Monday, August 22, 2011

BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead Review +Giveaway!!!

Tomorrow, the epic of all epic spin-off series hits bookshelves with Richelle Mead's BLOODLINES!

Check out the summary from Goodreads:

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy. 

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.

Now check out what I have to say:

O.M.G! I LOVED this book. Like I loved every book in Vampire Academy. 

Let me say right off the bat, if you've never read Vampire Academy (WHAT ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?) you can still follow along here pretty easily. Richelle is great at including all the info necessary to understand the world you're in, and makes pretty simple references to events in the other series. 

But...if you've read the Vampire Academy series (because you're AWESOME) then Bloodlines is like a really long love letter to all VA fans. All your favorite characters and complications are back in one way or another and the story picks up right where Last Sacrifice left off. And don't worry, everything feels fresh. Mostly thanks to being in Sydney Sage's POV.

Sydney was a fun narrator and I warmed up to her POV right away. She is definitely not the same character as Rose (sassy and kick-butt) but I love her just as much. Rather than rushing in to save the day and break a few necks like Rose would, Sydney is more the type to collect all the necessary clues, solve the mystery and then... find herself in the middle of a scene where necks need to be broken. For any Succubus Blues, Georgina fans out there (HIGH FIVE) Sydney reminded me a lot of Georgina in this way. Only... not nearly as depressed. Also, not a succubus.

We got to see a new perspective on vampires and a new world, and new situation to deal with. And though Bloodlines felt a little lighter in tone at times then Vampire Academy, I was every bit as absorbed.

Remember how I said Bloodlines was like a long love letter for fans of VA? Well, Bloodlines is like the most epic love letter you ever read if you're an Adrian fan. Even if you were Team Dimitri, you will LOVE him in this. Seriously. No, SERIOUSLY.

And the ending...all I can say is I can't wait for book 2! Reading Bloodlines was like getting to see all my friends at school after summer vacation.

Soooo Bloodlines is out this Tuesday, but...we happen to have 2 extra arcs that we need you to take off our shelves.

To enter, fill out the form below! This contest is open internationally.

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7 comments:

  1. Great giveaway, thank you :)

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  2. Great giveaway. I confess my sin. I haven't read anything in this series, but I'd like to.

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  3. Thank you for this *international* giveaway. :D

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  4. It's going to be so weird not reading about Rose and the crew. Sounds like I just might get over when reading Bloodline though. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  5. Fabulous thank you!!

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