Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

4 Stars

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!

Book Info

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ParanormalRomanceYoung 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.

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

25 Responses to “Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead”

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    Oh I’m so relieved. I’ve heard some whispers that this book was B-A-D and not in the trendy way.  I was completely crushing on Adrian too, but felt he wasn’t meant for Rose either. I can’t wait to read this one, but the way things are going and since I couldn’t nab this at ALA – I’ll probably read it with Bloodlines #2. *sigh*

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    ADRIAN!!! He was my favorite from the VA series, so I am more than excited to get my hands on this one. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! :D

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    Do you have to have read VA first to understand this new series? It sounds really good :))

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks for bringing this up!! I’ve updated my review to include an answer to this now.  I don’t believe you’d be lost if you haven’t read VA, but it will spoil VA as it talks about major events that happened in the series.

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    Absolutely amazing!! I soooo can’t wait to read it! Even thinking of buying it at full price at Richelle’s bookstore to get it signed along with her last Succubus book. Great review!

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    Oooh, I am *dying* to read this! I had quite a crush on Adrian, but I also crushed on Christian quite a lot, and Dimitri too. lol! I guess I loved all the VA boys! I would love to see a VA movie. That would be hot!

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    I am starting to run out of summer and haven’t picked up the 1st VA. Fudge always behind.

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    Cynthia A.

    oooh oooh oooh!!! I’m excited! I’m glad you liked it, I looooved Adrian closer to the end of the VA series and I totally understand about Rose, I wanted to smack her plenty of times. I can’t wait for this one!! =D 

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    Savy @Books With Bite

    I am excited to read the spin off. You review sounds great! Expect for this whole Adrian marrying deal. So not happening! LOL

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    It is killing me! I want this book so badly! Ugh…
    I agree that I really liked Adrian in VA, too, but I wanted Rose to be with Dimitri.
    Whenever I hear something about Bloodlines I want to go reread VA.

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I want Adrian to marry me! oh wait, already married! Awesome review, you’re making me want this one even more! I don’t want another Rose & Dimitri book, I want ADRIAN! YAY!

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    Squeal! I’m so excited for this one. Someone is actually lending me an ARC. Sydney sounds fantastic. I like that she’s more tame than Rose. I love Adrian.

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    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!  I love Richelle Mead and honestly, I think seeing more from Sydney, Adrian and Co may be really awesome! 

    Thanks for the GREAT review!

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    Diana @Lovelygetaway

    Love your review! I have to ask, is there any romance in this book!? I’ve kind of been hearing its lacking in that department, and it worries me :| Hopeless romantic, right here *raises hand*!

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    Tiffany Ashmawy

    I love Adrian too! I agree that Rose and Dimitri are perfect for each other too. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Jill and Eddie :)

    Great review!

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    I read, no devoured, this series and contrary to everyone else I love this series more. Though I think it all has to do with that I read this one before VA.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I haven’t heard a lot of people say they prefer this one to VA!! It might be that you read it first, but either way, it’s really cool. :)

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    Mandy R

    I enjoy this new series. Ditto about Adrian; he’s that lovable character who gets on everyone’s nerves. Your comment about Syndey’s courage being quiet is spot on!

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