Mini-Review of Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz

The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan, #1)Vampires of Manhattan
By: Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished Copy

This is considered to be New Adult so there are some mature scenes. I am new to this series and have no prior knowledge of the characters or story line so my review is rather vague for fans of the series.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher- this did not change my rating or review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

The Story:
I have never read the Blue Bloods series nor had I heard of Vampires of Manhattan prior to receiving a copy in the mail. It was pretty great timing since I’ve been rather stressed so a vampire book was what I needed.

De La Cruz’s writing was fast paced and simplistic though entertaining. I was drawn into the story though I had no knowledge of the world or characters. I know that I missed a lot because of being a newbie but it was still enjoyable. I found myself lost on many points because there are a lot of references to the ending of the Blue Bloods series. Surprisingly, I was able to grasp the general world and concept though I felt in the dark for some aspects. Somehow it was okay to not know exactly the history of the world and just go with it.

This story revolves around a central investigation so it had the feel in some ways to a detective story and that was my favorite aspect. I enjoyed the idea behind vampire secret police and was curious as to what was causing havoc in a world that should be peaceful. The major plot and climax of the story was a bit of a let down but I’m thinking that someone with a history with this world and characters would have a much deeper feeling than I did.

The Characters:
From what I could tell most of the characters were present in the original series and we are revisiting their lives years after the final showdown. I had zero knowledge or attachement to the cast of characters but I did find that I enjoyed them generally speaking. Since this was written as a follow-up there wasn’t a ton of character development but I still grew attached to Ara and Edon. The other characters had moments but I was most interested in the central investigation.

I was least interested in Oliver and Finn though a good amount of the story revolved around them. Even though they were my least favorite I wasn’t bored with their story line and still found their sections fast paced. I had the feeling while reading that fans of the series would be very happy to see old characters return and see how relationships have changed over the years.

Final Thoughts:
I found Vampires of Manhattan surprisingly entertaining even with my lack of knowledge about the series. I am confident that fans will be happy to revisit favorite characters and see how they have changed. For a newbie like myself the book succeeded decently well on its own though I knew I was missing a lot of references. I also felt that the world and characters were less developed than I typically enjoy but this was understandable. Overall, VoM was fast paced, entertaining and a light read.

 

Comments

  1. says

    This was a fun, fast read. I finished it earlier this week myself. I’ve never read the Blue Bloods series before this either and I was a little worried I was going to get lost, but it was surprisingly easy to get into. There were a lot of questions and I just had to go with some of it, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

  2. says

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this one 😀 I have not heard of it, or read any books by the author, so I don't think it is for me. But it do sound kind of good 🙂 I'm sorry you didn't love it; but glad you didn't hate it either, hah. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

    • says

      This was my second book by her and I enjoyed both. I’ve heard that some aren’t all that great so I’m sort of nervous going into any of her work. So far I’ve had luck!

  3. says

    Huh, I guess I hadn’t realized that this was a follow up to Bluebloods, darn it! I was excited to get to jump into a new series from her, oh well 😉

    • says

      You would still be able to follow along but you’ll feel that you are missing some character and world details. It still proved to be a fun read regardless.

  4. says

    I’ve vaguely heard of Melissa De La Cruz but never read anything by her. I confess…not the biggest fan of vampires, but that’s because I seem to pick a lot of dodgy books on them. ;| I’m sure there’s really good ones! I like the sound of this writing though…with the simple but fast-pace? YUS PLEASE. I would probably want to read whatever books come first though, to get all those references. *nods* It’s a plan. XD

    • says

      This was my second of her books- the first being Ring and the Crown. I much preferred TRatC to this one though this was a fun, fast read. It seems rather difficult to find a decent vampire read indeed!

  5. says

    I saw your tweets saying this was easy to follow even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, which is great since I haven’t! Thanks for that helpful tip, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to try this. I did like her RING AND THE CROWN book, though.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • says

      I really enjoyed Ring and the Crown and to be honest that was the only reason I gave this one a go. I figured it might prove to be a fun read. I did have to go with the flow at certain points since I didn’t know the full backstory. It wasn’t as strong as RatC but it did make me more curious about the Blue Blood series. I might try them out at some point.

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