Published: August 23'd 2011
Page Count: Hardback, 421
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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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.I was a little nervous about this book, because if I was going to be honest, which I'm about to be... I found Sydney to be a little too rigid and boring for me in Vampire Academy. I think my approval rating went up for her in The Last Sacrifice, but I had a difficult time imagining spending an entire book in her head. Thankfully I ignored that annoying little nag and read it, because I loved this book and I really liked Sydney. She's a character that is very easy to relate to and she it definitely flawed, but in a way that I can admire and sympathize with.
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. - Good Reads
One thing I noticed in Bloodlines was a definite change in Richelle Mead's writing. I'm not sure if Mead has simply grown as a writer or if it's the difference between Sydney and Rose's viewpoints and perhaps the previous books were just written "Rose style" or if it's simply a mixture of both style and growth. Either way, I really liked it. It kept me interested like the books in the Vampire Academy series, even though I had a good idea about who done it and wasn't in complete and utter shock when the baddie finally reared his head. I wouldn't say it was action packed out right, but it built up over the book. I kind of like that Bloodlines is more intellect based than in-your-face-ass-kicking all the time.
This book did have a few surprises in it that I couldn't figure out. For instance, the story about Keith's fake eye had me wondering the entire book without any idea... and THE LAST LINE OF THE BOOK! It left me with my mouth hanging open! I can't wait to see how that goes!
Of course, I need to squee about Adrian. I love that boy. I can't get enough of him. I think him and I might even be SOULM8S! Here are some of my favourite Adrian quotes:
"And that's more than enough. The only thing keeping me alive that he keeps a hefty supply of liquor on hand. But at the rate I'm going, that'll be gone by the weekend. Jesus Christ, I'm climbing the walls." His eyes fell on the cross at my neck. "Oh, Sorry. No offense to Jesus."
Micah showed up shortly thereafter and was happy to meet our other "brother". He shook Adrian's hand and smiled, "Now I see some family resemblance. I was starting to wonder if Jill was adopted, but you two kind of look like each other." "So does our mailman back in North Dakota," said Adrian.
Overall, I totally and completely recommend this book. It's good stuff! I would suggest reading the entire Vampire Academy series before starting though, otherwise you'll be totally spoiled. But if you can live with that, READ THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
5 out 5 Hello Kitties!