Book Review This pic is from deviantartcom btw I ve been wanting to Statistical Inference read this series for a long time now but unfortunately I was always got sidetracked by other vampire series eg The Black Dagger Brotherhood series Vampire Academy House of Night Evernight Series Morganville Vampires Sookie Stackhouse series The Mortal Instruments Trilogy Night Huntress Whoa that was a long list should I just say I m a vampire addict blame this on Meyer s TwilightOkay so yeah I picked it up due to theseeasons1 My friends Szam Julie Gabby and Isaml etc in case I forgot someone always talked about the series that I felt left out and out of place so might as well A Wizard in Love read this so that I can join in their bubble of conversation2 It has vampires in it nuff said3 It was actually authored by a Filipina American authorI m a Filipina too btw so yeah cool beans should definitelyead this to show some Filipino loveSo now will gonna have pros and consPros1 Vampires check2 Filipina Author check3 A heroine that is not whiny weak Mary Sue and stupid coughsshall I just put Bella Swan herecoughs check4 Hot guys check5 Cool vampire lore check6 Fashion check7 Vampires and shool life check8 Teen drama check9 Love triangle check10 A surprise that I didn t see coming check11 Writing is not crappy coughsHouse of Night Fallen Twilight and Sookie Stackhousecoughscheck12 Lovable and uirky characters my faves were Dylan and Bliss and I m Team Ollie btw check13 Sexy checkOkay what I found original in this one1 The idea that vampires came from fallen angels2 The blue bloods silver bloods and ed bloods3 The epository thingy4 The stages of vampire life thingy5 The conduits6 The Sacred Kiss thingyCons1 Similarities euphemism for Tigers in Normandy rip off with other booksHouse of Night also use the term vampyre the ueen bee thingy Zoey and Sky has lots of common like they have this prophecy thingy about saving the vampyres blah blah blah Bliss and Dylan selationship Presidential Secrecy and the Law reminds me of Rephaim and Stevie RaeGossip Girl mention of brands parties clubs smoking modeling etc Manhattan Elites even the place East Side the popular and non popular group the sexCity of Bones Ollieeminds me of Simon Allegra eminds me of Clary s mom both were in coma and have the famous position on their ace Incest Jack and MimiEvernight the mix of vampires and humans in one academy the mention that they Hume on Religion re vampires also happen in the middle of the plotFallen and Ever At first I thought that Jack and Sky selationship was similar with Luce and Daniel and Ever and Damen Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 relationships but I was wrong and I didn t see it coming that tuuuuuuut was what Jack old matecan I say mate idk maybe loverextraFavorite Scenemy favorite scene was the interrupted sacred kissand sex between Dylan and Bliss and I was like this but then Bliss father came Yeah I like it and will stillead the next books I think it s time for me to City Schools: Lessons from New York read a Vampire story told by a Filipina author This book was a massive mental battle for me between the decent parts of the plot notice I say PLOT not book and the horrendousness of theest of the book Okay let me put this bluntly Blue Bloods stunkFirst of all the story was not believable Not because it included a pack of civilized vampires that were conveniently all wealthy and living in New York City Because the characters The Widow's Lawman reactions were so obviously fabricated that Iolled my eyes than once while The Story Within reading Schuyler for one Her character isidiculously predictable Introducing the average main character in these crappy chick lit mysteries A young girl who dresses like a street urchin but is still stunningly beautiful Uh huh Riiiiight Because you see those all over the place Her tragic situation parents dead and gone That s only been done in EVERY FAIRY TALE EVER WRITTEN SINCE THE G This series is basically Gossip Girl meets Twilight Melissa de la Cruz is obviously a great authorHowever she does not follow through with this series She spends time talking about designer labels and what the elite are wearingthan she does building up the plot I felt completely let down because many people had suggested this series to meHaving said thatI still want to know what happens which means I will give Melissa de la Cruz a second chance by First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, Coney Island reading the second installment of this series Melissa de la Cruz writes well but this book is lacking in the plot So I waseading a Cracked article a little while ago It told me that you get addicted to pop music because it sets off the pleasure centre of your brain Cracked also told me that your brain derives pleasure from particularly predictable music because your brain enjoys predicting things and enjoys being ight even Finally humanity s explanation for NickelbackNo seriously look "at thisLook at this photographEverytime I do it makes me How did our eyes get so