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 review contains plot spoilers!
Schuyler is an outcast at her posh school who on her 15th birthday starts to experience weird changes and discovers that she is one of a Chosen group of elite vampires called Blue Bloods. They are reborn many times into different mortal bodies when needed and now they are facing a crisis. Somebody is killing the Blue Bloods during their vulnerable young adult years and Schuyler and her friends want to stop it.
The characters in the book really kept me interested. Mimi is such a bitch that you want to hate her totally but even she has her sympathetic moments. I liked Bliss though she makes some stupid decisions just to stay popular and that type of person annoys me. Jack is the one I'm not as keen on for jerking our heroine around and being a complete asshat. One minute he hints that he likes her then he totally ignores her. She's much better off with Oliver though she likes to abandon him every time Jack snaps his fingers. The characters are nicely developed and their inter relationships are interesting.
I found the historical aspects of the book quite interesting although it did slow the book down a lot. The vampires themselves were interesting and I very much enjoyed the murder plot, though at times it seemed to take a backseat to love and fashion.
I didn't like the incest storyline involving the historical lovers being reborn as brother and sister. The way Mimi was trying to seduce Jack all the time was pretty damn creepy and it added nothing to the story. A bit stomach churning really when you get close relatives getting together. I found that personally there was too much about fashion and who was wearing what and I fail to see why we needed the whole modelling shoot thing which was a bit boring.
One little bugbear though. When originally discussing Dylan being arrested for murder, Bliss indicates that she was with him the whole time during the murder and is his alibi. Yet we find out later that Dylan did commit the murder and everyone accepts that without questioning the whole alibi thing. Hmmm! That was a bit weird.
The plot may have been slower than the books that I usually enjoy but I did find myself caught up in the story and the characters and I'll be reading the rest of the series if it keeps up a decent standard.
2014 update: I started reading book two but didn't really enjoy it much so I haven't read the rest of the series.