Monday, 19 April 2010

Vampire Week: Review - Blue Bloods & Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Released: February 22nd, 2010
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

They're Young, Fabulous and Fanged... And they rule Manhattan from the trendy uptown clubs to the downtown boutiques. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen has never quite fit in at her exclusive prep school - she's more of a vintage than a Versace girl - but all that's about to change... Because Schuyler has just found out she's a Blue Blood. The Blue Bloods are the city's glamorous - and secret - vampire elite. They're young, beautiful and powerful. But now they're being murdered. And Schuyler must find out who, or what, is behind it before she's next.


If you took the fangs from Twilight and the fashion from Gossip Girl, you'd get Blue Bloods. Addictive and entertaining, it's fast become my new YA book obsession, and I can't get enough.

Blue Bloods are no ordinary vampires: they head up rich bitch cliques, party at the swankiest clubs and date the best of the best. They're so elite Serena and Blair would cower in their Jimmy Choos and, as any GG fan knows, that's not an easy thing to achieve.

Schuyler Van Alen (pronounced Sky-ler) is an outcast at prestigious boarding school Duchesne, until students start showing up dead. Her life takes a rapid turn for the weird, and she finds out she's a Blue Blood -- part of an ancient group of vampires descendant from archangels cast out of heaven. Turns out most her classmates are Blue Bloods, including her crush Jack Force (insert *swoon* here), his dark but delectable sister Mimi and new arrival Bliss.

I love the whole mythology surrounding the Blue Bloods. It's fresh and fascinating, and unlike anything else I can think of. Vampires and angels are two of my favourite paranormal creatures to read about, so combining the two is quite genius on Melissa de la Cruz's part. It may sound a bit strange, but believe me, it works well.

Blue Bloods concludes nicely, and sets the rest of the series up in the process. I was literally frothing at the mouth to read Masquerade, and no, that's not a terrible vampire joke. Honestly. I haven't been this excited about a series for ages, and I'm so glad Melissa de la Cruz and her vision of the undead finally made its way to the UK.


Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Released: February 22nd, 2010
Grade rating: A-

Amazon summary:

Preparations are under way for the ball of the century. But as any true Blue Blood knows, it's the after-party that counts. And the cunning Mimi Force is getting ready to make sure her masquerade ball is the place to be for the Young, Fabulous and Fanged. But Schuyler Van Alen has more on her mind than fancy dresses, even if her crush Jack Force, is sure to make an appearance. She's getting closer to finding out what's been preying on the young vamps, and discovering the deadly secrets hiding under the masks... Rich with glamour, attitude and vampire lore, this second instalment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.


Masquerade was well worth the wait that ensued between the time I finished Blue Bloods, and waiting for book two to arrive in my bright red post box. I was like a deranged woman... I stalked the postman and everything (sorry about that, Howard). I hope this somewhat embarrassing confession conveys just how much I love this series!

Just when I thought the majority of Masquerade wasn't as fast paced as Blue Bloods, the last hundred pages arrived and reintroduced me to edge-of-your-seat excitement. I seriously couldn't turn the pages fast enough and, sadly, I didn't suddenly find myself with Superman's reading speed. Life just isn't fair sometimes.

At the risk of spoiling anything, I'll just that Masquerade picks up where the first book left off, and delves deeper into the mystery of what's hunting Blue Bloods. The end brings with it a handful of shocking revelations, and hints at what's to come for Schuyler, Bliss and Co. I was so glad I had book three, Revelations, waiting for me, or It would have been time for a mad dash to the bookshop.

Move over Twilight, you ask? Not quite... but say hello to a new friend? Definitely.


Library Mice said...

I finished book 4 last night and loved the series!!!
It reminds me more of City of Bones than Twilight personally; not only because of the mum issue but the overall feel of the story, plus the Jack/Jace and Ollie/Simon triangle. Will have my review up tonight about it hopefully. Can't wait til Book 5!

SusanKMann said...

Ohh I must read these, they sound great. *off to* :)

Great first post for Vamp week xx

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I WILL get round to these, I will! You've made me want to read them even more now. Great reviews as always!

dArLyN said...

those two sounds really interesting! I've been wanting to read this..Nice review..=)

Kate Evangelista said...

I think these reviews just sold me on the series. Next Book Budget it is. :-)

asamum said...

These are on my wishlist. Need a new vamp obsession :)
Happy Vampire Week - have a good one :)

Anonymous said...

ooh, these sound good :)

Book Chick City said...

I have both of these on my shelf and I must say they do sound good, and after your reviews I now have bumped them up my reading list. Great start to your Vampire Week!! :D

The Book Bug said...

Fab reviews, I agree! They're kind of addictive...

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Awesome review! I've been waiting to get my hands on a copy of these for a while..still waiting, but hopefully when them all soon! :)

LovesSam said...

I will say that i read book one and was intrigued by it, but I never really loved it. BUT after reading this review for Masquerade and seeing some of the comments.....the jack/Jace issue, I am reading this one very very soon!

Becky said...

I really really want to read this series despite the fact that I have had my fill of vampire books. I guess it is the angel dimension that attracts me. You make them sound such fun!

Kelsey said...

Great reviews. I just recently read and finished these two books. I liked Masquerade more than the first, though. And WOW, that ending of Masquerade! I can't wait to read Revelations.

YA Vampire Books said...

I'm loving your vampire week! And I love the UK Blue Bloods covers

Anonymous said...

I'm still reading Blue Bloods, and I think it would be the understatement of the century to say I can't put it down. And for me, that's truly saying something. Melissa de la Cruz has an absolutely sensational writing style, and the whole premise of the novel is completely different from all the vampire hype in today's market. I adore every single character, even Mimi Force, who is someone you just love to hate. To any vampire addict craving a new obsession, I recommend this book. 10/10 ***** - I <3 it!