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Bloodlines [Kindle Edition]

Richelle Mead
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series



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.


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From Richelle Mead: A Letter to Fans

Richelle Mead

A lot of people ask me if I’m sad that the Vampire Academy series ended. And honestly…I’m not. There are a couple reasons for this. One of the biggest is that I’ve always known how Rose’s story was going to wrap up, and it was time for her to get a little happiness. She’s had a rough time in the series!

The other reason I’m not sad about Vampire Academy ending is because…well, it hasn't.

Technically, Bloodlines is the first book in a new series (which is also called Bloodlines), but it picks up almost right after Last Sacrifice ended. Fans aren’t going to have to wait long to find out what’s going in the Moroi world--and that’s the key point here. We’re still in the Moroi world. Bloodlines takes place around all the Moroi, dhampirs, and other supernatural intrigue and romance we loved in the first six books. We even get to see how a lot of familiar characters are doing--including Rose and Dimitri.

The biggest difference is that Sydney, the Alchemist we first met in Blood Promise, has taken over as our narrator. She’s telling the story now--and with good reason. Things have gotten a bit crazy in the Moroi world, and Sydney finds herself dragged into the heart of it. Jill Mastrano, the young Moroi girl who learned about her royal status at the end of Last Sacrifice, is being targeted by assassins who want to remove her sister from the throne. To keep her safe, Jill is sent off into hiding--at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

To say this is a bit of culture shock for Jill is an understatement, but it’s just as difficult for Sydney. Sydney has to go undercover with Jill, posing as her sister, in order to make sure things run smoothly with a vampire hiding out in a human society. Eddie Castile, the well-intentioned dhampir always getting into trouble for Rose, also comes along to work as Jill’s bodyguard. Rounding out the cast is the notorious Adrian Ivashkov. He’s not posing as a student, but he has “helpfully” invited himself along to keep a brotherly eye on Jill--and torment Sydney with his constant jokes and party boy habits.

Rose was a great narrator, and Sydney’s fun in a lot of different ways. She gives us a human take on the Moroi world, which isn’t something we’ve really seen yet. Vampire life, through Rose’s eyes, is a very normal thing. For Sydney? Not so. It’s made worse because she’s been raised to believe vampires and dhampirs are wrong and unnatural, but spending time with them in Palm Springs begins to change her mind. The Alchemists don’t look favorably on those questioning their beliefs.

What’s also interesting is that Sydney has a much more analytic view of the world than Rose. Sydney overthinks where Rose rushes in, and both styles are fun to watch. Sydney’s super smart and can memorize reams of material—but is a little oblivious to how a normal social life works. That’s never been an issue while she was working as a field Alchemist, but in the midst of a high school—with guys who want to ask her out? Yeah. There are a few complications! Roll in the fact that sinister, supernatural activities are going on in Palm Springs, and Sydney suddenly finds her mission a lot more complicated than even she expected.

All in all, I think readers who loved the Vampire Academy series are going to adore Bloodlines. I purposely left a lot of questions at the end of Last Sacrifice…and those are going to get answered. And like I said, Vampire Academy hasn’t really ended. It’s just going to go on in a different form and give us a look at the vampire world in a new way. Fans of Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian are going to love learning more about them. So, have fun, and get ready for the story to continue!

--Richelle Mead

About the Author

Richelle Mead (www.richellemead.com) is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFZ9CC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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Sydney has been on thin ice ever since helping Rose with her problems. Working with a dhampire is tantamount to treason to the Alchemists so they don't trust her anymore. She can't afford to screw up her latest assignment for more reasons than she can count. She's to go into hiding with the Dragomir princess Jill, aka jailbait. Jill's life is at risk as she is the key to overthrowing her sister's throne. Eddie and Adrian accompany them, making for one heck of a rag tag team. Sydney will have to keep her wits about her as danger will not only come from assassins but from places they least expect. To make matters worse, her own career is in doubt due to her questionable interactions with them. However, staying detached from the rest of them please her supervisors, will prove to be the least of her worries in the end as much more is at stake then she ever realized.

I'll admit I was a little skeptical at how much I would really enjoy Bloodlines due to the perspective change. I love Rose, and just figured anyone else would pale in comparison. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Sydney's perspective. There is so much more to her than we saw on the surface in the Vampire Academy series. She is incredibly strong, yet unlike Rose she doesn't go charging into problems like a bull to hit them head on. Her methods are a little more underhanded and subtle, yet no less effective in the end. I find her aversion to Abe a little amusing as they are quite similar in the long run. The most intriguing thing about Sydney's character would have to be the constant war she is at with herself. She wants to stick to the strict rules and upbringing her Alchemy beliefs taught her, especially the unnaturalness of magic and that anything vampiric is evil.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for, but I'll be coming back for more August 23, 2011
By Dee18
Format:Hardcover
When the Moroi world is in the midst of revolution and political upheaval, measures must be taken to protect the second most crucial member of the royal family.

