Author: Richelle Mead
Publish Date: August 23 2011
Read an excerpt here along with the book trailer. Eek!
How many of you have read the Vampire Academy series? Probably most of you, and if not you should. It's one of the best vampire series out there and now Richelle Mead has just released the first book in her new vampire series Bloodlines.
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
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
Personally, I enjoyed Bloodlines more than Vampire Academy. As much as I loved reading from Rose's point-of-view in VA, I enjoyed Sydney's fresh prospective a thousand times more. There is something about her that appealed to me more that Rose's brash attitude.
Sydney is a quieter character. She seems stiff and proper from the outside, but on the inside she's just an eighteen year old girl who comes from a dysfunctional family like everyone else on the planet. She fits right in with all of the other characters from the VA series. But, I think what I like most about Sydney's character, is that, despite being quieter and more rational, she is not weak.
Sydney may let the men in her life walk all over her, she might take it in silence, but she does not back down. She hates that she let's them get away with the things they say. She wants to talk back, but she was raised to stay silent and do what she was told. But I have to agree with Adrian when he tells her,
"I used to think you were weak and just didn't fight back... but now, honestly, I think you're actually pretty tough. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to not complain and lash out." (Chapter 20, Bloodlines).
And that's what seems to make her relationship with Adrian special. Out of all of the people she let's push her around, she never once let's Adrian get away with it. No matter what he does she always calls him out on it. And that is what they both seem to need.
Adrian was my favorite character in the VA series. I loved him from the very first moment he showed up in Frostbite. He was arrogant, snarky, constantly drunk and just a little bit insane. What was there not to love? In Bloodlines Adrian finally had to be a little more responsible. Not that he didn't still go off on drunken benders just like the Adrain Ivashkov we all know and love, but I thought Sydney sort of made him feel like he could be better than that. And that's what he needs most. Someone to believe in him.
Okay, now that I'm done with my Adrian rant (for now) I'll tell you that he really wasn't the only reason I loved Bloodlines. Like I said, Sydney was an awesome narrator and the story took a few twists I never saw coming. There were even a few cameos from some of our favorite Vampire Academy characters. I would recommend Bloodlines to anyone who enjoyed the Vampire Academy series, or just vampire books in general. It is not necessary to read VA first but it might be easier to understand some of the references in Bloodlines if you do.
And P.S. I will literally be jumping out of my skin until the sequel, The Golden Lily, comes out in June 2012. Holy Cliffhanger, Batman!