Vampire Academy series, I would say to stay clear of this book (and thus this post) until you do so, otherwise that series won't be nearly as fun.
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Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. 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 last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...
I love Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, the series this book spins-off from, so it's surprising that I waited so long to finally read Bloodlines. I'm glad I waited, though, because now I can read the recently released sequel, The Golden Lily, straight away-- I'm definitely ready for more of Sydney's adventures.
Being such a fan of Rose in Vampire Academy, I was a tad worried I wouldn't love Sydney quite as much despite liking her appearances in the original series. However, what few worries I had were put to rest almost immediately. Sydney is funny without trying to be, mainly because of her lack of social knowledge, and has such a strong dedication to her assignment while still maintaining a set of beliefs and actions independent of those of the Alchemists, a combination that makes her both entertaining and pretty fierce. She also conveys her mixed feelings regarding the Moroi and dhampirs well in her reactions to both their everyday actions and their magical moments, allowing for both her own individuality to develop and for a cool new perspective on some of the characters I already liked, even though I wish some, like Eddie, were present more.
As happens with a few of the Vampire Academy books, though, it isn't until the end that things in Bloodlines get real. Many of the elements that play a large role later are mentioned briefly in the beginning, and they're cool enough to keep my interest, but I wish they were more important earlier because the ending was far more exciting and action-packed. For a while it just seemed like Sydney was killing time. She does meet plenty of new and interesting people during this time, but I really would have appreciated more excitement toward the beginning.
It has a slow start, but Bloodlines is undoubtedly entertaining and offers a sweet new perspective on the world of Vampire Academy.
Book details: Razorbill/Hardcover/$18.99
Source: sent by publisher for review