Schuyler is an outcast at her prestigious private high school filled with fashionable upper-class socialites. But this off-limits world opens up to her when Schuyler turns 15 and discovers that her peers, like her, are budding vampires. Then vampires start getting killed, and Schuyler realizes something else - they are being hunted.
©2006 Melissa de la Cruz; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"De la Cruz introduces ... vampires far different from ... traditional horror fiction, coupling sly humor with ... being fanged and fabulous." (Booklist)
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
You need to be prepared for several things before listening to this book. One, all the kids are skinting rich, even the "poor" ones. Like how Lizzy Bennet is not rich, yet she is compared to others below her. Two, there's barely any vamp stuff and what there is is confusing when mixed with the idea of reincarnated fallen angels. Three, as in City of Bones there's a bit of incest going on that the author is trying to pull off as normal. Like how the pharoahs took sisters as wives normal. Cept it's modern day. No one has a problem with it. Mkay.
That said, it's an okay tale. You can tell the author put some effort in it, well, partially, but I was left wondering why she didn't complete the story. It could have been so much more. Like researching only 70% of your material and leaving it at that. But then, listening to spoiled rich kids get picked to be models isn't all that interesting to me, though it may be to others. And I work in the modeling industry.
The narrator is okay, she's just a bit too old for the reading. We're talking about teenagers and she sounds like she's in her late late 30s. Which doesn't matter, since I know people in their 50s who do voice-overs for teens. Wrong choice.
There's a lot of semi-adventure without the customary wrap-up of certain details. I feel if a reader is presented with a girl named Bliss, we should at least be given a reason for the name. Nickname? Real name? Why name your kid that? Nothing. We're just meant to accept that all girls born in Texas have a chance at being called Bliss. There's other questions too but you'll prolly ask them yourself so I won't ruin it.
It's my firm belief that a first book should stand on it's own. It was clear this author believed she would write a series. She did, but still, if the first book is okay instead of great, what makes readers want to move on? Fortunately for this subject everyone is craving teen vampire love so it'll probably do well.
I have read all of the blue blood books from the series that have been released so far...I only actually bought the 1st audio book for a friend and I must say I do not like the narrator's voice...that is not how imagined the character's voice in my head. They should have chosen a younger sounding narrator's voice...it was just torture to listen too. I give the series 5 stars and 1 star for the narrator.
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This series has a lot of promise. I really hated the way it ended, hence the 4 stars, it should really be 3 1/2. The book did tie up a few questions, I like the way the author portrays the vampires in the story. I will be purchasing the next book because I like the story line and am curious as to what happens when she finds her grandfather. All in all not a bad book, not a great one either, but enjoyable.
Narrator was ok, not a huge range of different voices. She did an ok job. At least her voice wasn't grating.
I was looking forward to a new series, but the story is not as exciting as I had hoped. I think if there was a different narrator if might be better. Her voice sounds much older than most of the characters and her TEXAS accent gave me a headache. If your going to talk like a Texan, please come to Houston and listen. We do not sound like that. It's insulting!
I like the characters but I have problems with the story line in each book. Writing short books and ending each one with a hook so that you have to have the next in the series to complete the book you've read is an expensive trick because there's nothing cheap about it. When transferred to audio, the narrative has long pauses between chapters. They are so long, I begin checking my device to make sure it hasn't shut off. Why are these pauses so long? Could it be because they want to lengthen the listed length of the audio book? Do they think that adding five or ten minutes (or whatever the total time we spend tapping our toes wondering what happened to our story) will make us think we are buying a longer book?Then there are a couple of books that are noticeably short, yet they sell for a member price of ten to thirteen dollars. What's up with that? When Stephanie Meyer writes a book, each one is very complete and can stand on its own whether one reads the prior in the series or not. They aren't tiny books that are stretched to infinity, nor are there lengthy pauses. This author should combine two of these books into single books with a more complete story. It would make far more sense. I doubt if I'll be buying any of her other books when I conclude this series as there are simply better writers who try to do a more professional job of completing a story line. One more thing... I gave the narrator a 3 star because she mispronounces so many words in addition to the lengthy pauses, of which the latter is probably due to post production decisions.
I tried reading the books years ago when they first came out but they didn't hold my attention.
I thought I'd give it another go since I've had audiobooks engage me better than the actual books before.
The narrator annoyed me. You can tell that the narrator is voicing teenagers as she thinks they would sound vs how they actually do sound. I checked to see if she narrated any of the other series and she did. Sadly I won't be giving this series a third try.
The narrator was a little off, but overall was enjoyable.
I have been looking for a series like this that isn't too immature for a person in their twenties. I found this from the witches of east end TV series that I loved and this series intertwines with that book series- I'm excited to see where it goes.
It's a very short read- give it a quarter of the book to get into it. By then you should be into it ;)
Didn't like the long pauses in the book. The story is really so so but still entertaining.
Probably only those that I know like vampire stories.
I really didn't have any problem with the narrator.
I would recommend this as a book to readers who enjoy a unique spin on vampire myths, in the context of the social structure of high school drama, two themes that I personally greatly enjoy. I liked reading it as a book, and it's been long enough since I read it that coming to it a second time should be fresh and exciting. However, the story was two slow-paced for audio, so I wouldn't recommend the audio version to anyone with a short attention span (like myself).
She does the voices really nicely, each of the characters has a distinct personality that comes through just in the way she read it, such as Bliss' southern accent, Mimi's spoiledness, Schuyler's unassuming elegance, it all comes through.
If you're into vampires and want something that works really well as an audiobook, try the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It's one of my favorite series and I enjoyed listening to all six books. Books two and three especially went above and beyond reading, narrator Khristine Hvam is the best of my entire audiobook library.
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