The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
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. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.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.
Okay, so I have some mixed feelings about Bloodlines. Overall, I thought it was a good book, a nice start to another one of Mead's addictive series. I enjoyed the fact that we were still dealing in the same world with Moroi, dhampirs, and Strogi. I also liked the fresh perspective that Sydney offered. I absolutely loved the fact that Adrian was a huge part of this...love me some Adrian!
Now onto my issues with the book. Keep in mind this is merely my opinion, to which you may not agree when you read the book. I understand that building up a character is incredibly important, but some things need to be censored accordingly to the target audience. I'm referencing Sydney's issues with her weight. She focuses so much on the fact that she isn't in the same league as the thin, perfectly built Moroi girls. She even goes so far as to think that being a size 4 is too big. This is a book that young, impressionable girls are reading, and I think they have enough about what is deemed acceptable in society's eye that they don't need it jammed down their throats in a fictitious world...one they go to in efforts to temporarily escape their reality full of judgments and criticisms. I'm certain it wasn't the author's intent to hone in on this and make it a big deal, but several times throughout the book, Sydney references her size in a way that makes her feel inadequate in comparison to Jill and other Moroi.
It took me almost half way through to get engulfed in the book. I know that it's because the whole situation needs to be set up for the series and we needed some back story, and I understand all that. There was a pivotal part about half way through that lets you in on what the premise of the book is about, the controversy so to speak. Sadly, it was at this time that I knew who the bad person was. Case solved. But I had the rest of the book to get through. I enjoyed the development of relationships between Jill and Adrian, Sydney and Jill, and Sydney and Adrian. I had a few parts that I hadn't figured out, such as the motive, but once you know who the bad person is, it makes the motive less thrilling.
I give this book 4 stars. I would have given 5 if not for the predictability and the sensitive issues I pointed out above.