Where to begin I ve been devouring a lot of YA fiction lately, especially that of the supernatural kind and, honestly, I m running out of avenues I d been putting off the Blue Bloods novels because they just didn t interest me Well, today I was bored so I picked this little gem up from the library It passed a few hours worth of my time Was it worth it Well, I got some laughs.The book opens with a massive cliche Which I suppose should have warned me and put me off reading the rest of it, but I like to finish what I begin and, like I said, I was bored Our main protagonist is Schuyler Van Alan Tiny, black hair, blue eyes, absolutely gorgeous but, of course, completely unaware of it She dresses like a bag lady Well, like a very lucky bag lady who ransacks the trash bins of wealthy socialites and has revolving credit at fancy consignment shops She has only one friend of course , a boy named Oliver who is of course in love with her, while she is of course completely unaware of how he feels about her Next cliche Everyone else at her prestigious private school ignores her Of course UNTILUntil one night when she s out with Oliver and she sees the ever popular and completely gorgeous Jack Force He flirts with her and she s completely confused by his sudden attention to her So you would think this eventually goes somewhere Not really Jack and Schuyler DO share a couple of scenes together, but nothing all that great They kiss once, but even that has a very strange vibe, like it just shouldn t be happening Probably because there isn t a whole lot of build up They don t manage to kiss for long, either, because they re interrupted by Jack s twin sister, Mimi The Jack and Mimi storyline is where things started to get creepy and make less and less sense.Jack s and Mimi s relationship is very quickly revealed to be than what the average brother and sister share Creep factor through the roof at this point I mean, I guessed right away that it was some kind of reincarnation thing, but EWW Come on And Mimi s a total bitch, but not even in a believable way I got the feeling I was supposed to really hate her, but I couldn t There just wasn t enough there Schuyler has no parents Her dad is dead, her mom s been in a coma since she was a baby, and she s been neglectfully supervised by her grandmother Cordelia Cordelia is a throw away character She exists within the book merely for the sole purpose of providing a quick source of information for Schuyler, then she s killed off Let s just call her Tissue from now on Schuyler blew her nose on her and her literary mission was accomplished So I trudged through the first half or so of this book wondering why in the hell I was still reading since all I kept hearing about was how rich these people are and the kinds of clothes they wear, the hotels they stay in, the food they eat, etc But then I got to the good stuff Wait for it The Blue Bloods are nothing than a group of 400 fallen angels whose punishment for betraying God was being condemned to live their immortal lives on earth until they ve reached a zen like state of contrition At least, that s their mission to be allowed back into the garden after paying penance for their misbehavior So they don t kill humans Not at all, in fact, they try to help us Did you know that all the beautiful and the humanitarian things in New York City are all thanks to rich angel space vampires Anyway, they re reincarnated and, at the age of 15, start undergoing their transformation to vampire Okay So yeah, Jack and Mimi They re blood bound Apparently this is some freaky BS wherein two souls are born as twins, but then, through a transition, one twin would assume the role of spouse This was to preserve the family s fortune A whole new twist on keepin it in the family Anyone else feel like vomiting Intellectually, reading this book is akin to flipping through a toddler s board book Not a whole lot going on De La Cruz attempted to weave in some historical references by tying the whole Roanoke settlement mystery into the angel vampires story, but she apparently expects that none of her readers have ever heard of it before None of the teen characters in the book have We re supposed to believe that these kids are attending this super exclusive private school and NONE of them have ever heard of Roanoke or Croatoan Sure, she tries to tie that up nicely by claiming The Committee head honcho angel vampires have altered the memories of their own so they don t remember Roanoke, but these kids do not exist in a vacuum they would have heard the story eventually and remembered it, ESPECIALLY since they re HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD AND GET THE SAME MEMORIES BACK WITH EVERY INCARNATION Sigh Anyway, Schuyler is a vampire, but she isn t part of the in crowd because she s half human She s the product of her mother an angel vampire mating with a human She s a new soul , not a reincarnated one, and she s super rare Okay Also, her mother, Allegra, is the archangel Gabriel simple explanation, but just don t ask Gabriel Gabrielle Allegra is supposedly the strongest of the angel vampires, but she s in a coma because she swore off of human familiars blood bags after her husband Schuyler s father died Gabriel and the archangel Michael who turns out to be Charles Force, Jack and Mimi s dad were not condemned to the life of the angel vampires because of misbehavior, they chose to go with them to help lead them So they were both pure of heart Well, we