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Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. 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...more
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2011)
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Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)

My reaction after reading this book.

I have this shock-type face right now, which I usually get when I read a disappointing or a really good book. I don't even know if I am disappointed or happy...

I was so excited for this book. I was screaming with happiness when I got it read it. But Bloodlines was so NOT what I was expecting. I thought it would be an action filled story with awesome characters and some romance here and there. But what did I get after reading this book? NOTHING. Yes, people who...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
118 days, 30 hours, and counting...

IT HAS A COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All I have to say is Adrian better be in this series, and he better find someone to love him, or else I'm going to have to jump into the book and make him mine.

Update: According to Mead's blog:

Bloodlines is the spin-off series to Vampire Academy (it's the name of the first book and of the series). It's set in the VA world but will be about different characters: Sydney (our narrator), Jill, Eddie, and one of the love interests from...more
Wendy Darling
2.5 out of 5 stars Here's why I normally love Richelle Mead. Her books always contain:

* Strong, kick-ass heroines
* Fun action sequences
* Completely immersive urban fantasy
* Snarky humor
* Strong emotional story arcs
* Cute, cute boys.

Always, that is, except in the case of her most recent book, Bloodlines, a new spin-off series from her Vampire Academy books. I've read all thirteen of the author's previous novels, including her adult urban fantasy series Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid, and I'...more
Arlene
Sep 01, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers - ARC Tour Alexa
Whack! Pow! Holy alchemist! Punch in the face Batman! What a beginning and what an ending to a series kickoff that I just know is going to be a helluva ride. Team Adrian fans get ready because what you didn’t get in Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead delivers ten-fold in Bloodlines. Our favorite Moroi is back with a vengeance and fully loaded with squee-worthy moments. Can’t wait for more!

Yes, it’s no surprise I’m Team Adrian, and I have been ever since Dimitri uttered in Spirit Bound those sucktast...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
The short of it: I'm going to offer the unpopular opinion here and say that I enjoyed this book more than some of the VA books (and this is coming from someone who gave all the books three to four stars each). I love Sydney, Adrian, Jill, and Eddie, and I love the chance to learn more about the Alchemists.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Marina
Adrian Ivashkov.


“They’re waiting for you. Go on in.” Adrian leaned close to Keith’s ear and spoke in an ominous voice. “If.You.Dare.” He poked Keith’s shoulder and gave a "Muhahaha” kind of monster laugh.”





“Yeah? Can you draw a skeleton riding a motorcycle with flames coming out of it? And I want a pirate hat on the skeleton. And a parrot on his shoulder. A skeleton parrot. Or maybe a ninja skeleton parrot? No, that would be overkill. But it'd be cool if the biker skeleton could be shootin
...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I do not relish, nor have I ever relished writing negative reviews. I would like to be able to say that Bloodlines exceeded my very high expectations. I would love nothing more than to write a glowing review for it. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. My love for the Vampire Academy series is the sole reason why I haven't abandoned this book after about 40%.

Let’s start with the most obvious reason: the narrator. When it was announced that Richelle Mead chose Sydney as the viewpoint charac...more
Steph Sinclair
Up until around page 320 I was resigned with giving this book 2 stars, but thanks to a well placed plot twist, Bloodlines gets and upgrade to 3 stars.

I think it's important to point out I am a fan of Richelle Mead's work. I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series (even with the second half less than stellar) and equally enjoyed the Succubus series. I enjoy Mead's witty writing style. It's both entertaining and down right hilarious at times.

However, with the exception of Last Sacrifice, I usu...more
Lisa O.
Aug 31, 2011 Lisa O. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: STRONG lovers of Vampire Academy
Today I'd like to hone some of my (poor) mathematical skills and entertain you with some simple but self-explaining equations:

Bloodlines: Richelle Mead= x: Cassandra Clare

Hint: Spin-offs? Bad idea. You either planned them from the very beginning or anybody in this solar system can see that you're clutching at straws here.

Lissa : Rose = Adrian : x

Hint: Spirit users have a most peculiar ability. If you're familiar with Aladdin like I am, you'll know it's one of the wishes that the genie cannot g...more
Hayden Casey
This is gonna be in third person . . . *forehead slap*
C'mon, Richelle. You're not meant for third person. We found that out in KISSES FROM HELL.

