Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
(Hyperion, Hardcover, 2009)
Schuyler Van Alen has always been different. She's pretty but not popular. She's a vampire, but not a full-blood vampire. Even her relationship with fellow vampire Jack must be kept a secret because Jack is promised to another vampire. Underlying all of the social drama is a threat to all vampires--Lucifer and his army of Silver Bloods. In this third book of the Blue Bloods series, friendships are cemented and enemies are revealed.
Melissa de la Cruz's world of vampires is somewhat familiar, yet dazzlingly creative all at the same time. Schuyler's world is privileged, rich and seeped in New York history. But this isn't just a Gossip Girl novel with a few vampires. Intermixed in the story are letters from the original Plymouth colony, telling of the colonists' mysterious connections to Lucifer's fall from Heaven and the race of vampires. Being a history nerd, I loved how Schuyler's story was tangled up in the Plymouth colony. The history twist and the plot flow from book to book in the series feels well thought out and I'm curious to see what happens in the next book of the series, The Van Alen Legacy (Sept 2009). The idea of twins was also intriguing although the Mimi, Jack, and Schuyler triangle is a bit sickening. It was very incestuous in the first book and, thankfully, it seems to tone down a bit as the series goes on. I recommend this book for fans of vampire tales as well as alternative history.