Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Published August 16, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampire. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney 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 unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

The First Line: “I couldn’t breathe. There was a hand covering my mouth and another shaking my shoulder, startling me out of a heavy sleep.” Hmmm. Since I know that this is told from Sydney Sage’s POV, I’m curious as to what’s going on anyway.

The Good: As a huge fan of the Vampire Academy series, I couldn’t wait to read this, but I put it off. Why? Because I don’t want to wait for the next book. I’m impatient like that. But I did it anyway. At least I don’t have to wait for The Golden Lily.

Picking up Bloodlines was like saying hello to a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.

When we last left Sydney Sage, she was in trouble with the Alchemists because she helped Rose Hathaway. Now she’s back home in Salt Lake City and ready to redeem herself. I love that Mead turned the POV to Sydney for this series. Since she’s human, it’s a new perspective on the world of the Moroi and Dhampirs. Sydney is a strong character who appeared somewhat weak in the VA series. Mainly because she’s human. In Bloodlines, Sydney grows and battles the prejudices she was raised with.

I also enjoyed getting a new look at Adrian. Rose always had a bit of contempt for him even while they were dating. Sydney’s view isn’t altogether different at first, but as he grows, her opinion changes.

The Bad: The plot was predictable. It wasn’t hard to see where this story was going, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

Recommendation: Great characters, good story, and fun read overall.


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