Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Monday, September 10, 2012

Title : Bloodlines
Author : Richelle Mead
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : August 23th 2011
Publisher : Razorbill
Pages : 421
Source : Bought
Rating : ✿✿✿✿

From Goodreads :
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...


I have been Richelle Mead fans since Vampire Academy, and when her new series was out, you could imagine just how excited I was. And yeah, in such a short time, I managed to get my hand on Bloodlines (even though I could only review it now).

"I want her to be happy. It's worth sacrificing myself."

Bloodlines told us about the alchemist Sidney Sage, the one whose clan’s job was to keep vampires unknown to humans. When she had been helping Rose Hathaway, who used to be a fugitive, Sidney was having a hard time with the Alchemist, nearly branded as a vampire-lover, and all that. 
As her final chance, and a desperate attempt to kept her sister out of the Alchemist’s world, Sidney accept another job in Palm Spring, where she had to guard Jill-the queen’s sister-from an assassination.

I love how we get to see the world from Sidney’s point-of-view
, as she saw it truly differently from Rose. The inner struggle she experienced was told quite nicely too, and I found it truly believable.
The plot was sagging at first, but halfway through the book, I was totally hooked and couldn't turn the page fast enough. The tension was well-built too, with an indistinct drop of hint here and there, and unpredictable outcome that no one would've guessed.

The character was great too. I found that Sidney was rapidly growing throughout this book rather that in VA, where she was a bit vague. In Bloodlines, reader get a better looks at how she dealt with live, and what pressure she had to bear. I also like her unique characteristic, being a coffee-addict and a neat perfectionist.

Adrian Ivashkov, was very likable too, with a distinctive temper that truly marked him, and made his character interesting.
One thing I’m not quite fond of is how Richelle Mead tends to sag in some parts, like when Sidney was trying her uniform, eating, eating, eating, studying, and all. If only somethingeven something small that played a part in the story—happened during those event, it would be way much better.

Overall, this book is truly for you who love—definitely vampire
urban fantasy, great world building, and totally sweet romance. If you like Richelle Mead’s previous work, Vampire Academy, you would totally love this. Really recommended.

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  1. Heyyy, I have been tempted to pick these books up, I just wasn't sure whether it would ruin the best books that I have read by her with the same charcters... I'm really glad you liked it, would you say its like VA?? And also for me its the POV change as well rather it being Rose. Your review is brilliant, I think it has convinced me to buy it. :) Thanks for insight!!!

    Happy Reading

    Emma x

    1. Thanks a lot! :D

      Yep I think it was a lot like VA, but I personally like Bloodlines better! Sidney is more interesting in my opinion, with a lot more trouble and inner struggle and all.

      Happy reading to you too! :D

  2. Thanks for the review. I enjoyed it too, but not as much as Vampire Academy. I found myself getting bored at times, probably the same places you said it would sag in parts. I was hoping for more romance too. I'm still exited to read the Golden Lily!

  3. Thank you for sharing with us. I recently read Bloodlines and enjoyed it. I am looking forward to Golden Lily and continuing the journey.

  4. The Indigo Spell comes out today!! :D

    Great review! I love this series so much. Even though it tends to sag, I preferred it to Vampire Academy (which I also love!). I think I connect to Sydney more than I do to Rose, or maybe it's just that there is more Adrian. *sigh*

    1. I'm currently reading The Indigo Spell now, and *fingercrossed* please please please, just let Sidney and Adrian be together.

      Thank you for the feedback! And yeah, while Dimitri was hot alright, Adrian was, i don't know, more appealing than him :D


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