Bloodlines (Bloodlines Series #1)

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The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series

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.

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 ...

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Overview

The first book in Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series

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.

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.

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The good news is that readers don't have to graduate from Vampire Academy! In Richelle Mead's new paranormal series, characters old and new surface in unexpected ways. The alchemist Sydney's latest assignment lands her at Palm Springs, California private school beset by the problems and prospects that occur when humans and the undead intermix. Pulse-raising romance and neck-biting blood feuds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595144737
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Series , #1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 28,774
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead (www.richellemead.com) is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Review Of Bloodlines (Bloodlines Series Book #1) By Richelle Mead

    When The Vampire Academy series ended I was sad because I really LOVED those books and got really invested in Rose and Dimitri. When I found out there was a spin-off series I was so excited and couldn't wait to get to read it. Now, I am not going to lie, at first, when I found out the series was focused on the Alchemist Sydney Sage I was a bit disappointed because I was hoping for maybe a story about Lissa and Christian or maybe a book about Adrian Ivashkov and his soul mate. Disappointment soon turned to enrapture, not only did I get my wish (in a way) by having Adrian in this new series but we also got to see some familiar faces like Eddie Castile, Jill "jailbait" Dragomir, Abe Mazur, Rose Hathaway, Dimitri Belikov, and Sonya Karp. This book kept me glued from beginning to end. It was actually kool seeing things from Sydney's perspective and getting to know what it is like for her to be an alchemist. I loved how this book had a touch of the Moroi/Dhampir dynamic that I was used to, as well as, a new setting and new situations that kept this book new and familiar all at the same time. Sydney really comes into her own and starts to find her voice in this book. She starts to learn that not everything has to be so regimental and strict. There can be a grey area which can leave her some leeway to be the kind of person she wants to be and not the kind she is expected to be. She always feels she has to walk a fine line between the alchemist way of life and the Vampire world. We also get to see how what Rose did, affects Adrian in this book. The last series all we really saw was the devil may care side of Adrian, but in Bloodlines, we get to see his tortured soul and how he copes with losing his love Rose to another guy. We get some more time with Jill and Eddie which is great too. We get a glimpse into the life of the reluctant princess Jill a.k.a. jailbait (to Adrian). Eddie gets to show us more of his guardian side. So many things happen in this book but I am so afraid to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this book or The Vampire Academy Series. This book has it all: redemption, danger, death(s), a mystery, first love, unrequited love, enemies, magic, Vampires, mean girls, jocks, etc.... You name it and I bet this book has it....^_^. On a scale from 1-10 I give Bloodlines a 20. Yes, it is off my scale but it is such a great start to this new spin-off series. Richelle really has another runaway hit on her hands, in my opinion. If you are a fan of The Vampire Academy Series you NEED to get this book. If you are new to Richelle Mead you NEED to get to know her Vampires. On your way to picking up Bloodlines you should also pick up Vampire Academy (book #1), Frostbite (book #2), Shadow Kiss (book #3), Blood Promise (book #4), Spirit Bound (book #5), and Last Sacrifice (book #6) in The Vampire Academy Series. Trust me that series and this book will not disappoint.

    136 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Can't wait!!!!

    I am so excited. Hope it comes out soon.

    25 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2011

    great start to the spin off series

    such a good book. it didn't have the omg factor i was used to in vampire academy but it did remind me of the first vampire academy and how it set up for the rest of the books. it was interesting having the characters in a whole different setting than vampire academy and i can't wait for golden lily

    20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    AHHHHHH!!!!![:

    I am so excited best series EVER!!!!!!

    14 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    I thought nook books were cheaper....

    Is anyone else a little upset to see that the nook version is actually more expensive then a hardcover copy? I think this is rediculous!

    12 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Awsome

    I loved the Vampire Acadamy books and this one is a great spin off. A must read with some of the same characters. I loved every minute of if. Can't wait for the next book.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    MUST READ FOR ALL V.A FANS!!!!![:

    I seriously Can't wait for this book to come out!!!!!!!!! i finish Last Sacrifice a couple of days ago and was so sad that Rose's story was ending, but when I heard a spin off series was coming out i was so happy!!!!!

