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Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 423 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 24th of 2011 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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. 

It was refreshing to read a book that I absolutely love. I’d recommend this series to everyone but it’s very complicated since you kinda need to read Vampire Academy first. I’ve heard people calling Vampire Academy underrated but not that many people even know Bloodlines exists.

  • Sydney’s little sister is ungrateful brat.
  • I can relate to her feelings towards her father
  • Sydney’s thoughts when she didn’t know what was going on between Adrian and Jill made me almost laugh.
  • The alchemy was very interesting!

It’s not a secret how much I love Adrian but I actually forgot what a good character Sydney is! She is very relatable and likeable. Sydney is a strong and smart character. I don’t really know much about cars but it’s so nice to see her naming her car. Sydney isn’t as kickass as Rose and she has fears like magic and re-education center but I like her more.

I mostly relate to her relationship with her dad. Sydney wants to please her father but at the same time is afraid to disappoint him, even with knowing that he’s never happy with anything she does. He loves her dad but she also has resentment towards him.

She would do anything for her sisters. The book starts when Sydney decides to go to live and work with vampires just so her sister doesn’t have to. Zoe of course takes an offence of this because she’s a teenager and acts like a little brat. There’s also the thing Sydney did for her other sister few years back.

Adrian on other hand is still trying to get over from his heartbreak. Most of the book he’s either smoking, drinking or being sarcastic. I love Adrian, I really do but in this one he was a bit selfish. I get that he has been through a lot but Jill deserves better. Adrian is flawed but that’s one of the reasons I love him.

I loved how everyone had some character growth in this book and it’s only the first one in the series! Can’t wait to read rest of the series.

“Adrian and I have a lot in common.”

Books really need to stop giving me The Vampire Diaries feels. Sydney and Adrian sometimes reminds me so much of one of my TV OTP’s: Klaroline. Not only one of the characters think they’re the same but Adrian is a vampire and an artist (Klaus anyone?)

I can’t wait to get to see this romance grow. In the start of this book they were enemies because of the way Sydney was raised and now they’ve become friends. I just love enemies to lovers trope so much.

If you have already read Vampire Academy go read this series. It’s so much better… and just do it. You can’t have too much Ivashkov in your life.

5 stars

15 thoughts on “Book Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

  1. YESSS!! I’m so glad that you loved this book ❤ It's one of my favorite series ever, but not many people read it because they haven't read VA either ;( Super excited for all your reviews for this series. I totally agree that Sydney isn't as kickass as Rose, but she's still so capable and, in my opinion, a bit more relatable. Lovely review xx


  2. After finishing Vampire Academy, I never got around to reading this that I know about Adrian and Sydney I may give it a try!!


  3. My mum read this series without reading TVA haha, she was fine with it. I think it’s a shame that TVA is more widely known because I honestly love Bloodlines more than TVA. I think Christian was my fav character in TVA if I’m honest. Then when Adrian came along I was just like well…also Adrian’s a brunette right? For some reason in my head he’s blonde…and I don’t know why xD

    Can’t wait to read your other reviews for this series hehe

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      1. it really is and no…I just pictured him as blonde idk why he just appears as blonde in my head haha


  4. You are making me want to reread Vampire Academy! That series is so GOOD, I must have to reread it, in order to finally read this one. You saying they are a lot like Klaus and Caroline is hot helping, lol.

    Adrian is the love of my life and I actually want to discover more of Sydney, and also I want to see Adrian happy 😦

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    1. You really should! I love adrian and sydrian so much 😭❤️ can’t wait to read the Adrian story Mead is currently writing and get more of them.


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