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Published: August 2011
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.
It's no secret that I really didn't like Vampire Academy AT ALL. I thought it was way too heavy on the sex and way too light on plot. I wasn't going to read this one at all, but it was sitting on a library shelf and caught my eye. Before I knew that it was a spin off, the synopsis had already caught my eye. I picked it up and gave it a shot.
I'm not sorry that I did. I felt like this book had much more to offer as far as plot and characters were concerned. I liked that Adrian was given a broader range and wasn't just the drunk party boy all the time. Okay, so he was a LOT of the time, but he had more backbone in this book.
I also like Sydney. I think she's a much better character than Rose, who just rubbed me the wrong way. I like that Sydney has a softer side and isn't afraid to show it, though she's smart about it. Obviously she can't bust out the vampire sympathy in front of other Alchemists, but she doesn't stoop to being a jerk either.
I like where the story here is going and I'm looking forward to The Golden Lily, coming this year.
I'd give Bloodlines a 'Drool Worthy' rating for being head and shoulders above Vampire Academy.
Violence: Moderate to Heavy
Mature Themes: drug/alcohol use, betrayal
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