Hardcover, 432 pages
Released: August 23, 2011
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The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.My Rating: 4 / 5
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.
As a big fan of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, let's just say I was ecstatic when I heard about this new series. If you have not read the Vampire Academy books, besides changing that, I would suggest you have a peak at the Vampire Academy wiki to read up on the characters as it may seem overwhelming at first.
This is the story of Sydney, an alchemist who helped Rose escape from prison and is now living with the consequences..no one trusts her. She is excited to find out that they need her help and she is not being sent away to reform school. In an attempt to keep the Moroi Queen's half-sister safe, Sydney is assigned to watch over Jill. They pose as sisters at a boarding school in California, hiding and expecting nothing to be happening in this town. Surprise...people are being killed and it appears to be the work of a vampire or even a vampire hunter (do they exist?).
While I did find the middle section a tad long but believe me when I tell you the ending is to die for! I hate to compare but this was like Holly Black's White Cat/Red Glove for me...book one is full of world building but the ending is perfect and leaves you eager for the next book right away. I loved how it ends, in a teaser way as opposed to cliffhanger. I literally had a huge smile at the end and said "darn you Richelle!" A blowout start to a new series, I need the next book now!
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