Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Published: August 2011
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 421
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
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. 

Review:
If you are a regular follower of our blog, you will know that I'm kind of ridiculous about two series - The Mortal Instruments and Vampire Academy.  It is not often that I spend much money on books (sorry, practically live at either the library or bookstore and/or work there).  But when I had heard that Richelle Mead was coming out with a new series involving the Vampire Academy world, I just had to buy it.  Unfortunately, life intervened and it sat in my TBR pile until recently.

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED Bloodlines.  There are a few things that I love about Richelle Mead's writing.  She organizes her plotlines brilliantly and everything seems to wrap up so nicely.  There are no instances where I'm thinking to myself - what just happened?  It's more like OMG!!!  DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN?  Plus, she does delve into background information a bit to remind you of important events that have happened in previous books or series.  She is an excellent storyteller and Bloodlines is a great start to this new series.  

I wasn't sure how much I would like Sydney (since she seemed like she had a bit of stick up her butt in the Vampire Academy) but this series gives you more insight and background information into her upbringing and the Alchemist teachings. 

*spoiler*

For those of you who didn't like the ending to the Vampire Academy series, you'll love the fact that Adrian is one of the main characters in Bloodlines.  AND he's not hungover for the majority of the book!

*end spoiler*

Since I sped through the book, I only had a chance to get a couple quotes from Bloodlines

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection." He paused to reconsider that. "Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try." (Adrian)”

 "As I drove away, I decided the Alchemists needed an entire department devoted to handling Adrian Ivashkov." (Sydney)

For those of you who are Richelle Mead fans, you will probably be waiting in line for Book #2 of Bloodlines called The Golden Lily out in June.  Maybe I'll see you in line.  For those of you who haven't hopped on the Richelle Mead wagon, shame on you!  You don't know what you're missing!

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