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Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Quite frankly, if the whole vampire thing got chucked out, a good percentage would still be a solid story. I was a bit disappointed at first, due to the lack of vampirism, but it was still a good read. Do not read this if you're looking for an Anne Rice twist for teens, or something to that effect. If you are a fan of Ms. de la Cruz's previous novels, i.e, the Au Pairs, and other chick lit, you will find this book a very good one.
I am a writer. I am not published, and I'm only eighteen, but what I do a lot of in my free time is write. And when I'm not writing about made-up fantasy worlds, sometimes I actually have to do research about our own world for the book to make sense.
Ms. de la Cruz, and her editors, seem to not care about this at all. I realize that she grew up in the Phillippines and therefore the history of the Mayflower might not have been as ingrained into her childhood as it was into mine. But a bit of internet research could have prevented her from making the painful errors she made in writing this book. For example:
1. On page three, the first entry, the writer states: "it has been a difficult winter" as her opening comment. If you will notice the date on the top of the page, it is November 21st. November is not winter. Nor, as the narrator later states, have the settlers even docked yet. The difficult winter did not occur until the settlers had arrived in Plymouth.
2. About Plymouth. They spelled it `Plimoth' at the time.
3. On page 56, the second entry, the narrator writes: "... joyful news-- the people of this new land have welcomed us with open arms and many gifts. They brought us wild game, a large bird that could feed an army, a bunch of vegetables, and maize." This is supposedly the 25th of November, 1620. The Indians did not meet the Pilgrims until March 16th, 1621. The first Thanksgiving, as de la Cruz alludes to, was not celebrated until August of that year. The reason the Pilgrims suffered through their first winter was their isolation from other people, including the Indians. The narrator also states: "...we are heartened by the sight of the verdant land, the vast virgin acres." Other than the nauseatingly blatant and inept attempt at alliteration, I wonder exactly how `verdant' the `acres' could have looked in late November in Massachusetts. Interesting how de la Cruz first calls November winter, and then suddenly it's spring!
4. On page 80-- diary entry three-- the narrator states: "Today Myles Standish took a team down the coast the Roanoke to bring medicine, food, and supplies to the settlers there. It is a fortnight's sail, so they will be gone a good while." This is the thirtieth of November. Need I reiterate my previously made point about the Plymouth settlers' isolation? They would have had no contact with Roanoke. Furthermore, the Plymouth/Plimoth colonists did not have extra medicine, food or supplies, they barely had enough for themselves.
5. On pages 125 and 184, the last two diary entries, the narrator writes: "The men have been gone for days now, and still there is no word. We are frightened. They should have arrived there and returned by now, with news of the colony. But all is silent," and "Alas! Alas! Everyone from Roanoke is disappeared. Myles and the men found nothing of the colony," respectively. These entries were for December 20th and 23rd, respectively. Let's think about this, shall we? Aside from the fact that the words "Alas! Alas!" reek of something I might have written to show `emotion' in the third grade after reading too much historical fiction, the "journey to Roanoke" would take a fortnight, as stated in entry three. That means a round trip would take two fortnights. As in four weeks. November 30th-December 20th isn't even three weeks. The men should not have been back by then, nor should they have come back on December 23rd. They should have come back on December 28th.
As I said before, I am eighteen. My elementary school teachers drilled the story of the pilgrims into us from a very young age. I am surprised, after reading the reviews by everyone else on here, that no one else picked up on this very crucial fact.
How do I catch things that published authors and paid editors do not? Are the powers that be at Hyperion all exceptionally bad at American History, or have they let Ms. de la Cruz get away with shoddy writing and fact-checking simply because they know the success of her earlier Au Pairs books would lead to millions buying this book (followed by the continued dumbing-down of American teenagers)? That they would let something so blatantly wrong onto bookshelves astounds me. Most authors know to do research before writing-- in fact, most high schoolers do-- and this was a slap in all of our faces.
I already wrote all of this in a letter to Hyperion asking them to revise or recall the book, but like the ostriches they are, they have done nothing to this effect.
People! Don't accept this sort of shoddily-written tripe! Look at what I have to say and don't hesitate to follow me in petitioning Hyperion and Ms. de la Cruz!
(This review was originally posted on Goodreads.)
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