Release Date: April 23rd, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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 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.
Its a world much like our own, with secrets darker than any. Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines is a spinoff series set in the same world as her highly-acclaimed, bestselling Vampire Academy series.
Which I haven’t read.
Before delving into Bloodlines, I was warned of potential spoilers for Vampire Academy. Nonetheless, I have no real expectation to read the series as everyone else has read it for me (I’m trying my best to sound like Adrian here, but it doesn’t seem to be working, does it?), so I was fine with the spoilers.
Richelle Mead has a unique writing style that, honestly, took some time getting used to. The story seemed to be moving slow. Sydney, the main character, seemed to be the most boring person on Earth.
About 150 pages in (yes, I gave it that long because I was urged to go by some Twitter friends), it picked up. I was hooked. My mouth was pretty much hanging open and my eyes were stinging because I couldn’t even allow myself to blink. Yeah. That good.
Bloodlines is a story meant to be invested in. Its a story you have to give time to, and read read read until it sweeps you off your feet and into its intricately tangled web of a plot. And Sydney. Sydney’s journey from knowing nothing about the real world to an almost normal teen was genius. Richelle Mead incorporated it with the slowly weaving plot so precisely, you almost don’t notice it.
All in all, I’m glad I continued Bloodlines. The last half of the book changed my views drastically and I’ve already picked up the second book. So if you’re like me and you still haven’t read Vampire Academy (though I’m sure everyone has), you’ll find Bloodlines exciting enough. You don’t have to read the series beforehand to understand what’s going on, but if spoilers are a concern for you, maybe you should think twice.