Published: April 25, 2006
Goodreads Blurb: When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
This was a re-read for me. I didn’t realize how much I missed these characters!
I love Melissa de la Cruz’s writing. She took me to New York with her descriptions. The characters are easy to relate to, and strongly dislike. The story follows a group of students at a prestigious private school. There’s a wide range of social classes being shown. At the bottom of the popularity ladder we have Schuyler and her BFF, Oliver. While Mimi and Jack Force act like royalty. Bliss falls in between the two, and battles over which group she feels more comfortable in. Each character has their part in this spotlight as they go through strange changes they do not completely understand.
I enjoyed this book so much more the second time through. I’m not sure if it’s because I have insight on what’s going to happen, or if it’s because I haven’t seen these characters in a while. Either way, I’m so glad I jumped back into the lives of the Blue Bloods. Ready for next month so we can read Masquerade.
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