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Saturday, August 6

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

 

Bloodlines Title: Bloodlines

By: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines Series Book 1
    Spinoff of Vampire Academy Series

My Copy: Advanced Reading Copy via Publisher

Release Date: August 23rd, 2011

BookWhisperer Rating: four stars

About the book:

Blood doesn't lie...

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...

review plateAfter the pain stacking end to the Vampire Academy series I was distraught that is had all come to an end. I expected the Bloodlines series to take two old character; making them the new main characters and building a whole new story. What I found in this first book is that Richelle Mead is a sneaky little woman. Bloodlines main character is the Alchemist Sydney that assisted in busting out Rose in the final Vampire Academy book. In that series she was a shell of character. This novel turns her inside out, and shows us another character similar to the heroine qualities of Rose Hathaway. Her mission in this novel is trying to resurrect her honor another consequence of helping Rose, by protecting Jill at a boarding school in Palm Springs. Jill, if you remember, is the recently known sister of Lisa Dagonmir that allowed her to become the Queen. This book just took off from from the end of Vampire Academy with different characters. Much to my enjoyment we have not seen the end to Dimitri and Rose seeing as how they both appeared at different times in this novel. Another character that I was thrilled to see present in this book is our beloved Adrian. I was surprised to find that he is a key player in this new books, and just might be thinking we will see a lot more of him in the next book. The Golden Lily is the second book for the Bloodlines series, and it is due March 2012. With Bloodlines ending came an appearance of someone that promises to make the next book vicious and snarling. This just might be the emotional blowout that Vampire Academy lovers have been waiting for.

As a first novel I feel that Bloodlines had obstacles to overcome. After such a thrilling and powerful series Mead has a very high expectation level for this series. I think that she rose to the occasion creating another powerful and mesmerizing read that will take VA lovers through another incredible journey. As a first novel readers can expect this book to have a slower progression than that of VA, but once the series has been established I look for the same fast and punching story that we have come to know and love. There are some many incredible developments in this book that I am no longer scared or unsure about the direction of this spin off series. I am having such a hard time not squealing and telling you everything, but I believe I can contain myself just a few moments longer to finish this review. LOL! After reading this novel, Final Sacrifice was not the end to the VA series by a long shot; this new series is following different characters, but the story is only building and growing. Don’t miss out on this fantastic ride!!

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1 comment:

Naru said...

At first I didn't really want to read Bloodlines despite my love for the VA series. I just honestly didn't realy like Sydney in the books. But now after reading this review, I think I want to give it a try! Thanks :)