Books by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East End may be a spinoff of Blue Bloods, the popular young adult series about vampires in New York, but longtime fans of Melissa de la Cruz likely can’t outgrow this lust-filled series about a coven of Hamptons witches trying to keep their magical powers under wraps.With her first foray into adult fantasy about to hit the shelves, de la Cruz talks about the new series, her fans and her own “cult obsession” in this interview. Photo credit: Denise Bovee

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Aug. 6, 2019

"Scandalous and bittersweet, our heroine's charmed life seems to teeter on designer stilettos as she gets closer to the truth of who she really is."
On her 40th birthday, a fashion designer reflects on everything she has—and everything she stands to lose—as the life she thought she left behind catches up to her. Read full book review >
ALL FOR ONE by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: April 9, 2019

"A fitting end to a popular series. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-adult)"
The highs—and difficult lows—of the marriage between Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza. Read full book review >
29 DATES by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A surefire hit wherever lighthearted romances are popular. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-18)"
A South Korean high school student spending her senior year in the United States navigates a new school, dating, and college pressures. Read full book review >
LOVE & WAR by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: April 17, 2018

"The popularity of the first in this series means a ready audience for this lively volume. (Historical fiction. 12-adult)"
As the American Revolution comes to an end, Alexander Hamilton and his bride, Eliza, forge a new life in their fledgling country. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Readers will root for Olivia. Well done. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school junior struggles with disordered eating and a life in the spotlight in de la Cruz's latest. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An inspiring collection and an encouragement to young girls from all walks of life. (Collective memoir. 12-16)"
A collection of minimemoirs of successful women whose enduring spirits have enabled them to follow their passions, achieve their dreams, and overcome obstacles and naysayers. Read full book review >
ALEX AND ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant diversion for younger teen readers who cannot get enough of all things Hamilton. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The unlikely romance between America's first treasury secretary and a young woman from a socially connected family receives fictionalized treatment that speculates on unknown details, ending on their wedding night. Read full book review >
SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Typical teen drama elevated by its exploration of a complex social issue but hampered by an unrealistically feel-good conclusion. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jasmine de los Santos, an overachieving 16-year-old immigrant from the Philippines, looks forward to a vibrant future, until she discovers a family secret that threatens to take away her American dream. Read full book review >
RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: May 24, 2016

"Likely, like its predecessor, to be a fixture on bestseller lists—but not for its imaginative or literary qualities. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Ominous portents in Auradon send the offspring of four Disney villains home—to discover that their evil parents have disappeared. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2016

"A by-the-numbers high school story with shallow characters and misplaced values. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Vine star Pons crafts a high school novel with herself as protagonist. Read full book review >
TRIPLE MOON by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A stormy beach read that is more soap than opera. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Terrible teen witches seek and sabotage safe haven in this spinoff's spinoff. Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: May 5, 2015

"A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a prequel to an upcoming Disney Channel film, the offspring of four familiar villains bond in an effort to impress their evil parents. Read full book review >
STOLEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A sputtering start leads to an action-packed adventure for patient fans. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Drakonrydder Nat and her guy-for-hire Wes are at it again. Read full book review >
VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Over-the-top drama and a breezy pace leave more to look forward to in the series."
De la Cruz's new adult series based on her Blue Bloods books for teens (Gates of Paradise, 2013, etc.) starts off with a fang.Read full book review >
THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers captivated by the setting may enjoy this novel-length setup; they will hope for more plot in the next installment. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The lives of five teens intersect in turn-of-the-20th-century London, the capital of the Franco-British Empire. Read full book review >
FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Lots of fun and tons better than the average dystopian romance. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
A high-stakes chase through a dystopian future in search of a hidden land called "the Blue." Read full book review >
WINDS OF SALEM by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Some readers may struggle to pay attention."
In the third installment of de la Cruz's Witches of East End series, the Beauchamp family must rescue one of their number from being hanged as a witch—again. Read full book review >
SERPENT'S KISS by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: June 12, 2012

"In contrast to the first installment, there is very little entertaining interaction between the immortal Beauchamps and their human neighbors, and the Norse arcana is about as exciting as a romp through Tolkien's Silmarillion. Readers can, nevertheless, look forward to Book III, which promises to place the Beauchamps back in the 17th century where all their troubles began."
Second in de la Cruz's increasingly convoluted mélange of witchcraft and Norse mythology, set in fictional North Hampton, Long Island. Read full book review >
WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: June 1, 2011

"Fantasy for well-read adults."
First in de la Cruz's debut adult series about the adventures of a family of Long Island witches. Read full book review >
GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: June 2, 2009

Better-than-average teen fluff from a reigning queen of the genre. De la Cruz quickly—and broadly, at first—sketches her three co-heroines: Devon is the back-from-rehab pop tart; Livia, the newly svelte daughter of an über-producer; Casey, the fresh-faced ingenue toiling as an underappreciated personal assistant to her hometown best friend, Summer. The four girls convene in Saint-Tropez for the summertime shoot of a biopic about imaginary 1970s showbiz casualty Juicy Joslyn; Devon and Summer are starring and Livia's dad is the producer. Readers will relish the on-set dramas and ever-changing constellations of romantic entanglements, but those expecting a cynical tale of Cavalli- and Hermès-draped bitchy catfights will be largely disappointed: The only backstabber in the bunch is the All About Eve-channelling Summer. Although celebrity and brand names festoon every page, Devon, Livia and Casey's considerable appeal is rooted in their realistic flaws and down-to-earthiness as they navigate the tricky business of being themselves, not what the paparazzi expect of them. Readers looking for a Gossip Girl with heart will be thrilled. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
MASQUERADE by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: May 1, 2007

