By Melissa De La Cruz
Hyperion. 2006. 302 pages. Young Adult
Schuyler Van Alan is the last line of her prominent family which can be traced all the way back to the Mayflower. Although her family is now poor, she still attends an exclusive private school in New York. Schuyler and her friend Oliver are treated like outcasts by the popular elite such as Mimi Force and her twin brother Jack. But when Jack begins to notice Schuyler and strange things start to happen to her body such as strong blue veins showing through her skin, she learns of her true heritage and connection to the elite families of Manhattan. However, there is trouble a foot when a girl is murdered from her school.
This romantic vampire tale has many appealing factors for teens (such as a voyeuristic view into the privileged lifestyle of upper class New Yorkers). It is also a perfect read-alike for such books as Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Eternal, Vampire Kisses, Evernight, etc. etc. It should be noted, however, that the book contains prevalent smoking and use of alcohol by underage teens and one scene where two teens nearly sleep together.