Since discovering that Queen Lissa Dragomir has a half-sister called Jill, royal loopholes have thrown the young girl in danger. For her own safety she is being herded to Palm Springs, to live amongst humans and hide in plain sight.

Joining her will be dhampir bodyguard, Eddie, and two alchemist workers - Keith and Sydney. Adrian Ivashkov must also accompany the young woman, for reasons neither of them will reveal.

Though these vampires are fleeing from the turmoil within their own race, they'll be even more surprised to find what lurks amongst them in the human world.

`Bloodlines' is the first book in Richelle Mead's `Vampire Academy' spin-off series.

I was ecstatic for this book. The sting was taken out of `Last Sacrifice's' finality purely because I knew there was a spin-off series in the works. I counted down the days, avoided spoilers and watched YouTube teasers. And in the end . . . I was a little underwhelmed.

Let me start out by saying the good. And because this is Richelle Mead, there is plenty of good.

For starters, this series has a very different feel to `Vampire Academy'. I don't just mean the protagonist change of alchemist Sydney Sage versus dhampir Rose Hathaway. That's obvious. I mean Mead has completely changed the atmosphere for this spin-off. In `Vampire Academy' Rose and Lissa were nothing short of celebrities within the school grounds; Lissa, for being the last of the Dragomirs, and Rose for her attitude and eventually, kill rate. They were superstars and utterly cool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh~ September 4, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have been pining for this book ever since I first heard about it. Like many other YA fans out there, I was super excited for it and, although I didn't have a chance to read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series yet, I heard so many awesome things about her previous works that I knew I HAD TO read her newest release and find out what everyone was raving about. I so wanted to love this book! The premise was intriguing and promising, the characters well developed and Richelle's writing style is absolutely fantastic - I fell in love with it right from the get-go. How could you possibly go wrong with that? Well, apparently you can! While I liked the setting, the pace was totally off. It was insanely slow. The narrative voice was superb: realistic, smooth and engaging, but where was the action? Why was the plot so silly? Why-oh-why was the story line focused entirely on dating-related issues, making it look more like some cheap soap opera (Days of our Lives? The Bald and The Beautiful?) rather than a badass vampire novel I expected. I'm really sorry to say that, but honestly, this book was a disappointment.

Those of you who have read the Vampire Academy series surely remember Sydney, the alchemist that broke the rules to help Rose Hathaway in her quest to save Dimitri. Sydney is back and so are few other VA characters that you might recognize - Eddie, Jill, Adrian... even Rose makes an appearance at the beginning of the book, although she doesn't really have any major role to play in the story. Jill Dragomir's life is in danger. Her sister - Lisa Dragomir - has been elected the new Moroi Queen but not everyone is happy about it. There's been a lot of protests and dissidence. Not being able to get past Lisa's security, the attackers targeted Jill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read
A great way to continue on The Vampire Academy series. Sydney is an interesting, dynamic character, and the obvious attraction between her and Adrien could - potentially - rival... Read more
Published 1 day ago by jlcl 318
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy book
I read all the vampire academy books and enjoyed them. If you did too I think you'll enjoy this series as well since you get to see what happens to some of the other characters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chilli0506
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
This story turned out to be nearly as good as the Vampire Academy series. I was very pleasantly surprised. I generally find most spin offs to be disappointing.
Published 1 day ago by Cindy Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars just O.K
Not as good as vamire academy but ive started started reading book 2 of this series and it seems more promising than the 1st!
Published 5 days ago by Strawshort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Vampire Academy
I would suggest that you read Vampire Academy first, but these books are excellent! I really enjoyed all of the Vampire Academy series, and was kind of sad when it was over. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sarah Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Love all of Richelle Mead's books.
I am actually reading this series for the second time which I never do. Unique. Best sequel story line ever.
Published 6 days ago by bbcreations
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Addition to the Vampire Academy World
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the life of Sydney and the alchemists. Adrian and Eddie round out the familiar cast of characters and leave me wanting more.
Published 7 days ago by Empress
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Great book I stayed up past my bedtime often because I could not put it down. The story moves quickly and keeps me wanting more.
Published 7 days ago by Judy Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST Read NEXT book IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!
Just as good as V/A series, but with more depth. Way to keep readers interested, Richelle Mead, way to go!
Published 8 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars if u luved VA series u will LUV this series
if u luv VA series u will LUV this series...it continues the story of some of the characters including Sydney, Adrian and Jill!!!
Published 9 days ago by christine
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Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at: www.richellemead.com

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