Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Title: Bloodlines
(Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead

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...

So, up until last month I hadn’t read any books by Mead. Now, ive read all 6 of the VA series, and am starting the Boodlines series (obviously) and what the hell took me so long to start??
The story follows Sydney Sage, who we met in VA as an Alchemist. We didn’t know too much about her, only that she was in debt to Abe (a bad guy and Rose’s dad) and that she was an Alchemist.

We learn so much more in this story. You learn about what a crappy childhood she had (Worlds worst dad goes to…?) and how, even though she is almost perfect at everything, no one gives her credit for it and she is constantly feeling lacking.

I grew to really like Sydney. She is an honestly good person. She is always trying to do something for someone else, no matter what price she has to pay personally. She is constantly looking out for everyone, even when she gets nothing in return. And though she was no Rose (from VA), she wasn’t super strong or badass like Rose, she was cool in her own way.

The plot was pretty predictable. (I mean, haven’t all of her books been fairly predictable?) But still very enjoyable. Sydney’s mission in this book is to protect Jill, the half sister to Lissa Dragomir, the young Queen. They go to this boarding school in Palm Springs to keep Jill safe. Though I gotta say, what’s the chance of them going to this super remote location (where no Strigoi are, and everyone is isolated and safe- the safest place they could find to keep Jill safe) yet there just HAPPENs to be a random tattoo-that-infuses-strength/endorphin high phase going on in that ONE Location?? Sounds SUPER far-fetched. lol

BUT… Adrian was there!! YAY! So I was okay with the super predictable and highly unlikely plot.

The only downside was, there was no romance. I like romance in my books. I especially like romance in my paranormal books. And this had none. Sure Jill, the fifteen year old, was kinda set up on a date with a nineteen year old…. And they had a little thing. But that’s it.
Adrian is still caught up on Rose. And Sydney has never dated in her life.

And, though im planning on reading the rest of these books soon. It doesn’t appear (by reading the synopsis of the other books) that there is a single love interest for Sydney. It kinda looks like she has a few love interests. Which is very disappointing. But we’ll see.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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  1. The blurb sounds interesting! I might just check this one out. :-)

  2. i just finished reading all three books that are out to date and officially love this series. I reviewed this one today and i have to say I'm standing pretty much where you are with the book. Book 2 was a bit better but ulitmately it's book three that made me officially love this series.
    Great Review
    Lily @ lilysbookblog

  3. Interesting review. I tend to avoid YA serials these days as all of them seem more or less the same. I might just give a try to this one, though.

    Thanks for sharing


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