Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (e-book and audiobook).

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  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.

From Goodreads.

Get the e-book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

The cover:

I’m in love with this one *_*. I definitely can picture the girl on the cover as Sydney because the one starring in the Bloodlines introductory videos is totally nonsense… Anyways, I’m thinking that, maybe, the one on the cover is Eddie… Because I’m sure Adrian is too pretty to be him ;).

The storyline:

So, I’ve been dying to read this book after I finished the Vampire Academy series back in December and I heard both positive and negative reviews on it. But seriously, it was just perfect!

The first thing to notice is that the narrator in this new series is Sydney, the Alchemist we met in VA series and who helped Rose escape the jail and prove her innocence (good times :’)). A lot of fans of the VA series didn’t like her being the narrator because she had a different view on things. For me, it was just as good. Of course there’ll be a difference, she’s a human who’s been her whole life taught to hate vampires and their magic. It was really refreshing to hear her side of the story and have some unanswered questions in Last Sacrifice answered here :).

The story begins with Sydney at home being awakened by her father in the middle of the night to give her her new assignment. Because she’s desperate to prove her loyalty for the Alchemists, after it faltered when she helped escaping Rose back at Court, she takes the job although she’s assigned to work with Keith, an Alchemist who’s totally not a gentlemen. She’s then informed that she’ll be working together with Eddie and Adrian to keep Jill, Queen Lissa’s little sister, safe from moroi attacks who’s been trying to kill her and therefore get Lissa rid out of her title. Along the way, she keeps sharing her feelings and thoughts on everything and she also meets Abe, Rose and new morois. As the story develops; we meet new characters such as Trey, Micah and Laurel and the story gets even more interesting. Also, in this book, we get to know Sydney for real, because there’s a lot going on inside her that is reflecting her past.

Throughout the story, constant mentions of Rose and Dimitri are inevitable <3. Adrian is still hurt by what happened and the only one who can help him is Sydney, although Jill can too…(if you read my status updates on Goodreads, you’ll know what I’m talking about.). Sydney tries to help Adrian and both of them create a funny and crazy friendship that maybe one day it’ll develop to be more ;).

At the end, we’ll find out what Keith has been up to (I’m so glad she got rid of him >_<”) and how things are going to be. Richelle’s way of ending her books is amazing. At first, everything seemed to end in a peaceful way, but then I remembered that the best part of her books was kept for the end, and I was right! So, to spoil this review, I’ll say that this book will end with Sydney fighting and Dimitri coming back XD <333.

The audiobook:

I really wanted the audiobook because I couldn’t stay awake at night reading from my phone’s screen and wake up with a pain in my eyes. But the real surprise hit me when I started listening and found out that the narrator was the same one who impersonalized Rose!!! I was jumping with happiness because I was hearing the same voices with the same accents from VA!!!

Thank you, Emily Shaffer, for narrating Bloodlines too <3.

Characters:

Sydney, the main character, is a normal girl with a difficult past and present. She’s nice, fair and really polite. It’s true she gets on Adrian’s nerves, but he deserves it!! Winking smile.

Jill is the sweetest sister ever! I have no idea how Lissa never even tried to connect with her. The girl is sweet, shy, cool and easygoing. If Lissa was anywhere near me, I’d slap her!

Adrian is Adrian. There’s totally no way to describe him without spoiling this review any further. His attitude gets better and he learns to drink and smoke less thanks to Sydney and his new condition with Jill (and don’t ask me what it is because I’m not telling! You’ll have to read for yourself!).

Lee is the real mystery. I really didn’t like him from the beginning and he looked suspicious all the way from the start. It turns out I was right!

Micah is so nice to Jill, and it’s obvious from the first time he talks to her that he likes her, and although relationships between humans and vampires are hated and almost forbidden, Eddie is the only one who doesn’t mind because Micah looks and acts like Eddie’s diseased best friend and Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Mason.

Keith in one word deserves what he gets at the end and not knowing what it is exactly, it’s not even fair!

Other characters worth mentions are: Abe, Rose’s father and it’s always nice to have him around ^_^. Sydney’s new best friends Kristen and Julia. And Angeline, from the Keepers who ends up being Jill’s new babysitter.

Favorite quotes:

Keith was just bringing the glass to his lips when Adrian said, “Mmm. O positive, my favorite.”            Keith sprayed out the wine he’d just drunk and promptly started coughing. I was relieved that none got on me. Jill burst into giggles, and Clarence stared at his glass wonderingly.           

“Is it? I thought it was a cabernet sauvignon.”           

“So it is,” said Adrian, straight-faced. “My mistake.” --- Chapter 11.

“I just rely on natural talent,” said Adrian, strolling up to the start of the Dragon’s Lair. “When you have such a wealth of it to draw from, the danger comes from having too much.”           

“That makes no sense whatsoever,” said Eddie. --- Chapter 12.

I found myself overanalyzing the comment. What had he meant in saying even he could admit it? That I was cute for a human? Or that I had just met some kind of Adrian hot-girl criteria? Moments later, I had to forcibly stop thinking about it. Let it go, Sydney. It’s a compliment. Accept it. --- Chapter 12.

She took his hand after a moment’s hesitation. “Nice to meet you,” she said in her odd southern accent. She studied him for a few more seconds. “You look too pretty to be useful.” I gasped in spite of myself. Adrian chuckled and shook her hand.          

“Truer words were never spoken,” he said. --- Chapter 27.

“What,” demanded Angeline, “are you guys talking about?”           

“Nothing of interest, I assure you,” said Abe, who was really enjoying this all too much. “Life lessons, character development, unpaid debts. That sort of thing.” --- Chapter 27.

Adrian’s new research partner stepped through the door, and I knew the uneasy peace we’d just established in Palm Springs was about to shatter.           

Dimitri Belikov had arrived. --- Chapter 27.

Conclusion:

If you read and loved the Vampire Academy series, definitely pick this one up. Just don’t expect the same narration style or the same point of view, also, the storyline is totally different and refreshing.

5/5

Randa