Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Tilte: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Year of Release: 2011
ISBN: 9781921518881
Source: Purchased
Number of Pages: 421
Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans ans vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.
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 sympathising 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 just beginning. 
A big fan of the Vampire Academy books, the first novel in the spin-off series, Bloodlines, was an amazing book written by a very talented author. The book had everything from romance and action to mystery and suspense. If you have read the Vampire Academy series already, you would know about the epic battles that go on between the two types of vampires; Moroi and Strigoi. The Moroi vampires are mortal and are able to yield one of the five types of magic; water, earth, fire, air or spirit. The Strigoi however, are evil and twisted and do their very best to attack and kill the Moroi when they get the chance. Luckily, the dhampirs (people who are part human, part Moroi) are around to act as bodyguards and are more commonly referred to as guardians. 
In Bloodlines, the story is given from Sydney Sage, an Alchemist and a fairly new character first introduced to us in Blood Promise, the fourth novel in the Vampire Academy series. After an attack on Jill Mastrano, the Moroi queen's half sister, Sydney is called in as Jill's bodyguard and protector as Jill is forced to go into hiding at a private boarding school in Palm Springs, California. 
The novel includes a few characters from the original series including; Adrian Ivashkov, Eddie Castile and shortly in the beginning, Rose Hahthaway and Abe Mazur. So many surprising twists and I'm sure readers just wanted to punch Keith in the face at so many parts of the book! He was an idiot. There are unexpected romances, ones that I'm sure many of you predicted (Sydney and Adrian *cough*) but it is an amazing book!
The highly awaited novel is finally here and will not disappoint!
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