edAnd what the hell "thisLook at this photographEverytime I do it makes me How did our eyes get so edAnd what the hell on Joey s And this is where I grew upI think the present owner fixed it I never knew we d ever went withoutThe second floor is hard for sneaking Your welcome by the way for all that brain crack I just *gave younow despite the fact that that article *youNow despite the fact that that article only 60% exaggerated bullshit you must agree that s fairly good for a Cracked article I strongly believe there IS something to that predictablility factor that makes things enjoyable to our brains which explains about 90% of the YA Paranormal genreBlue Bloods is brain crack at it s core Yet I gave it three stars Vampires CheckTeenagers CheckExclusive vampire school CheckDanger CheckVampire hotty Well this gets a merit check for the ATTEMPT at a vampire hottyLove triangle CheckThis book was painfully corny and the writing wasn t that greatIf you ve ead one YA paranormal then you ve pretty much The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education read them allThe onlyeason this one got 3 stars1 Because it actually tried hard to have an original storylinemystery even if both ended up nonsensical2 The very end with Jack That was actually satisfyingOtherwise keep walking people Nothing to see here This book is so fucking stupid that I lost I points while The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry reading it The onlyeason I didn t DNF it was for the joke material Because s I am painfully painfully addicted Not entirely in spite. 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 eligious persecution Indeed they were not even human They were vampiresThe vampires assimilated uickly into the New World Rising to levels of enormous power wealth and influence they were the celeb. ,
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Tempted Jack and is Jack s father s sistersoul bond and many of these kids are older souls than their parents and they e just starting to Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution remember this and there s uestions of divinity and all sorts of delicious juicy mythology to delve into and it s an addictive combination For thoseeasons I highly A Kangaroo's Life recommend these books It s this ornate gothic world with hits of shiny modernity wrapped up in this whole divine trapping and I love that I want to know about the savior who has been prophecized I want to know about the horribly messyelationships that are swirling around I want to know who Schuyler s human father was I want to know about this sprawling baroue society with all its Georg Buchner: Contemporary Perspectives rules and history and social strictures than bind this community of four hundred souls beingeborn over and over and over I just Filosofía e inmanencia reallyeally wish we d stop getting a brand list of every single outfit and oom for every single character The Gossip Girl y bits the constant harping on everyone s wealth the constant heavy handed classicism which is interesting and would be even so if it weren t constantly played as merely a vehicle for these characters to be able to advance the plot like fly to Venice on short notice or as a way to show off the author s knowledge of what s hot and What The Rich People Like these are the parts that grate Mostly it feels like a writer s weakness an inability to manage the different parts of her story to blend them into a seamless whole Isn t the point of Old Money that you don t actually talk about Money It feels like the author trying to show off what she knows about Rich AndOr Famous People ather than develop the characters in any meaningful way A little name dropping or a little coy lack of name dropping would have gone a long way towards sketching the characters but instead it comes off a little self aggrandizing and trying too hard Not unlike Blair s tacky stepmotherThere is a strong weakness of telling and not showing a lot of action happens offscreen or is so impenetrable that it eally does take Captain Exposition showing up two scenes later to let you know what it is that just happened This is a much stronger failing in Blue Bloods than in Masuerade and I have even higher hopes for the next book The characters start out as pure caricature and maybe I m projecting too much onto them but I eally think they grow by Masuerade into something much believable and much less pastiche There are some kickass world building and Murder in Gutenthal relationships set up here accompanied by weak storytelling and often shoddy character development It wants to be so much than it is and I believe that de la Cruz has theaw creativity to make it happen but she keeps getting held back by lack of craft which I think could be One of Our Thursdays Is Missing remedied by practice and aeally hand holdy editor and the tendency to On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski rely on tropes of all the teen books aboutich bitchy girls and their fabulous empty lives etc that have taken over the teen aisle at