Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz


Vampires of Manhattan
by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The new blue bloods coven, book 1
Genre: Fantasy (vampires)
Published by Hyperion Books, 2014
Library Book
240 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: The 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.

Wasn’t it Yeats who had said, “Wine comes in at the mouth, and love comes in at the eye?” Love was like that–instant, a fire that burned, a pool you drowned in. She had looked at him, and she had known. She pitied those who had never experienced a love like theirs. It was a miracle, a gift, when love happened upon you like that. It was so easy.


…[H]e loved her so much, but sometimes, once you had your beloved, it was natural to pay attention to other things. After all, that was the point, wasn’t it? Of a so-called happy ending? To move on to other concerns? To stop worrying about love? Come to think of it, what was a happy ending after all? It wasn’t as if once the credits rolled and the lights came on or an author wrote, “The end,” you stopped living, because there was so much more of life to live, wasn’t there? Besides, there was no such thing as happy ending for the likes of them….


  • A theme of this book is relationships as the above quotes illustrate. What exactly is love? What comes after the “happily ever after?”
  • This is an adult book about some of the characters from a young adult series. I don’t know that I’ve read a series which goes from young adult to adult so that’s interesting.
  • The book is told from several POV’s–Oliver, Ara, Mimi, Kingsley, Finn.
  • I like the parts of the book which are a mystery and trying to solve that mystery.


  • I didn’t understand why they decided to continue with the Four Hundred Ball when things in the vampire society aren’t going well.
  • This was kind of a depressing book. Not too many people in this book seem to feel any joy.
  • In the synopsis this is called “hipster horror.” I’m really not sure what that is. Now I admit I’m not a “hipster,” but I have read horror and I don’t like horror because it’s scary. This wasn’t scary.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read a few of the young adult series from which this series continues as an adult series. I didn’t have any real problem following along although it’s clear a lot happened after I lost track of this series…LOL.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

6 thoughts on “Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz”

  1. I didn’t really understand the description of “hipster horror” either. I didn’t think the vampires were really hipsters either, just super filthy rich. I probably liked this book a bit more than you, enough that I’m curious about the rest of the series.


  2. Honestly, ‘hipster horror’ just sounds stupid. Who are they trying to entice with that description?

    It sounds interesting but I’ll probably pass on this one.


    1. I agree, Bea! It sounds like someone is trying too hard to make this appeal to a certain group. I was a little disappointed in the book.


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