Bloodlines – Review // An Addiction I Don’t Mind Having

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Book 1 in the Bloodlines series
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal, mystery
Pages: 421
Format: paperback
Source: bought
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plot: 20/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 20/20

After finishing off the Vampire Academy series a few days ago, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I read allย six booksย in about three months, and I had this one ready. I went into it expecting a fun read and wonderful return to the world I’d come to love, and honestly was blown away. While I’m not sure it’s possible for me to love this series more than VA, Bloodlines was an amazing first book and showed me just how much potential the other five have. ๐Ÿ™‚

the plot

After the roller-coaster ride I went on with Rose, I wasn’t sure what Sydney and the Alchemists could offer that would hook me. I didn’t read the Goodreads summary because sometimes too much is given away (Shadow Kiss is a great example), so I was basically clueless when I started reading. Some might say that the first half of this book was lacking, just like in VA. And while I can agree that the slower pacing does occur in the beginning half of both books, I like to think that Richelle takes that time to introduce the characters and allow readers to re-immerse themselves in the world she’s created. Also, the second half was when everything really went down, just like in the first VA book. (Okay, I’m going to try to stop comparing the two.) I was hooked, with no chance of getting free, and that’s how I ended up speeding through the last 220 pages yesterday, even with school. I wanted to know what happened next, and who was behind what, and how everything would turn out. This seems to happen every time I pick up a book Richelle wrote, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just addicted to her writing. ๐Ÿ˜€

the characters

Some of the reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads have complained that Sydney isn’t as cool as Rose, and because of that they didn’t enjoy the book. That’s totally fine, I respect that. But personally, I went into this expecting and hoping for differences. I know Sydney won’t be another Rose, and I don’t want her to be. She’s a different girl in a different series with a different personality, and I think that’s the way it should be. I’ve had amazing adventures with Rose, and now I’m finding out what Sydney has to offer. She’s an awesome character, and I really like her. She’s constantly at war with herself, wondering whether what she does would be accepted or criticized by the Alchemists, a group of humans that know about and conceal the vampire world from other humans. She’s been raised strictly and with very little freedom, and she’s trying to be herself but also be who she’s expected to be. I think what I liked most about her is that even though the Alchemists brought her up to be cold and disgusted toward vampires, she isn’t. Yes, she is afraid of them, maybe impractically, but as much as I’d like to say otherwise, I probably would be too. Despite that,ย she still treats them with kindness and respect. I admire that a lot, and can’t wait to see how she develops as the series progresses. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you read VA and loved Adrian (I think we all did), then you’ll love this book. I consider him the other main character of this series, and I’m so glad he finally gets a turn in the spotlight. He remains the same carefree, snarky guy readers are familiar with, but we also see him in a more vulnerable, dejected manner. The end of Last Sacrifice gave us closure regarding everyone important except him, and now we see just how badly he was hurt. It was sad to see one of my favorite characters like that, butย I’m hopeful he’ll pull through. I loved how complex he was, and that, like I’ve mentioned, there was so much more to him than just a wild party boy. ๐Ÿ™‚

the setting

In this book Sydney and Adrian accompany Jill to Amberwood Prep, a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. Well, Adrian doesn’t go to the school, but he does go to California. You get what I mean. That aside, other areas around Palm Springs and Los Angeles are visited as well, and I enjoyed the descriptions. It was nicely balanced: not a lot, but just enough to satisfy my curiosity. (I’m not sure why this section is hard for me, but it is. Moving on.)

the relationships

I really enjoyed the friendship Sydney developed with Jill, Eddie, and Adrian. It took a lot of courage on her part, but I think the result was worth it. She had a casual, almost sister-like bond with Jill and Eddie, and I liked it. It seemed especially like something in a family since they were almost always disagreeing about something. XD I think my favorite connection was between Sydney and Adrian. I loved their banter, and the way they gradually went from irritating to understanding each other. There wasn’t any romance in this book, but I think the end definitely set up the possibility for something to happen. I also think a relationship between them would be both cute and humorous to experience, considering they’re pretty different. Either way, though, I’m excited to see if it works out for them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

the twists

In the first half of the book, there was really only one thing that surprised me. In the second, a lot of things did. Once I reached the halfway point, I had no desire to stop reading. I had questions, and I needed answers* like I needed air. Who was behind this? What was causing that? Was he involved? What about her? I had essentially no idea what was happening or would happen at any point in the last 200 pages. After the experiences I had with VA, I’m only expecting the ride to get crazier from here. I mean, the ending wasn’t a serious cliffhanger, but it left me with a fair amount of feelings and questions, so I’m definitely expecting heartbreak later. >.<

* Ask ’em my questions, and get some answers! What’s a fire, and why does it โ€“ what’s the word? – burn? [crescendo] Yes, I did just reference The Little Mermaid. No, I don’t regret it. Yes, I’m a nerd. ๐Ÿ˜›


All in all, Bloodlines was a great start to a series that I now know has a ton of potential! I can’t wait to see where the story goes next, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting a chance to read the next book, The Golden Lily. If you’ve read VA and aren’t sure if this one is worth it, I’d say give it a shot! ๐Ÿ˜€

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m off to start P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. It’s due back to the library tomorrow, so I have some binge-reading to do! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! โค

Until next time…

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