Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel

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For this elite group of teenagers, New York is all about parties, fashion...AND BLOOD.

The sexy and secretive world of the Blue Bloods comes to life in this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Book One of Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling series.

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Overview

For this elite group of teenagers, New York is all about parties, fashion...AND BLOOD.

The sexy and secretive world of the Blue Bloods comes to life in this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Book One of Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling series.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The first volume in this popular vampire series is now available in graphic format. The story begins with a flashback to a handwritten 1620 diary, chronicling the arrival of vampires with Myles Standish and the early Mayflower colonists. It quickly segues to a contemporary club scene in New York City. Readers meet 15-year-old Schuyler and her classmates from an elite prep school, as well as Bliss, newly arrived from Texas. The girls begin to experience unusual symptoms, including blue veins that form intricate patterns just below the surface of the skin. Schuyler discovers that she and her glamorous young friends are Blue Bloods, a form of fallen angels or vampires. She learns that something is hunting them, even killing some of them, and she is determined to stop their annihilation, even if she must contend with the vampire hierarchy. Graphic devices help readers keep track of the frequently changing scenes and multiple characters. Small black boxes with white lettering provide introductions to the numerous characters, and boxes shaded in pale blue give time and location information. Occasionally the artist uses changes in color palette to signal scene changes. The numerous abrupt changes create a reading experience that is often disjointed, constantly fluctuating among the various characters' story lines. Realistic art highlights the glamorous lifestyle of these upper-class young "immortals," and the graphic images of blue-blood veins are particularly effective.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Schuyler Van Alen is fifteen and from very old money, unfortunately she could really use some new money. Her ancestors are the very pilgrims that founded America. Their homesteads survival was a daily struggle. Many of the children came up missing and then Myles Standish returns telling tales of Roanoke settlements disappearance and the word Croatan scratcbed into a trees bark. Schuyler's mysterious past plays into her present. Her mother lies in a hospital room in a deep sleep coma and she doesn't know who's her father. She lives with her strict grandmother, Cordelia Van Alen. New York City is bustling for the rich and frivolous teens in Schuylar's circle. Club hopping, Rolls Royces, designer clothes and beautiful people. Then Aggie Carondolet is found dead and now for some reason the handsome and aloof Jack Force is starting to pay attention to Schuyler and even passes her a note saying that Aggie was murdered. Are the others in danger? What about the blue spidery lines that are surfacing on Schuylar's arms? The new hottie Dylan brings out the past in Bliss Llewellyn and Mimi Force seems to have some answers to Schuylers past, only she's such a B. So many questions and her grandmother is not very forthcoming with answers and why does she warn her that the darkness is coming? A sexy, gorgeously drawn adaptation of Cruz's first book of a best-selling series. Shadowy images of New York's elite helps to answer some questions but leaves many more for the following books. A graphically artistic introduction to the world of the Blue Bloods. What mysterious force is at work and has the Croatan found its way through the centuries to pick off the great-great-great-great-grandchildren of the pilgrims. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
The long-awaited graphic novel adaptation of de la Cruz's first Blue Bloods book does not disappoint. Urusov's illustrations capture the drama and melodrama of the series with a full-color palette that changes with and complements each scene. The nightclub and New York City street scenes are especially vibrant, and the characters are as willowy, beautiful, and fashionably dressed as readers will expect. Dylan and Ollie can be difficult to distinguish from each other without clues in the text, and Schuyler's look changes noticeably throughout the book; by the end, she appears like an evil elf, with dramatically heavy eyebrows and piercings that make her ears look weirdly pointed in a number of scenes. Venditti's adaptation of the story is as pared down as it can be for this format; while retaining the beginnings of the series' complex historical plot, it loses some of the cleverness that made the first full novel so enjoyable. Teens unaccustomed to reading cursive may have some difficulty with the text in the prologue; the font is very small and some of the letters indistinct. Fans of the series will enjoy this interpretation, while those new to the Blue Bloods world will gain easy access to it through this stylized, visual version. Reviewer: Vikki Terrile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423134473
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 344,212
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, and Lost in Time. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter (@MelissadelaCruz).

Robert Venditti (www.robertvenditti.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels The Homeland Directive, The Surrogates and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. He also adapted Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief into a graphic novel. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow him on Twitter (@RobertVenditti).

Alina Urusov (www.alinaurusov.com) work has appeared in issues of Marvel's X-Force andYoung Avengers Presents. She has also contributed covers for Marvel, DC Comics, and Top Cow Publications. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Fiona Staples (www.fstaples.blogspot.com) was one of the illustrators of Trick 'r Treat and provided the art for The Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor by Mike Costa. Her new series Saga (with writer Brian K. Vaughan) launches in 2012. She lives in Alberta, Canada.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    It moved very swiftly. Those who have read the books before the

    It moved very swiftly. Those who have read the books before the graphic novel will understand what is going on, but as a stand alone piece of work, it was too choppy. It's a great companion piece, but do read the actual book first.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    It was so satisfying to finally have an idea of what all of the

    It was so satisfying to finally have an idea of what all of the characters look like, how they dress, and to see the places they've been to. I bought this book right on the spot. Though she most likely won't, I still wish that Melissa would  release graphic novels for all of her Blue Bloods books.

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