Em: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – REVIEW

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
Razorbill, 421 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought in Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Bloodlines #1

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…

This book is essentially a parallel continuance of the Vampire Academy series and is the first book in its own series. I absolutely cannot explain how devastated I was when I finished the VA series and thought that I would never get to see any more of my favorite characters. Well – I was wrong. And I can say that after the ending of Last Sacrifice (VA #6) I really did want to see more of Sydney the Alchemist. The way that Mead has created this world of vampires defies all of the usual, cheesy stereotypes out there – and by incorporating humans, the Alchemists – the universe of the Moroi and dhampirs vs. the Strigoi becomes more complex.

Sydney is an incredibly strong female protagonist, which I love. She is raised to be completely terrified of all vampire – taught to despise dhampirs and any relationship with vampires, and the Strigoi are what nightmares are made of. Instead of backing down in the face of conflict, Sydney remembers what a strong, resilient person Rose is and takes a few lessons in standing up for herself.

And to add to the excitement of being back in a familiar world with lovable characters…ADRIAN. I know that Dimitri and Rose are amazing together, but I still want Adrian to find someone and be happy because he’s endearing, has a big heart, and is GORGEOUS. So, who better to fall in love with him than a human that was taught that vampires were scum of the earth? There was a lot of action, mystery, and suspense in this first book, so I cannot imagine what else Mead has in store for the rest of the series, but one thing is for sure – DIMITRI IS BACK. Yeah, you heard right. Just when I thought that he wasn’t going to be a part of this new series..BAM–There he is in all of his delicious glory. [Side note: I was really sad that it made Adrian sad….*sigh*.] But hey, at least there is someone for Adrian this time around, right? Oh, and don’t forget that adorable little Moroi, Jill and her semi-guardian Eddie. They’re back in action too and there is a serious conflict of interest going on this time around for that honorable, chivalrous dhampir. I can’t wait for the next book!!

If you loved the VA series, there is no doubt that you’ll love this one just as much.

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