By Richelle Mead
Genre: Paranormal Fiction (Vampire Novel)
Reading Level: Not particularly difficult
Similar Authors: P.C. Cast, L.J. Smith, Claudia Grey
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… (Goodreads)
So, initially I was going to write about the whole series, but then I figured it will be kind of hard to fit the whole series into this kind of format… page numbers, and all. In the end, I decided that I’ll just review the first book, and then the whole book series later on. Because honestly, ladies and gentlemen, this series isn’t something that can be summarized into one post.
My secret passion is Vampire Romance (not so secret anymore…) and in my short life, I have read relatively a lot of vampire books… A. Lot.
So, I don’t take it lightly when I say that this is the best vampire romance I have ever read.
It is amazingly well written, for starters. I love some characters, hate some others, like some, dislike some, and simply feel indifferent towards the rest – so basically, the characters feel like human beings, and it always feels like an achievement when authors do this. The plot is one of the best plots in history, and to be honest, I feel like shouting out how much I love it.
I loved Richelle Mead’s first series, Vampire Academy, but this book somehow feels more adult… It is probably because I can relate to the main character here, Sydney Sage, more than Rose, the main character in Vampire Academy. Sydney is probably my favorite character of all time, and I just love everything about her. How smart she is. How brave she is. How much she loves coffee. Everything.
And Adrian… sigh. In Vampire Academy I thought that he was a little annoying, but then I read Bloodlines. Everything comes into perspective, and so, when I re-read VA, I kind of began to hate Rose and Dimitri… Adrian doesn’t deserve what happens to him.
Does anyone else begin to think of characters as people? Or is it just me?
I could prattle on and on about how great this book is, but I won’t.
Not in this post anyway, since I am planning on writing about the series as a whole, analyzing it.
God, how much of a nerd are you when you want to analyze the metaphorical meaning of it? (And for those of you who don’t get it, being called a nerd is a compliment.)
Such an amazing series, and you should definitely read it.