Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) Richelle Mead- Bloodlines

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Self-purchase

 Synopsis: 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.

 Review: I had high expectations for Bloodlines after all the hype I have heard about the author and this new series. I am yet to read the Vampire Academy series, but since Richelle Mead has such a heavy following, I was keen to delve into her new world in the Bloodlines series.

Dare I say, I was a little disappointed?!  Don’t get me wrong, the setting created by the author was intriguing and the characters were quite well developed and engaging, but I think for me, the plot was too slow. To be honest, not much really happens until the last third of the book and even then there’s not much action or suspense.

To give a brief overview of the storyline, if you haven’t read it yet: Sydney Melrose is an alchemist and it is her role to bridge the gap between humans and vampires so they can live together peacefully (and so that humans are oblivious to their bloodsucking neighbours). Sydney as a character was quite solid, but very difficult to connect with because she is borderline emotionless. She is rigid, socially inept and a little innocent about the ways of the world. She just didn’t have enough spunk in this first novel, but perhaps she will grow and evolve as the series persists. Oh, and there was no romance in the story which threw me out a bit. Quite unusual for a paranormal YA novel!

Nevertheless, I did enjoy Bloodlines and was drawn in particularly by the secondary characters of vamps, Jill and Adrian. The author has a likeable writing style and can create a world that draws you in- I just wish there was more happening in it.

A twist on the typical YA vampire stories, Bloodlines is a book that you may have to pick up a copy and decide for yourself.

3/5 rating

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  • I haven’t read any works of Richelle Mead but I’ve been meaning to try one because of raving reviews. But now after reading your review I guess I don’t need to hurry.

  • I really love the Vampire Academy series, I hope you do too if you read it 🙂 It took me a little while to enjoy Bloodlines but towards the end I really liked it and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series


  • Not sure if anyone else was taken aback by the racist comment directed to australians. Look, I loved VA, was practically obsessed with it, and everything Richelle Mead has done, but the comment made was downright innapropriate. Refering to the teacher who mistakingly calls Sydney, Sydney Melbourne, and then proceeds to correct herself saying she is not a ‘descendant of criminals’. Newsflash, Mead, we’re infact NOT all from the first collony. Maybe get your history in check before making such racially innapropriate comments.

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