By Richelle Mead
August 23, 2011
Razorbill, 432 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
My Totally Spoiler-Free List of 5 Things You Should Know About Bloodlines, the Vampire Academy Spinoff:
1. Sydney rocks as a main character.
She doesn’t have the tough-girl, devil-may-care attitude of Rose in the VA books, but then again, who does? Sydney proves herself to be tenacious, spunky and — best of all — someone we can all relate to.
2. Loose ends from Vampire Academy will be tied up.
Though I loved how the VA series ended, there were a lot of minor characters with outstanding issues. Luckily, these familiar faces are back! It was such a treat to get to know them better and see some character growth.
3. I have seen the light on the Adrian issue.
I’ll leave it at that.*
4. Richelle Mead continues to bring it when it comes to solid plots.
She leaves little breadcrumb clues throughout her books and ties them all up splendidly in a brilliant climax. But, somehow, you’re still begging for more at the conclusion. And, speaking of the conclusion…
5. When I got to the final line of the book, I started pumping my fist in the air.
If you’re not excited yet, I’ve failed you. This book was a wonderful start to a new series, yet still stays true to all the things you loved about the original books. Don’t know much about Vampire Academy? Oh, my my my. Well, check this out:
*No, this does not mean my Dimitri love has diminished.
Many thanks to Penguin for my review copy of this book. And to Richelle for signing it.
|Actual conversation at this moment…
Me: “I’m Anna and I love you and I made that stick figure thing for you.”
Richelle: “Oh I loved that!” (AHHHH!)