Thursday, March 29, 2012

review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

book cover of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
August 23, 2011
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Bloodlines #1 (Spin off Vampire Academy series) 
Pages: 421
Source/Format: Bought/Hardcover
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Proceed with caution: there be spoilers below for Vampire Academy.

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy. 

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. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. 

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.


You guys? You know how much I love Vampire Academy, right? They’re like the best books ever. So I was wary about starting Bloodlines by Richelle Mead—Rose isn’t the narrator, it’s SYDNEY. You know, the weird Alchemist kid in the last three books.  The one we’re not really sure about? YOU GUYS. SYDNEY IS SO BADASS. I really doubted her in Vampire Academy.

Okay, so, Bloodlines.  It was so amazing. I loved getting to know the other side of this paranormal world—the Alchemists. I found them fascinating when I first heard about them. I liked that it was the first thing readers read about in the beginning of Bloodlines. I liked that they reinked Sydney’s tattoo, because we got to learn how it affects the person.

I’m not much of an Adrian girl. I never was—I like Dimitri way too much. But I really hope him and Sydney have a romance in the later books. They TOTALLY have chemistry together, even though Sydney is like afraid of vampires, ha ha. It’s just they would be SO GOOD WITH EACH OTHER, you know? I think they would be amazing. <3 <3 <3

Who saw the ending coming? I didn’t. The pieces clicked together for me when Sydney figured them out, which is impressive, I must say. But holy wow, loved that ending!! A little frightened to see where book 2 goes, though…

If you are scared to pick up Bloodlines because HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY COMPARE TO THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS VA?! I say: pick it up. Right now. If you hate it, well, that sounds like a personal problem. :p But I’m pretty sure there’s a huge guarantee you’ll love it and learn to accept Sydney as a narrator. 

Other Reviews of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead:

Me on Books review + blog tour
A Cupcake and a Latte review + blog tour
Good Books and Good Wine
Fictional Distraction
Gone With The Words


  1. arrgghhh!!!!! I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK. I need a Vampire Academy fix...and Bloodlines is perfect...

  2. @Tara, Bloodlines is the perfect fix, I think! But what makes VA for me is Rose, and she actually makes a cameo! But I still want to read Rose's story again... ;)

  3. Oh, I need to get into the VA books! I'm sure I won't understand Bloodlines well enough until I do. I have the first VA book, but I need time to read it. Gah! When will that happen?

    Great review. I only hope I like the VA series enough to like this book as much as you do.

  4. What! I was all for Dimitri for Rose, but c'mon--Adrian is amazing! :D

    You definitely liked this one a lot more than I did, but hey, I'm definitely going to be reading the sequel too. I'm very interested to see what happens next.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. @Cathy, whaaaat?! I thought *I* was the last person on the EARTH to read the VA series! you need to get on that asap! :D

    @Wendy, okay, yeah, Adrian is *amazing*. hee. I just LOVE Dimitri SO MUCH MORE. I mean, c'mon. It's DIMITRI. there's a scene in the sequel... *whistles* ;)

  6. As a character, I've always liked Adrian better, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy Bloodlines! I'm also really interested to read things from Sydney's point of view!

  7. @Natalie, I really loved Sydney as a narrator! I thought I would hate reading a book from her POV, but she definitely surprised me!

  8. This is such an AWESOME review. I had high hopes for this, and I really liked it. I actually already liked Syndey but liked her MORE after this. can you not be Team Adrian? haha. I totally agree about the chemistry they have!

    The Cait Files

  9. @Cait, I don't think you realize how much your comment means to me. thank you SO much for thinking this is an awesome review! it took me weeks and several drafts to write it because of a depressed slump I was in regarding my reviews.

    also, you are so funny, thinking you are Team Adrian! no such thing. it's team Dimitri all the way! and right?! wouldn't it be the BEST THING EVER if they kissed?

  10. This book worked for me on so many levels. I like the complexity of Sydney's position. She doesn't really want the job as Jill's protector, but she does want to get back in the good graces of the Alchemists she has ticked off. Sydney also wants the approval of her uptight impossible-to-please father, though she knows their father/daughter relationship is basically shot. She also has to accept the dangerous move to Palm Springs because if she doesn't, her untrained kid sister Zoe will be sent in her place, and Sydney knows that Zoe can't handle the pressure or the constant threats she'll be facing. See? Complicated. And that's just in the first 30 pages! I appreciate how 3-dimensional Sydney feels. She's not a warm sort of person like Lissa or a bold, passionate one like Rose, but her restrained perfectionism is endearing when you can hear her inner thoughts and insecurities and when you know about her rigid family background.


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