Bloodlines – Richelle Mead
Title: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
My rating: ★★★★★
In 2011 I have read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and I was instantly in love with the world she has build, the characters and her style of writing. I have read other series by Richelle Mead ever since and I love her awesome characters and stories. Back then I wanted to dive right into ‘Bloodlines’, but I have decided to wait until the last part of the series was there. That time has come. I finally have ‘The Ruby Circle’ on my bookshelf so it was about time to start reading Bloodlines.
What the book is about
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…
What I think about the book
I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to get used to reading the story from another perspective, because I was such a fan of Rose, but the point of view by Sydney works really well for me. It is time to get to know her and other characters from a different angle. I must admit that I thought that the Alchemists were a bit annoying during Vampire Academy, but now that I am getting to know Sydney better I am starting to love her too.
Sydney is moving to Palm Springs to protect Jill Dragomir. It would have been obvious to assume that Jill would be in danger during the story, but instead Richelle Mead has chosen a different angle for the first part of the series. It is the mature and responsible Sydney who keeps getting herself in trouble somehow. She needs to proof that she is loyal to the alchemists in order to protect her little sister from getting send there instead. Her alchemist ‘friend’ Keith is making that nearly impossible for her. And then there is the mysterious Lee. He seems to be so nice, but can they really trust him with Jill or is he he too good to be true?
What I loved most of all is the chemistry between Sydney and Adrian. Lazy old Adrian is the opposite of Sydney in every way you can imagine and still there seems to be some kind of understanding between the two of them. Besides, Adrian’s sense of humor is just great and he made me laugh several times.
As soon as I had finished ‘Bloodlines’ I jumped right into ‘The Golden Lily’, so if you are missing me, that is where I will be.