Being a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, I have been looking forward to Bloodlines ever since it was announced. Bloodlines is the start of a new series that takes place in the same universe as VA, but with focus on different characters. The protagonist is Sydney Sage, the Alchemist from VA, who finds herself in trouble with her bosses after helping out Rose in Last Sacrifice. Her bosses reluctantly agrees to give Sydney one more chance, and send her on a mission to take care of vampire princess Jill Mastrano, the sister and only living family member of the queen. Assassins have attempted to kill Jill and now Sydney and Jill is sent to a human boarding school in Palm Springs to hide out. Jill’s guardian, Eddie, comes with them, and so does our male lead: vampire party boy Adrian Ivashkov (yay!). Check out the book trailer:
I thought this book was quite slow, about one third of the book is set-up for the undercover-at-a-human-boarding-school storyline. It gets more exciting after a while, but never really takes off. There are a few mysteries, but it’s fairly easy to figure out what’s going on, so it’s a little bit annoying that Sydney takes a while to put the clues together. There are also a few minor dramas, enough to keep me going and enjoying the book.
I found Sydney to be more of a “traditional” protagonist than Rose was. Whereas Rose was impulsive, loudmouthed and didn’t give a crap what others thought of her, Sydney is more rational and obedient. She is smart, thinks things through, takes care of others, and is worried about the impression she makes on her bosses. I really like Sydney, but where Rose really stood out as a unique protagonist, Sydney reminds me of every other female protagonist in every other young adult paranormal book.
When I finished the book I felt like it had never really gotten to the point. Instead, it felt like it was nothing more than set-up for the rest of the series. However, by the looks of it the next book should be really great, and I will definitely pick it up! Unfortunately, that doesn’t change the fact that I found Bloodlines disappointing. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend waiting until next summer so you can keep going with the next one right away.
My rating: 3 stars (out of five).