I’ve been hearing about Melissa de la Cruz from some of my friends, and by all rights I should have checked her out months, even years, ago. After all, her “Blue Bloods” series – about teen vampires that run elite Manhattan society – has already sold close to 3 million copies. She’s also been part of other collaborative young adult (YA) works that sound interesting to me. Add to that the fact that she’s a Filipino – it’s a wonder that even my misplaced nationalism never compelled me to buy her books.
Whatever my reasons for not picking up any of her books before, that’s no longer the case now, as secret developments have made it necessary for me to familiarize myself with her work. There’s quite a lot to work with – there are already five books in the “Blue Bloods” series, with two more on the way – so I decided to start with the book that had the least baggage: “Witches of East End”, her latest novel. “Witches” is the first in the Beauchamp family series, and is de la Cruz’ first novel aimed for adults.