Monday, October 10, 2011


Title: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Pages: 421
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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. Courtesy of Goodreads


I absolutely adore The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I knew in my heart when that series was finished that Richelle would do a spin-off on one of the secondary characters before the word got around, I mean, the whole Vampire Academy World is just to FANTASTIC to leave off with Rose and Dmitri’s story. Bringing in Sydney for Bloodlines was brilliant!

I’m not going to re-hash the synopsis, as this has already been done but I will say is that I am truly in love with Adrian Ivashkov-he is hilarious and heartfelt! I loved all of the old characters brought back into the story and enjoyed meeting the new ones. Sydney was one of my favs from the VA series because she broke all the rules of her sector by doing what she knew to be right and I admired her for that. In Bloodlines we see a different part of her, sure she’s still serious, smart and dedicated but we see her snarky side, too-this girl can trade snarks with Adrian like nobody else.

All of the characters are step off the page realistic as is true Richelle style and some of the new characters have yet to prove themselves trustworthy to me. You just never know who to trust in a Richelle Mead story and Bloodlines is no different!

The plot is convoluted and brilliant leading us into the next book, The Golden Lily, which I cannot wait to get my hands on. It’s not necessary to read The Vampire Academy Series but I’d recommend it, first for the pure enjoyment of it and second, there’s references in Bloodlines to the VA series. Not enough to be confusing but it definitely enhances the book. It’s a great way to get to know Adrian better!



  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) Great review! I'm thinking of buying this now.

  2. Oh can I say I fail? I haven't even read Vampire Academy yet! However, with this new spin off getting such great reviews, I think I so need to correct it. Yep, putting this series on the wishlist too! :)

  3. Oh I need to get to both of these series. :) I do want to just need to time to get to them. Soooo glad to see you enjoyed this one as well. Sometimes the spinoffs are only okay, but so glad to see you loved it. :) Thank you!

    Hope you are doing well and therapy is going well for you. :) *hugs*

  4. YAY ADRIAN! I'm so glad we get more of him in this book, he about ripped my heart out in the last VA installment. Poor guy:( Fantastic review Kristi, I can't wait to read this!

  5. I've had this one for awhile... I need to read it!!!

  6. Yay! I got this book today- can't wait to read it! I love Vampire Academy (and basically anything Richelle Mead writes!)

  7. Adrian really sounds like a guy I could fall in love with. But first I want to read those darn VA books. Why am I so fail at life?