by Melissa De La Cruz
Read: January 2011
I know, I know. Another book about vampires? It's almost reminiscent of reading The Da Vinci Code and watching all the similar conspiracy novels pop up everywhere!! I was at the library and found Bloody Valentine on the new shelf. I read the back and saw "A Blue Blood novel". So I went to the young adult shelves and found the first one. I was willing to give it a try and I'm glad I did. It's a fast-paced, easy read with substance. I have already started the second in the series.
Schyler Van Alen is from a wealthy family, well they used to be wealthy. Their wealth has run out in the recent years. Schyler has a few friends but isn't part of the popular crowd at school. Mimi Force on the other hand, rules the school. She's beautiful, popular and she knows it. She uses it to get what she wants. Her twin brother Jack doesn't necessarily agree with it but they are sort of together on everything. Jack befriends Schyler and Mimi doesn't like it. But, something is wrong and students like them are dying. Jack tries to tell Schyler that they are being hunted and murdered, however Schyler has no idea what he is talking about. Then one day she gets a letter in the mail telling her that she is to be inducted into "The Committee" at their next meeting. The Committee is a group of elite and wealthy students and their parents who consider themselves Blue Bloods. Schyler's world is about the unravel and fast! She's thrown into a fight for her life without really understanding. It's a very good story and I can't wait to see how it plays out in the second book.
Melissa De La Cruz went to Columbia University and majored in English and Art History. She worked as a fashion and beauty editor for many magazines including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. She has also written other series such as Angels on Sunset Boulevard, The Au Pairs, and The Ashleys. Check out her site.