Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead | Book Review

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Genre: Paranormal, Vampires
Publication Date: 2011


(from GoodReads)

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning.

-SPOILERS! You have been warned!-

Richelle Mead has a way of writing that just sucks you in right from the beginning and doesn’t let you go. I felt that way while reading Vampire Academy and I felt that way about reading Bloodlines too. But I will admit that the story was slow at parts especially in the beginning. We read from the point of view of Sydney in Bloodlines, Rose was mentioned in the beginning of the book but that’s basically all we hear from her. Although I found Rose annoying at times during the Vampire Academy series I really did like her as a character and was sad that we didn’t get more from her.

Bloodlines is very different from Vampire Academy main character wise. Rose in Vampire Academy was this badass, fierce girl who always stood up for herself and what she believed in, Sydney on the other hand isn’t really like that, she definitely thinks things through more and is more hesitant to take action. It took me a while to get used to her voice. Not saying I don’t like her, I do like Sydney. I found I connected with her way more than I did with Rose. She made me so frustrated at times though, especially when she refused to stand up for herself. I understood why she couldn’t since she was already in bad standing with the Alchemists but it still made me sad to see her think so lowly of herself.

Toward the end of the book you do see tiny changes in Sydney, she’s already going through some character development and I can’t wait to see how she turns out by the end of the series. I’m excited for her and hopefully she’ll finally stand up for herself especially when it comes to her father.

On the topic of Sydney’s dad, Keith and him have officially made my most hated characters ever list. I really wanted to strangle them every time they were even mention. I have never hated a character this much before. Sydney’s dad is basically the reason why Sydney has such low self-esteem and is so conscious of her weight! Ugh, they both just make me so mad I don’t even think I’d care if they died, that’s how much I hate them.

On a lighter topic, ADRIAN IVASHKOV! My poor baby, it was literally heartbreaking to see him so sad, stupid Rose! Just kidding, I think what Rose said to Adrian, although kind of harsh, was exactly what he needed to hear. Because he’s not a victim and needs to stop thinking that he is. He needs to know that he can be extraordinary if he’d only try. I love him so much and I really hope he gets a happy ending because God knows he deserves one.

I’m so excited to see him and Dimitri’s partnership in The Golden Lily! Not too much drama please! I want them to be friends!

I never really liked Lee, there was something weird about him from the beginning. Jill is another character I didn’t really care for, I think I dislike her more than I disliked Lissa. Ah well, I guess we’ll see how that works.

Overall, a fun book, but nothing much really happens. A solid start though and I know that the next books will be even better than this one. I can’t wait to read more about Sydney and the rest of the gang’s adventure, I know Richelle Mead will take us on an emotional roller coaster, I’m excited!

3.5 out of 5 stars


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Leave your thoughts on Bloodlines in the comments below! Did you catch the twist with Lee like I did? Thoughts on Adrian and Jill being bonded? Will it last do you think or will it be broken like Rose and Lissa’s? I’d love to know what you guys thought! 🙂


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Read my review of Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead here.
Read my review of Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead here.
Read my review of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead here.


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