Sep 8, 2011

Review--Bloodlines by Richelle Mead


Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist--one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in trouble with her the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she' still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir--the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir--is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney thing wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside--and within--the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

Gotta another popular title finished that's been all over the blogosphere! Richelle Mead's Bloodlines kicks off the new Vampire Academy series, or rather its spinoff. We are no longer at the same school, in fact this school is riddle with humans! But it still makes for an exciting storyline!

Rose does make an appearance early on in the book, giving Sydney some encouragement. There is some secret info Sydney harbors for some time. Basically the whole book, and we do finally learn how she was roped into helping in this matter to begin with. Besides the fact that her bosses and her father wanted her to. Her dad is a major douche too. 

Sydney has some other problems to deal with as well, such as Keith, the other Alchemist who will be her superior of sorts, and he really didn't want her working with him on this matter and requested her younger sister instead and Sydney takes the case on to keep her sister out of a bad situation, instead Sydney gets herself into the trouble.

Somewhere in the area, someone is giving out tattoos that are infused with Alchemist power--or something of the kind. Students rave about the tattoos that give you a rush of emotions or a rush of strength, Sydney sees that there is something odd about them, for they're metallic like the Alchemists' tattoos, and plus the students act differently.

Now I must mention Adrian! I have to admit that I wasn't a total team Adrian fan in Vampire Academy. Mostly because I liked Dimitri and as we know it was meant to be Rose and Dimitri's story. But Adrian definitely steps up to the plate of being an awesome character. We see him as his old self for the beginning part of the novel, and slowly he does change a bit. He turns into a slightly better person. The change is gradual so we do get to see our snarky Adrian that we all know and love!

Sydney is another interesting character. She still has some issues with the vampires as a whole, but I think it's refreshing to see a character like her. She does her best to push those issues to the side and do her job as an Alchemist and protect Jill.

It was great to see some of these Vampire Academy side characters taking on roles of main and secondary characters! I loved seeing them again and their story is definitely an interesting one! I highly recommend this book, as well as the ones to come! This is a series no VA Fan should pass up! And the ending was spectacular as well, very surprising, so don't go snooping ahead either!

Overall rating 4.5/5 stars


  1. Great review! I have been meaning to read the VA series for ages now and I am determined to get to it before I read this book. But you've made me want to search this out now :D

  2. I haven't read any of the Vampire Academy you need to have read those to get into this one, or can it be pretty stand-alone? I'm thinking of reading it, but don't want to get into something and be confused... :)
    Thanks for the great review!

  3. This sounds really interesting. I haven't read the Vampire Academy series yet. I have the first book on my TBR but I don't want to read it until I have two or three more books in the series because I hear they are a bit addictive. Hopefully I'll read through the series soon and then read the spin-off. :) Thanks for the review!

  4. i haven't read the other books either, so i hope i can keep up with this one!

    here's my latest review, just posted it! for the predicteds! stop by! :)

  5. I can't wait to read this! Great review :)


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