Target These characters are interesting because they Lassie Come-Home re not empty that they have a larger purpose and a larger life beyond who s carrying what handbag so when de la Cruzesorts to the style of character development through accessories it s a huge letdown This book had the potential to be amazing affluent teens learn in their fifteenth year that they are The People from the Sea reincarnated vampires who will nevereally die only come back to St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves reenter another cycle of life unfortunately it was terrible One gets the impression that La Cruz eitherushed through this or had a constant bout of wr OkayI have to drag my soap box outer sckrrrkk keep in mind this is my opinion and I don t wish to offend anyone Alright I began to ead junior *Fiction And Young Adult Books *and young adult books cut out the undesirable sex scenes and vulgar language Well I have had to stop eading highly entertaining young adult books because of the sex and language I am highly disappointed in the trend now a days Is it any wonder teen pregnancy is a problem as well as substance abuse and vulgar language if this kind of crap is being placed in these books Shame on these authors for putting this kind of stuff in their young adult books if you ve got to be dirty write for a sleazy paperback company instead of sl I absolutely hated this book HATED it I m not sure I ve ever been able to say that about a novel before but I can honestly say that
about this one Being a long time fan of vampires I picked this up at Barnes Noblethis one Being a long time fan of vampires I picked this up at Barnes Noble that it might be a uick easy interesting Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher read The book itself is not terribly long but I had a hard time getting through it For one thing that characters aren t likableAT ALL The vampires are an ancient group ofich snobby elitists who care about fashion money and society than they should for a group of powerful beings that s been around for hundreds of years They Twilight of the Idols re completely superficial interested in the mostidiculous trivial aspects of life like silly pop culture tidbits current trends fashion labels and designer clothing The name dropping in this book is truly horrendous These are NOT the kind of vampires I fell in love with at a young age and I doubt anyone could find themselves falling in love with these vampires either People think the Twilight books are bad This is worse Where to begin I ve been devouring a lot of YA fiction lately especially that of the supernatural kind and honestly I m Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, running out of avenues I d been putting off the Blue Bloods novels because they just didn t interest me Well today I was bored so I picked this little gem up from the library It passed a few hours worth of my time Was it worth it Well I got some laughsThe book opens with a massive cliche Which I suppose should have warned me and put me offeading the est of it but I like to finish what I begin and like I said I was bored Our main protagonist is Schuyler Van Alan Tiny black hair blue eyes absolutely gorgeous but of course completely unaware of "it She dresses like a bag lady Well like a very lucky bag lady who ansacks "She dresses like a bag lady Well like a very lucky bag lady who ansacks trash bins of wealthy socialites and has evolving credit at fancy consignment shops She has only one friend of course a boy named. Ilapated mansion Schuyler is a lonerand happy that way Suddenly when she turns fifteen there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm She starts to crave aw 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 dange. ,
Stories from a Siberian Village rotating 3rd person POV between three main female characters Schuyler our old money but now broke semi orphan outcast at Extremely Posh School Mimi our old money and new money and unbelievablyich popular girl who is The ueen Bee everywhere and not just at EPS and Blair old money with a new money stepmother Reform, Red Scare, and Ruin recent transplant to EPS from Texas who is absorbed into Mimi s social circle but feels an outsider We ve got the three different ends of the EPS social spectrum buteally EPS is almost irrelevant to this story Yes they Grauwacht re all vampires Yes fifteen to twenty one is when they come into their vampirehood Yes being a vampire makes them fast strong beautiful etc etc etc and theye not allergic to sun Blah blah standard vampirecakes blah blah Here s where the mythology gets interesting Initially it s just that vampires are souls that exist beyond the mortal shell and the Turning Age is when the vampires first start emembering their past lives and incidentally needing to drink blood but what ever that is like sooooo irrelevant So like eally Old Money The current crop of characters came over on the Mayflower That s all well enough certainly an interesting twist but what I like about it even is that de la Cruz takes it one step