The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1) by Melissa de la Cruz | ARC Review

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The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1) by Melissa de la Cruz | ARC ReviewThe Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Vampires of Manhattan #1
Published by Hyperion Books
Release date : September 9th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Source: BEA | Format: AudioBook
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It is ten years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball-and all Blue Blood society will be there.

And then, all hell breaks loose....

I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s been years since I decided to call it quits, and walked away from the Blue Bloods series. When I started the series, I quite enjoyed them but after a while, I grew tired of it. There were many reasons for this; but that’s not here nor there.

The reason I decided to snag this one at BEA was mainly due to the fact that it’s a “spin-off” of those characters I read about years ago. I have always found it fun and fascinating when an author writes a short story – or in this case, a spin-off – X amount a years later. Even though a book ends, or a series is over, doesn’t mean those characters don’t invade your thoughts from time to time, and we want to know what’s happening now.

That being said, spin-offs are always a hit or miss. Mainly because if someone who had not read the original series with these characters, would need a good understanding of what happened before and someone who has read it, doesn’t want a full rehash of events. This one felt even trickier because it is clearly targeted to an older audience, and those younger fans of the Blue Bloods series should probably stay away. So, fine lines.

I feel like I am somewhere in the middle. Since I quit reading the series (now that I think about it, there was only one book left >.<) I had a really good understand of the characters and world, but not what happened to everyone at the end of the series.

One thing I will say, the writing was just as I remembered. Simple and to the point – with a slight disconnection to the characters. In this novel however, lacking the bore that I seemed to get from the initial series. I was absorbed in the murder mystery and I loved how it was all pieced together.

There are several POVs in the story – and it took some time for the plot to really get moving in the beginning. We had to have that initial meet and greet with a character, a small sum up of what’s happened, before things really got moving. Slow as it was, it was done well and I am actually glad Melissa went this angle.

As for the characters – Oliver, who was Skylar’s close friend in the original series – and once human – is now the leader of the coven. Interesting turn of events, I’d say. He’s different, which is understandable since he now pushing 30, but for me, not a good different. He is arrogant and blind, and let too many things slip between his fingers.

The ending was a quite the cliff hanger. Just for the simple fact that two of the most beloved characters in the series finally made an appearance. It’s quite obvious who the new foe is, and I am curious to see how it is all going to play out.

Overall – I really enjoyed it. I am temped to finish off the previous books just to get a better understanding of what happened at the end. But no fears, I have no doubt that this can be read without reading the initial series.

Full of twists, betrayal and some intensely sexy scenes, Vampires of Manhattan is a great start of a new series.

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Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.
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