Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by: Richelle Mead

Release Date: August 23, 2011 from RazorBill
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"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..."

My Thoughts:

As a lover of all things Vampire Academy, I really cannot believe it has taken me this long to pick up Bloodlines. I had heard some pretty good things about the series, but for some reason I just kept pushing it back. I think I was afraid to go back into the VA world and then just be disappointed. While I will admit that I enjoyed the original series a lot more, I still really liked Bloodlines. It was kind of like going back to visit your old college, still fun, but not as fun as the first time around. 

One thing I loved was that Rose made a cameo in the beginning of Bloodlines. It felt as if she was passing along the heroine crown to Sydney for this series. In my opinion, Sydney verges on annoying. She was a bit too controlled for me and I quickly got tired of the whole alchemists are better and we always know what is right thing. Especially since vampires and dhampirs were being nicer to her than the alchemists. I know I shouldn't compare Sydney to Rose because they are very different, but it was hard not to. Rose is not an easy heroine to follow and while Sydney does a good job, she just doesn’t quite get there. 

Now I must gush about Adrian. I had always loved him in Vampire Academy (even though I was rooting for Dimitri) and had truly enjoyed his wit and personality. However, in Bloodlines I feel like he cranked it up. I found him to be absolutely hysterical. Maybe I just forgot how much I loved him or with Vampire Academy I was more focused on Dimitri or maybe it is just looking at him from Sydney’s point of view; but something about this book made him even better than he already was. Honestly, thinking about it, I feel Sydney’s point of view has a lot to do with it. A lot of what he does shocks or infuriates her whereas Rose would just go with it. Whatever the reason, I loved it. 

While I did enjoy Bloodlines and the story, there were some drawbacks for me. First and foremost was that I was able to peg a major plot point IMMEDIATELY. By immediately I mean the moment I saw the characters that it affected. Maybe I read too much or I’m a genius or it was poorly hidden. Whatever the reason, it really bugged me. It was a turn off because Sydney is trying to figure it out and I’m just like come on already it is obvious, let’s move on. I realize that Sydney had no reason to figure it out so quickly, but I am armed with other VA knowledge and as hard as I tried to remember this, I just could not. Actually, plot points were one of the biggest downfalls for me. I found it easy to figure out a lot of the plot points and the ones I didn’t get completely, I figured out partially. I still enjoyed the read and discovering exactly what was going on, but it was frustrating to know some things before the characters. 

The best part of Bloodlines was the last portion. The beginning is a bit slow and I felt like it contained a lot of setup for the rest of the series. The last portion however, really amps it up. The plot twists and turns and the pace gets going. Simply things finally started to happen, things other than deciding which boy Jill should date (I’ll get to this in a minute). The last part of this book really has me looking forward to the rest of the series. 

Back to the which boy Jill should date thing. A good chunk of the middle is spent with Sydney and friends figuring out who it is okay for Jill to date and who is inappropriate. I mean, really, Jill is in hiding so she can stay alive. Was dating really a priority at this point in time? Wait a few months until you go back home and then get back into the dating game. Maybe I am being irrational, but I just could not understand this. 

Overall, Bloodlines is a nice visit back into the Vampire Academy world. I was excited with every mention of the old gang, even if the Rose and Dimitri bashing made me sad, I am just very attached to them and feel the need to defend them. It may not be the same as VA and it may not be better, but it is still a good read that any VA fan will enjoy. It is interesting to see the other side of this world and to see how it is viewed from the outside. I am very much looking forward to starting The Golden Lily.


  1. Adrian is amazing! I could gush about him all day all night! I am so happy we get more of his character!

  2. FINALLY! I'm so happy you finally read this. And I agree about the whole VA world excitement not being the same for this series but I still loved it! And Adrian is just a boat full of awesome. I loved his characters in VA and in Bloodlines, he stole my heart! Plus, I definitely agree with the issues you had with the book. However, I think as the story goes on Richelle will redeem them! :)

    Glad you enjoyed this! Awesome review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. I agree. While I had my issues I think the series has a lot of potential and as it goes on ill stop comparing it so much to VA because it will become its own. I enjoyed The Golden Lily a lot more.

  3. The review sounds really great and I'm thinking maybe you are still hooked on the series Va. I know it's hard to review something that is similar yet different with the same characters!

    1. I have actually come to really love the series as it continues, so I am glad I stuck with it. Thanks for stopping by.


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