- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK; New edition edition (25 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141337111
- ISBN-13: 978-0141337111
- ASIN: 0141337117
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Customer Reviews: 727 customer ratings
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Bloodlines (book 1) Paperback – 25 August 2011
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Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting 1980s T-shirts. Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA.
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This new series is much better. The world build is expanded upon, the plot is good fun (if predictable) and the characters are excellent. Looking forward to reading the next one.
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I’m writing this review after reading the whole of this series, so would say it only gets interesting at around book 4, so would recommend starting there!
Sydney and the plots that follow the first couple of books just fall a little flat, not feeling well thought out in the way VA was.
This story revolves around Jill, a member of the royal family sent into hiding as a way of protection from extremist dissidents set on dethroning the Queen, Lissa Dragomir, (one of the main characters in the original books) by killing her sister and only living relative - something that is necessary for her to have in order to rule. Until the law can be changed Jill is in danger.
Her hiding place is Amberwood school where Sydney poses as her sister to enable them to be roommates. Eddie, Jill's dhampir protector, poses as their brother. While Keith, another alchemist, poses as an older brother living nearby giving them parental authority for out of school necessities like feeding. There are other characters but I'll let you get to know them how the author intends.
The story is of a good pace, however I found that a lot of what the author had yet to reveal was quite obvious to me in places; this may be because not only do I read many, many, many books in this genre, but also as a writer I find my mind races along with the plot. Having said that a surprise was in store for me and that always excites me. The best way to tell if a book is worth reading is whether you want to read on to the next book in the series... I downloaded book 2: The Golden Lily immediately - thank goodness for kindle!
I knew I would like this book going in because a) it's in the VA world and b) Adrian. I was right, I liked it, a lot. I don't like the alchemists but I do like Sydney, she may be uptight and a little bigoted but this book shows how she has grown since we first met her and that she has potential for much more growth. Oh and Adrian, I have loved him since he was first introduced in Frostbite and I love that we get to see a new, deeper side to him here. I think Sydney is going to be really good for him, if they get romantically involved or not.
I enjoyed the little mysteries that Sydney sets out to solve, they add more to the main plot of protecting Jill and life in a private high school. I did not see the bad guy reveal coming, I was very surprised
I like how Richelle deals with real life problems within the unreal world of vampires and magic - aside from daily issues of fitting in, making friends, finding love and finding out who you are, she deals with tougher issues of depression, self harm and body image. Sydney thinks that she is fat and frumpy, even though she is at size 4 called a twig and skinny a few times. This dysmorphia not only stems from being around naturally slim Moroi and athletic Dhamphirs but also from her fathers stinging remarks on her appearance. Hopefully, we will get to see Sydney come to accept that she is beautiful just the way she is.
I really liked this book and I can't wait to get to the rest of the series.
I loved the idea of bringing the alchemists more into the storyline and am beginning to be a big Sydney fan :)
I can see the similarities between Rose and Sydney even though they have different ways of approaching life and unless I am way off base I can see a vampire/alchemist alliance in the offing :)
Its about time Adrian got his happy ending! You knew all along Rose wasnt the one for him :)
Couldnt put this down and read whole thing from start to finish in one day...
Only downside for me was, I kinda guessed what was going on with Keith & the tattooists but this didnt spoil my enjoyment of the book, just made me want to read on to see if my theories were correct
Saying that, I was wrong about the reasons for the murders so that was a twist I didnt see coming... Dont want to say much more cos I dont want to spoil the book for those who are interested.
I'll attempt to explain to you why you should read this in a more coherent manner from now on. I was more than apprehensive about this one, after having loved the story and characters of Richelle Mead's previous series "Vampire Academy" because I thought any future series just couldn't match up. I was so wrong.
The world we're used to revolves around Rose and Lissa but not anymore! Now we're re-introduced to Sydney - an alchemist from the previous series. Sydney protects vampire secrets and human lives by acting as a sort of bridge between the human world and the vampires hiding in it. This time Sydney is asked to help the sister of the Moroi (good-vampire) queen by acting as her protector and now she has to live with her to keep her cover.
Rose has some real competition for favourite character after this amazing book. Rose and Syndey couldn't be more different with Sydney's insecurities and almost human nature but I just loved her.
Give this a read, you'll really be missing out if you don't.
Mead writes really well but I have to say that this book, while good, lacks the power and intensity of the original series. None of the characters have the sheer charisma of Rose who steals the show even in her brief walk-on cameo. I really wanted to know what was happening back at Court with Lissa and Rose, and found it frustrating that this was ignored.
So I thought I wasn't going to get hooked on this new series - until that last line! Now I have to read the next book...
Mead just doesn't build characters! So they just don't stand out which means they all melted into one and I just couldn't get stuck into the storyline. Maybe this is also because I kept putting the book down as I couldn't get into it.
I will try Vampire Academy first and hopefully this will help!
Adrian was a babe, as usual.
It was a little strange seeing the characters, like Rose, from someone else's eyes, because I'd grown accustomed to being in her head.
The mysteries just kept popping up. I genuinely loved this book and thought it was so much better than the first book of VA.
It centres Alchemist Sydney Sage, Moroi party-animal Adrian Ivashkov, Moroi Princess Jill Mastrano and Guardian Eddie Castile.
I thought I wouldn't like this series because it meant saying goodbye to the previous characters of Vampire Academy: Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Christian. But, there was no need to worry about that! This series is as wonderfully written as Vampire Academy and just as unique! It was totally unexpected, and completely unpredictable. We still do see the characters of Rose, Dimitri and Lissa - in flashes, albeit- in the series and there is news that they will feature a little more heavily in future installments of the series.
Adrian Ivashkov is the perfect main male character. He hides behind this facade of party-animal, heavy drinker, crazy dude. In reality, he wears his heart on his sleeve and he is particularly vulnerable. He is still in pain over a previous relationship (no spoiler as to with who) and the death of a family member (again, no spoiler who- READ VAMPIRE ACADEMY) and seeks the escape of California, for this new assignment: protecting Jill Mastrano. This book series features heavily on human/ witch magic and the vampire element of series. It really is a tale of love, friendship, protection and deceit.
I love how, in this series, Sydney Sage's character grows massively and changes lots. The arc of her character-development is very big and never-ending. In fact, if i compared Bloodlines Sydney to Indigo Spell (Book#3) Sydney, I would say they're almost two different people. Almost. I really like seeing her grow.
Read if you enjoyed Vampire Academy and I promise you, you will not regret it!
(The major motion picture of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, based on book #1 of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, is due for release on the 14/02/2014. Take a look!)
When I heard Sydney was the protagonist in this spin-off of the Vampire Academy series (which you should definetly read before thix), I wasn't so sure. However, I have trusted that Miss Mead knew what she was doing. Sydney is a surprisingly good leading character. I also appreciated the return of old characters (Adrian! Rose also made some appearances).
I liked the story and I love the author's writing, the conversationalist side of it allows the reader to be plunged into the story.
Though I don't really like Jill, I will still give a five star review because the rest is so great !
Bloodlines is exciting and everything I hoped for, I still feel very much apart of the Vampire academy series, as Rose and Dimitri do appear! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a extra peice of Vampire academy, its fast paced and gives me a new take on the charectar of Sydney, making me absolutely fall in love with her.