Give it Some Time: A Review of BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) 
Richelle Mead
421 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 23rd, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher

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.

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    Dazzling Mage

    June 16, 2012

    I think you should pick up VA before going more into Bloodlines because 1) it's a GREAT series, and 2) you'll sort of understand a little about Sydney's character in those books. I've been her fan since VA just because she is an interesting character that is forced outside of her comfort zone.

    Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed Bloodlines. =)

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    June 16, 2012

    I really want to read these too — everyone raves about them — but I DO want to read VA first — I've read the first one and loved it, just can't seem to find the time to continue…someday.

    Great review!

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    Ilana Waters

    June 16, 2012

    Sounds good–but 150 pages before you fall in love? A bit tough, I don't know . . . but you make it seem worth it! I agree you should read VA first–if only for increased understanding. Plus, if you liked “Bloodlines” you'll probably like VA anyway!

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    Arianne Cruz

    June 19, 2012

    I LOVED this book! I really want Golden Lily right now!! I missed Richelle Mead's signing tonight :(

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    August 2, 2012

    I absolutely loved this one too!! I just adore Richelle's writing style. Plus this world is so epic!! And DIMITRI AT THE END GAH!!

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    Kassandra Fuentes

    August 12, 2012

    I totally agree that Bloodlines started at a slow pace, but it turned out to be a great read for me. I have read the Golden Lily and I have to say that it was a little more fast paced, and I can not wait for Indigo Spell!

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    September 26, 2012

    I love this series. I can't wait to read more about Sydney and Adrian. =) Great review.

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    September 29, 2012

    I love this book. Great review.

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    October 27, 2012

    I really enjoy this spinoff. I am so glad the story is continuing.

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    Megan Broderick

    December 3, 2012

    I've heard good things about these books and each one is pushing me closer to reading them. I'll get around to it eventually.

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    Lawren Bokman

    December 6, 2012

    The cover looks really cool and I love Adrian.

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    sanah dhillon

    December 22, 2012

    I love Adrian! I can't wait until the third book!