Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publication Date: 2006
Reading Level/Interest Age: 14 and up
Plot: Fifteen year old Schuyler Van Alen lives in New York City with her grandmother (the only family she has) and goes to a prestigious school called Duchesne where she feels she doesn’t fit in. She’s not in with the cool crowd who wear fancy designer clothes. Instead she’d rather go with the vintage look and wear baggy clothes. Her usual group of friends only consists of two other people Oliver and Dylan, also outcasts in the social world. Suddenly, things started to change when she is introduced into the “The Committee” which consists of the most elite students of the school. She eventually learns that she isn’t human anymore.
Critical Evaluation: This particular novel illustrates a different type of vampires. Their veins run blue and they crave raw meat and they do not share the same attributes that mythical vampires have. The detailed descriptions of Schuyler’s transformation from being a human to becoming a Blue Blood allows the reader to vividly picture what she is going through. Excerpts from a fictional diary that is dated back in the 1600s explain what life was like back then, but is not part of the narration of the novel. These pages are shown in order for the reader to see the gradual knowledge of the beginning of the Blue Bloods.
Reader’s Annotation: Schuyler Van Alen is initiated into the elite group called “The Committee” and experiences changes that she never would have thought could happen to any human being.
Author: Retrieved from Melissa De La Cruz’s “About Melissa” page on her official website –
“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 Bloodsseries, 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 andThe 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 includingThe 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!).”
Curriculum Ties: N/A
- Would you join an elite social group even if you felt that you could not fit in with them?
- Religious viewpoints
- Sexual content
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Why This Book? I enjoy fantasy books and I felt that this went an interesting way of portraying a new breed of vampires.