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Friday, 8 May 2015


Book: Bloodlines, Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines Series, #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 3rd, 2011

Rating: 5 stars

Bloodlines is the first thrilling instalment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series.

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's 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 last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

My Thoughts:
I loved the Vampire Academy series so when I heard a spin off series was being made, I was so excited. I didn’t know if I’d enjoy it as much with Sydney as the narrator as I didn’t particularly like her in the VA series. However the fact that Adrian was going to be in the series definitely made the days go VERY SLOWLY. I was sorely not disappointed. As usual, Richelle Mead has outdone herself. She was able to bring her characters to life with ease, especially Sydney. It was nice to be able to get a different perspective besides Rose’s, whom I felt I had very little in common with besides her desire to protect the ones she loved. Her ability to talk back and speak her mind often amazed me as there was no way I could’ve been able to do the same. Despite the fact that there was very little romance in this book, it still had the foundation to be a good series. I enjoyed discovering more about the Alchemists, as they were always very mysterious in the VA series. I also enjoyed Adrian, Jill and Eddie having more prominent roles in this series, as they were particularly minor the VA series.

 Sydney is the total opposite to Rose, personality-wise. Instead of adopting a fist-flying, mouthing-off approach when wronged or irritated, Sydney's more likely to simmer quietly until the right moment, then mix a devastating potion that will have her enemies begging her for mercy. At first you can see how uncomfortable she is being around vampires, but as she spends more time with them, she starts to realise that they can be no different than humans, which terrifies her.

I was so delighted to have Adrian have such a big role in this series. I love him and he made me smile every time he appeared on the page. I hated the way Rose treated him in the end of Last Sacrifice and how hurt he was, so I’m glad we see more of how he was coping with the break up.  The fact that he had like a much more important role in this series compared to VA where he was just basically a sideline character with some (hilarious) quotes on offer for pretty much every situation was brilliant.

Sydney and Adrian
Sydney and Adrian easily become friends in this book, and get along well, despite being complete opposites - Sydney being the logical, responsible, intelligent, polite sort and Adrian being the sarcastic, rich, flamboyant party boy.  He even helps Sydney during a task, instead of lending money and just being used for her needs (like for Rose in Blood Promise). Their relationship unfolds slowly in this book, with Sydney realising just how awesome Adrian is despite being a wholly demon of the damned, and we see Adrian begin to get over Rose and begin to see Sydney in a new light.

Final Thoughts

On the whole, this is a good book. It’s not like in VA where someone is kicking someone’s ass every five minutes. It’s basically a first in a series, with a lot of introductory stuff to all the characters. However, it’s such a contrast to Rose’s POV that, if you’re used to Rose’s bad-ass approach, you’ll be in for a shock as to how 100% different Sydney is, but still in a really good way.  I would definitely recommend this book for any VA fan, and especially any Adrian Ivashkov fan.

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