Review : Bloodlines, Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #1)

August 28th, 2011 (US)


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.

My review

I have to warn you, there are spoilers about the entire Vampire Academy series, including the ending of Last Sacrifice.

Here we go with the new series by Richelle Mead, a Vampire Academy spin off! I was so excited to read it and to have more Adrian Ivashkov, my favorite character! The beginning is addictive, and the appearance of our beloved characters is very exciting

Sydney is the opposite of Rose, so we have to accept it if we don’t want to be completely disappointed with the book. Sydney is obedient and follow the Alchemist rules, she do her work as best as she can do, in order that her father is proud of her, even if he is always contemptuous with her. She doesn’t know anything about social relationships so it is sometimes funny, and sometimes irritating to see her discover school, teenagers and boys of course. However, she is lucky to have support from several dhampirs and Moroïs and even other humans.

The book can be read separately from Vampire Academy series because we have a new narrator and a new universe, but there are some details of the story which are very easier to understand, even before Sydney, if you have read the previous series. Sydney is not used to vampire universe so she can’t know the meaning of certain things, but readers can, so it’s slightly frustrating to see Sydney to be especially naive.

Adrian steals the leader role of the book. Each appearance of him rocks and is very funny, we can feel Richelle Mead’s enjoyment while she wrote this character’s lines. But my heart bleeds for him, he can’t give up Rose and his mood is more sad and serious than before.

The story is more focused on the plot than on the characters, so we have a kind of classical investigation around the Alchemist universe. It’s interesting to discover Sydney Alchemist world with inks, tatoos and their role of protecting humans from vampire’s secrets. However, I’ve expected more of this side of the story and I wish I had more about characters and relationships between them. We have this thanks to our already known characters (Jill, Adrian, Sydney, and in a less way Eddie who is very underestimated and underutilized) and new characters, mostly humans. New romances are growing up, I think I can guess what will happen on this side…

Nevertheless, Richelle Mead surprised us with the last line which make the fans excited for the book 2, The Golden Lily, which will release in May 2012!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fleur
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 22:17:27

    I read your rewiew and I’m really tempted by ” Bloodlines “… and Adrian seems more present in the book. It’s good.


  2. Fleur
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 15:29:59

    I’m agree with you 😉


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: