Title: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Source: ARC Tour via Once Upon A Twilight
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. -summary from goodreads.com
I’ve always been hesitant of spin-off series. I don’t know why, but they never seem to work for me. Maybe because I loved the original series so much, that it’s hard to get accustomed to the same characters but in different settings. But you know what? That was NOT the case with Bloodlines. Bloodlines is an engaging, action packed story that I could not put down! Dare I say I even enjoyed it more than Vampire Academy?
I loved having Sydney as an MC. She is such a remarkable character and it was very easy to relate to her. That stated I also felt so bad for her at times. Here we have this brilliant girl who’s being judged (and frowned upon) for her past actions. The world she taught she knew is turning upside down. We see her mature as a person throughout the book; she learns to work and feel compassion towards her fellow vampire friends, even though she was raised to think they were evil creatures out a soul.
Adrian is back (hurray!) and he’s just as funny and flirty as ever before. Of course she’s still grieving and trying to get over what happened with Rose, which is believable. It would have been too convenient for him to move on SO fast (It’s only been a month after the events in Last Sacrifice). So if you’re guessing Adrian won’t be his old self, think again. He’s still the same bad boy we all learned to love.
I love the comradeship between Sydney and Adrian and I do hope it develops into something more! That was the only thing I felt Bloodlines was missing, romance. Having read other novels by Mrs. Mead, I was expecting at least one “smexy” scene in Bloodlines, but there were none. BUT PLEASE, don’t let that stop you from reading this book! Although Bloodlines may be lacking in the romance department, the action and story building definitely makes up for it.
I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of Vampire Academy. If you’re scared Bloodlines won’t live up to its predeceasing series, then I am here to tell you to fear not! There are also many cameo appearance and they totally rocked my socks off! Especially at the end; that last sentence in the book … WOW. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) needs to be published NOW!
A special thanks to Yara over at Once Upon A Twilight for letting be part of her ARC tour :)