Considering that this is the spin-off to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I was surprised by the fact that I enjoyed this book as a first in a series than I did Vampire Academy.
The only thing that was really weird was the fact that as a main character, Sydney was so different than Rose! Like, she thinks that vampires are really weird and bad—which was so annoying to read about at first. Because, we kind of already know from Vampire Academy that VAMPIRES. AREN’T. BAD!!!
“The greatest changes in history have come because people were able to shake off what others told them to do.” He looks away from me, out the window.
I did however LOVE Sydney’s awkwardness and nerdiness! It was practically the most adorable thing to read about! I was probably laughing so hard when she started explaining a guy the history of silent films when all he wanted to do was ask her out! XD
We get to see some other AMAZING characters from Vampire Academy: Eddie, Jill, and Adrian Ivaskov who’s my heartbroken sweetheart and also my favorite for the following reasons:
“You don’t want to enroll at Amberwood, do you?”
“What, and play 21 Jump Street with the rest of you? No, thank you.”
Adrian you are LIFE!
Of course, the overall mystery in this book, is being who is lending out these “Alchemist” tattoos to humans and why? I’m going to say that I knew who was doing the tattoos, but I was surprised Sydney never figured out who it was.(show spoiler)
I also thought that Jill’s love life should not be a priority because she’s FIFTEEN. Or whatever, maybe that’s just me.
Also, this is just a random thought on my part, but from what I have read from this first book I kind of feel like Jill is just stranded out to fend for herself because Lissa can stay and be Queen now. I know it sounds insensitive of me to say that Lissa doesn’t care, but from the problems I’ve heard coming from Jill, it doesn’t sound like Lissa has put any effort into their relationship at ALL. They’re sisters for goodness sakes!
Overall, Bloodlines, although a predictable plot at some points and a main character quite the different from the regular kickbutt female is nonetheless a quite well-fleshed out first book in a series. I do like this compared to Vampire Academy. I am hoping for more towards the Strigoi research in the next book, because I think we might discover bigger revelations in this series!
Thanks for reading my review everyone and hope you all have a great day! :D