First thing’s first: Adrian Ivashkov…will you marry me? Once you get your life together, of course. Yes? Great! :D
I’ve always loved Adrian and his humor. Admittedly, I was always Team Dimitri when it came to Rose, but that didn’t mean I didn’t love Adrian and all of his charms. Experiencing him through someone else’s eyes was actually really nice. You get to consider him in a different light. He is still dealing with what happened with Rose, but being in Palm Springs with the rest of this group is helping him get over it faster.
I really enjoyed Sydney as a narrator. She isn’t as brash as Rose is sometimes, which could become annoying, especially after six books. I mean, I love Rose…but sometimes I wanted to smack her! LOL Well, Sydney is more…tame. Her courage is quiet. She is totally book smart, genius even, but could definitely use some more practice in socializing with her peers. Overall, she was really likable and even endearing at times. She is also just as funny as Adrian. I laughed out loud SO many times during this book, mostly because of Adrian, but Sydney definitely held her own when it came to him. Sidenote: her dad is a jerk. Just had to say it.
I also really liked seeing Eddie and Jill; Eddie especially because I’ve always felt bad that he got into so much trouble in VA. He’s really an awesome guy and a great Guardian. What I like about Jill is that she’s always been a fighter, ever since we met her in VA and was being taught by Christian on how to use her magic to fight. So she doesn’t really act defenseless or scared, even though she’s the one everyone’s protecting.
I found it so amusing that this group has to act like they’re brothers and sisters because of the school they’re enrolled in: Adrian, Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Keith (another Alchemist, one you won’t like from the start). I’m really interested to see how complicated it will get once the romances really start happening.
If I’ve learned anything from reading Richelle Mead’s books is to not trust anyone! I seriously doubt every new character that’s introduced. Guilty until proven innocent. If you haven’t adapted to this school of thought when it comes to her books, you’re braver than I am. In Bloodlines, there are a few potential “bad guys.” I really loved the mini-mystery in Bloodlines that will no doubt play a role in the big picture of the series as a whole.
And yes, ok…fine, I’ll tell you: We do have a guest appearance by Rose and a glimpse of Dimitri. But that’s it…this one’s not about them, we knew that.
If you are a fan of Vampire Academy and are not expecting this to be a “Rose & Dimitri: Part Deux,” but rather you look forward to it because you enjoy Richelle Mead’s skills at creating awesome characters and stories, then you’ll enjoy Bloodlines. I should also mention that if you haven’t read VA, I don’t believe you’d be lost reading this book. It does talk about different events that happened during the series though, so it will spoil it for you. I wouldn’t suggest reading this one first if you’re planning on reading VA at some point, but if you’re ok with spoilers then go for it! Did I mention Bloodlines ends with one of the best sentences ever? Because it does! And now I’m dying to have The Golden Lily in my hands!
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
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. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.