Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead


Published: Razorbill (August 23, 2011)
Pages: 421
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: Jamie picked this up for me at BEA (THANK YOU!)
GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: Let me first start out by saying that I am beyond ecstatic to be back in this world. Last Sacrifice left me with a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, given the way that one of my favorite characters was treated. I thought that Mead was giving the shaft and was really disappointed in the ending of the VA series.

HOWEVER.

I now take back any of the less than stellar things I may have thought about Last Sacrifice and should trust in the higher literary power that is Richelle Mead and the fact that IT IS ALL IN HER ALMIGHTY PLAN. I now beg her forgiveness.

While the transition from Rose's to Sydney's POV was difficult for me, after about 50 pages, I effortlessly slipped into Sydney's brain. Seriously, is there anyone Mead CAN'T write? Sydney is the total opposite of Rose Hathaway: uptight, prudish, naive, completely self-conscious, relies solely on logic and science. And yet, I totally believed this character. She was relateable. She, of course, wasn't entirely without flaws, but that's what makes Mead's characterization effing beautiful.

The storyline centered around Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian. I wasn't expecting it to be as vampire-centric as it was, but I am so glad it is. After the years long affair I had with VA, I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to give up the Moroi/Strigoi storyline. Good news: WE DON'T HAVE TO! Why give up writing about such a good thing? I was kept in suspense the majority of the time and there's lots of Adrian to keep me satisfied. He is as irresistable as ever and is ever-so-slowly showing us a deeper side to himself. Swoon to the umpteenth power.

As far as the romance? SLOW BURN. Similar to the first VA book, we get more of a backstory and character development than romance. There is a butterfly-inducing inkling of a "moment" interspersed in all the dramz and it's just enough to make me googly-eyed and YEARN for the next book. This series is going to be ginormous. My fear of venturing outside Rose Hathaway's POV was unwarranted. FEAR NOT, SKEPTICS.

And there's a cliffhanger that will make you question how you'll go on living until you get your hands on book 2. Which doesn't have a title or a cover yet. [EDIT: yes it does! But it didn't when I first scheduled this review. Sorry for that! ] if you'll excuse me, I have to go research human cryogenics so I won't have to suffer through the next year and can wake up happily on the release date of the next book.

15 comments:

  1. Great review!
    Glad to hear that it wasn't hard to switch over to another POV, that was definitely my worry. I can already tell that this is gonna suck me in just as much and your positive review makes me wish it was out now. Glad you enjoyed it!

    just so you know, the 2nd cover and title is out!! I love the cover more than the first [: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709523-the-golden-lily

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  2. Jen - great review. I'm set for a blog tour for this one, but wodered if it mattered if I've never read any VA books yet (I've read a few short stories in anthologies of the Moroi etc. I hope I don't need to have read all of VA to understand this one.... but I am thinking I will go back and read them all since you speak highly of them. :)

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  3. LOVE (you, this review, richelle, this series, this book, THIS BOOK'S LAST LINE OMG OMG OMG OMG heart attack)

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  4. I so have to read the VA books. Thanks for the awesome review.
    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

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  5. Great review! I love Mead's cliffhangers. I was so sad that VA was over, but this new series will hopefully fill the void.

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  6. LE - yeah I totally schedules this post prior to the cover/title being released :P whoops!

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  7. Mead's cliffhangers are a thing of great beauty and extreme frustration! Great review!

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  8. I felt like Mead was focusing more on setting up Bloodlines in the last VA book than giving Rose an "ending." I was so disappointed that I didn't think I'd want to read Bloodlines but now with your review I'm more excited about it! I'm glad that Mead is back on form!

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  9. Dear Jen, the reasons I love this review are three fold. 1, Your love for VA makes me all squishy inside and the fact that you had THE EXACT SAME reaction when reading this from Sydney's POV is HILAR!! I was all "oh no you don't thinking you can take Rose's place you silly little.....OMG SYDNEY I LOVE YOU...ROSE WHO?!" 2, moroi/strigoi/dhampir are only the best things to ever grace vampire books in the history of the universe and it seems you concur. 3, ADRIAN ADRIAN ADRIAN!!! 4, I know i said 3 fold but whatevs, that last line SLAYED ME!! Love it. this review and the book.

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  10. *laughs* Loved reading this review. Just as much as I love the VA series. I haven't finished it yet though. I have to read Last Sacrifice and I'm a bit skeptical because I didn't really like book five.

    Unlike you, I'm actually looking forward to a change of POV. I want to see what this 'total opposite of Rose' is like. Hmm, I hope I like this one as much as you did...

    ~ Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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  11. Awesome review Jen! I can't wait for this. I need some more Adrian :)

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  12. Lol, you made me laugh with your comments. Loved the review, very spoiler-free for the people who don't want them. After reading this I feel even more excited about Bloodlines release if that's even possible xD

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  13. Jenners!!! I need this. A lot!! You did this to me! lol! Amazing review and I so can't wait to read this!!

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  14. Awesome review. To be honest I loved Bloodlines more than the first VA book. I don't why but I think it's because I love Sydney so much! ;)

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  15. i havnt read the va books will this make a huge diffence in my enjoying this spin-off series?

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