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Blue Bloods, Book 1
Goodreads⎮Reviewed Apr. 2018
Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books⎮2009
Synopsis: The first book in the New York Times best-selling series Blue Bloods introduces Schuyler Van Alen to the ancient world of the undead.
Schuyler is an outcast at her prestigious private high school filled with fashionable upper-class socialites. But this off-limits world opens up to her when Schuyler turns 15 and discovers that her peers, like her, are budding vampires. Then vampires start getting killed, and Schuyler realizes something else – they are being hunted.
4.25★ Audiobook⎮I’ve recently become a huge fan of Melissa de la Cruz. Blue Bloods is a series that has been on my radar and TBR list for a while and after loving The Ring and the Crown so much, I decided it was time to give it a go. I’ve also heard most of the Witches of East End series.
I was initially expecting Blue Bloods to be a run-of-the-mill vampire tale, but I should have known that de la Cruz doesn’t do anything “run-of-the-mill”. There’s always an unexpected underlying element of mysticism to her stories and in this case it happened to be a complicated version of reincarnation meshed with vampirism. The reincarnation aspect reminded me of Witches of East End, but without Norse mythology being thrown in. It’s also somewhat similar to Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul series, which I liked, but couldn’t continue because only the first installment is available as an audiobook.
The setting of Blue Bloods (and some of its characters) could easily have been featured in Gossip Girl. The synopsis lets onto this a little, along with the vampirism, but it leaves out the “recycling of souls” entirely. If that had been mentioned, I would have started this series a long time ago, because its what makes this series standout amongst the Twilights and Gossip Girls of the world. There’s more to these vampires than meets the eye and it’s thrillingly refreshing.
Upon finishing Blue Bloods, I immediately began the next installment. The excitement of Blue Bloods had begun to wane a little after some of the mystery was unveiled and I soon found that my interest had waned some too. I’m not giving up on the series, just tabling it for now. I like knowing that there are several installments in this series, as well as a spinoff series waiting for me. I’m sure I’ll circle back around to it once my interest is renewed.
Narration review: Christina Moore is a great narrator, for sure, but I’m not sure she was the appropriate choice for this series. I’ve previously heard her narrate Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic from Alice Hoffman. I think those may have been her better performances. For Blue Bloods, Moore’s voice sounded too “mature” to pass for teenagers. This is a Young Adult book, after all, and she just wasn’t believable when voicing the large cast of teenagers. It’s not an overly huge deal to me, though. Moore is still a quality narrator and that’s worth a lot. ♣︎