Last night I finished reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. It’s a spin-off of her popular Vampire Academy series, so it was set in the same world with characters we’ve previously met. This made it feel familiar, while also feeling the new series it is.
One of the things that helped make it feel new was that instead of the story being told from Rose’s viewpoint, it was told from Sydney’s. Sydney was a human Alchemist introduced in the last few VA novels, and because she is human her feelings toward the supernaturals she encounters is different from Rose. The other thing I found interesting was what the Alchemists actually did.
While there were differences there were also some similarities. For one, since the book featured familiar characters we didn’t have to spend loads of time on character development. Of course there is some since you don’t have to have read the Vampire Academy books to read Bloodlines, but it’s nice when a book gets right into the action. Though I still prefer Rose, Sydney was more likable in these books now that we can see where she’s coming from.
If you’re looking for a new book, but don’t want to have to read the 6 books that came before, now is the time to jump into this series. The second book, The Golden Lily, won’t be available until June 12, 2012.
My perfect life was a lie.
Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.
Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.
And my killer is watching her every move.
I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people’s lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.
So Richelle Mead fans, what did you think about Bloodlines? Did you miss Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa, or was having Adrian, Eddie, and Jailbait enough to interest you? Let me know in the comments below.