Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is the first book in the Bloodlines series, which is a spinoff of the Vampire Academy series. You don’t need to have read Vampire Academy to enjoy this book. It would fill in the back story, but Mead writes this story in such a way that it truly doesn’t feel like a sequel. Sydney has her own story, and it feels pretty complete.
Of course, if you have read Vampire Academy, it is pretty hard to NOT compare the two stories. Sydney is a very different protagonist than Rose. Rose, while being a super strong female lead, was all passion and angst. Sydney, while still being a strong lead, is nearly the opposite: all pragmatism and prejudice. It seems to be Mead’s style to create the strong female characters who come across as very likeable, while at the same time having character flaws that drive you nuts. I guess that also makes them identifiable.
I’m also super glad that Adrian is a key part of these series. While reading Vampire Academy, I was totally Team Adrian.
And the plot of this story is killer. Some of it was predictable (although still enjoyable to discover), and some of it was… well, I could point at a character and say, “I know something is up with that guy.” But it took me awhile before I could start guessing what was really up with that guy. And the way whole thing played out was just delightful to read.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and have already started the next one, The Golden Lily.
I give it:
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