Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.  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. -

Thanks heavens! More Vampire Academy!!  I love Richelle Mead, and The Vampire Academy books were some of my favorites that I've ever found in YA.  I read the first one a couple years ago and then devoured the rest of the series.  I was so sad to see it end, but when I found out Richelle Mead was creating a new series in the same "world," I could not wait for it to come out.  Did it live up to my expectations?  Yes it did!!

First of all, I was a die hard Dimitri fan from book one of Vampire Academy, but even I fell a little bit in love with Adrian in the latter books of the series.  Even though I knew Rose belonged with Dimitri and I was pulling for them to be a couple, a small part of me wanted Adrian to get Rose.  I am so excited that Richelle Mead has given Adrian his own story, as he was one of my favorite characters in the series.  And he is just the same in this series.  Mysterious, intriguing, sexy, and a little dark. 

Sydney was always an interesting character to me in the previous series, so getting to see inside her head is awesome.  There's a lot more there than we were really allowed to see in the first series... and it is great to get hear her motivations, and why she follows in her family's alchemist footsteps.  Although, after reading book one, I think there's a lot more to Sydney than even she herself knows.  Jill and Eddie are a great combo as well, as I see a neat story developing there..

As far as the story goes, Bloodlines is clearly a set up novel, but at the same time, Richelle Mead did a good job putting some conflict and resolution in here to get us started.  The mistake I see in a lot of series first novels, especially in spinoffs, is the tendency to spend so much time on backstory and introducing the characters, that very little plotting or conflict is present.  Not so with this book.  This gave us just enough to make us want more, and I simply can't wait for the next story to come out.  I finished this book and howled with frustration at having to wait.  Bring on book two!!

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