Book Review: The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1) by Melissa De La Cruz

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.
Summary Spoiler Alert (Highlight the text if you want to read this section, which in my opinion, spoils the book):
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.
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Age Group: NA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
I've been a long-time fan of the Blue Bloods series and I love the concept of The New Blue Bloods Coven.  The Vampires of Manhattan features my favorite characters from the Blue Bloods series, ten years after the last book, The Gates of Paradise.  Many things have changed, yet some remain the same. 

It was so great "catching up" with mostly everyone, especially Mimi, Kingsley, and Oliver.  Mimi, especially, had grown and changed so much.  I really enjoyed her parts of the story, as well as Deming Chan's role.  I always liked Deming and especially like that she will play a more prominent role in this series.  She's a complex character and I look forward to her journey.

I have always loved the opulent, luxurious world of the Blue Bloods, and the fact that their entire existence is kept secret from humans just makes them all the more alluring.  I liked that this series is more adult than the Blue Bloods series, which is fitting since the characters are older now.

Some of the things that were glossed over in the Blue Bloods series are really fleshed out in The Vampires of Manhattan.  I have always wanted to know more about the Venators and enjoyed their inclusion in this book.  Ara and Deming were two of my favorite characters, and I look forward to getting to know them even better in later books.

This book had a great, fast pace, which kept me reading long past the time I said I'd stop.  I'm not a huge fan of a third-person narrative, yet de la Cruz uses it to perfection in her books, eliminating the need for superfluous dialogue and keeping the story moving quickly.

The Vampires of Manhattan is a great start to a promising new series.  I can't wait to read book two!


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