find out from the human Tissue that Schuyler is amazingly powerful because of who her mother is, and then Schuyler is told again, by the Tissue that, according to angel vampire prophecies, the daughter of Gabrielle will lead them to the salvation they seek Okay, so that means that Allegra, Ms Pure of heart leader, super angel vampire woman..has CHOSEN to stop feeding and slipped into a coma, leaving behind a super powerful, probably very important child who will need guidance Right Yes, let me try and untangle this Schuyler is important She s not a reincarnated angel, true.BUT she s the BIOLOGICAL CHILD of an archangel, powerful and IMPORTANT Annndshe s been abandoned by her mom and scorned by her angel vampire peers These angel vampires have about as much sense as a moldy sack of rusty hammers But what else would you expect from New York City s elite The characters are two dimensional and boring The plot On the surface it s just plain silly, but when you dig deeper it s inconsistent and completely nonsensical and looks a lot like swiss cheese with all the holes riddled throughout This book really is the literary equivalent of a socialite boring, vapid, shallow, narcissistic, and transparent I can put up with a lot from supernatural YA because I don t ask much This book, however, asked me to suspend WAY too much of my intellect while not even having the common courtesy of providing any real entertainment I know this review is all over the place, but I really don t have the energy to try and rearrange everything so it makes sense Kinda like the book I m reviewing. This book was a massive mental battle for me, between the decent parts of the plot notice I say PLOT, not book and the horrendousness of the rest of the book Okay, let me put this bluntly Blue Bloods stunk.First of all, the story was not believable Not because it included a pack of civilized vampires that were conveniently all wealthy and living in New York City Because the characters reactions were so obviously fabricated that I rolled my eyes than once while reading Schuyler, for one Her character is ridiculously predictable Introducing, the average main character in these crappy chick lit mysteries A young girl, who dresses like a street urchin but is still stunningly beautiful Uh huh Riiiiight Because you see those all over the place Her tragic situation parents dead and gone That s only been done in EVERY FAIRY TALE EVER WRITTEN SINCE THE GRIMM BROTHERS I mean, come ON, people Oh, and then there s the other main annoying factor the endless descriptions of clothes, hair, furniture, nutsall bragging in a not so subtle way about how great rich people have it I was so bored through the descriptions of lavish hotels, expensive gowns, antique furnitureI thought I was going to drown in the endless drivel Maybe if you re a really big fan of vampires and many are or you like reading about the lives of millionaires, you ll be able to get by reading this without TOTAL disgust But if you re like me, you ll hate it Just walk away. Read Pdf ♸ Blue Bloods ♬ When The Mayflower Set Sail In , 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 VampiresThe 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 Sopho 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 Lonerand 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 Okay.I have to drag my soap box outer sckrrrkk keep in mind this is my opinion and I don t wish to offend anyone Alright, I began to read junior fiction and young adult books to cut out the undesirable sex scenes and vulgar language Well, I have had to stop reading highly entertaining young adult books because of the sex and language I am highly disappointed in the trend now a days Is it any wonder teen pregnancy is a problem, as well as substance abuse and vulgar language, if this kind of crap is being placed in these books Shame on these authors for putting this kind of stuff in their young adult books if you ve got to be dirty, write for a sleazy paperback company instead of slipping your loose morals into books that are allegedly for young adults If you want a clean cut book about vampiresdon t read this book If you re 18 or younger, don t read this book I ve stepped down from my box and wish you a good day. I absolutely hated this book HATED it I m not sure I ve ever been able to say that about a novel before, but I can honestly say that about this one Being a long time fan of vampires, I picked this up at Barnes Noble thinking that it might be a quick, easy, interesting read The book itself is not terribly long, but I had a hard time getting through it For one thing, that characters aren t likableAT ALL The vampires are an ancient group of rich, snobby elitists who care about fashion, money and society than they should for a group of powerful beings that s been around for hundreds of years They re completely superficial, interested in the most ridiculous, trivial aspects of life, like silly pop culture tidbits, current trends, fashion labels, and designer clothing The name dropping in this book is truly horrendous These are NOT the kind of vampires I fell in love with at a young age, and I doubt anyone could find themselves falling in love with these vampires either People think the Twilight books are bad This is worse. This book is so fucking stupid that I lost IQ points while reading it The only reason I didn t DNF it was for the joke material Because, seriously, this book has to be a joke, right The premise had