Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy - 3 - The Books

Round 3 - The Books

Jesse: This is a hard decision. It took me a while to finally read Vampire Academy, mostly because Taylor (who was completely obsessed with Vampire Academy) told me a bunch of spoilers for it. But when I eventually gave in and read Vampire Academy I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be one of the best vampire series I've read.

But now that I've read Bloodlines I have to say I'm looking forward to finishing that series more than I did Vampire Academy. I just think that the Bloodlines series will go in a different direction than Vampire Academy. While Rose and Dimitri were on a mission to save themselves and their friends, I get the feeling Sydney and Adrian are about to set out on a mission to save the world. Or maybe not necessarily the world, but a lot of people in it.

It's just begun, but I feel by the time it's over I'll prefer Bloodlines to Vampire Academy.

Taylor: Vampire academy is one of my favorite books of all time. I just love the way Rose and Dimitri's story plays out. These books had me laughing and crying. Literally crying. Like I-can't-read-this-until-I-stop-crying crying. I definitely choose Vampire Academy over Bloodlines.

Kira: This one was a toughie for me. As such I make a terrible tie-breaker this week. I don't know why I can't come to a conclusive decision.

For this one in particular, I tried to stay within the parameters of Bloodlines vs. Vampire Academy, as it should be. As such, each has their (at times shallow) pros and cons. For example, My favorite characters in both series don't show up until after the first Vampire Academy book, at least. While Rose, and Lissa, and even Dimitri are well up there, they do not rank higher than Adrian, Abe and even Sydney on my list – all of whom, Sydney and Adrian particularly are in Bloodlines.

That being said, I found Bloodlines dragged slower in the first half of the book than Vampire Academy did (and I can't stand when my books drag – I become easily distracted). This may have been in part due to the fact that I'd already technically finished a storyline involving these characters, and so was already well enough acquainted with them that things that may have seemed new and strange to me had I just been introduced to the characters, now just seemed obvious. Like a certain connection between Adrian and Jill. I picked up on that well before they even headed off to school. Just ask Jess (because I made her confirm. I'm impatient like that. Because I knew it was probably supposed to be one of those twists that weren't really answered until more towards the middle or the end and I was what? 25-30 pages in?)

I may not be completely finished yet (like I said, dragging + predictability is distracting) but I do love Bloodlines. I love being in Sydney's head, even if I don't agree with all her beliefs. I actually agreed with Rose's opinions more of the time, if not necessarily her actions. And I have to say I loved the setting more in Bloodlines than I did in Vampire Academy (Then, again, Rose was being punished through a good portion of the book, so it was all Bedroom, Gym, Lunchroom, Church Attic, Class. And St. Vladmir's just always seemed a bit dreary to me.)

I can't really say I liked one book more than the other, because really I liked each book for a different reason. Vampire Academy was a new, shiny, enthralling read, and Bloodlines was like greeting an old friend from after a long break away -- different, yet still inherently the same.
The Giveaway

Last week to enter, my Pretties! The entry period ends next Tuesday, the 27th of September!


  1. I haven't read VA yet (I plan to very soon) but I did read Bloodlines and really enjoyed it. I have heard a lot of die hard VA fans say they preferred VA to Bloodlines, but then there is the camp that says that Bloodlines is a little more grown up. I guess I'll have to make my mind up in a few months!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  2. You know, I think I'm teetering on the edge. I loved VA, but I was really surprised by how much I loved BL. I didn't think I'd like it much at all, but I was totally wrong. If the next books are as good as this one, I might even be a convert to liking it a little better. I can honestly say that I was one of those people that felt awful for Adrian and how Rose ended it with him. I thought she handled that situation like a real bitch. I still liked her afterwards, but it bummed me out.

    Really good post! Thanks for stopping by my blog Jesse!

  3. I haven't read VA or Bloodlines. I'm interested in reading both! So winning either option would be great! I'm going to go follow you on twitter now!

    Trish @ talesfromtrish.blogspot.com
    Twitter: @pjiddy530

  4. Awesome giveaway! I love VA and Bloodlines.

  5. I love VA and haven't read Bloodlines because I would rush through it , finding only Dimitri's lines, not doing justice to the Movie. As for the people who blame Rose for cheating on Adrian I would say that he asked for it, and I didn't like her for that. He gave her money, in exchange for a chance, she would have accepted anything just to go after poor Dimitri. Adrian could see their auras but just ignored it, love dies not have a on/off button. The other thing is that in real life, I am sure I do not like an emotionally unstable man, who smokes and drinks heavely, no matter the reasons or how handsome he is.


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