I must say, I rather enjoyed The Last Saint! It started off a bit slow for me and at times I felt some scenes were forced, but overall it was a fun re I must say, I rather enjoyed The Last Saint! It started off a bit slow for me and at times I felt some scenes were forced, but overall it was a fun read.
Grace has her hands full in the exciting sequel to The Dark Divine. In The Last Saint she not only struggles to hold onto her relationship with Daniel, but also resisting her inner wolf. Violence, once again, threatens the good city of Rose Crest and nothing and no one seems to be as they appear.
The reason Daniel and Grace stopped talking to each other seemed forced or bland. I wish there was more depth there. I don't know. I just feel that part could have been better written. I found myself asking, "Why aren't they talking again?", a lot. But I was happy that this book did not seem as predictable as the first one. There were a few things I did guess, but the ending had a nice cliffhanger and I look forward to reading the next one.
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.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 usually do not see where the plot is heading until it is revealed. Unfortunately, Bloodlines will sit right up there with Last Sacrifice on my shelf of predictability.
I won't retell the book here, but the gist is that Sydney, along with Eddie and Adrian, travel to a prep school in Palm Springs, California to keep Jill safe while she is in hiding. While they are expecting clear skies and smooth sailing, we all knew it wouldn't be that easy. A new problem arises for our gang which includes a threat no one expects...vampire hunters.
I think one of the biggest problems with this book lies with the fact that most readers have already read the Vampire Academy series. As such, we already understand the world Mead is describing through Sydney's eyes. This often led to me guessing at the plot's outcome before Sydney even realized something was off in the beginning. I think this book could have scored more points with me had I never known the back story of Adrian, Rose, Jill, Eddie, and Lissa. As a result, Sydney is left to look incredibly slow on the uptake, which is kind of ironic because she is supposed to be depicted as a very intelligent person.
What saved this book, as I mentioned before, is the plot twist that seems to be setting the tone of the series as a whole. I'm actually looking forward to the next books in the series for this reason. One thing I have noticed from reading Mead's works is that she does very well plot wise mid-series. I'll be very interested to see where she goes with this new concept.
While I was looking forward to read Bloodlines simply due to is being a VA spin-off, I was not looking forward to being in Sydney's head. When we first met her in Blood Promise she seemed dry, boring, and stuck up. I'm happy to say, I didn't get any of those vibes while reading this book. Now, Sydney's head is not as fun to be in as Rose. Not by a long shot, but it wasn't as bad as I originally thought it would be. Sydney is analytical in every sense of the word (except when she couldn't put the pieces to the mystery together, that is. -_-), thus approaching every scenario she encounters with a scientific explanation. It was so bad, she couldn't tell when a boy was trying to ask her out. Basic human, social interactions went right over her little blond head. Hey, there's another piece of irony for you...While Sydney was busy thinking of the vamps as unnatural sins against nature, they seemed to have a better understanding social norms and she remained in the dark. Now, I know other reviewers regarded Sydney as discriminatory and racist against the vamps, but I'm going to slightly disagree with that. This is not another ethnicity or race Sydney was dealing with. It's another species that feeds off of humans.
Let's say you are a human and you meet a vampire. Would you:
Bring him back to your place of dwelling and cuddle him, swapping secrets?
Frolic around in the forest on his back while he adoringly refers to you as "Spider Monkey?"
Daydream of him biting you, turning you into his undead lover?
Oh you would, huh? Well, perhaps the Alchemists need to send your crazy ass to a re-education center.
If you are sane, then perhaps your reaction would be similar to mine:
I'd spare no haste in hightailing my ass right outta there.
But, the one thing I will say about Sydney is that her reaction to Vampire magic makes no sense when she has their blood tattooed on her skin. Call it a necessary evil all you want Sydney, but I'll call it BS.
Lissa-----wait, scratch that----Jill seemed to almost be a carbon copy of a previous character. I just can't seem to put my finger on it. Oh, that's right! Lissa. I'm really hoping that this is just my first impression of Jill on our first date. Maybe when we get to know each other better, I'll feel differently. I also found her to be a bit whiny and many times her and Sydney's relationship resembled a mother daughter relationship.
I was really happy to see Eddie again. It's weird, even though he was there, I don't feel his character was remotely explored enough. I'm hoping this will change too.
Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. He still remains my favorite character. Damn you Rose for breaking him!! He is rather depressed in Bloodlines, but he still maintains that cocky little grin we have all come to know and love.
As usual, Mead's dialog never disappoints me. There were plenty of times I chuckled at the banter between Adrian and Sydney.
-------- Now, let's talk about some things I didn't really like. First and foremost is Sydney and her OCD tendencies about her weight. I didn't like how she constantly strived to be paper thin like Jill. There is a part in the book where she is upset that her uniform is a size 4 instead of size 2 (her old size) or even a size 0 (which is Jill's size, thus further infuriating her). Add this to the fact that she is described as just moving her food around on her plate or not eating much at all and it becomes quite disturbing. It's just not healthy. I just feel it's going to send the wrong message to young girls.
Second, it seems we are going to dive further into the machinations of Spirit users and what they can do. That's great and all, but I noticed a little hole in that: (view spoiler)[When we find out Lee was restored, Sydney mentions he can't use his magic (air) anymore. At the end, Ms. Karp is sent out to help with the research regarding this issue. But how can she use her magic, if she too was restored?? Am I missing something here? (hide spoiler)]
And lastly, some parts of the book were a little dry. It wasn't to the point that I would stop reading, but it was there nonetheless.
Overall, it was an ok read, which will probably be a hit or miss for fans of the original series.
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