Sexy vampires in Coco Chanel glam up Manhattan in the continuing web of intrigue. These wealthy teens and parents are Blue Bloods, immortal vampires who've been reincarnated continually since the fall of Lucifer. Accustomed to running society in the guise of upper-crust humans, Blue Bloods now fear Silver Bloods, who have returned to threaten soul-sucking corruption and murder. Themes range from good vs. evil, to skinny models and haute couture, to eternal bonds of love and dizzying teenage lust (conflated with the urge to suck blood, natch, which is necessary for survival). Which powerful Blue Blood family is harboring a Silver Blood? Who's corrupt, and who's lying? Several unknown motivations are reserved for the next installment, and de la Cruz sometimes strains the plot, leaning soapwards near the end; but overall, a tasty and alluring sequel for the vampire-sex-and-fashion set. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2007

Sex, drugs and rock-'n'-roll, combined with a popular internet cult, dominate this mystery about the dark side of finding fame in Los Angeles. Rick is new to TAP, the website all the kids haunt, but Taj is a founding member. When a new rock star popularized by TAP literally vanishes, Rick and Taj try to find him. Every week TAP sponsors parties, gives participants a drugged drink and holds secret rituals in dark back rooms. Worse, kids disappear, including Rick's young sister. As Rick and Taj delve deeper into the mysteries of TAP, serious consequences ensue. De la Cruz hits all the buttons sure to entice YA readers. Fame, wealth, music, romance, ultra-hip characters and looming danger abound. She deftly spins it all together in an angels-or-devils story that grows ever darker, but ends with a twist. A Faustian morality tale and a certain hit. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
BLUE BLOODS by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: May 1, 2006

A juicy, voyeuristic peek into the lives of rich Manhattanites—who happen to be vampires. As shown by a diary in a handwritten font, vampires came to this country on the Mayflower. In contemporary Manhattan, the ensemble of protagonists attends an elite prep school. They're old souls, because vampires return in new shells (bodies) indefinitely; however, until mid-adolescence, they don't know it. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler, intelligent and vaguely Goth, has no idea she's a vampire. Neither does Bliss, newly arrived from Texas. Mimi and Jack, glamorously haughty twins with a suspicious bond, already know the scoop; the adults know too. The others are meant to learn slowly and keep strictly to the Code (for example, never suck so much blood that a human dies). Name-brand clothing and luxuries abound, but a mysterious danger lurks: Someone is killing the supposedly immortal. Schuyler's destiny is to bring the vampires—cast out of heaven with Lucifer—back into a state of grace, but her immediate goal for the next installment is to find the murderer. Delightfully trashy. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
FRESH OFF THE BOAT by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: April 1, 2005

A lonely girl "fresh off the boat" tries to fit in with the cool crowd until she learns the importance of being herself in this witty, trendy, coming-of-age story. When 14-year-old Vicenza's family emigrates from Manila to San Francisco, they exchange a life of luxury and privilege for one of lottery tickets and hard luck. Although Vicenza attends the exclusive all-girl's Grosvernor High, she is a scholarship student who spends Friday nights studying and Saturdays working in a Sears cafeteria. Embarrassed by her Salvation Army wardrobe and her culture-shocked parents, Vicenza is obsessed with her wealthy, shallow classmates and their materialistic, name-brand lifestyle. She fantasizes about going to the classy annual Soiree with "hottie" Claude, but when she finally gets a taste of the teen fast track, she discovers popularity comes at a price she's unwilling to pay. Vicenza's first-person narrative progresses from breezy banter to engaging enlightenment as she takes an honest look at her family, her friends and herself. Timely. (Fiction. 12+)Read full book review >
THE AU PAIRS by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: June 1, 2004

For three very different teen strangers, a live-in job in the Hamptons is a ticket to fun in the sun, all-night parties, and high society trolling for boys. Brazen Brazilian Jacqui rekindles a superficial fling with Luka, smitten by "his lazy smile and enormous backpack." Prima donna Eliza uses her temp address to conceal that she's—gasp—working for a living now that her tony Upper East Side family is bankrupt. Only innocent Mara takes the job seriously, doting over three obnoxious kids who crave parental attention but instead get grilled ahi, peeled grapes, and krav magra lessons. The host family is a dysfunctional mess of infidelity, indifference, and indulgence, particularly Poppy and Sugar, obvious Hilton sister clones. How the eldest brother manages to be so patent-pending perfect is a mystery, except, of course, for his literary role as the romantic lure for good-girl Mara. Teen girls will voyeuristically enjoy the slightly decadent escapism, but the sheer unlikability of two central characters is insurmountably irritating, and the constant name-dropping from P. Diddy to Manolo Blahnik, reads like a 300-page product placement. Trashy romance lit for the not-ready-for-Jackie-Collins set. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
CAT’S MEOW by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Imagine the contents of an Entertainment Channel hostess's mind turned into print. Voilà this fiction debut! Read full book review >