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. 

  • I never got pass Blue Bloods but I’ve been thinking of actually finishing the series soon.. knowing that there’s a continuation is pretty interesting even more so that it sounds good. and even stating that this is “a darker version of Blue Bloods.” makes me want to grab it already (but I’ll definitely finish Blue Bloods first)..

    on a side note, the link for the Goodreads Summary leads to a different book 🙂

  • Ooh, I think I read the first two or three of her Blue Bloods series, but I never got any farther–partially because of things like constant designer name references. I’m definitely curious to see how she makes this into adult novels, though, and maybe I’d like it a lot better, especially after you liked it so much! 🙂

  • Sabrinamk

    I’m actually pretty bummed to hear that this is a continuation of her Blue Bloods series. I got permanently overwhelmed/confused about 4 books into that series and never looked back. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it though!

  • I would read this for Mimi and Kingsley alone. I don’t mind the multiple POVs but it was overkill in Blue Bloods to the point where I felt the development suffered.

    P.S. Been seeing you on blogs I follow so I thought is pop in. Looks good here & I’m a new follower 🙂

  • I have this book from BEA, but I’m glad to know that it’s a spin-off. I really don’t like to read series books out of order (even when they’re spin-offs) because I just feel like I’m missing something. So, I think I’ll start with her main series and then make my way to this one if I’m enjoying it.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Oh yes I heard a lot about this author and this series but I haven’t read any. I still wonder about it because the reviews are quite different but one day I should try.

  • I love the idea of a story that features Persephone & Hades! And, I’m happy to learn that there’s supes galore in this book, because well—that’s my kryptonite. I’ve been dying to give Melissa De La Cruz’s writing a try, but I’m not big on YA, so I’m SUPER happy that she’s finally branched out into UF. Lovely review!

  • I didn’t read the YA series that this one was spinned off from but when I saw that MacLeod was the narrator I jumped at trying it. But at last I DNF it. The narration was good but I just couldn’t get into the story and characters. I’m glad you enjoyed.

  • The good new characters to meet and a changing tide with the paranormal beings sounds like something I could enjoy as well

  • I didn’t realize Cruz was doing a continuation of her Blue Bloods books! I never finished that series (because of the designer name drops – that got on my nerves very quickly).

    Glad that this one was enjoyable. Sounds like an exciting, dark story! I might have to give it a chance when it comes out.

    Nice review 😀

  • I actually got a copy of this at the ALA and forgot all about it. I had no idea it was a continuation ten years into the future of Blue Bloods. I read the first 5 or 6 books(? can’t remember) a long time ago and never finished the series. I’m actually more interested now hearing you loved the audio. The narration can really make the story come to life. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Fantastic review! I haven’t read any of Melissa’s books before, but it sounds like this is a great new series, even though this is a spin off.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I haven’t read any book by this author so far, but I do love a good paranormal book. Glad you have finally found a book by her that you liked. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I have seen some mixed reviews on this so I am glad that you enjoyed it more than her others. I think this is one that I would like as well.

  • I.. have not read books by this author. But I’m glad you are liking them 😀 And I’m happy you enjoyed this book Joy. <3 It do sound interesting, but not for me, hih 😀 Though. Amazing review, as always. <3 Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Wonderful review Joy! Wow, I’m surprised this series keeps going and 4 stars? So it’s STILL on the good side. I wasn’t a fan of the first book, but if it gets darker…well I might try to stick it out.