Reviewed by: Book Addict
by Richelle Mead
Published August 23, 2011 by Razorbill
When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside-and within- the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only beginning.
For a complete review which may contain SPOILERS, please click 'Read More' below:
Bloodlines is the first book in the new “Vampire Academy” spin-off, also entitled “Bloodlines”. Fans of Adrian will be pleased to know that he makes a significant appearance in this book. I for one am hoping that he will eventually get his Happily Ever After. Bloodlines is told from the perspective of our favorite Alchemist, Sydney. Factions of the Moroi are not happy with Lissa’s status as Queen and have decided the best way to thwart her power is to take out her only living relative - her newly discovered sister Jill. To prevent this from happening the Moroi, Dhampir and Alchemists will have to work together. This means Sydney is called into action to pose as Jill’s sister and roommate in a human boarding school. Hiding in the middle of the desert should be a piece of cake, right?
There are so many fabulous twists in this story, many of which took me completely by surprise. It’s great to get to know characters like Sydney and Jill a little better and it’s equally as wonderful to see old favorites like Adrian and Eddie. There is a lot more to being an Alchemist than I ever imagined from previous books. This is not the Vampire Academy books in a different setting. This is a whole new world opening up with intriguing, even dangerous possibilities that I look forward to uncovering. Richelle Mead’s writing is excellent, as always, and you can really picture yourself along for the ride.
The second book in the series, The Golden Lily, will be released in 2012.