Review: The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (Audiobook Review)

The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

Title: The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Source: Audiobook from publisher
Publication date: September 9, 2014

I received a copy of the audiobook of The Vampires of Manhattan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz has been on my TBR for a long time, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I wish I had because I’m pretty sure I would have liked this book a lot more if I was familiar with the characters and their world. As it was, I didn’t feel a real connection to any of them and that made me care less about what happened to them. I found the epilogue especially confusing because it featured characters I didn’t remember even being in the book. Who are these people? Again, that’s where knowledge of Blue Bloods would have come in handy. To me it seemed less of an epilogue than a setup for the next book. It just as easily could have been that book’s first chapter.

I’ve read de la Cruz’s Au Pairs series, which was published before the Blue Bloods series. I liked Au Pairs, and although the genres are very different and it may not be a fair comparison, I feel like her writing has definitely improved over the years. The writing doesn’t have anything to do with why I didn’t rate this book higher. I just lacked that connection with it and the characters that I needed.

My favorite storyline revolves around Ara, a Venator. The Venators are the secret police in the vampire world and Ara’s murder investigation is one I can relate to a little easier than the rest of the more confusing supernatural aspects of the rest of the stories. Of course, Ara is a vampire and is joined on her investigation by Edon, a Wolf, so there’s a supernatural element to tie her into the rest of the book.

The Vampires of Manhattan is an adult book and fans of Blue Bloods, especially those who started reading when the first one was published in 2006 and have now grown up themselves, may be interested in seeing what their old favorites are up to ten years later. New readers should probably start with the Blue Bloods series. It’s probably not strictly necessary, and I know I keep saying this, but it would definitely give the reader a better experience overall. The world-building in this book alone isn’t quite strong enough to stand on its own without some background.

The audiobook narrator, MacLeod Andrews, is new to me. His voice is smooth and pleasant, and I actually prefer his voices of the female characters to the male. It’s easier for me to distinguish which female is speaking, whereas some his male characters seem to sound similar to my ears.

I’m not sure that I’ll be continuing the series, but if I do, I’ll probably want to go back and read Blue Bloods first — although with seven books and some novellas, I don’t know if that’s realistic for me at this time. I would have had to love The Vampires of Manhattan and want to know more about these characters, their backstories, and the Blue Bloods version of the vampire world. Unfortunately, I just didn’t.

3 stars



  1. Great review! I’ve got this on my wishlist, but since I haven’t finished the original Blue Bloods series, I think I’m just going to wait for the paperback, but I’m so glad she’s bringing those characters back, and I’m quite excited Oliver is the MC is this new series….
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  2. I’m adding Blue bloods on my reading list, thanks for sharing 🙂
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