    10 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Recommended

    Not as thrilling as Vampire Academy but it was still better than I was expecting cant wait for the next one to come out

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    READ THIS BOOK

    im so happy she continued to write more young adult stories based around the whole rose crew. at first i was kind of iffy andy because i wasnt sure it was going to be as good as vampire academies. but now that ive read it i absolutely love it! i cant wait till may when the next story comes out. sydney may not be as badass as rose but she is getting there. it has an equal amount of action and romance. i love it!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

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    I love the vampire academy books, I cant get enough of them. Thi

    I love the vampire academy books, I cant get enough of them. This book is told from the point of view of Sydney . I recommend starting with the other books in the VA line to have it all make the most sense. 

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

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    Great spin off

    I held off for so long on reading this book. I pre ordered a copy and then was nervous to read it when it finally came in the mail. Would I like it as much as VA? Even though I am not 100% in love with it, it has potential to steal my heart with the books to come.

    Instead of sassy outspoken Rose as a narrator, you have timid, sheltered Sydney. She is sort of a pushover at first but gets her bearings as the story progresses. She is ordered to go into hiding with Jill, to keep her safe from further attacks on her life. Since Lissa needs one family member to remain queen and Jill is all the family she has left, the attacks have been directed at Jill, so that Lissa will be removed from the thrown. Eddie and Adrian join the ranks in this book and take the adventure to hot and sunny Palm Springs. (Which by the way is literally right around the corner for me). Jill, Sydney and Eddie enroll into a private school and try to fit in with the humans as best they can. Eddie becomes friends with his roommate, Micah, who reminds him of his old best bud Mason (who was killed in VA), Jill is actually making enemies with the girls at school when Micah shows interest in her and Sydney seems to be getting along fine. She makes friends with a pair of human girls... one just so happens to be named Kristin (no one ever spells my name with an I, so I was thrilled by that).

    I loved that part of the team was back but I wish that there was more Adrian and Eddie time. They were so carefree in VA and now Adrian is heartbroken over Rose and he literally mopes around the entire time. Eddie has gone from serious guardian to an extremely overprotective guardian. I also wish that there was more of a surprise to the conflicts that take place in the book. Right away I knew who was behind the attacks and what was going on. Whereas in previous VA books, where Dimitri gets attacked or when Mason dies, I didn't get that same surprise reaction from this one.

    However, I cannot wait to see what happens with the gang over time. I hope Adrian licks his wounds soon because I miss the snarky sarcastic guy he used to be, even though you see glimpses of it, it isn't nearly enough. This book seemed more of an adjusting section for Sydney to get used to being around the moroi and their magic and a small process of healing for Adrian. Hopefully with the upcoming books everyone settles down with their feelings and they get back into the action.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    some spoilers so dont read if you havent read the book yet!! but yea LOVED THIS BOOK!!

    I loved the vampire academy books sooo much and was completely in love with dimitri and soo happy that rose got with him but i also felt really bad for adrian so i was super excited that adrian finally found someone to cheer him up!! i was a little disappointed with how predictable it was though. but still a very fun read and CANNOT wait for the next one:)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Loved it

    I think it was great fir a series opener!!!! I still found myself wanting to hear more about rose. The cliffhanger at the end was great and overall sydney has the potential to be a great character. It was cool to see rose from someone besides lissas eyes. Amazingz! Richelle has me hooked AGAIN!!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Really great!!

