Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Audiobook Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz

Vampires of Manhattan
(The New Bluebloods Coven #1)
by Melissa De La Cruz
Published:  September 9, 2014
Publisher:  Hyperion
Audiobook Published by Hachette Audio 

The Vampires of Manhattan is "hipster horror"--the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build "Millennial" lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan's only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven's annual Four Hundred Ball--a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay--Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he's the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer--and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

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My Thoughts:  Vampires of Manhattan is my first book by Melissa De La Cruz and is new spin-off series from her previous Blue Blood series, where the characters have "grown-up."  I haven't read anything from the Blue Blood series, so the characters were all new to me and while it did take me a few chapters to get into the book, I still enjoyed it.  Thus, you don't have to have read the series to enjoy the book. but I imagine it will be even more memorable to those who knew the characters from years previously in their youth.  This first book sets the stage for the new series and while as the synopsis states, centers around Oliver, who is now the heat of the Blue Bloods Coven.  While the story focuses on Oliver and his love/familiar Finn, it also follows two other sets of characters simultaneously, Kingsley and Mimi, as well as Edon and Ara, with the chapters rotating between what was going on between the three sets of characters while simultaneously connecting everything that was happening together as a whole.

There has been 10 years of peace since the war, when a conspiracy that involves murder and betrayal is set in motion resulting in everything that has been achieved since the war crumbling.  While, as I said above, it did take me several chapters to figure out what was going on, once I did, I enjoyed seeing where the author was taking the characters and the story, as well as how she brought them all together in the end, setting the stage for the series to progress.  I would consider this an adult novel, as the characters seemed too old for this to be considered new adult.  Of the three sets of characters the book focused on, though there were other secondary characters that played important roles, I think my favorites were Edon and Ara, and I hope the author takes their relationship and what seems to be budding romance further in the subsequent novels.  Overall, this was an enjoyable book and a promising beginning to this series, though you do have to pay close attention to what is going on in order to understand it and do plan on reading and/or listening to subsequent installments in the series.    
3.5 Hearts

About the Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter. 



  1. I have heard some pretty good things about this book so far. I liked her YA series but I know a lot of people didn't. I do think I would really like this one too.

  2. I love MacLeod Andrews, his voice is dreamy. I tried listening to this one but couldn't concentrate. I'll try again another time and I'll hopefully get into it :)

  3. well this sounds like a good book
    but i want to read the Blue Bloods series first then read this
    great review
    Your reader,

  4. The title threw me for a minute, since I'm sort of over the whole vampire scene. But, after reading your review I'm intrigued.


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