Monday, July 23, 2012

Twitter Chat! 7/28/12 12:00 p.m. Est.

We will be having a Twitter chat on Saturday, July 28th at 12pm Eastern to discuss Blue Bloods.  We can't wait to see what y'all thought about the book, and what you hope to see next in the series.  We will also be doing a giveaway for those that participate in the chat! We will be using the hashtag #bbreads1. You can easily join in using applications such as TweetChat.

So here are the quick details!
* Date: 7/28/12
* Time: 12:00 pm Eastern
*  Hashtag: #bbreads1

*Giveaway for participants: We will randomly pick a participant to win a pre-order of either Wolf Pact coming out in September or Gates of Paradise coming out January 2013.

Item added to the Grand Prize

We will be updating the Grand Prize basket as the items come in.  I'm waiting on quite a few to come in.  All of these have sometime to do with the events, covers, or locations  of the books. 

Here is a beautifully drawn city scape of New York by Casey at Creative Objects.

It will be framed as soon I find the perfect one for it.  :D

Sorry for the lighting. I'll have a new photo up as soon as the frame is found.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cover Reveal: Gates of Paradise

Gates of Paradise

By: Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Add On: Goodreads

Summary: Watch out for the explosive finale in the Blue Bloods series.
The seventh and final novel in the epic saga.
All your questions answered. . . All the mysteries explained. . . Friends reunited. . . Hearts broken. . . Will Bliss return with the Hellhounds? Will Schuyler save the Blue Bloods? Who will live? Who will die?

Katrina's Thoughts:
I love that in all of the covers the girl (Schuyler) isn't looking forward.  The flower in her hair adds to the softness/romance that we're hoping to see in this book.  Jack was on the cover of Lost in Time, but like on that cover, GoP doesn't have a face shot of him.  So that makes me wonder if maybe this person could be Oliver??? So basically I just want to know who the stud muffin is. :P Each cover has a silhouette of the city where most of the story takes place.  I can't wait to see what events take place on the streets of London.

Elizabeth's Thoughts: I did this for a Cover Loves last week and here is what I had to say. I love the simple, but attractive covers for Blue Bloods. They are always beautiful. I am thinking this is Schuyler and Jack? I always love how at the bottom of the book they have a scene or town, it brings a dramatic flare to the covers. I can't tell if he is going in for a bite or a kiss on her neck, but either way I love the cover.

Fan Trailer:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Elizabeth's Review of Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods by: Melissa De La Cruz

My Thoughts: This is my second time reading Blue Bloods and I enjoyed it more this time than the first time I read it. Blue Bloods is beyond detailed. The pages come to life right in front of you and even if you haven’t been to New York it made you feel like it was a familiar place. Everything just had this perfect meticulous detail. It felt like I was at Duchesne with them or sitting in Penthouse Du Reves with Bliss. As well as riding in a taxi with Schuyler, seeing the scenery change heading towards her house. I’ve never felt so enveloped in a book that I almost felt a part of it. The historical aspect of this book was remarkable. I have to say Melissa has some major balls to take such a significant part of American history and put her own spin on it. Everything just came together seamlessly and even when I had questions on certain things, she tied them in beautifully.

One thing I realized early on about this book is it can be slightly unrealistic. A majority of teens can’t walk around with $400 dollar jeans or get into nightclubs. I think that is what made the book so appealing though. I got to step inside the world of the rich and privileged and take a peek around. It is a great reality escape and Melissa De La Cruz had no problem of making me get swept up in the world.

The vampire part of Blue Bloods was fascinating. I love that it wasn’t you typical vampire story. The way it tied in with the historical part was incredible. The process of the vampires was pretty neat and all the different cycles they had. You aren’t just born a vampire or bitten and made into one. I like that it was made into a society and it fit in with the wholes rich New York feel. I like that the story doesn’t come right out as a vampire book. Though you get a glimpse through certain point of views, it becomes more pronounced about a fourth of a way in. The denial in Blue Bloods about the bad things that were happening was a little absurd to me. I don’t know why some of the characters want to act blinded about it when it is practically happening in front of them. I enjoyed the fact that the vampires have to fear for once and it’s not the vampires putting fear into others.

Even though the book switched point of views, I feel like the main storyline was based on Schuyler. Schuyler isn’t my favorite character but I enjoy her storyline. I like how naive and reserved she is, even down to her clothes. Sometimes she can come off as over sensitive. Even though it is only book one, I think Schuyler has to deal with a lot and learn things fast. I think by the end of the book Schuyler really grew bold. When she starts to figure out what is happening, she isn’t afraid to ask questions.

I love Mimi’s character. Some people see her as bitchy, but I love her snarky attitude. Her relationship with Jack was a little odd at first, but when it’s explained toward the end of Blue Bloods it makes things a lot clearer. Even though I could relate more to Bliss as a character, everyone loves to hate the bad girl. Bliss was probably my favorite character. Going from being a southern girl and thrown into the New York social scene can be overwhelming and she handled herself well. Even though she was popular and had boys falling all over her, she still had insecurities. There is also a big mystery about Bliss and I can’t wait to discover it…again.

