Monday, September 19, 2011
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bloodlines is set in the same world as Richelle Mead's popular Vampire Academy series, this time looking at things from the point of view of Sydney, the human Alchemist that (somewhat reluctantly) helped Rose when she was on the run from a murder rap. Now the Alchemists, who are charged with making sure that the rest of human-kind doesn't know that vampires actually do live among them, have sent 18 year old Sydney back to school - as the supposed older sister of Moroi (or living vampire) Jill Masterson. Jill's life is in danger, since she's the only thing that is keeping her half-sister on the Moroi throne. So it's decided that it's best to get her out of the Moroi world all together. And the best place for that is Palm Springs, CA - where most Moroi wouldn't be able to handle the sun.
Of course, nothing is as easy as it could be. Sydney is under suspicion because of her assistance of Rose months earlier, Jill is feeling the strain of having to be so closely watched, and Sydney not only has to deal with another Alchemist that she hates, but mysterious tattoos that are showing up in school giving the humans with the tattoos some pretty impressive powers. Oh, and the bodies that seem to be showing up around the group as well.
It was wonderful to come back into the world of the Moroi, dhampires and Alchemists. I really liked the character of Sydney when she first came on the page so seeing her get a series of her own was fantastic. Also having some other favorites - particularly the super-sexy Adrian - was a plus as well. I'll admit that I'd expected that Keith (the other Alchemist) had something to do with something happening in Palm Springs, but the identity of the murderer threw me for a real loop.
If you've read the Vampire Academy series, then you'll definitely want to check it out. And if you haven't, but enjoy paranormal, you'll want to check out the Vampire Academy series and then read Bloodlines. I really can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!
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