Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
Published by Hyperion, 2006
Interest Level: 9th – 12th grades (Young Adult/Teen)
Reading Level: 5.4
Schulyer Van Alen comes from one of New York City’s elite ruling families. But she doesn’t fit in with the rest of the rich kids that attend the prestigious Duchesne Academy, New York’s premier private school for the wealthy. Partly due to the downfall of the family fortune and partly because she chooses not to. However, like it or not she has more in common with the other kids than she cares to admit: she is one of the Four Hundred – the number of vampires allowed to walk the earth at any one time. Also known as Blue Bloods.
All too soon, Schulyer begins the change that all vampires must go through at the age of 15. She also comes to the attention of Jack Force, one of the richest and most popular boys at Duchesne Academy. But more frightening is the fact that the young Blue Bloods are being killed off before they have a chance to fully come into their powers. Who, or what, is behind the murders? And why?
This is the first book in a 7 book series. We meet five of the main characters in this first book: Schulyer Van Alen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, Mimi and Jack Force and Bliss Llewelyn. There are many other secondary characters that take turns on the main stage of this book as well and all play a pivotal role in the plot-line.
From the Reviewer: I enjoy all things vampire and this book was no exception! The pace of the book is good, the characters are for the most part believable, and descriptions of the characters were well done. I immediately decided which characters I liked and which ones I didn’t care for. I also really enjoyed that Melissa De La Cruz’s point of view on the conception of vampires was completely different than any other vampire creation story I’ve read.
All that being said, there were parts that gave me pause in this book as there are a few inferences of sexual situations. Even though the vampires (or vampire consciousness’s) are several hundreds of years old, the shell (or human bodies) they inhabit are those of 15-18 year old teenagers, so as a parent it made me uncomfortable. Having already read book 4 to see if it is suitable for our school library, I know that this is something the author touches on frequently in the series. I’m not judging this book on those merits however, it was still a good read. But as always, I suggest parents peruse Blue Bloods and be aware of this to determine if your child is ready for this kind of book.