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Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz

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vampiresofmanhattanThe 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

Vampires of Manhattan is sort of a spin off, but more of a continuation of the Blue Blood series and takes place about 10 years after Gates of Paradise. The main characters are now grown up. It’s been 10 years since Lucifer was defeated. A lot has changed. There is now a new leader of the coven. The time has come to show the world that they will no longer be living in the darkness, they are alive (well as alive as the undead can be ;)) and they’re not going anywhere. And to top it all off, they’re bringing back the Four Hundred Ball. Life is anything but easy, especially when Pentagrams start showing up everywhere. A human girl is murdered and it’s made to look like a vampire did it. You will find yourself asking Why is this happening now? Who is behind all of this? What is really going on?

I thought Vampires of Manhattan an ok read. It did take me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. It was a fast paced and told from multiple points of views.This is my first book by this author. I didn’t feel too lost by not having read Blue Bloods first. There were a few times where I felt like I was missing something, but for the most part, I wasn’t too confused. I will say that my interest about Blue Bloods is definitely peaked and I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. Fans of the Blue Blood series, I think you will be very happy. As readers, I think we tend to always want more. We get so lost, so involved in a story or character, that we don’t want to say goodbye. We want to know what happens after the final book ends.

I think this series is off to a good start. It’s got mystery, suspense, romance, drama and of course some great paranormal aspects. I wouldn’t say that this book ends on a cliffhanger, but more of a to be continued. I am definitely curious and interested in seeing where the story will go from here.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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