Mittwoch, 26. Mai 2010

[Rezension] Melissa de la Cruz, Blue Bloods

Inhalt (lt. Rückentext):
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.

Zum Buch:
It is an exclusive world Schuyler Van Alen lives in. New York is the place to be and Duchesne is the school for the privileged. But Schuyler feels she does not fit in. Her family is not rich and she is known as the 'goth girl' throughout school. With her father dead and her mother in coma, only her grandmother Cordelia is there to care for Schuyler. And Cordelia is not the grandmotherly type. Schuyler spends most her time with her best friend Oliver (who is unbelievably rich) and their new friend Dylan.
Things change suddenly when a girl is murdered - an immortal blue blood; Jack Force - the most popular guy in school - shows interest in Schuyler, and she learns she herself is a true blue blood. Immortal, privileged, beautiful: a vampire.
Schuyler is attacked by the same thing that killed the vampire girl - but she escapes. It is to her and her friends to find the one responsible for killing blue bloods. Between teenage worries, heartache and being afraid of her heritage, Schuyler has not much time to solve the riddle.

Rezeption:
Vampire stories are popular - you find tons of them. "Blue Bloods" is a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. She combines sexy vampire attitudes with the prestigious lifestyle of New York City. At Duchesne school clothes are important - and it is okay to look poor (in designer clothes) but to actually being poor is a no-go. This is the world Schuyler Van Alen lives in. Her family is an old and privileged one but times have changed and money is short. Schuyler does not fit into the school of the rich and famous but she does her best.
The most popular students are Mimi and Jack Force - twins with a strong affection to each other. Like most of the students the two are blue bloods and have lived many lifes together before.
When Jack shows interest in Schuyler, his sister Mimi - used to be in control - becomes jealous and does everything in her powers to destroy Jack's affection. But both Jack and Schuyler want to find out what thing kills blue bloods - who are not supposed to be vulnerable.

"Blue Bloods" needs a bit of time to get used to, with all the designer-clothes describtions and many time lapses. Nevertheless, the book is a good read, fast-paced and intriguing. As a first book of a whole series it is quite good - the action starts late in the story and questions are raised which will only be answered in the following books. This is a promising start for the "Blue Bloods"-Novels.
The idea of vampires is not absolutely new here: they do suck blood, they do live forever, yes, they are beautiful (so beautiful an perfect I almost got a trauma). But they can decide how long they want to live, because they can be born again and again. Those vampires can live in an everlasting cycle: be born and die and be born again... At the age of 15 the Blue Bloods start to remember their old lifes and they begin to change from human into immortal.
The story of this book begins with the settling of the Mayflower in America. All of the passengers are Blue Bloods, trying to escape the hatred of clerical people in the 17th century. This historical end-point gives an interesting contrast to the modern world.

A nice book for everyone intrigued by the vampire-myth. "Blue Bloods" combines the original vampire with new elements (without sparkling or vegetarians). A nice and diversified read.

Kommentare:

  1. Interesting....I'll consider reading it....maybe after Vampire Kisses :D

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  2. You have an awful lot to read afterwards, don't you? xD With all the books you haven't read yet and the ones you want to borrow from me - but who am I to say that? +looking at her SUB+

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