Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

HBG Audio | Audiobook
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014 by Hyperion
Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Because of my track record with Melissa’s books, I was more than determined to find one of hers that I could like. When I was contacted by HBG, I did not hesitate to give her another go. I think this copy, being an audiobook, helped. I think the actual book will be slow for some at first; because as far as I could tell from the narration, the book will be heaped with narratives as the author tries to build the story from the ground up.  

In case you haven’t heard, this brand new series is a continuation of her Blue Bloods series.  A second cycle, if I may. So there were some explanations of concurrent events leading up to this book; some confusing, some relatively easy to follow.

Set ten years after the 7th book, Vampires of Manhattan features characters from her YA paranormal series that have matured, aged…er, so to speak. I wish I can tell what had changed but, unfortunately, I wouldn’t know where to start. Would non-readers of Blue Bloods be confused, you ask? Well, maybe. If there’s one prevailing confusion in this book, it’s that it uses some terminology that may have been introduced in Blue Bloods. That, and once again, this book comes with an entire city of POVs. I’m thinking this is a Melissa de la Cruz thing. Because this is the second series of hers that comes loaded with multiple POVs. In the end though, I got through it just fine (unlike The Ring and the Crown). What’s more shocking is how much I liked this book. So much so that I’m tempted to read Blue Bloods despite the prevalent designer name drops (which, I dislike) and the Mean Girl/Gossip Girl hive mentality that everyone  touched on  majority of the reviews.

The vampires have somewhat fallen into a tentative peace. They respect the new leader of the coven, Oliver and abide by the laws. But there’s a new set of danger sweeping New York City. Girls are being brutally murdered; made into a boneless heap of bloodless broken dolls. On top of that, pentagrams are popping up in the vicinity of the crime scene. Which led the authorities to believe that a new breed of monster is prowling the city. It’s up to Oliver and his people to find the murderer before humans become aware of what walked amongst them. 

Vampires, werewolves, demons and angels. This series has pretty much every single paranormal characters that I’ve sworn to stay away from in the past. But I’m thinking the tides are changing, as lately, I’ve been drawn to this type of books. This new series features some characters that are worth your acquaintance; starting with Mimi and king of darkness himself, Kingsley.  They are literally, Persephone and Hades; two characters that I’ve harboured interests in the past. This time, this married couple have had some falling out. See, Mimi cannot stand to live in the underworld and Kingsley could not leave his dominion. This is the first time that I’ve been interested in secondary players rather than the major characters. I can’t begin to explain why I’m so drawn to this couple. But if there’s one thing that will get to me read the rest of the books in this series, it is these two. 

A wonderful start to what promises to be a darker version of Blue Bloods. 

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