Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
Young Adult Fantasy
Well, I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to go to B&N and return some books. I bought the first two books of the Blue Blood series; Blue Bloods, and Masquerade, and I must say I'm extremely disappointed with Melissa De La Cruz's lack of creativity, to say the very least.
I'm not even finishing the first book. I actually was following a recommendation based on my love for Twilight, and I'm sorely disappointed. I am enjoying reading Fantasy books, and will not avoid delving into more of the Fantasy genre, I obviously DO NOT like Twilight solely based on the vampires. They do help, but it was the world that Stephenie Meyer created more than the vampires themselves. What I love about Twilight, and many other books - including The Time Traveler's Wife and The Pillars of the Earth, are solid characters. Characters you can believe in, relate to, that you can love and hate, characters that intertwine with each other within the story. And this is exactly what Blue Bloods was lacking.
The barely lets you get to know the characters before moving on to the next one. It does not delve into their thoughts much more than a second. Dialogue between them is lacking as well. And the worst part of all are the things that were similar to Twilight. Main character, Schuyler, is suppose to be shy and inward. Only instead of being a plain Jane, she's a rich goth princess. The vampire, Jack Flash, is a wonderfully handsome guy with lovely green eyes (...okay that's different) and adorably disheveled hair (can we say, Edward knock-off?). Not to mention that most of the vampires have mind-reading capabilities?? About the time I learned all that, I decided I was done. I already knew that the book wasn't going anywhere for me. I'm not much for the rich and classy - I cannot relate to that. I don't like reading about vampires just because they are vampires.
Here's my suggestion. If you LIKE vampires, give the books a try. I mean, I only named a few things about the vampires, just pointing out the obvious Twilightish references, but there are OTHER things about them that certainly are different than the norm. If you like high class, 'I can buy any thing I want' type books, sure it might work. I don't want to shoot anyone completely out, I mean Melissa DID spend time and effort writing and creating this new vampire world. I'm sure there are people out there who like it. I'm just not one of them.