to, on the surface an outsider that has the strength of character to deal with whatever is thrown her way. Luckily she has the perfect friend in Oliver, that covers her back and protects her when ever he can (but is that all there is too it?!!!!) I adored the addition of Bliss and Dylan to their group and could completely understand their friendship and alliegance. Unbelievably clever plot twists and turns that leave you reeling, the teasers are there for you to pick up on if you can ;) For someone that thought this was just going to be another vampire book, I absolutely loved it.
icare4cats More than 1 year ago
Okay, I will admit it, I only bought this book because it was on sale and I had another $5 to spend on my giftcard. I had been meaning to pick it up and read it sometime though, so it wasn't just a random book that I bought. The story was interesting and was pretty good for a quick read (I read really fast, so, yes, quick) The point that the story revolves around seems original enough and was different than I had expected. However, it was a good different. Being a vampire book, I thought it would be filled with a conflict between a human and a vampire, but it was almost the exact opposite. The originality of the story *not* being a love-conflict was a nice change that I appreciated. I do plan to read the rest of the series, because I liked the story. If you don't like it, thats okay, no one is asking you to read it. And if someone is, you don't have to listen to them.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
Addy-May More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because i was bored and there was nothing else to read. I'm so glad it was. The twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat. It talks a little about fashion which i didn't really care for but it was worth it definatly one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started off as a boring book to me in the first few pages. But the infatuation between Schuyler and Jack intrigued me. Then throughout the book i discovered i enjoyed it. It's been a different sort of vampire novel. It's very realistic. It's beautifully written. And it makes you feel like you are really in Manhattan, New York. This book urged me visit the streets of New York. This book is definately NOT disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!! I have barely been able to sleep waiting for Revealations!!! PLEASE!!! READ IT!!!
SummerKisses More than 1 year ago
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.
brightmyer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this between 2 and 3 stars. The first 100 pages, you almost die, wanting to just give up on the book. But, I didn't. After about half way through, a small bit of plot and story starts to develop. As several reviewers said before, the characters mean nothing to the reader. When I read this book, I fell like, what has the author given to the reader for them to want to continue to read it? There was almost nothing there to the reader, none of the pieces were fitting together and it left me bored! The entire Vampiric aspect of the story was Not At All believable and I felt it contributed nothing to the story throughout the first half of the book. Only until later, the mystery/story/vampire parts start to connect and form. It was almost like two different stories, that in the end just ever so slightly started to mesh together. Sorta disappointed in the Author!! The upscale Manhattan-New York lifestyle was not very believable. I mean, I don't know Anyone in the World who has that kind of money. I mean, these people must have the yearly salary of Oprah. Not just normal rich people. So, I felt that part of the story was not needed. I just didn't think any parts of the story meshed together! I mean, it was just Maddening! Does this author not know the basic concepts and structures to building a story. It's simple!! Ugh! I don't really know what did save this story, but at the end, I didn't feel as though it was the Worst book I've read. So, I may just read the series. And the author also would jump into these terms that she never explained! All this weird latin stuff and notes from the Colonial says that were illegible. Overall, this wasn't the Worst book I've ever read, but not in my top twenty favorites by any stretch.
TwilightLvr4evr More than 1 year ago
blue blood is the first book in the blue blood series, so it is a little slow,but it was still great and keeps readers (at least me) waiting for the next book. i have read all the books in the series so far, and the blue blood series is great. the characters have very detailed personalities, and the story leads to the unexpected.