Mini Reviews: Blue Bloods – New York, Venice, Rio de Janeiro

Blue Bloods #1 – Blue Bloods

Set in NYC, the first book in the series mostly explores Melissa de la Cruz’s unique set of vampires and what distinguishes them from other vampires we’ve seen countless times. Because threads must be spun before we can make intricate clothes with them, the whole world-building of the Blue Bloods can be confusing or a bit boring. I know my head was swimming with all the information.
It’s an exciting concept, too. The immortality isn’t in the same sense as we assume it. The Blue Bloods -so called because their blood is blue and because most of them are very rich- go through a cycle of Expression, Evolution, Expulsion. Their physical shell might die after a hundred years, but their blood lives forever and can be called into another cycle. Then you are carried by a Blue Blood and born into this world. You spend the first fifteen years or so ignorant of your past lives and present abilities. When you hit the age 15, though, you start the phase of Sunset Years, during which you regain memories of your past, develop vampire-ish traits, and learn about the Code of the Vampires.  But now, the hunters are being preyed upon…

Masquerade#2 – Masquerade

The first 60 pages or so are set in Venice, Italy, because that’s where Schuyler and her Conduit expect Sky’s grandfather (and Cordelia’s bondmate) to be.  The rest of the book takes place in New York, the home town of the prominent Blue Bloods teens with the possible exception of Bliss, who’s from Texas.
Masquerade, the second of the seven-book series (of the first cycle, I might add – there is a second “cycle” coming, complete with new characters and some old ones.) continues to be mysterious and  ends on a cliffhanger, which isn’t even immediately explored in Revelations.
In Masquerade: we are introduced to awesome vampire powers Sky learns to master (e.g. animadverto, glom, occludo, velox, etc.), a White Vote is called, there are Caerimonia Osculors, Bliss keeps having blackouts, Mimi continues to be a drama queen and not-so-nice person (I can’t really hate her since The Van Alen Legacy) and a new, handsome Blue Blood student enters Duchesne and calls for a whirlwind excitement… and more.

The second book is much better than the first, in my opinion. We are already familiar with the characters and the shifting perspectives from which the story is told. Masquerade used to be my favorite book before The Van Alen Legacy came along. Now, three years and three hundred books later, Masquerade isn’t as mind-blowing, but still a fun, quick read.

Revelations#3 – Revelations

The city Rio de Janeiro plays an important role in the third book in the Blue Bloods series (and the last in what I call “The First Act of Blue Bloods Series”), but we don’t get to see the city until the last third of the book.

Revelations, as the title says, reveals quite a few of the questions we the readers have been haboring since Book One, Chapter Four or something. The hugest one having something to do with the image left (If you’ve read Book #2, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I’m not gonna spoil it for you.). But of course, because this is a BB book, it also gives us tons of more questions to ponder, mostly regarding the future of the protagonists.

Towards the end of the book, a huge metaphorical wave will break out that will alter the lives of all Blue Bloods forever. And it is forever for some, because there is no future cycle for them.

One thing that infuriated me – okay, extremely exasperated me – was that a Perry Street distracted the Egon Shiele-lover so much that certain tasks and exercises were neglected that maybe could have helped the current Regis. I mean, Perry Street is great and all that, but it shouldn’t be the only thing in your life, you know? Because if it is, and you neglect the rest, you’re so much more vulnerable (in the world of BB). I also don’t like the bruhaha that was accompanied by this tralala.
I’m totally talking in cryptic, I know. But I don’t want to spoil anything.

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