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'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Revelations • Young Adult Fiction

Revelations: A Blue Bloods Novel
Melissa De La Cruz
October 2008 • Disney-Hyperion • YA Fiction • Ages 12 and up.
Romance, glamour, and vampire lore collide in the highly anticipated third book in best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series.
Story: Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead. Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy is questioned—is the young vampire a Blue Blood, or does sinister Silver Blood running through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.
Story Behind the Story: Melissa De La Cruz shares one of her writing secrets—“How do you write a page-turner? By making each chapter end with a cliffhanger. What’s a cliffhanger? A cliffhanger is when the action reaches a feverish pitch and then the chapter ends with the protagonist hanging on a limb or about to kiss the boy or about to open the secret safe—but not revealing what is inside. It has to keep people reading to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.” For more of Melissa’s advice to young writers, visit her hilarious
FYI: all the review copies for this title have been sent/are being sent -- and reviews are in the works; please check back and click on the "comments" link below to read what your colleagues have to say.


Mflick1 said...

I just finished the second book in this saga! I can't wait for this book to come in the mail. The first two books left me wanting to know what happens next. I do recommend that you read the first two because they are so closely related, I feel a person may be lost if they haven't read the first two.

LizM said...

I asked for a copy of this book over a month ago, and haven't yet received it. Too bad, as my 8th graders love this type of fiction and I was looking forward to reading and reviewing it!

Deborah Sloan said...

To Liz and any others waiting for reviewer's copies of REVELATIONS: thanks for letting me know. I have just emailed the publisher to see what the delay is and will let you know when I get an answer. Thanks for your patience -- and the book is worth the wait!

Deborah Sloan said...

To Liz and others waiting for REVELATIONS: I've just heard back from the publisher; they've been doing a lot of traveling (currently at the International Reading Assoc. conf. in Phoenix) and haven't been in the office much to send out review copies. Some have gone out; more when they return from this trip. Apologies galore and they so appreciate your patience.

dmuldawer said...

After starting Revelations, I wished I had read Mflick1's post first as she's absolutely right. It's quite hard to understand Revelations' plot without having read the earlier two books in the series. I kept wishing that there was a synopsis of the previous books and explanations of obviously key terms like silver blood, blue blood, red blood, and conduits. That said, the terms and characters became more familiar as I progressed through the book, though I was left wondering how angels became vampires, how they became so fabulously wealthy, and what happened to Cordelia Van Alen.

Revelations is a typical teen book and should find widespread acceptance among teenage girls. It has several motifs that are popular among this age group such as vampires, romance, traitors, fabulous wealth, and high society.

As a piece of literature, Revelations is definitely on the side of fluff. Characters are shallow, actions happen without well-developed motives, and magic erases memories a little too conveniently. Still, it's a fun read with many twists and turns.

Revelations will never be a literary classic, but it has the potential to be a teen bestseller. It's successful at what it tries to do and it's worth adding to middle school and high school libraries.

Picnic Basket Rating: 3.5

Susan Appleton said...

I finished this book this past weekend and I wish that I had read the ones that came before it in the series. It was hard for me to understand what was going on and some of the terminology, but I could kind of infer what was going on to the point where I could follow the storyline somewhat. The characters are pretty interesting and the events kept my attention. I enjoyed it, but like I said, I wish that I had had the luxury of reading the other 2 before diving into this one. I have some students who have been engrossed in the Twilight series and I think they will enjoy this one too, but I'll have to buy the other two before I put this one out. It's a pretty decent "teen vampire chronicle" and I would rate it a 3.5.

Mflick1 said...

I didn't receive my copy in the mail but really enjoyed the first two, so I bought the third.
I really enjoyed the books and cannot wait for September when the fourth one comes out.

The author does a great job of pulling you in as you read the saga. I wanted to know more and I slowly became attached to Schuler and to Jack. She does a great job of creating a high society of vampires and includes A LOT of current trends and trivia.

I passed on the saga to two of my avid readers and they gave it great reviews as well.

