Saturday, February 2, 2013

~Review Bloodlines Series by 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

Awesome start to Vampire Academy(VA) spin off series! I did not think I would enjoy it as much as VA but I may like it more and that is hard to do. Richelle Mead took our not so outstanding characters in VA and has brought them front and center in Bloodlines.
Adrian wasn't one of my favorite characters in VA.He was kind of an annoyance,I din't see what everyone saw in him.But in Bloodlines he grew on me and I am loving Sydney and Adrian's growing friendship and snarky comments.
I enjoyed being in Sydney's head and trying to figure things out as she did.I have to say,one conclusion I drew before she did but another one smacked me straight in the face because I never saw it coming.Sydney seemed like a shy nerdy character in VA but she has grown a lot since her encounter with our VA friends.She paid a high price for helping Rose in VA and now she has a chance to prove herself.She does this with flying colors.
Sydney,Adrian and Eddie must keep Jill safe from Moroi who want to remove Lissa from the throne by taking her out.The Alchemist hide them out in the hottest,driest place the can find,Palms Springs,CA.Posing as siblings at a private school they try to blend in with other students.However,things don't go so smoothly and they encounter a threat they didn't perceive. Can they keep Jill safe and hidden? Can Sydney work with vampires while proving she wasn't a vamp lover? Will they uncover the threat before it is too late?


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart

I am so in love with this series!So Sydney is getting back into good graces with the Alchemist but at the same time she questions here own friendship with the vampires in her care.A new dhampir is brought in to help guard Jill,leaving Sydney the freedom of her own room.However,this new dhampir is a hand full.On top of keeping Jill safe,Sydney has to keep the new dhampir from causing too many problems that would result in her expulsion from Amberwood.
Lia is still trying to find a way to get Jill to do a photo shoot.Her teacher is still encouraging Sydney to practice magic. Sydney is against both ideas due to Jill's safety and her own beliefs. 
Jill is now dating a human. Trey is adamant about setting Sydney up with the new guy at the coffee shop.Eddie is still pining for Jill while insist she is too good for him and the new dhampir has her eyes set on Eddie.Sydney continues to be oblivious to Adrain's flirting. While all our characters become more involved in their own relationships, a new threat is emerging.Sonya becomes a target for these newcomers in turn putting our whole group in danger.Will Sydney be able to figure out who they are and how to stop them before they get to Sonya? Can Sydney figure out how to she balance her mission as an Alchemist without compromising her Alchemist beliefs?


In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series 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

Release Date: 2-12-12


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