some potential vampires who came over on the Mayflower, come into their vampireyness at age 15, and are reincarnated over and over again There are exactly 400 of them, and our special snowflake is a new one Oh no Not a New Soul again So, of course the powers that be are suspicious of snowflake anyone Our special snowflake s name is Schuyler That s right, Schuyler I know, right I m so sick of girls named Schuyler We had like 6 of them in my homeroom class in school.So, of course Snowflake goes to an exclusive school that only the richest of all rich kids go to And, of course she is an outcast who is suddenly noticed by the hottest jock in school And, of course she has a boy best friend who is secretly in love with her And, of course there is a mean girl club that hates her And, of course there is a modeling casting call at her school that all of the girls go to but they pick Schuyler to be the next supermodel as she just happens to be walking by because she s soooooooo beautiful.I mean, come on, those things are just a given Duh But, the best part of this book The thing that will give you mind numbing pain that only killing all of these asshole characters can alleviate The endless, and I mean pages and pages of, designer label names that are listed We know what every character is wearing at all times each piece, underwear included and what designer made it And, the ridiculous descriptions of opulence that we are supposed to believe that these vampire teens live in Really It doesn t matter that they are 15, you will serve them cocktails from the bar if they are rich Oh, and don t forget the heated almonds Rich bitches love warm nutsOh, Mr Peanut, you are so hot The only good news about this book is that it s only a couple hundred pages long. I am painfully, painfully addicted Not entirely in spite of the trashiness because a small part of me finds the constant detailed descriptions of everyone s outfit deeply entertaining hi, Laurell K Hamilton for the Gossip Girl set , but if you dig beyond the uneven pacing, the telling instead of showing, and the constant references to everyone s extreme wealth , there is some very, very interesting mythology being crafted here, with some deeply twisted and intriguing relationships as a result spoilers for both this book and Masquerade, the sequelLet s see rotating 3rd person POV between three main female characters Schuyler, our old money but now broke semi orphan outcast at Extremely Posh School Mimi, our old money and new money and unbelievably rich popular girl who is The Queen Bee everywhere and not just at EPS and Blair, old money with a new money stepmother recent transplant to EPS from Texas who is absorbed into Mimi s social circle but feels an outsider We ve got the three different ends of the EPS social spectrum, but really EPS is almost irrelevant to this story Yes, they re all vampires Yes, fifteen to twenty one is when they come into their vampirehood Yes, being a vampire makes them fast, strong, beautiful, etc etc etc, and they re not allergic to sun Blah blah standard vampirecakes blah blah Here s where the mythology gets interesting Initially, it s just that vampires are souls that exist beyond the mortal shell, and the Turning Age is when the vampires first start remembering their past lives and incidentally needing to drink blood, but what ever, that is, like, sooooo irrelevant So, like, really Old Money The current crop of characters came over on the Mayflower That s all well enough, certainly an interesting twist, but what I like about it even is that de la Cruz takes it one step further the vampires original souls Angels Cast down to the mortal sphere, not hell, when they followed Lucifer So layer on all sorts of Biblically inspired angel demon stuff, too So vampires Blue Bloods, literally, hur hur drink Red Blood and absorb some of the Red Blood s soul The Uber Bad Guys are Silver Bloods, who drink Blue Bloods blood and absorb all of that vampire s previous lives, in addition to the individual lives of the Red Bloods the Blue Blood has drunk, making them v powerful and v crazy Lucifer, of course, is the ultimate Silver Blood See Intriguing More than your normal teen vampire book What make it evendeliciously awesome is the bonds and relationships that de la Cruz has set up among the angels vampires teens all inhabiting one body Mimi is soul bonded to Jack, who in this lifetime is her twin brother You start to realize something hinky is up when Mimi starts having memories of Jack as her groom at various weddings throughout the ages And the way it s played, I think you re kind of supposed to root for Mimi and Jack to get together Yes, Jack is also drawn to Schuyler, our ostensible heroine, and it turns out that he s been drawn to other women notably Schuyler s mother throughout the ages, but he keeps coming back to Mimi He is Mimi s one I was going to say humanizing point, but that s not quite right saving grace, and the only times Mimi is not being almost entirely repulsive is when she s thinking about how much she loves Jack Schuyler s mother is soul bonded to Jack and Mimi s father, who in this instance is her brother, and the reason there has been this great schism between them is because Schuyler s mom left Charles for a human and had the affront to not only marry a human but get knocked up by one i.e Schuyler And then In the closing pages of Masquerade, somewhere in all that, she may have had time to get knocked up by Blair s dad, producing