The saga itself I give a 4.5. I do stress that you have to read the first two, to really get involved with the third!

Stacy B said...

Not having read the first two books in this series, I found it difficult to get through this book. It was too challenging to get involved and as I read I found I had more questions than answers. I will put this aside instead of finishing it and read the other two books first!

deltay said...

Yeah, as has been previously noted, I would definitely agree that Revelations would strike deeper for those who've already read the previous two.

I totally devoured the first two, and am anxiously waiting for the third, hopefully it arrives soon :)

EShay said...

I had not read any of the Revelations series, but I did find this third installment interesting.I have seen my students carrying these books around and was glad to read one. As vampires are all the rage right now, I found the similarities and differences from the Twilight series intriguing.
I might not have gotten everything out of this book because I have not read the first two, but I didn't find this one that difficult to get into. After the first 20 or so pages, I was rather hooked.
The characters were appropriately "angsty" and diverse. Between the end of their world problem and the romance, there is a little something for everyone.
Also, as young people tend to love the series type of books, I would think that they would enjoy this one.
I would give it a 3.5. It kept my attention and was a quick read, but it seemed a little bit like it was jumping on the vampire bandwagon.

Sandra Stiles said...

I found the book confusing since I had not read the first two in the series. I have borrowed them from another teacher and highly recommended them to me. What little I did understand I know this is the type of book my students will like. I give this book a 3.

cupcake said...

I admit to complete ignorance about this series, so Revelations was the first one I read. While I do believe it would have helped to have read the first two, it is not imperative. You can be like me - a complete newbie to the books - and still enjoy this one.

There is much to this novel that young adult readers would enjoy. The characters are rich, beautiful and live rarified lives. They can fly to Vienna to admire paintings on a whim, wear the coolest designer clothes, and can justify hope in having a wedding reception at the White House. I imagine my sophomore and junior students (especially the girls) will sink their teeth into this book, no pun intended.

As a mother, however, I do not want my preteen daughter to read it because the characters have blissful sex. It seems a tad inappropriate for preteen readers. There also are times that Melissa de la Cruz seems to be enamored of her own preciousness - the ancient sounding names of characters, the biblical overtones of the End Times - sometimes it gets a bit much.

Still, it's an entertaining, quick read. And I do plan on reading the first two, plus any additional installments. I've just got to know what happens next ...

Picnic Basket rating: 3.5.

The Black Family said...

I waited to review this book until I had read the first two, as I hate to start mid-series! I am glad I did, as the saga definitely evolves from the first to the third books.

From a literary perspective, there is very little depth to the characters, and the relationships between characters feels cold and undeveloped. However, I enjoyed the storyline and wanted to find out "what happens next." These are good, quick reads for teens that don't want to spend a lot of time pondering and analyzing.

I did want to mention that the entire series has prevelant teen drug and alcohol use, as well as sexual suggestions, none of which are viewed in a negative tone.

Overall, I'll give the third book (Revelations) a 2.5 out of 5.

jlarkin said...

As I started to read this book, I HAD to go online and order the first two! Although reading the first two would have been helpful, I was able to get through the storyline and understand most of it. I really enjoyed the novel - and with the vampire craze going on, I know my students will enjoy the series as well. Although there are sexual situations and drug use mentioned, it was not done in a graphic way - at least in this 3rd book. I did get sucked into Schuyler's story, and the twist with Bliss at the end. I also liked the love triangle with Jack and the bonding of vampire twins. Although that part of the story seemed to be glossed over. I can't wait to read the next one -after I go back and read the first two!

Martine Battista said...

Although this book isn't a good fit for our middle school students due to the sensual scenes, I do see the draw for teen readers. Anything vampire is so popular right now. I agree with the other reviews that reading the beginning of the series would have greatly helped. It was still an entertaining read even if I was a little confused at times. I passed it on to a high school student who enjoyed it more than I did. And that's fine since it is geared to the the high school reader anyway. I give it a 3 while the high school student gives it a 3.5.
Denair Middle School
Denair, CA