Mini-Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

March 16, 2013
Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: Razorbill | August, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
Series: Bloodlines
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
The Fiery Heart

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Blood doesn't lie...

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...


     I read Bloodlines when it was released and that was a long time ago, but I remember that I fell in love with Sydney which was very unexpected for me. I loved Rose in Vampire Academy, I loved her spontaneity and her risque behavior that got her in so much trouble but still entertained us and Sydney is the complete opposite of Rose. Sydney is a very goal oriented, by the books kind of a girl. Everything task she does has a meaning to it and she doesn't indulge in careless activities, or simply saying she doesn't act her age at all and I love the maturity in her.

     Sydney is an Alchemist and her new task is to protect Jill Mastrano, half-sister of Lissa from VA. She takes her to California under a false name along with Eddie and Adrian. To be honest, I was never an Adrian fan, I liked his humor and loyalty but I never saw him as a hero, someone you could take seriously and swoon over. I now firmly believe that Sydney is what Adrian needed, he needs to be put in his place, which no one has managed to do, him being a royalty and all, but I can't wait to see how their romance progresses. Nothing happens in Bloodlines but I'm really hoping things pick up in The Golden Lily, which I'm reading right now and let me tell you, Adrian is being very protective of Sydney and I love that. Something is going to happen!

     Richelle Mead is a must read author if you like paranormal genre. Vampire Academy was THE SERIES that made me fall in love with reading. I was a reading virgin until I read this series and now, I'm devouring all different kinds of books and loving the experience. Don't miss out on this series, but first remember to read Vampire Academy because Bloodlines is a continuation/ spin-off. You don't want to be spoiled, now would you?



  1. I'm currently reading Vampire Academy #4, Blood Promise and I just came across Sydney and actually I do like her now at least! I dunno why people compare her to Rose. Rose is Rose and she's kick ass, but Sydney is her own self and isn't bad at all. Honestly, you're right, Adrian isn't really hero worthy or anything, BUT, I LOVE him anyways! He's great, it's hard not to fall for him! :D I'm so glad you loved Bloodlines. I can't wait to finish VA and get to it soon. As always, brilliant review, Aman!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

    1. YAY! I so glad you are loving VA, it's my all time fav series. I didn't compare Rose and Sydney in Bloodlines but I'm guilty of comparing them in GL. I couldn't overlook it, it's explained more in my review. And I agree with you on Adrian, he has the charm but he doesn't have that hero ability yet, though I'm reading Indigo Spell right now and he has improved A LOT. I can see him as a main character and you should read Bloodlines soon so we can discuss the story with spoiler.

  2. oh man, I have the whole VA books but haven't had the chance to pick them up. I am so jealous of my sister right now since she is reading the second book of VA.

    I can't wait to read both VA and then Bloodlines because review like yours make me want to drop everything. VA is the book series that made you love reading? that is very high praise! Also a protective love interest? that is ADORABLE!

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. VA is my all time favorite series, I read them all at least once a year. Fantastic. I was a little disappointed in Bloodlines because I had expected a novel just as good as VA, or better-but was let down. As you said, not much happens in this one. Happy VA got you into reading!

  4. I'm not sure how I would like Sydney either I haven't read this series yet and i was iffy because at first people hated or loved it, but now it seems there's a lot more love for the series since book 2 & 3 (I think 3 anyways) have been out. I do love Adrian though so I kinda want to read it to know his story. I agree he's not the hero type but I still found him very well rounded for a character. He was snarky and a jerk sometimes but I kind of felt it was all a front if you know what I mean. Anywho, glad you enjoyed it I'll see if I can maybe get it on audio to check out soon :)

    1. Just like VA had not so good start with the series but picked up by the third book and got much better, same goes for Bloodlines. The first one was good, the second was meh and I loved the third one. The story is getting much better and stronger. You should definitely give it a try.


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