Genres: Young Adult
The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series 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. 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.
Firstly I’d like to say that you don’t have to have read the Vampire Academy series to read the spin off. You can jump straight in. I have read the VA books however and enjoyed them immensely. I was wary about giving Bloodlines a try – I loved Rose from VA and didn’t know if I would like the new female lead. I also wondered how the VA world could possibly get any better. I procrastinated and contemplated and on occasion vegetated – the last totally unrelated to the novels – until I could take it no longer. I dived in and OMG I am so glad I did!
I began reading and was hooked from the first chapter. Sidney – the female lead – is not your typical gung ho kick ass heroine with smart witty come backs and perfect hair. In fact, she is the last person I would expect to be in the limelight and yet…I loved her. I loved her caution and her loyalty and her soft heart. I loved her pragmatism and her uncontrollable hair and the fact that she was a fountain of knowledge. Sidney is a nerd but man is she cool with it.
Now, let’s move on to the male lead, Adrian –Yummy, scrummy could and would gobble him up…Ahem! You get the picture right? Adrian is hot but he is also a bit of an egocentric jerk at times. You will discover that he has some very compelling reasons for his behaviour and Richelle Mead will have you eating out of his hand mid book.
The plot? Well Sidney is part of an ancient secret order called Alchemists. Their job is to keep the existence of Vampires a secret from humans. Sidney is charged with protecting and monitoring the vampire Queen’s younger sister after an assassination attempt. In order to do this she has to pose as a student and live on campus with the vampire and her dhamphir bodyguards (half-human, half-vampire). A series of murders, special tattoos that give you extraordinary powers and a vampire princess who is acting very strangely, give Sidney enough to keep her busy.
Romance? There is some but not much. You can tell, however, that there is much more to come in that respect and I am eager to see how Richelle Mead will bring this unlikely pairing together.
Overall I loved this book. The plot kept me guessing and at one point I thought I had it sussed, but I was only half-right which was great because I usually figure these things out. I loved the characters and the interactions between them and immediately went out and purchased book two when I was done.
A big 5 stars from me!!!
Psst! Book 2 is just as great, if not better!