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Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Pub date: 8/23/2011

product description from goodreads.com

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.

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.

My Review:

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the ARC tour for this book via the wonderful Yara of Once Upon a Twilight...thanks Yara!!

Bloodlines is the newest YA series from bestselling author Richelle Mead. It's her second series set in the fictitious world she created in the mega-successful Vampire Academy series, this time focusing on the Moroi (living) vampires.

Sydney, an alchemist teenager, is our protagonist in this new series, sent to protect Jill, a Moroi princess whose life is in danger by an unknown villian. We are revisited by some of our favorite characters (Adrian!) and once again we are submerged into the world of vampires and vampire royalty.

Bloodlines is a bit slow, though expected to be seeing as it is the first in a new series. And if this one is anything like the Vampire Academy series, each installment will only get better and better. Even though there are vampires in this book, it is centered more around humans as Jill is sent into hiding in a normal human high school setting. There is some great interaction between her and Jill and of course Adrian doesn't disappoint.

Admittedly, it took a bit for me to get into this one, only because of the stark difference between it and the VA series. I knew what to expect going in (that it was set in the human world), but I was still missing the paranormal element just a bit. Regardless, the story is well-plotted and will undoubtedly build to a great climax as only Richelle Mead can do.

My Rating:

Overall, I give Bloodlines 3.5 stars, and I urge you all to pick it up once it's released (yeah, like I have to tell you that!).


  1. I really haven't read much about Bloodlines. Mainly because I haven't finished VA series yet (I know!) and was worried it would spoil things for me. After reading your review I'm intrigued to hear that it's set in the human world. That I did not know. The real question here - is there a hot love interest?! There better be!

  2. Thanks for participating in the tour. Good review.

  3. G - Um, let's try to get VA series finished, m'kay?! =) And of COURSE there's a hot love interest (though I don't think as hot as Dimitri!)

  4. Great review. I have not read the VA series...yet...I will get to it...eventually! :0)

  5. I love the cover and of course I'll pick it up when it comes out but I'm a bit disappointed that it's slow. I guess she has to set the ground work for the new series. I agree with you on that all the VA books got better with time.