Book Review Friday! Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Okay, those of you that follow my reviews know that I love all sorts of different genres. I can get into a historical romance just as quickly as I can a fantasy novel. One of my favorite Young Adult authors is Richelle Mead. I adored her Vampire Academy novels, but then life got hectic, and I didn’t discover her Bloodlines series until now. Boy am I glad I did.
Bloodlines basically extends the story from Vampire Academy it picks up where the other series ended, but it takes on a fresh face and different perspective by making the main character a human, or an alchemist, which is a human who knows about the vampire world and dabbles in magic to help keep it a secret from the other humans.
Sydney Sage messed up with eh alchemists by helping a dhampir, half human, half vampire, escape. She lives in constant fear of being sent to a re-education center, so when then other alchemists come for a late night meeting, she fears the worst. But, it’s not her they want…it’s her sister Zoe they want to recruit, but Zoe isn’t ready and Sydney knows that. She’ll do anything to protect her sister from being dragged into the alchemist lifestyle, and so she risks everything to take her sister’s spot on a dangerous assignment. She’s supposed to protect the Moroi princess Jill Dragomir. Can she reclaim her right to be an alchemist, or will she only further prove her father’s belief that she is not fit for duty?
The way Ms. Mead writes kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. The world and characters captivated me within the first few paragraphs. I felt for Sydney’s struggle between what she grew up believing and what her heart told her. I cheered for Adrian even when he made me want to jump into the story and smack him around the room. My mind toyed with the information to put it all together and figure out the mystery of the magical tattoos. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am ready to jump into the next installment.
Ms. Mead braids romance, action, and mystery into a stellar story that will keep you enthralled for hours. Take a chance and be transported to a world that makes you forget your own problems.
There was only one major flaw that I could not overlook and had to take a star away because of it. Near the end of the book, one of the character’s used God’s name in vain, and that is just unacceptable to me. But, other than that I loved the book and will continue reading the series.
I give Bloodlines four stars!
***Warning *** This is not a Christian novel and does not hold Christian values. There are a handful of curse words smattered throughout the story, and there are mild mentions of sex.