further the vampires original souls Angels Cast down to the mortal sphere not hell when they followed Lucifer So layer on all sorts of Biblically inspired angeldemon stuff too So vampires Blue Bloods literally hur hur drink Red Blood and absorb some of the Red Blood s soul The Uber Bad Guys are Silver Bloods who drink Blue Bloods blood and absorb all of that vampire s previous lives in addition to the individual lives of the Red Bloods the Blue Blood has drunk making them v powerful and v crazy Lucifer of course is the ultimate Silver Blood See Intriguing More than your normal teen vampire book What make it even deliciously awesome is the bonds and Lies, Damned Lies, and History relationships that de la Cruz has set up among the angelsvampiresteens all inhabiting one body Mimi is soul bonded to Jack who in this lifetime is her twin brother You start toealize something hinky is up when Mimi starts having memories of Jack as her groom at various weddings throughout the ages And the way it s played I think you The New World re kind of supposed tooot for Mimi and Jack to get together Yes Jack is also drawn to Schuyler our ostensible heroine and it turns out that he s been drawn to other women notably Schuyler s mother throughout the ages but he keeps coming back to Mimi He is Mimi s one I was going to say humanizing point but that s not uite You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make right saving grace and the only times Mimi is not being almost entirelyepulsive is when she s thinking about how much she loves Jack Schuyler s mother is soul bonded to Jack and Mimi s father who in this instance is her brother and the eason there has been this great schism between them is because Schuyler s mom left Charles for a human and had the affront to not only marry a human but get knocked up by one ie Schuyler And then In the closing pages of Masuerade somewhere in all that she may have had time to get knocked up by Blair s dad producing Blair Because see Schuyler s mom is Gabrielle and Jack and Mimi s
DAD IS MICHAEL AND THEY AREis Michael and they are only two Untainted or whatever angels who voluntarily fell in order to stay with their parents an angel I m not familiar with and the Metatron Now I picture Schuyler s grandfather as Alan Rickman This is not a bad thing And then of course there s the Red BloodBlue Blood elationship thing The metaphor of drinking blood sex is a little heavy handed Mimi is precocious starts drinking early and drinks around a lot but the mythology is set up so that it s a meaningful thing that Blue Bloods are bonded to those from whom they drink and it is forbidden not to mention in extremely poor taste to drain one dry to the point of death Then there "are the I can t The Fashion Industry and Its Careers: An Introduction remember what theye called but essentially they e Watchers "the I can t emember what they Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land re called but essentially theye Watchers trained to serve as left hand men I m not sure if that was a deliberate fumble on de la Cruz s part or not of the Blue Bloods and of course Schuyler has a male Red Blood Watcher who has been trained since birth to serve her who s been her best friend forever and who she s now noticing is pretty cute as well as tasty looking Naturally Oliver her Watcher comes from a filthily Einführung in die germanistische Linguistik rich family Youe not supposed to drink from your Watcher but exigent circumstances sort of demand that Schuyler drink from Oliver which completely changes their クロネコ彼氏の甘え方 [Kuroneko Kareshi no Amaekata] relationship as well as being kind of forbidden and naughty Are you getting the bloodsex thing yet Are you Because if not Blair drinks from some guy on a photo shoot in the Caribbean and tells Schuyler not to share the insertandom Latin term here for bloodsuckin much like languisement in the Jacueline Carey books Sneeuwwitje moet sterven really just means blowjob with anyandom person because it Slavík really does mean something and she shouldn t do it lightlyWhat photo shoot Ah yes the slightlyidiculous subplot of Schuyler and Blair getting chosen to be models for this one fashion company owned by a fellow Blue Blood cause they Clouds From Both Sides re allich and gorgeous see and wildly successful which makes Mimi violently jealous because she s the It Girl and the only one allowed to have a semi naked billboard in Times Suare gosh Yes It is that idiculous Mimi loves nothing better than to deny people pleasure to let them know that they are excluded from something to which she is *INCLUDED SHE LIKES IT THAT PEOPLE HATE HER SO *She likes it that people hate her So s the Mimi Jack Schuyler Oliver loverhombus going on plus you add in the fact that Schuyler has some of her mother in her who previously. Rated blue bloods of American society The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would emain 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 sopho 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 eclusive grandmother in a .