Reviewed by David M. Kinchen

With Halloween just days away, what better way to celebrate the scary day and the following scary days in November than curling up with a friendly vampire? The vampires in Melissa de la Cruz's "Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven" (Hachette Books, a division of Hachette Book Group, 240 pages, $26.00, also available in a Kindle edition) are really, really friendly -- except when a suspected rogue immortal spoils it for the coven by killing a mortal teen-age girl and painting a pentagram in blood above her burial place in the subway tunnel.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven': Perfect for Halloween -- Or Any Time

That's when the the Venators -- the vampire world's parallel police force to the NYPD of the mortals -- swings into action. Venator Ara Scott, not much older than the murdered girl is a member of the investigation team and she's ideal for the job because she comes from the same private school world as the dead girl.

It's 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.  He doesn't want rogue vampires to spoil the bash, so he instructs the Venators to make arrests ASAP. He's following in the wake, so to speak, of one of America's greatest naval heroes, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry  (1785-1819), commanding naval forces that defeated the British during the War of 1812 on Lake Erie.

Melissa de la Cruz shows her readers a world in which her Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle. 

Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz


About the author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic (also cheek) handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter. Her website:

link to my story/review on oct. 6, 2013 of Witches of East End series and book:

Link to my july 21, 2012 review of her "Serpent's  Kiss"