    While not as good as vampire academy, i still really enjoyed this book. Instead of being skilled at physical combat like rose, sydney uses her mind solve problems. Super smart and quick-witted, sydney is a great and interesting chsracter that i cant wait to read more about! Also i love adrian and the ending!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Not What I Expected

    I have to say, when Richelle Mead first announced that she would be writing a book about Sydney, I was not thrilled. I wasn't happy with the way she left Rose and Adrian's damaged relationship hanging in Vampire Academy, and hoped for another VA book to clear that issue up, as well as the standing between Lisa and Jill...and so many other questions. I felt I was just left hanging there, but I decided checking to see what the book was about and reading some reviews on it wouldn't hurt. As I read so reviews I found out that Bloodlines actually included some beloved VA characters. So I decided to read the book...and I have to say I was NOT disappointed, and did NOT expect to get so hooked. Also didn't expect to love Syndey so much neither did I expect to love Adrian maybe even more than Dimitri. It's a definite must read!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    The Second Book can not get here soon enough!

    Adrian and all his beautifulness and others keep Sydney busy saving the world again. I can't wait for number 2, Richelle did a stellar job in the ending of this first book to only have us die hard fans chomping at the bit to get a hold of our next feeding so to speak!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    I loved it

    It looks like Mead is at it again. This woman is the queen of twist. With every story of hers i have read the twist just keep coming. This story is no different. I think from the very start she has you tryin to guess whats goin to happen. She leads you in ome direction and then bam. The least likely thing to happen, happens. I love this book and i am so excited for the rest. If you are looking for another good Mead read, i recommend the Dark Swan series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

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    Highly Recommended-

    If you loved Vampire Acamedy you will adore this one. I cannot wait for more in this series.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    An exciting, fresh start with great characters!

    I don't feel like you should go into Bloodlines without at least knowing what happened in the Vampire Academy series; however, if you haven't read it, you'll just be like Sydney, missing details and information that VA readers would already know. The great thing about Sydney is that she's very intelligent. Her intelligence is her biggest strength, and she'll eventually figure out what she doesn't already know. People's first impressions of her is that she's spineless and lacking in some social skills. She is a little oblivious in certain social situations, but that's part of who she is and I really liked that about her. And the truth is Sydney's an observer and someone who likes to make sure her job is done efficiently without any problems. She likes to follow rules, but knows there are times when rules shouldn't always be followed. And she may not be a kick-ass fighter, but she's kick-ass in her own way. She has a sharp mind and is smart enough to handle herself in dangerous situations. I just thought Sydney was such an awesome character, and I found myself able to relate to her more than I could with Rose. She's part of the reason why I cannot wait to read the next book.

    The supporting characters in this book were Adrian, Jill, and Eddie. Adrian played a much bigger role than I expected. I'm really glad for that because he was amazing! Hilarious and perceptive. Usually bickering with Sydney and protective of Jill and everyone. I feel like I understand him a whole lot better now, and I can't believe I never noticed how great he was while reading Vampire Academy. I know readers are wondering what happened to him after Last Sacrifice, and well... Like I mentioned, Bloodlines starts about a month after LS. He really is trying though. He just needs people to trust and believe in him. So far he's doing a very good job, and I admire his efforts. I'm definitely rooting for him; he deserves it!

    Another thing I'm sure readers are wondering about is the romance and if it involves Adrian. If you're looking for romance in this book, I think you'll be disappointed. Romance was not a main focus in this book. I do believe something is developing, and I'm completely fine with the pace because I would much rather prefer a relationship and a romance to grow gradually instead of occurring instantly. That being said, I really can't wait to see where it goes! I'm crossing my fingers that it ends up how I'm hoping it will.

    Now that I've read Bloodlines, I have to say that I'm already liking it more than Vampire Academy! I didn't want to put the book down. There wasn't as much fighting in Bloodlines (only because Sydney isn't a guardian like Rose), but there was definitely enough action and everything to keep me interested. I highly recommend Bloodlines to VA fans looking for a fresh start and a new heroine to root for and for those who just love Adrian! I know I'm extremely excited for book two, The Golden Lily!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    lovE lovE

    if you love VA and was sad for it to be over then yo will love this book....I cannot wait to see where Richelle takes our old friends...while I miss Rose and Lissa I still love the path this series is going.....I finished this book in 2 days....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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