EDIT 5-16-11



YOU NEED TO COME OUT TOMORROW. What if Judgement Day on Sunday strikes me down and I die not knowing what happened to Sydney? (*knock on wood*)

EDIT 8.25.11

It's coming today!, Oh, golly, IT'S COMING TODAY!
IN THREE HOURS!
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Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I liked the Vampire Academy series. It was entertaining enough, but I never felt that reading it was a top priority. For some reason, though, I REALLY wanted to read Bloodlines. I was way more excited for it than Last Sacrifice. I think knowing that Sydney, a human and an Alchemist, would be the main character made it sound very interesting to me. I liked Sydney from the VA series, and I wondered how different her story and her character would b...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Caution: a lot of bitchiness will be used in this review. Fangirls beware!

I have to admit that I didn’t start this with a smile on my face. My first thought when I saw this spinoff start was "But why?"

I have a problem with authors (and not only) milking their products too much. That was exactly my impression when I saw this book. But then I said “Hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this will be the start of something beautiful.” Broken dreams…
”A picture is worth a thousand words”

This is why my review w...more
Mikaela
The one qualm I had about this book? The last line. "Dimitri Belikov had arrived" should have been "Dimitri Belikov had arrived BABY! Hellllllllllls to the yeah"

But aside from that... I really did enjoy it. I love Adrian and Sydney as a couple- there's just that spark between them that was missing with Adrian and Rose and it makes me feel like I can finally appreciate Adrian as his own character without the shadow of Rose and (in particular) Dimitri.

Saying all this, something about this book...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Why people are blabbering and rating this book without even reading it is beyond me. Lack of common sense, I think yes.

You all remember Sydney don't you? One of the least memorable characters from the VA series. Yup, that's our protagonist, the joy!

It never really stood a chance.

Sure in typical Richelle Mead fashion the book is fast paced, engrossing and heck of a page turner. There are those moments that have your heart racing, mentions of Strigoi that have you on edge. Things that only VA ca...more
Michelle Rowen
Spoiler-free review!

There's one really bad thing about getting to read an ARC three months before the release date -- especially with the ending that Bloodlines has -- and that's that I have to wait THAT much longer for the next book in the series.

I consider myself kind of an authority on the original series after being given the chance to reread them to put together Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide (out November 15th! Pre-order now!) so the thought of shifting things up after six books made...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read my review on my blog! --> Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

First thing’s first: Adrian Ivashkov...will you marry me? Once you get your life together, of course. Yes? Great! :D

I’ve always loved Adrian and his humor. Admittedly, I was always Team Dimitri when it came to Rose, but that didn’t mean I didn’t love Adrian and all of his charms. Experiencing him through someone else’s eyes was actually really nice. You get to consider him in a different light. He is still dealing with what happened w...more
Megan
Have you ever taken a look at the sheer number of books Richelle Mead has produced since first being published in 2007? In case you haven't, the number is seventeen. Seventeen books in the past five years! And that count doesn't include shorts she has written for anthologies. My point is simply that I believe this author, who has an amazing talent for creating unique, believable characters and awesome dialogue has spread herself a little thin.

Bloodlines should have been a fun supplement to the...more
Liz
Adrian.Adrian.Adrian...


ahahahahaha sorry, I needed to fangirl a bit...

Awesome plot. Finally an Alchemist as a protagonist!
It was exciting to read how it goes on! Rose appears, fabulous as always, Eddie and Jill and Adrian finally get a chance to show who they are and...this book is just WOW!

After the story with Rose Adrian is broken. He has mixed feelings and this is pretty obvious. On the one hand, he somehow hates her, on the other hand, he still loves her. Nevertheless, he gets a distraction...more
Lissa
Some people are Team Dimitri. Some people are Team Adrian.

Me?

I'm team EDDIE.

Seriously, folks, Eddie is like the coolest big brother/guardian/protector/teddy bear EVER.
Teddy bear hero

Eddie's always there when you need him. He's completely focused on being a guardian and he's always on duty, even when he's not. He won't hesitate to put his body before yours and save your life. He's not dependent on narcotics and he's not a freaking emotional mess who thinks he knows best and breaks your little heart.

