Rating: 4.5 stars
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…
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead was an interesting read – it is so very different from the Vampire Academy series. At first it was a bit slower on the action, but the last third of the book completely makes up for the lack of action at the beginning. It was intense and I quite loved it. I am intrigued to see where Richelle Mead will go next.
I love the characters. Readers really get to know Sydney better in Bloodlines, which makes sense as it is her book. She is such a fun character – spunky and serious. You also see another side of Adrian in Bloodlines, which was pretty awesome.
Some of the plot was a bit far fetched for me. There are these tattoos that all the students are getting to enhance their abilities and it just seemed a bit odd to me. I had a bit of trouble buying completely into it. That aside, the rest of the book was completely kick butt awesome. There was such a mystery readers had to try to solve.
I am curious to learn more of the alchemists world. While Richelle Mead lets readers see a little more in Bloodlines, she’s pretty close-mouthed about the issue so I hope to learn more in The Golden Lily and the other books in the series. I just find the organization so fascinating and want to know more about them.
Bloodlines was a pretty solid start to a new series from Richelle Mead. I cannot wait to follow up with the story, especially after the ending that Richelle Mead leaves readers with. It is a complete firework! I was left with my mouth wide open. In a way, I’m a little happy I waited so long to read Bloodlines since I have The Golden Lily right on hand.