Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Reviewed by: Abigail
References to sex. References to rape.
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
BLOODLINES is the first book in a new series of the same name by Richelle Mead, a spinoff of her hugely popular Vampire Academy series. BLOODLINES pairs a gentle, somewhat shy Moroi vampire with a much tougher, bolder protector at an exclusive boarding school. There is also an illicit romance that develops where one party would be violating certain societal rules if they pursued it. Sound familiar? Richelle Mead has no problem continuing with the relationship dynamics that made the Vampire Academy series so successful and, in this case, I’m so glad she did.
The Moroi vampire is Jill, the sister of Vasilisa, and the protector is the alchemist Sydney, who helped clear Rose’s name in the Vampire Academy series. And poor Adrian may not have gotten the girl last time, but things are looking much better for him in BLOODLINES. While, it’s not necessary to have read the Vampire Academy series to enjoy BLOODLINES, I will say that if you haven’t read them, you are missing out on the finer details of this world and much of the intricate backstory of the characters, specifically Adrian.
Sydney was not a character I really ever warmed up to in the Vampire Academy series, but launching out on her own in BLOODLINES, I came away with a much improved impression of her. She had a naïveté that did irritate me from time to time as I tended to be a step or two ahead of her at all times when it came to figuring out who was deceiving her, and I do not understand how she could breath the same air as Keith once it was revealed what he had done, but she also had an honest and very compassionate demeanor that made it so easy to root for her. She has a lot of baggage from her upbringing as an Alchemist, mostly in regards to the unnaturalness of vampires, that I cheered to see get chipped away as the story progressed. She has a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to seeing that aspect of her personality change.
Adrian was the real star of BLOODLINES for me. I loved him in the Vampire Academy series, and even though I’m glad that the romances worked out the way they did in that series, I’m thrilled to see Adrian get this second chance at happiness. As you can imagine, he’s a mess in BLOODLINES. He moves from one excess to the next while trying to stamp out the pain from loosing the one he loved. He still has that trademark sarcasm and charm that allows him to get away with a lot and still have readers loving him.
I don’t have room here to discuss how wonderful this world is. I will say that both Vampire Academy and now Bloodlines share all the hallmarks of great paranormal YA series. Gripping characters, blurred moral lines, epic romance, and stellar supernatural details. The next book in the Bloodlines series is called THE GOLDEN LILY and will be published on May 1, 2012.