Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version purchased from Kobo Books
From the cover:
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.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive — this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
I wasn’t originally sure that I wanted to read this spin-off series. I loved the characters in the Vampire Academy series, and I knew that Bloodlines was moving on to different points of view. While I liked those characters well enough when they came up earlier, I wasn’t at all sure that I liked them enough to read stories written from their point of view. But a friend convinced me that the other characters would still play important roles in the series, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m glad that I did. I grew to love Sydney and Adrian even more in this book than I ever had before, and I understood their characters and motivation more. They were great choices for the new narrators, opening up the series to explore new issues and stay fresh. They also allowed for a slightly older feel to the series, as the story was no longer being told from the point of view of a teenager, even though they were still “attending” high school.
Bloodlines is a great book for the start of the spin-off series. It has just enough action and romance to keep the reader interested, and plants the seeds for lots of intriguing things to come.