From Goodreads: The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
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.
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Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.00
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NOTE: I was excited to hear that there was a spin-off to the Vampire Academy series featuring Sydney. Her character was one that I felt there was so much more too while reading the original series. To me, this was a good beginning to a new series and did not disappoint!
What I Loved: With Richelle’s books, I can always start with characters. She has a fantastic way of creating incredibly complicated characters with so many layers. In Bloodlines, each of the mains come with their own set of baggage, problems, preconceived notions, and hangups. Without specifics (no spoilers here) I can’t tell you exactly how many different times I wanted to slap a character upside the head then give them a hug! I love when I am that invested in the characters of a story.
What I Liked: It took a bit but I like the fact that Richelle moved this series to a new place. I think it gives a whole new landscape to the story. It also has limitless possibilities. I can’t wait to see how some of the arching stories play out. Also, the teen angst was kept to a minimum!
Complaints: DANG DANG DANG —not really a cliffy but sort of a cliffy 🙂 *evil laugh* most you are getting out of me 🙂
Why I Gave it a 4: This was a fantastic beginning to the spin-off series for me. I am really excited about learning more about the Alchemist and the world outside the original Vampire Academy setting.