Thursday, November 24, 2011


Review Time! Richelle Mead is the international bestselling author of The Vampire Academy series which is one of my all time favorites. Richelle recently published Bloodlines which is the first book in her spin off. Many of you have read it and I’m probably one of the last to pick it up but read my thoughts! Thanks to Penguin for the review copy!

(Goodreads) 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.
The Short Story? – Mead never fails to impress! Bloodlines are an excellent start to a new series that’s bound to sate your craving for fantastic YA fiction! Set in the same world as Vampire Academy, Bloodlines is perfect for VA fans and readers looking for an unputdownable page-turner! An excellent plot that’s filled with mystery, drama and action. This one is a killer of a read!

The Long Story? – Honestly, I was a little scared to read this. I read that Adrian was the love interest in this novel and I COMPLETELY freaked. I didn’t really like Last Sacrifice because Mead gave Adrian a horrible, horrible ending. He didn’t get the happy ending he deserved but I would have rather have him sad and broken-hearted than thrust upon the first single girl available. When I first heard about Bloodlines, I was like ‘Oh no, it’s going to be like Jacob and infant!’ luckily for me it wasn’t. The romance in Bloodlines isn’t so much of a priority, there is a bigger build up and while the attraction is there – it’s not Insta-Love. I loved this plot, very complex and detailed. Events overlap each other and every little thing has a secret meaning. Packed with mystery and action, definitely worth your money! Not to mention the cliff hanger ending!

As far as characterization go, I really like the characters. I worked hard not to like Sydney because in a way I felt like she was replacing Rose and I ADORE Rose but I couldn’t hate her! Despite her borderline OCD nature, she’s so compassionate and kind-hearted! Readers are given more insight into an Alchemist’s life and we get to understand why they’re so important. In Bloodlines, we also get to know Jill and Eddie a little better, they definitely play a bigger part in this novel. Last but not least, Adrian. It’s obvious that he’s still hung up over Rose and his got all this heartbreak and I just want to smack Rose because Adrian doesn’t deserve this heartbreak! He’s as charming as ever and I just love the guy, he deserves a shot at being happy!

In a nutshell, read it, read it, read it! I ‘m so glad that I’ve overcome my initial fear of the novel because this was absolutely beautiful! Exciting, dangerous and action-packed, this is an excellent start to a new series that will captivate many YA readers. Fantastic character development, an excellent plot and an attraction that cannot be denied. Bloodlines is the paranormal romance to read this summer!

Rating – 5/5

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I miss Vampire Academy!! I wasn't sure about this book because I don't usually go for spin-offs. But it sounds very good since Adrian is in the book! Great review! Thank you for sharing it!

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