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Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
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Jun 11, 12

Read from June 08 to 11, 2012

I found this book at the used bookstore where I work. The first page was intriguing and the summary certainly got my attention. The whole premise of this book sounds absolutely amazing and creative. Especially since I love new takes on vampires. Sadly, it didn’t deliver. After finishing, I felt torn. The story is so interesting that I want to read the next one, but I know it would be a waste of time and result in another 2 star rating. The writing isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t flow. This book ended up being a mixture of Gossip Girl and vampires, with more emphasis on the rich girls and their high society lives than the actual mythology or plot of anything vampire related.

The first page is an excerpt from the past. There are a few diary entries and excerpts regarding the Plymouth settlements that were interesting and got my attention. But I felt like I had to suffer through present day self absorbed social structures to get anywhere. The main character wasn’t bad, nor were most of her friends, but it was still difficult to read. The plot is actually pretty good, with lots of twists and turns and could have been well done. It just wasn’t. Certain events and reactions felt forced.

This book isn’t badly written, it just doesn’t deliver the way it could. There is far too much focus on the present day society and parties and snobbery and it felt like the author was more comfortable there than anywhere else, so all the other details and events fell just shy of the mark. I felt like this was more about how being a vampire added to the privileged lives of the characters and less focus was put on the (actually interesting) history. I can read and enjoy Gossip Girl, so the focus wasn’t necessarily the issue. Perhaps it was just the way the story unfolds. I just didn’t like it very much, though I still want to follow the story. I’m disappointed because a premise like this one has so much potential and I can’t believe how terribly it was delivered.

Bottom line: This is an extremely intriguing idea with a great plot that is only revealed after sifting through mindless, snobby, high society crap.

I may still continue the series, though. It really is an interesting idea and could end up being worth all the sifting. /Sigh.
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