Book rating: 04 Paperback Bloodlines

By (author) Richelle Mead

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 30mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 25 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141337117
  • ISBN 13: 9780141337111
  • Edition: 11000
  • Edition statement: New edition.
  • Sales rank: 1,236

Product description

The first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling Bloodlines series, set in the world of the international number 1 bestselling Vampire Academy series - now a major film. Sydney protects vampire secrets - and human lives. Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires. But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one..."Exciting, empowering and un-put-downable". (MTV's Hollywood Crush Blog). "We're suckers for it!" (Entertainment Weekly). Also available in the Vampire Academy series: Vampire Academy (Book 1); Vampire Academy: Frostbite (Book 2); Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss (Book 3); Vampire Academy: Blood Promise (Book 4); Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound (Book 5); and Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice (Book 6). And don't miss the bestselling Vampire Academy spin-off series, Bloodlines: Bloodlines (Book 1); Bloodlines: The Golden Lily (Book 2); Bloodlines: The Indigo Spell (Book 3); Bloodlines: The Fiery Heart (Book 4); and Bloodlines: Silver Shadows (Book 5). About the author: Richelle Mead is the New York Times and global bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series, the Bloodlines series and the Age of X series. Richelle lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Author information

Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting 1980s T-shirts. Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA.

Customer reviews

By MisteryCat 25 Mar 2013 4

I wasn't 100% in love with it, but it was still a pretty awesome book. The characters were very relatable and likeable, the story was vivid, and I could clearly imagine every little detail, I think this is definately worth reading, alchemists are awesome! I'm pretty excited to read the sequel!

By Nea Barabea 03 Feb 2012 5

First of all, you must know that Richelle Mead is my favourite author ever! I totally love her writing and her stories are always pretty amazing!

Bloodlines is a spin-off serie of Vampire Academy - which is my favourite serie so far. But this time the narrator is not Rose, but Sydney. After the surprising ending in Last Sacrifice I couldn't wait to read the spin-off serie to see what will happen with my favourite characters. So Sydney gets send in Palm Spring where she will be attending high school with Princess Jill and guardian Eddie. Adrian is staying close to them, although he doesn't go to school. And so the story begin.

The story was great, although I missed more action. In the end there is some, but I remembered certain things being more terrifying. It may be because the narrator is Sydney instead of Rose who was full of passion and adrenaline. If you don't mind that, then the story is pretty great. There is a lot of mystery, so it keeps the book interesting and unputable down. Honestly, I've read it in a day (well, and night) - I didn't sleep at all until I finished ;)

Sydney is in a way a pretty amazing main character! Sometimes thing are a bit weird, because Sydney doesn't know much about, lets say magic, but nonetheless is good. I've found Vampire Academy more dynamic, but then again Sydney isn't Rose Hathaway. Also considering, is quite normal that there was more action at St. Vladimir with vampires and dhampires than in Palm Spring high school with humans.

And then the most important thing.. I would have never, ever believed that one day I will read a book of Richelle Mead that won't include at least one kissing scene in the WHOLE story. That was a bit shocking. I mean, seriously. I missed that like oxygen in my lungs while reading Bloodlines.

So yeah, the book was pretty good! It's just that I think maybe I've been expecting more. We'll see with Golden Lily how it will go on ;)

By Daphne 18 Dec 2011 4

I bought the book online and had to wait for a couple of weeks to receive it.
Bloodlines was one of the best books of the VA series. Although, the characters have changed, Richelle Mead manages to write the book as nothing had happened.
Now, I'm looking forward to read the next book.
My advice to you; you HAVE to read it!

By Suzanne Finnegan 18 Nov 2011 3

Bloodlines is the first in a spin off series from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Lissa has become Queen of the moroi after discovering she had an illegitimate sister, Jill. Now, Jill's life is in danger from moroi who dont want Lissa to be Queen. By killing Jill, Lissa will have no living family and therefore must abdicate her thrown. While Lissa is trying to change this law, Jill is sent to hide out at boarding school in Palm Springs. Alchemist, Sydney Sage, is sent to protect her, along with Eddie, her guardian and Adrian Ivashkov.

Personally, I found this to be a bit of a let down or maybe I was just looking forward to it too much and was expecting more. However, Jill and Sydney were not two of the most exciting characters in Vampire Academy. I did feel that Sydney's character grew a lot here and I look forward to seeing what is in store for her in the second book. Maybe some romance which this book had none of and I love a little romance in my books. Jills character remained dull and boring leaving me to wonder at all the male attention she receives.

I absolutely LOVED Adrian in Vampire Academy and was looking forward to seeing what became of him in Bloodlines but he just didn't have the same charm and appeal here.

I would still recommend reading this book and the second in the series looks to be promising as there were a few questions left unanswered here. I am looking forward to finding out the answers.