Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz

Vampires of Manhattan

Book #1 in The New Blue Bloods coven

Published 9/9/14

I borrowed this book from my library for #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge saving me $26.00

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

DNF.  I gave this title my 50 page try and decided I’m fine being finished with this world.  I really enjoyed the first series, but this one just didn’t catch me.  I guess I just don’t care anymore, but really it felt like something was missing.

This book is supposed to be for an adult, or new adult, audience, but it just didn’t feel like it.  I think she should have keep the world in the YA level reading.  Just because the characters are older doesn’t mean the story has matured.  Vampires of Manhattan, like the original series, is told from rotating points of view that give the reader different perspectives of what is going on.  Two of them, in this book, are from characters brought over from the other series.  Not that I liked them much in those books in the first place…  I guess with out Jack and Schuyler the world just doesn’t hold much interest to me.  I also did not care for the new main character of Ara Scott, but perhaps I just didn’t give the story long enough to get to know her.

Another problem I had is that I felt like I was missing out on a lot of back information.  There were other spin-off series in this world that I did not read, maybe that would have helped, maybe not.  I just didn’t want to slog through half a book being caught up, I wanted to hit the ground running.  I think it might have been better to just start fresh with all new faces instead and just having cameos of past favorites.

I tried, but for now I’m setting this one aside to read something that isn’t such a struggle to get into.  Maybe I will check it out again sometime, but I really think I’m ready to let these characters and world go to move on to new places to explore.

My Rating: DNF



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