Blair Because, see, Schuyler s mom is Gabriel le , and Jack and Mimi s dad is Michael, and they are the only two Untainted, or whatever angels who voluntarily fell in order to stay with their parents, an angel I m not familiar with and the Metatron Now I picture Schuyler s grandfather as Alan Rickman This is not a bad thing And then, of course, there s the Red Blood Blue Blood relationship thing The metaphor of drinking blood sex is a little heavy handed Mimi is precocious, starts drinking early, and drinks around a lot , but the mythology is set up so that it s a meaningful thing, that Blue Bloods are bonded to those from whom they drink, and it is forbidden not to mention in extremely poor taste to drain one dry to the point of death Then there are the, I can t remember what they re called, but essentially they re Watchers Families trained to serve as left hand men I m not sure if that was a deliberate fumble on de la Cruz s part or not of the Blue Bloods, and of course Schuyler has a male Red Blood Watcher who has been trained since birth to serve her, who s been her best friend forever, and who she s now noticing is pretty cute, as well as tasty looking Naturally, Oliver, her Watcher, comes from a filthily rich family You re not supposed to drink from your Watcher, but exigent circumstances sort of demand that Schuyler drink from Oliver, which completely changes their relationship, as well as being kind of forbidden and naughty Are you getting the blood sex thing yet Are you Because if not, Blair drinks from some guy on a photo shoot in the Caribbean and tells Schuyler not to share the insert random Latin term here for bloodsuckin , much like languisement in the Jacqueline Carey books really just means blowjob with any random person, because it really does mean something, and she shouldn t do it lightly What photo shoot Ah, yes, the slightly ridiculous subplot of Schuyler and Blair getting chosen to be models for this one fashion company owned by a fellow Blue Blood cause they re all rich and gorgeous, see, and wildly successful , which makes Mimi violently jealous, because she s the It Girl and the only one allowed to have a semi naked billboard in Times Square, gosh Yes It is that ridiculous Mimi loves nothing better than to deny people pleasure, to let them know that they are excluded from something to which she is included She likes it that people hate her So there s the Mimi Jack Schuyler Oliver loverhombus going on, plus you add in the fact that Schuyler has some of her mother in her, who previously tempted Jack and is Jack s father s sister soul bond, and many of these kids are older souls than their parents and they re just starting to remember this, and there s questions of divinity and all sorts of delicious, juicy mythology to delve into, and it s an addictive combination For those reasons, I highly recommend these books It s this ornate, gothic world with hits of shiny modernity wrapped up in this whole divine trapping, and I love that I want to know about the savior who has been prophecized I want to know about the horribly messy relationships that are swirling around I want to know who Schuyler s human father was I want to know about this sprawling, baroque society with all its rules and history and social strictures than bind this community of four hundred souls being reborn over and over and over I just really, really wish we d stop getting a brand list of every single outfit and room for every single character The Gossip Girl y bits, the constant harping on everyone s wealth, the constant heavy handed classicism which is interesting and would be even so if it weren t constantly played as merely a vehicle for these characters to be able to advance the plot, like fly to Venice on short notice, or as a way to show off the author s knowledge of what s hot and What The Rich People Like these are the parts that grate Mostly it feels like a writer s weakness, an inability to manage the different parts of her story, to blend them into a seamless whole Isn t the point of Old Money that you don t actually talk about Money It feels like the author trying to show off what she knows about Rich And Or Famous People, rather than develop the characters in any meaningful way A little name dropping or a little coy lack of name dropping would have gone a long way towards sketching the characters, but instead it comes off a little self aggrandizing and trying too hard Not unlike Blair s tacky stepmother There is a strong weakness of telling and not showing a lot of action happens offscreen or is so impenetrable that it really does take Captain Exposition showing up two scenes later to let you know what it is that just happened This is a much stronger failing in Blue Bloods than in Masquerade, and I have even higher hopes for the next book The characters start out as pure caricature, and maybe I m projecting too much onto them, but I really think they grow by Masquerade into something much believable and much less pastiche There are some kickass world building and relationships set up here, accompanied by weak storytelling and often shoddy character development It wants to be so much than it is, and I believe that de la Cruz has the raw creativity to make it happen, but she keeps getting held back by lack of craft which I think could be remedied by practice and a really hand holdy editor and the tendency to rely on tropes of all the teen books about rich, bitchy girls and their fabulous, empty