Wed, June 15, 2011

Spoiler-Free Review of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines
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 Bloodlinesthe 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:

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*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!)
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Posted by: Anna   •   In: richelle mead, vampires
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  1. The Paperback Heart said:

    I am so unbelieveably excited to read Bloodlines. I actually just won a signed set of VA books (ohmygoodness).
    So happy to hear that Sydeny rocks as a main character. I loved her in VA, but wasn't too sure how she'd be in a series of her own.

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  2. Lissa said:

    I can't wait to read this!! I didn't even see what the big deal about Adrian was until I re-read VA and now, yes, my Dimitri-love has relinquished. So glad I get to read more about Adrian in Bloodlines.

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  3. MiaandSofia said:

    I am literaly dying to get a copy of Bloodlines! I can't wait to read I'm so jealous you read it …it sounds so awesomely great! :D

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  4. Amy @ bookgoonie said:

    I haven't read the series yet, but I did check it out from my library for the summer. Your review will make me work harder to get to it. Awesome stick figures. LOVED IT!!!

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  5. Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said:

    I remember those stick figures! I want to read this just for Adrian…is that okay?! haha.

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  6. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Alright you sold me. I will be reading this book (once I finish VA series, aaahhh). And I am so glad I pimped your stick figure video with Richelle's twitter handle b/c then the world may have never known your creativity & genius like I get to witness on a daily basis :-) haha

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  7. yabooknerd said:

    Glad that Adrian becomes better. I didn't really like him for Rose – and when I met Richelle at BEA, she asked me if I liked him. I was tongue-tied because I didn't want to say no…but. I think she thought I was a little strange. :) So looking forward to reading it.

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  8. April (BooksandWine) said:

    I liked Bloodlines but wished there was more kissing/sexytimes.

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  9. Harmony said:

    I've gotta start reading this already!
    But April has already prepared me for lack of sexytimes :P

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  10. Lindsi said:

    I told you Adrian was hot stuff ;)

    We'll have to chat when I finish reading it!

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  11. Anna said:

    Okay "HOT STUFF" is a little much. More like…I can appreciate Adrian. And I have hope for Adrian. But Adrian and Rose? No way. Nice try though, Lindsi!

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  12. Erin said:

    I'm always a little bit jealous of the wonderful books you get early, but I'm in full-on big green jealous monster mode about Bloodlines. I LOOOVE the VA series and am anxiously awaiting this release. I agree with you about Adrian. No matter how much I may adore his character, he will NEVER be Dimitri. Yummmm. :)

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  13. prettybooks said:

    I can't wait! I'll be preordering soon-ish.

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  14. Katie said:

    I can't wait to read this! I loved the Vampire Academy series and I can't wait for this. (Just said that but oh well!) I'm excited! Great review!

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  15. Laura said:

    Wow!
    I totally can't wait to read it now.
    Totally loved your little movie….adorable.

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  16. Jamie Hayhurst said:

    now I'm excited! thank!

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  17. bibliothec said:

    I've bene excited about this book since Richelle first announced it, but you've raised that excitement to new levels. I cannot wait until August when I can get my hands on a copy and devour it in one sitting (as i've done with each of the Vampire Academy books!).

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  18. Racquel said:

    Your so lucky you got an early copy!! I'm dying to read this book especially now with this review, my anticipation is 10x worse….!

    And the stick figure video = awesomeness!

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  19. Tamara said:

    I do need to see the Adrian light. I hate how things ended for him…
    Can't wait for Bloodlines!

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  20. Carmen said:

    First off, I'm majorly jealous of you at the moment! Also, I totally want spoilers :P
    And, I too love Adrian'scharacter, and I'm totally pumped that he's the main guy in this book. August cannot et here quickly enough!

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  21. Cindy said:

    AMAZING! I KNOW IT'S JUST GOING TO AMAZING!

    THIS IS THE BOOK I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YEAR!

    i love rose, dimka and everything of orginial series but it's turn for something new for a bit and i could not be with better characters! ADRIAN! (AHHHH!!) Jill, Eddie, AND SYDNEY! seriously they were characters that were intriguing from the start! can't wait!!

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  22. Katie said:

    I'LL READ ANYTHING MS. READ WRITES!

    I've read all her book and all her characters and storylines are amazing!

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  23. Lily Jay said:

    ADRIAN AND SYDNEY!! please be each others true love.

    i swear i've wanted to see it happen ever since Sydney told Rose she thought adrian was cute!!!

    wait, does that mean Eddie gets with Jill or what? mannn so exciting so many questions!!

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  24. Vanessa said:

    Adrian, please please get your happy ending!

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  25. Girl with a Lightning Scar said:

    Okay, I'm so freaking excited for Bloodlines now. I mean, I already was excited but you've just made me more excited.

    I have a million Bloodlines theories running through my head, mostly about Adrian and Sydney's potential hooking up. x]

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  26. Jenn said:

    I'm really excited for Bloodlines, I loved the VA series. I loved that you didn't include any spoilers but go me super excited for this series. :)

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  27. Sarah said:

    Adrian 4 Ever :D

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  28. Amanda said:

    Oooh I can't wait for this one. I didn't get to meet Richelle at the BEA *jealous* but I'm looking forward to this series. I love her writing. Thanks for the spoiler free bits :)

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  29. Chrystal said:

    Love the video. Guess I should totally reav VA now. I've only read a short story in an anthology and liked it, but kept putting VA aside. Must check this out.

    Cheers!

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  30. Novels On The Run said:

    Great Video!!! So cute and true to the story:D

    I read all VA in 1 week. I must admit first 2 books didn't grab me like I thought they should have but from book 3 onwards, the tears flow, oh the emotion…twas a wonderful , wonderful read.I can't wait for Bloodlines. I hoped Adrian would get better understood, I felt the poor guys pain:( Always there.

    MIchelle A

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  31. Bella said:

    I loved the VA series. Demetri….and then Adrian…*thud* I was torn over who I loved more.

    Can't wait to read Bloodlines.

    And I LOVED the little stick figure video! Very charming, and right on point.

    Marie K

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  32. Anonymous said:

    i love dimitri!!!!!!!!!!!!! i always will !!!!!!!!!!!! he is so HOT!!!!!!!!! i think i love him and he is a book character!!!!!!!

    is rose and dimitri in bloodlines?

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  33. treehugger said:

    loved bloodlines!!!

    check out my review of it here:
    http://readingwhiledreaming.blogspot.com/

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