Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

September 3, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 12 ★★★★

BloodlinesBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill on August 23rd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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<p><p><strong>Blood doesn't lie...</strong></p><br />
<p>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...</p></p>

Earlier this year I binge-read the entire Vampire Academy series, finally! As I mentioned back then, it was never my intentions to ever read these books. GASP! I know, I know. Nothing personal against Ms. Mead, I just wasn’t interested in vampires much. But the fanfare for both that series and the spin-off series, Bloodlines, had me extremely curious. I mean, so many bloggers I love and look to for recs read and enjoyed the books, even flailing hard over them, so why not give it a whirl, right? Needless to say, I took the chance and ended up finding a series which will forever be a favorite!

Binge-reading them was an amazing experience I don’t get to do often enough. Being able to jump from one book to another right away, without the year gap in between releases, was an absolute joy, and one I absolutely recommend others to do. Since two books were still to come I decided to hold off on starting on Bloodlines right away after finishing Vampire Academy but the time has come and here I am!

Bloodlines builds off of where Vampire Academy ends with a few characters we met already combined with some new ones. Sydney, the Alchemist, is our new protagonist. As an Alchemist, Sydney’s job is to help keep vampires a secret from humanity. Feeling a little shunned with her people for her part in helping Rose, Sydney is out to prove her dedication to the cause. She is assigned to help hide Jill Dragomir, the Queen’s sister, in the last place those who are after her would look – a human boarding school in Palm Springs.

Sydney is the huge difference between these two series. Vampire Academy had Rose. Rose was a strong woman who kicked some serious ass. She was sassy and sarcastic, intriguing, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type gal, and all around a delight to read. Sydney is very different, meticulous with facts and logic. And where I appreciate the different feel from a character who is so unlike what we are used to hearing from in this world, Sydney can often come across rather… boring in comparison. Not to say I didn’t like her because I did still find her compelling. I mean there are times her naivety on the social front can be quite hilarious, but I was lacking that spark from the main character like I am used to with these books. It’s hard to fill Rose’s shoes.

Which leads me to what is probably most important about this series… ADRIAN! *dreamy sigh* Poor Adrian got the shaft in the last series and admittedly he is a huge selling point in Bloodlines.  From the moment he entered the book I was squee-ing with joy! And his entry had me laughing with his usual antics.

“They’re waiting for you. Go on in.” Adrian leaned close to Keith’s ear and spoke in an ominous voice. “If. You. Dare.” He poked Keith’s shoulder and gave a “Muhahaha” kind of monster laugh.

I cannot even tell you how long I laughed at that quote. Adrian trolling those who fear vampires is so Adrian. This book NEEDED him. Whenever he was missing, I felt it.

As for the plot, I really enjoyed the setup this book provided for the rest of the series because that is really what this book read like for me, a setup. I remember feeling that with Vampire Academy as the first book in that series as well. There were times that were a little slow going for me but I really enjoyed it on a whole. We were introduced to some really cool ideas regarding the Alchemist tattoos and also the after effects of Strigoi that turn back that I look forward to exploring further. And of course I am desperate for more Adrian and seeing other favorite characters pop up! Very excited to see where this series will take us!

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About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

12 Responses to “Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead”

  1. Renu

    Ahh, Adrian he’s so charming and his lines always make me laugh. XD I wasn’t too fond of Rose, but I really liked Sydney. To me a character doesn’t have to kick-butt to be strong. I also like the way her character develops in the next few books. Great review! 🙂
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Oh I agree. They don’t have to just be kick-ass to be strong. And I can already see Sydney’s strength in different ways. Looking forward to seeing her grow in the next few books!

  2. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    Sara! I’m so happy you’re reading these! Are you gonna binge them???
    This book started of slow and was more of the set up book to this new world. But, no worries because it gets so good! I’m dying to know what you think of book 3. It’s my favorite of the series.
    Adrian is so freaking swoon worthy and girl, you haven’t seen anything yet. Just wait…HOT!
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  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    Yes, love Adrian! I remember not liking him that much in the VA series, to be honest, but he’s my favorite in this series. Hilarious, he just adds so much to this series. And this is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better, very similar to VA. Sydney shows incredible growth throughout the series, I think you’ll end up being a fan. Glad you enjoyed this one!
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  4. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I need to binge read this series. 🙂 Too bad it’s not completed yet but I’ve been dying to read these since I binge read VA last year! I was kind of sad about missing Rose’s kick ass POV but I hear that Sydney will grow on me. I need to get to these!!
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