Saturday 7 November 2015

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

8709527Book Blurb (From goodreads)
I wasn't free of my past, not yet.

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 and 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 sympathizing 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.

My Review
 Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors and I can always count on her for a good exciting read and she never fails to impress.
The plot line picked up more or less from where the Vampire Academy series left off and I highly recommend that you read that series first because it gives you a lot of background of all of the characters which you don't see as much of in this series which would help you understand their motives better. That, and it allows you to see exactly where all of these characters started off. The plot of this book only really thickens around half way through we everything isn't quite what it seems and Sydney begins to question her training as an alchemist. The was not a lot of action in this book apart from at the end, which ended up being exciting enough to satisfy me for the lack of action in the other chapters.
Sydney was complicated in this book. She was always conflicted with her duty to the alchemists and the people that she grew up with and her new found friendship to the dhampires and the vampires. She managed to handle herself well enough when Adrien provoked her which made the scenes with him slightly more amusing. Adrien was the same Adrien that we had seen in the other books. He liked to stay drunk and agitate people. But when it came to protecting those he loved he calmed down enough to do what needed to be done.
All in all I give this book four out of five stars.

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