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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1)

Blue Bloods - Melissa  de la Cruz Review posted at: Read, Rinse, Repeat

"They were embarking on a journey into the darkness inside themselves."

Blue Bloods takes a long time to get going. A loooong time. The first 140 pages of the book, nearly half of the novel, serve up various clues to the mysteries of the Blue Bloods. Why are blue veins suddenly appearing on teens' arms? Why do they crave raw, bloody meat? Why do they have dreams that seem disturbingly real? What is The Committee, beyond its front as a charitable organization? And what does the Mayflower have to do with all of this? In a sudden gush of information, all of the secrets are finally spouted up.

Duchesne is the hoity-toity private Manhattan school the Blue Bloods attend. Mimi Frost is the snobby, beautiful queen bee, and Jack is her twin brother with whom Mimi has an attachment bordering on creepy obsession. Bliss is the new girl, welcomed into the cool girl clique as Mimi's best friend. Bliss is expected to toe the line, but doesn't always do so. Schuyler is the secretly beautiful girl hidden beneath a goth exterior and layers of baggy clothing. In other words, cliches abound.

Fashion is a huge focal point of the novel. Much time is devoted to describing the designer clothes worn by the teenagers, time that could have been better spent developing the characters. The fact that the Blue Bloods are vampires almost seemed an afterthought. The ending does set up what will be hopefully be an exciting showdown between the Blue Bloods and their evil brethren, the Silver Bloods.

I have heard that subsequent novels in the series improve, so I will read Masquerade in the hope that more time is spent on the vampire angle.