Something about the end of the year makes me want to pull out reads that are slightly darker or heavier...or pure comfort reads. As strange as it may seem to you, I find vampire novels to be great comfort reads, probably because I started reading and loving them at a young age.
Other than the Twilight saga, of which I've only read the first book, there are many popular bestselling Young Adult vampire series. I've long wanted to read them, and when the first book in a new series showed up unsolicited the week before Christmas and I devoured it in a couple of hours, I knew now was the time. (I'll be reviewing that book next week)
I decided to start with the Blue Bloods series on Pam's advice and I loved it. Plain and simple.
Schuyler Van Alen's family legacy is everywhere in New York but the family fortune has long since crumbled. Schuyler's father is dead, her mom's in a coma and Schuyler herself feels like a misfit. She doesn't get along with the popular kids at all. but she does have two close friends. Schuyler is starting to notice some changes in herself. She's not alone though. A lot of the young people are noticing changes. I'm pretty sure you can guess what they mean, and I have to say that the vampire mythology threw me for a bit of a loop at first. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but as I have continued to read the series I am really really enjoying it. It's a pretty unique vampire mythology with a lot of potential for story.
The writing in the book is adequate. If I have one complaint, it's that there's tremendous build-up and the ending feels a bit rushed and more like telling than showing. Which is a real shame, because the beginning part of the book does a great job of reeling you into the mystery. But other than that, this is like Gossip Girl meets vampires and it definitely satisfies the drama loving in me. In fact, I'm about to start the fourth book and I can't remember the last time I just purely enjoyed reading a series the whole way through like this. I think if you like vampires, you'll enjoy this.
Things You Might Want to Know: There's a bit of sex, a little language
Source of Book: Bought it!