- Publisher: RAZORBILL
- Format: Paperback | 421 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 204mm x 32mm | 440g
- Publication date: 29 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1595144730
- ISBN 13: 9781595144737
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 9,223
The first book in Richelle Mead's "New York Times" bestselling Bloodlines series 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. 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.
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Richelle Mead is the #1 "New York Times," "USA Today," and "Wall Street Journal" bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington.
By Natalie Johnson 17 Jun 2014
First off - why did nobody tell me I would need book two on hand for when I finished this one? because OMG I do.
I knew I would like this book going in because a) it's in the VA world and b) Adrian. I was right, I liked it, a lot. I don't like the alchemists but I do like Sydney, she may be uptight and a little bigoted but this book shows how she has grown since we first met her and that she has potential for much more growth. Oh and Adrian, I have loved him since he was first introduced in Frostbite and I love that we get to see a new, deeper side to him here. I think Sydney is going to be really good for him, if they get romantically involved or not.
I enjoyed the little mysteries that Sydney sets out to solve, they add more to the main plot of protecting Jill and life in a private high school. I did not see the bad guy reveal coming, I was very surprised
I like how Richelle deals with real life problems within the unreal world of vampires and magic - aside from daily issues of fitting in, making friends, finding love and finding out who you are, she deals with tougher issues of depression, self harm and body image. Sydney thinks that she is fat and frumpy, even though she is at size 4 called a twig and skinny a few times. This dysmorphia not only stems from being around naturally slim Moroi and athletic Dhamphirs but also from her fathers stinging remarks on her appearance. Hopefully, we will get to see Sydney come to accept that she is beautiful just the way she is.
I really liked this book and I can't wait to get to the rest of the series.
By Bailee Christiansen 09 Nov 2013
The Vampire Academy is over, Rose and all of her friends are living their lives in court with Lissa once the series comes to a close. However, there is another story tell and not everyone has had their happily ever afters, so now it is Sydney's turn. I remember her very well from the original story and I always thought she had a very original voice compared to many of the other characters in the series. Her distaste for vampires in the beginning is really what captured my interest. She grows to perhaps understand them but she still has a hard time being friendly with them because of her upbringing and the culture of the Alchemists. This book brings back characters such as Jill, Adrian, and Eddie as well. I love the growth that each character faces throughout Bloodlines, while staying true to their original nature. Richelle Mead's writing style brings to life a new world and I loved it!
Sydney, a girl those who have read the Vampire Academy series are familiar with, has always been loyal to those she cares about and from the beginning, she displays this characteristic from the first page. Not only is she still under punishment for her actions during the original books, no one believes they can trust her because she has become essentially a vampire lover according to their beliefs. When she accepts the job to assist in the protection of Jill, I think she still struggles with the initial disgust that she feels toward vampires. It will always be somewhat ingrained in her nature no matter how much she attempts to desensitize herself to it. I loved how easily she manages to take over the role of main character and carries the weight of a complex series that had Richelle Mead not done it, I would not have believed she would be able to handle it. This character brings to life the world of Vampire Academy in a way I never would have anticipated and yet, I love it.
Sometimes spin off series don't work but this one definitely does.
Jill has come into her own in this book. She continues to struggle with her identity after the shock of the finale for VA and she continues to struggle with the concept that she is anything but Jill. Her life has become tied to Adrian's much like Rose was tied to Lissa, which only proves to complicate matters further for the young Dragomir. It's hard not to love and feel bad for her after the story begins. This young woman has grown up a lot since she first was introduced to the VA series. I love, however, how naive she still proves to be, especially in the boy area and she takes to the whole romance thing quite easily unlike Sydney who would rather run from attractive men.
Poor, brooding Adrian still suffers from the emotional blow that he was handed at the end of VA and struggles to maintain his "I don't care" attitude. I think in this story, he truly comes into his own as his real aspirations come to the surface with Sydney's encouragement. He wants to be more than he is and move beyond the person who he once was - the one that apparently wasn't good enough for Rose. I've always adore Adrian with his attitude that always appears to be a facade and I love him more in this book than the original ones. And all I need to say about Eddie is that he is adorable.
I love the writer and I love the book. It works somewhat like a stand alone and is the perfect continuation of the Vampire Academy series for those who can't seem to let it go... like, well, me.