Summary from Goodreads:
Blood doesn’t lie…
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…
Six months after I finished the Vampire Academy series I finally picked up Bloodlines! I don’t really know why I didn’t carry on with this vampire universe immediately but I needed to pick this up now because, firstly, if Richelle Mead can’t pick me up from a reading slump, nobody can and, secondly, because the last book in the series is coming out next month so I think it’s a perfect opportunity to marathon this series. Let’s go straight into the review.
Jumping into this series, I realised I forgot how clever Richelle Mead is with her writing. We see snippets of information all over the place in this book which was great for my theorising self because I absolutely love to make predictions. To some, the small packets of information can come off as unexplained and irrelevant, but I felt assured from the way Mead writes that those little things would be revisited and lose ends would be tied. Because of that, the book kept me guessing all the way through which was fantastic and when it came to the end, I was satisfied with answers that I got and the questions that I still had.
So we have our main girl, Sydney Sage, who we met in the other series as the very useful Alchemist, someone who clears up all vampire mess and keeps the humans in the dark. I’m still not sure how I feel about Sydney. Despite what I said above about the mystery and the puzzle-solving, I felt like I guessed what has happened a chapter or two before her and that frustrated me because she is meant to be a really intelligent girl. I also didn’t think she was half as funny as Rose, which I expected but at the same time the humor was definitely something I missed because all of Richelle Mead’s other books have made me laugh while this one… not so much.
Is it bad that my favourite parts of the book were references to the last series? Although those characters are not the focus of the storyline of Bloodlines, I really enjoyed seeing how the aftermath of what has happened in those six books affects the characters and the story here. Those events aren’t simply forgotten and the satisfaction I got from spotting a reference or a tiny detail that related to that other series was ridiculous but it made me really happy all the same.
Lastly, I have to mention that the classic YA line featured in this book: “I exhaled a breath I hadn’t realised I was holding.”
“I decided the Alchemists needed an entire department devoted to handling Adrian Ivashkov.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the direction this series is going in. If you asked me what I think is going to happen next, I probably couldn’t even guess because there’s so much to this story already and there is no saying who’ll die, who’ll switch sides, who’ll fall in love or even if any of those things will happen. Though I am hoping the next book will have more action scenes Bloodlines seemed more on the relaxed side and hopefully some different point of views to throw into the mix.
RECOMMEND TO: Do not read this if you have not read the Vampire Academy series! Big things are going to be messed up for you if you pick up Bloodlines first and you don’t want to do that because that other series is fantastic. In general, I would recommend Richelle Mead to fans of vampire books, obviously, but also people that want something on the funnier side too.