Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel

Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel

For this elite group of teenagers, New York is all about parties, fashion…AND BLOOD. Schuyler Van Alen is a loner, and happy that way. But when she turns fifteen, her life dramatically changes. A mosaic of blue veins appears on her arms, and she begins to have memories of another time and place. When a classmate is found dead at a night club, the mystery deepens. Most surprising of all, Jack Force, the hottest boy in school, starts showing a sudden interest in her. Schuyler wants answers, but

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  1. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Original is better but the art is good, January 17, 2013
    By 
    Liviania
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    With the release of the final book in the Blue Bloods series, GATES OF PARADISE, it’s nice that the graphic novel adaptation of the first book is coming out now. I read it before GATES OF PARADISE to remind myself where Schuyler Van Alen and her friends started, eight books ago. I think other fans of the series will also find it a pleasant refresher, although I don’t know if they’ll continue to read the graphic adaptations.

    The story is still good. Young prep school kids are getting murdered. Others find out that they’re actually vampires-cum-fallen-angels and the killer might be one of their ancient enemies, risen again. It’s not as smooth in comic form. Robert Venditti chose to preserve the dialogue, but not the narration, and Alina Urusov’s art can’t convey everything the characters are thinking. It makes for a brisk but shallow book. I’d definitely forgotten how much actually happened in the first book. It’s a tad overwhelming when condensed.

    The real standout in BLUE BLOODS is Urusov’s art. The characters may not be exactly as I pictured them, but each character design is distinctive and lovely. The backgrounds are extremely impressive and I liked that the color scheme changed to suit each scene’s mood. Sometimes cover painting can feel like false advertising, but Urusov’s work lives up to Fiona Staples’ terrific cover.

    BLUE BLOODS may appeal to comics fans, but I suspect most of the readers will be fans of the series who are eager to see a new interpretation. BLUE BLOODS: The Graphic Novel is worth picking up for the novelty, but the original version is better.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    3.5 stars, August 21, 2013
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    Rachel R. (Philippines) –

    I haven’t read the series yet, but I think I got the gist of the story. In the beginning, I felt like there was something big that was missing because there were only a few pages dedicated for Catherine Carver’s diary and I didn’t quite understand what she was and who she was talking about.

    What I liked about it is that they put the role of each character and their reputation as well. And the illustrations were amazing too. I now have a picture in my mind of each character once I read the original novel by Melissa de la Cruz. But I think for me, they still need to improve more on the appearance of Schuyler because if she were to compete with Mimi, she has to be more appealing.

    Even though I was able to understand the story by reading the graphic novel version, I still wish that they did something more for the parts that were cut, so that the ones who didn’t read the original novel would be more enlightened too.

    Overall, even if the flow of events were a little too fast for my taste, the art was beautiful and readers will surely enjoy it too.

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  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    I only recommend this for fans, December 3, 2013
    By 
    Fantasys Ink (Canada) –

    Setting:
    (3/5) Set in New York, the graphic novel chronicles the lives of the high society and elite blue bloods. In the book series, I really enjoyed the setting because I liked the authors descriptions. Unfortunately, while I believe the art was pretty accurate, the graphic novel just didn’t feel the same. I suppose I felt it just paled in comparison. However, I did enjoy the mix of high society and the supernatural. Sort of reminds me of the Gossip Girl series, except with fantasy/supernatural added to the mix and the high-class are less catty in that annoying Gossip Girl way.

    The supernatural aspect of this series was a sort of a mix of overused paranormal ideas that surprisingly worked well when paired with high society. I don’t want to go into detail about the “blue bloods” as it will ruin much of the graphic novel (and book) if I say too much.

    Story:
    (2.5/5) I think only fans of the book series will really enjoy this. The graphic novel felt like a quick skim of the book that only kept important plot points. It’s a great refresher of the first book if you can’t remember anything, though.

    Artwork:
    (4.5/5) The style suits the story very well; it really gave that “elite vibe” the series has. Also, the characters designs were spot on.

    The only thing that annoyed me was how huge everyone’s lips were. Sometimes when they talked, it made them look like they have this giant mouth.

    Main Character:
    (2.5/5) I don’t really have much to say about Schuyler. Her being so different from the other Blue Bloods is probably what sets her apart (that and her horribly spelled name. Apparently it’s pronounced: Sky-ler. Unpronounceable names are a pet peeve of mine in books).

    The graphic novel really skimmed so much that I couldn’t really get a good fix on her character.

    Other Characters: (3/5)
    Mimi: Mimi is my favourite character in the Blue Bloods book series and that remains in this graphic novel. Never thought I would say a queen bee character is my favourite, but she was amusing to watch. I hope the later graphic novel adaptations keep the depth of her character that is revealed as the series progresses.

    Jack: Mimi’s twin brother and Schuyler’s love interest, your typical golden boy. Probably the most boring character.

    Bliss: One of Mimi’s friends (and later Schuyler’s). All I can say about her is that I liked her kindness that was portrayed, it felt genuine.

    Oliver: Schuyler’s best friend, he was just meh. Typical nice best/childhood friend.

    Cordelia: Schuyler’s grandmother, I liked their relationship.

    Dylan: Bliss’ love interest, who I wish we saw more of. He was in it way more in the book.

    Overall:
    (15.5/30) I only recommend this for fans, as it doesn’t do the books justice and leaves a lot of things out. The art and character designs are great though, and I think fans of the series will enjoy it.

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