Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill Fiction
Pages: 421
ISBN: 978-1-59514-317-4
Series: Bloodlines #1
Source: ARC for review from Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Review:

Bloodlines is a spinoff of the highly popular Vampire Academy series written by Richelle Mead. This was the first book of Richelle’s that I’ve read and it wont be the last! I’ve had my eye on Vampire Academy books but never had the chance to read them, so when Penguin contacted me about Bloodlines, I jumped on the chance!
I was intruiged from the first page. I wanted to know more of the world Richelle Mead created, and I wanted to meet all of the characters. We first meet Sydney when she is awoken in the middle of the night by her father to tend to something very important. What could be so important that she’s forced to wake up? Well, Sydney is an alchemist, a human who’s in the middle of Vampires and Humans – protecting the secrets of the vampires, and protecting humans lives.
Bloodlines is a great read. It’s a vampire story, but it’s original. I’ve seen that some Vampire Academy readers who were hyped for this book, weren’t that impressed. Not that they didn’t like it (in the cases that I’ve seen) but they just didn’t think it was up to par with the VA series. The main thing I’ve seen is that Sydney wasn’t as strong a character as Rose. As I said, I haven’t read the VA series, so I can’t make a comparison between the two main characters. I can say that I thought Sydney was awesome. She was a strong girl who was true to her alchemist beliefs but wasn’t affriad to take chances. She knew that her first priority was to the alchemists, but felt like there was a middle ground too. Sydney was sent to protect and be the guardian to Jill, the sister to the Moroi Queen and be with Vampires, more specifally dhampirs, and moroi. Through converstations and scenes, we see that this isn’t the first time Sydney has ‘worked’ with the vampires, and other alchemists aren’t too thrilled with this. But as I said earlier, Sydney knows her limits, and rules and tries to stay true to her upbringing. Because of these mentions of Rose, and their past experiences, I am so eager to read the VA series. Richelle adds these sutble hints of the other series, and I believe it is to tie up loose ends in VA and to get people interested in VA! (And it worked, I went out and bought two of the books while reading Bloodlines – check out my IMM post here).
The other characters in Bloodlines are great too. We meet Jill, the vulnerable young girl who Sydney is responsible for protecting from danger. We learn so much about her throughout the novel, and I truly felt for her. All she goes through cannot be easy, but she’s a tough girl. I was introduced to Adrian Ivashkov on Bloodlines, and let me tell you, I adore him! The comments and remarks he makes were enough to make me laugh outloud. Again, Richelle adds comments in Bloodlines about Adrian and Rose, and makes me need to know more of their past. I learned so much about Adrian, and things he’s dealing with. He’s definitely a favourite character of mine now.
Another thing while reading others thought of Bloodlines, people seem to be disappointed that there was no romance. Really? I don’t think that this novel needed the romance. To me, it had enough of everything else – mystery regarding the Vampires, curiousness towards the Alchemists, and a rollercoaster of great story telling –that we didn’t need the extra romance. That’s not to say that Richelle shouldn’t add a little romance (maybe with Adrian and someone) but it can wait.Richelle Mead does an excellent job of creating this world in which you feel apart of. I suggest everyone read Bloodlines, and if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series, read this one first. You wont be disappointed!


LindsayWrites said...

i want to read this too!
great post! stop by my blog? I have an interview with the author and review of Seers by Heather Frost! she needs some comment love!

Krystal said...

Thanks for stopping by LindsayWrites! I think you should read this book, it's totally worth it!

Luxembourg said...

LOVED IT!!!!! It definitely has a different feel but Richelle Mead knows how to write an amazing series. I don't want to give anything away, but if you loved Vampire Academy than this is right up your alley.

One thing I would caution is patience. Sydney is a different protagonist and it takes time to get used to her way of life, beliefs, etc. But she's truly awesome and I felt like I connected with her because she's not perfect (physically or emotionally) and she's still trying to figure herself out. Adrian was awesome in this book, and I found myself laughing out loud anytime he popped up in the book.

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