Book 1, Bloodlines
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The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive--this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It was kinda slow in the beginning, but after a bit the pace definitely picked up. Throughout the book though, i found myself becoming more entangled with Sydneys story and i kept screaming,"YOU IDIOT!" as if Sydney could actually hear me. Overall very enjoyable. Loved it!
Sydney is a Confused, Shallow Heroine.
I haven't read the Vampire Academy series, and I think I should have before reading Bloodlines. I immediately felt like I missed something. WHAT IS THIS HISTORY SYDNEY HAS AND WHY WON'T YOU TELL ME! ... After referencing it a dozen times, Mead finally clues the reader in, and I managed to get through the whole book with only the Vampire Academy film for reference... but learn from my mistakes. Read Vampire Academy first. It will save much frustration.
As far as the characters go, I immediately decided that they were all horrible besides Sydney. I was wrong. Sydney is also incredibly shallow and the QUEEN of bad decisions. She lost SERIOUS points when she started complaining that she was not a size 0 at every possible opportunity. And the fact that every boy in the story fell in love with whiny Jill. I just couldn't relate to any of these entitled characters. Every decision made was for selfish reasons and half of them are so shifty I could scream.
I would have put this down if I wasn't so determined to find out the whole story behind the tattoos. As it turned out: CALLED IT. Every little shifty motivation, totally predictable. Still, they drew me in enough that I finished the book, which is something. That, and the world!concept was interesting. I enjoy the concept of different types of vampires and despite the clear brainwashing involved, the alchemists were interesting as well. The tattoo plot and the world get this two stars.
This didn't turn me off the Vampire Academy series - especially as I've heard that's better anyway. But I will definitely not read the sequel to this one.
Better than VA
I read VA and loved it. However there was a bitter taste left with Adrian. I needed to know what goes on. This book goes beyond what I hoped for. I was hesitant at first about Sydney because I did love Rose and Demitri story but after reading Bloodlines, I love Sydney and Adrian. Rachel does a magnificent job with developing Adrian's character that you understand his pain and where he comes from. I have read all 5 Bloodline books and I can honestly say I love it more than VA. I grew to love Adrian VA and Bloodlines does an excellent job with the bitter taste left where VA left off with him. Bloodlines does not only focus on Adrian and Sydney but with Jill and all the other support characters, Rachel makes sure you fall in love with each character and leaves you wanting to know more. I highly recommend The Bloodlines series to any VA fans or just any one who craves a good love story.
- Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
- Published: Aug 23, 2011
- Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 448 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Bloodlines