Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 421
Age: 10+
Review Rating: 1/4


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...


I was extremely disappointed in this novel. It is kind of rare that I read a paranormal/urban fantasy novel that really don't like, but this one really wasn't very good. To start with, Sydney wasn't a strong enough character from the Vampire Academy (VA) series to start a split off series with. While she is good as a secondary character, she isn't strong enough or interesting enough to be a main character. Through the whole novel, I felt Mead was resting on the success of the Vampire Academy series, instead of really investing in the character and story line of Bloodlines. Yes, one of our favorite vampires is in it, Adrian, but he doesn't take a prominent role in the story. It made his purpose was only to bring in fans of Adrian's from VA. 

The story line was one dimensional and wandered. The whole idea that Sydney had to protect Jill was kind of ridiculous as Eddy from VA is there to protect her. Also the climax of the novel seemed to have appeared out of no where and was totally left field. Hints of the main conflict were dropped through out, but Mead doesn't make it a big deal to the character, so it isn't to the reader. 

If you're wanting something that was along the times of VA, read a different series. This may have some of the same character, but doesn't feel like it was written by Mead. 

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