I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice, Silver Shadows, Vampire Academy, Frostbite, The Ruby Circle, Soundless, The Glittering Court
Series: Bloodlines #1
Also in this series: Silver Shadows, The Ruby Circle
Published by Penguin on August 23rd 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings, Dating & Sex
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The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive--this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
FYI this review of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead contains spoilers for the Vampire Academy series. Read at your own peril.
After helping rogue dhampir Rose Hathaway evade justice, Sydney Sage is in serious trouble with the alchemists. Her career is jeopardized, to the point where she may have to go to a re-education center and be brainwashed into hating vampires again. However, Sydney is woken in the middle of the night to the news that she will be posing as Jill Mastrano’s (illegitimate sister of Queen Vasilissa’s) sister at a boarding school in Palm Springs, California. As per usual, adventures ensue featuring some of my favorite side characters from Vampire Academy, namely Adrian Ivashkov and Eddie Castile.
The writing in Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is what I have come to expect, words that keep my pages turning deep into the night. The pace is relatively fast, I mean I spent half the book wondering what exactly alchemist Keith had done, it’s not spelled out until the last one third. However, I will say that Bloodlines absolutely has that first in a series feel to it. I thought it was all exposition. There’s a larger problem presented at the beginning that never gets solved, and it’s obvious we will have to wait til the second book. I don’t have a problem with that, however, I feel like Bloodlines isn’t able to stand on it’s own. However, I bet as part of the larger picture it is fine.
Sydney differs as a main character from Rose in that she is vulnerable. The vibe I got from Rose was kickass girl in a leather jacket hair blowing in the wind devil may care I own the world attitude. With Sydney, I get a more understated feel. Sydney doesn’t have all the answers. She’s 18, yes, but still maturing and learning about herself. She doesn’t quite have the confidence she needs, and why would she with people like her father taking her down a peg or two constantly. I won’t go into details, but I will say I feel a sympathy for Sydney, yet, I think she’s destined for great things.
I am a bit disappointed in the lack of sexytimes, but it is Richelle Mead, so I expect there will be some sexytimes within this series and it will be awesome.
ALSO, there were cameo appearances AND THEY WERE FANTASTICAL.
While Bloodlines wasn’t on par with Vampire Academy, I think there is definite room for improvement. I found Bloodlines enjoyable and compulsively readable, but we never clicked in the omgwtfbbqBFF4life sort of way. That stated, I am looking forward with an open mind to the next in the Bloodlines series.
For those who haven’t read any of the Vampire Academy books yet, I think you can get through Bloodlines without reading them, however, you will have a more solid appreciation of Bloodlines if you read VA first.
Disclosure: Obtained at BEA.
Other reviews of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:
Bloody Bookaholic – “passed all fire tests with flying colors.”
Daisy Chain Book Reviews – “a solid start to what will hopefully become an unmissable series”
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