Monday, May 13, 2013

[Review] - Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel

Title: Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel
Author: Melissa De La Cruz & Robert Venditti
Illustrator: Alina Urusov
Series: Blue Bloods
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: January 15, 2013

Summary:  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 dilapidated 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?

I've noticed that readers either really love the Blue Blood series or really hate it. For me I love it. I've enjoyed every installment along with the connected series, Wolf Pact and the Beauchamp Family.  I was excited to hear there was gonna be a graphic novel. For those curious, this isn't a new story being told. But book one, Blue Bloods in graphic novel format.

While it was a story I already knew, I still found it highly enjoyable.  It was also a great refresher, it's been a while since I read the first book.  The art is beautiful and just as engaging as the original format. Like the books, I loved the mixture of history and the supernatural. It was also nice to actually put a face to all the characters. The only draw back I found was that I wish it was just a bit longer. It's definitely worth picking up, especially if your already a fan of the series.

Score: 4 Stars

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Blue Bloods:

Blue Bloods
The Van Alen Legacy
Keys to the Repository
Misguided Angel
Bloody Valentin
Lost In Time
Gates of Paradise

The Beauchamp Family:
Witches of East End
Serpent's Kiss
Winds of Salem

Wolf Pact:

Wolf Pact I
Wolf Pact II
Wolf Pact III
Wolf Pact IV

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