I am surprised at how strong some of the sexual scenes are. Most YA books are tame, but I love the heat that simmers through the pages of Blue Bloods. The love stories were enjoyable, some came off as predictable and others left you wondering how you didn’t figure it out. In Blue Bloods I am not a huge fan of any of the boys. Though they are noteworthy, I don’t have any swoon moments for them. But like I said it is only book one.

The ending definitely leaves you on a somber note, but you realize that it is about to get exciting. This book takes you off to vivid world that you don’t want to leave. All vampire lovers need to sink their teeth into this one.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Katrina's Review of Blue Bloods

Goodreads Blurb: When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner...and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead... drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn't know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

My Review/Thoughts:  This was a re-read for me.  I didn't realize how much I missed these characters!

I love Melissa de la Cruz's writing.  She took me to New York with her descriptions.  The characters are easy to relate to, and strongly dislike.  The story follows a group of students at a prestigious private school.  There's a wide range of social classes being shown.  At the bottom of the popularity ladder we have Schuyler and her BFF, Oliver.  While Mimi and Jack Force act like royalty.  Bliss falls in between the two, and battles over which group she feels more comfortable in.  Each character has their part in this spotlight as they go through strange changes they do not completely understand.  

I enjoyed this book so much more the second time through.  I'm not sure if it's because I have insight on what's going to happen, or if it's because I haven't seen these characters in a while.  Either way, I'm so glad I jumped back into the lives of the Blue Bloods.  Ready for next month so we can read Masquerade. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Their first dance

A little something for you Blue Blood read-a-long participants.

"He drew her closer, and she swayed to the music. The room was thrumming to the sexy, hypnotic beat of Muse's 'Time Is Running Out.' I think I'm drowing, asphyxiated. . . ." (Page 116)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Month 1 Reviews: Blue Bloods

Today begins the read-a-long of the first book in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz.  Join us as we enter Schuyler's world.  Liz and I will both post are reviews as we finish our read.  We can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts as we make our way through the series.

Don't forget to post your review to be eligible for the monthly drawing.  Also, if you do not have a blog, feel free to post the link for your review from goodreads.  You can also email either one of us to have your review posted on the site if you do not have a blog or goodreads account.

All reviews should be posted by midnight on July 31st.  Thank you all so much for reading along and sharing in the love we have for this series.

To post your reviews: simply add your information to the linky list below. :D

Welcome Welcome Welcome

Welcome to the Blue Bloods Read-a-long Challenge! (and yes, I was totally using Effie's voice for the post title.)

Liz, from The Lost Dragonfly Chronicles, and I (Bookish Things & More) have decided to join forces and host a this read-a-long challenge.  This is our first time doing something like this, so we'll try to make it go as smoothly as possible.

The 7th, and final, book in the Blue Bloods Series comes out January 15, 2013.  We'll be sad to say goodbye to our favorite characters in Gates of Paradise.  But there are 6 months until this book comes out, and that lines up perfectly with the novels already out.  We will read one book each month from July through December, and post our reviews and thoughts here.

This next part is where you come in, and have an opportunity to win some of Melissa de la Cruz's books. :D

There will be a post each month where you can link up your reviews/thoughts as we read through these wonderful books.  This can be a first time read or a re-read, but I ask that the reviews you post are during the time frame of the challenge.  At the end of each month we will draw a name of those that participated and they will win their choice of book by Melissa de la Cruz.  At the end of the challenge there will be a grand prize drawing.  Each month you participate will be an additional drawing into this giveaway.

There will also be mini challenges, twitter chats, and discussions throughout the next 6 months, so keep a look out for those.

If you do not have a blog you can link your goodreads review.  You can still participate if you don't have a goodreads account.  All you have to do is email Liz or myself and we will gladly put your post on here and it will count.

Here's the rundown!

To participate:
  •  Read the book we are reading that month
  • Post a review on your blog/goodreads/ or if you don’t have a blog or goodreads account feel free to let me know and we’ll post your review on the blog as your participation post.
  • Keep checking back for mini challenges and twitter chats to discuss the books.  You will receive extra entries for the Blue Blood Prize Pack
  • All review/thoughts posts need to be up by midnight on the last day of each month.

  • Your choice of a Melissa de la Cruz book.  (Can be any of her books.) One winner every month 
  • Grand Prize: Blue Bloods Prize Pack including Wolf Pact and  a pre-order of The Gates of Paradise

Giveaways are international as long as The Book Depository or Amazon ships to you.

 This is the schedule for the order and month that the books will be read.

July: Blue Bloods
August: Masquerade
September: Revelations
October: The Van Alen Legacy
November: Misguided Angel
December: Lost in Time

If you'd like to participate, feel free to add your name to the linky below. :D (This will also give you an extra entry for the grand prize)