In short, Ed...more
Jean Pearl
3.5 stars
Judging from the not-so-good rates and reviews by others of Bloodlines, I admit, my anticipation and over-enthusiastic eagerness to read this had kind of sloped down. Note the 'kind of'. But it wasn't a surprise at least. After all, Bloodlines was the first book in VA's spinoff. That was a cue for me to brace myself for the 'adjustment' I was about to invest, a defense mechanism in my part to not totally ruin my love for the VA series (if it would ever come to that), especially when I h...more
Alyssa
You know, it’s been a while since I’ve loved a YA paranormal romance; nowadays, ones of quality are damn difficult to find. To me, Bloodlines, despite all those negative reviews, was in between the ILOVEDITOMG and EWHOWWASTHISPUBLISHED states. I truthfully did find myself wholly captivated and unable to put the book down – this may have been because I was covered and paralyzed beneath snotty tissues and Vicks, so whatever – but I also had my problems with the novel, as you’ll see. Of course know...more
~Tina~
The Vampire Academy series is one of my all time favorites so it's needless to say that I couldn't wait to get my hands on the spinoff, Bloodline!!

Richelle Mead has done it again! This book is a fantastic start to a bright new beginning for some of our most beloved characters.
To be honest I didn't fall in love with this book like I did with VA, but I think within time and more character growth I'll be able to appreciate it for what's it's truly worth.

My experience with this book reminds me of t...more
Kim
Okay, here goes :)

I liked this A LOT. I wasn't expecting to, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend time in Sydney's head, but there you go, we got along perfectly.

It has been stated in other reviews many times before: Sydney is no Rose. But I don't want her to be. Sydney has her flaws, but she's doing the best she can with what she has. I enjoyed watching her blossom a little and see her frigidness... well not fade away, but at least a part of the surface has melted away. Oh and also, anyb...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
All you people that said there was no Adrian are a bit loco...he was all over the second half of the book! Plus, there was lots of Eddie and he was a lot of fun to read about. I can't wait to learn more about him!

General note - If you haven't read her other series VA, do not think about starting this series. You'll really want to know the backstory of these characters first before embarking on this spin-off.

The first few chapters were a bit slow, but once Adrian and Eddie showed up, I was having...more
9 3/4
Vampire Academy is one of my top favorite book series. I do believe that Richelle Mead is one of the best writers out there, right now. I just love anything she writes. However, I was a little bit hesitant about this. Was this world strong and rich enough to hold another six-book series? Would Sydney be such a lovable heroine as Rose? It proved out that the answer to the all the above question is yes.

The world Mead has created is beautiful. It is perfused with legends and a fascinating mytholog...more
Crystal
First thank you sooo much Alexa for sending this one out on tour!! You are the greatest booker ever!!

I have to admit I was a little scared of this one. I really liked Vampire Academy and I didn't know if Mead could pull off a spin off, but let me reassure anybody who has doubts this book is awesome! This book is told from Sydneys point of view. For those who don't remember she was the alchemist who helped Rose escape from prison. I liked Sydney in VA series but she always seemed a little cold. W...more
Joyzi
Feb 09, 2011 Joyzi marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampire Academy
Recommended to Joyzi by: Paromantasy.com
8.23.2011

The girl on the cover looks like Buffy.

Pre-reading Last Sacrifice
I can't wait but what the fudge, Third person really? I'm not sure if I'm happy about that^^ but anything Vampire Academy I'll truly enjoy.

Post-reading Last Sacrifice
After reading the book I really felt that Adrian should be one of the main cast here and have his HEA. I wanted Sydney Jill Adrian love triangle and I also wanted Angeline and Eddie and Mia on this book.

I also want to know more about the Keepers and the Alche...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Sydney Sage makes her debut with the new Richelle Mead series, Bloodlines. Ever since Blood Promise, I was intrigued by the Alchemists and Sydney but it wasn’t until Last Sacrifice that I really wondered what was behind Sydney Sage.

Bloodlines is still set in the Vampire Academy world, but now we’re following the Alchemist, Sydney. Our girl has a lot of work cut out for her. Her task is to protect Jill, the princess and sister of the queen, Vasilisa Dragomir with the help of the Moroi and dhampir...more
Jennifer
How to rate this...well I'd like to give Adrian 923489238493/5 stars and everyone else like 2/5 stars. I only decided to read this after I heard Adrian was going to be in it. A book about Sydney and Jill, two of the most dull VA characters sounded boring to me. But I believe in Richelle Mead so I figured once the characters had a whole book dedicated to them maybe they would grow on me. Well not so much. Sydney was dull as ever and completely a push over and I hated her feelings towards Adrian a...more
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