lives, etc that have taken over the teen aisle at Target These characters are interesting because they re not empty, that they have a larger purpose and a larger life beyond who s carrying what handbag, so when de la Cruz resorts to the style of character development through accessories, it s a huge letdown. This series is basically Gossip Girl meets Twilight Melissa de la Cruz is obviously a great authorHowever, she does not follow through with this series She spends time talking about designer labels, and what the elite are wearingthan she does building up the plot I felt completely let down, because many people had suggested this series to me.Having said thatI still want to know what happens, which means I will give Melissa de la Cruz a second chance by reading the second installment of this series Melissa de la Cruz writes well, but this book is lacking in the plot
So I was reading a Cracked article a little while ago It told me that you get addicted to pop music because it sets off the pleasure centre of your brain Cracked also told me that your brain derives pleasure from particularly predictable music because your brain enjoys predicting things and enjoys being right even Finally, humanity s explanation for NickelbackNo seriously, look at this Look at this photographEverytime I do it makes me How did our eyes get so redAnd what the hell is on Joey s And this is where I grew upI think the present owner fixed it I never knew we d ever went withoutThe second floor is hard for sneaking Your welcome, by the way, for all that brain crack I just gave you.Now, despite the fact that that article is only 60% exaggerated bullshit you must agree, that s fairly good for a Cracked article I strongly believe there IS something to that predictablility factor that makes things enjoyable to our brains which explains about 90% of the YA Paranormal genre.Blue Bloods is brain crack at it s core Yet I gave it three stars Vampires Check.Teenagers Check.Exclusive vampire school Check.Danger Check.Vampire hotty Well, this gets a merit check for the ATTEMPT at a vampire hotty.Love triangle Check.This book was painfully corny and the writing wasn t that great.If you ve read one YA paranormal then you ve pretty much read them all.The only reason this one got 3 stars 1 Because it actually tried hard to have an original storyline mystery even if both ended up nonsensical.2 The very end with Jack That was actually satisfying.Otherwise, keep walking, people Nothing to see here. Book Review This pic is from deviantart.com btw I ve been wanting to read this series for a long time now but unfortunately I was always got sidetracked by other vampire series e.g The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Vampire Academy, House of Night, Evernight Series, Morganville Vampires, Sookie Stackhouse series, The Mortal Instruments Trilogy, Night Huntress Whoa that was a long list, should I just say I m a vampire addict blame this on Meyer s Twilight.Okay so yeah I picked it up due to these reasons 1 My friends Szam, Julie, Gabby and Isamlq etc in case I forgot someone always talked about the series that I felt left out and out of place, so might as well read this so that I can join in their bubble of conversation.2 It has vampires in it, nuff said.3 It was actually authored by a Filipina American author I m a Filipina too btw , so yeah cool beans, should definitely read this to show some Filipino love.So now will gonna have pros and consPros1 Vampires check 2 Filipina Author check 3 A heroine that is not whiny, weak, Mary Sue, and stupid coughs shall I just put Bella Swan here coughs check 4 Hot guys check 5 Cool vampire lore check 6 Fashion check 7 Vampires and shool life check 8 Teen drama check 9 Love triangle check 10 A surprise that I didn t see coming check 11 Writing is not crappy coughs House of Night, Fallen, Twilight, and Sookie Stackhouse coughs check 12 Lovable and quirky characters my faves were Dylan and Bliss and I m Team Ollie btw check 13 Sexy check Okay what I found original in this one 1 The idea that vampires came from fallen angels.2 The blue bloods, silver bloods and red bloods.3 The repository thingy.4 The stages of vampire life thingy.5 The conduits.6 The Sacred Kiss thingy.Cons1 Similarities euphemism for rip off with other books House of Night also use the term vampyre the queen bee thingy Zoey and Sky has lots of common like they have this prophecy thingy about saving the vampyres blah blah blah Bliss and Dylan s relationship reminds me of Rephaim and Stevie RaeGossip Girl mention of brands parties, clubs, smoking, modeling etc Manhattan Elites even the place East Side the popular and non popular group the sexCity of Bones Ollie reminds me of Simon Allegra reminds me of Clary s mom both were in coma and have the famous position on their race Incest Jack and Mimi Evernight the mix of vampires and humans in one academy the mention that they re vampires also happen in the middle of the plotFallen and Ever At first I thought that Jack and Sky s relationship was similar with Luce and Daniel and Ever and Damen relationships but I was wrong and I didn t see it coming that tuuuuuuut was what Jack old mate can I say mate idk maybe lover extra Favorite Scene my favorite scene was the interrupted sacred kiss and sex between Dylan and Bliss and I was like this but then Bliss father came Yeah I like it and will still read the next books I think it s time for me to read a Vampire story told by a Filipina author.