Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

The new highly anticipated spin-off series by Richelle Mead, set in the same world as Vampire Academy, follows Sydney who comes from a world of Alchemists. Due to her previous actions, she is set to redeem herself in her family’s eyes. Alchemists are born and bred to dislike the Moroi and Strigoi, both different types of vampires, yet she finds herself in situations that require her to be around them.

I wasn’t sure if it was necessary to have first read the Vampire Academy series to fully understand and enjoy Bloodlines. Thankfully, it’s not as the story narrative provides the reader with enough information to get what’s going on, as well as not spelling out the entire VA series to bore fans of the original series. That being said, however, since finishing Bloodlines I have read & reviewed the first of the Vampire Academy series now.

With the bigger storyline of protecting one of the characters, Mead also weaves in several other mysteries and subplots to bring more depth to the story. The characters all have their nuances and quirks, all very likable – or not! The blend of a supernatural genre with the everyday teenage issues of school, bullying and relationships are pretty seamless.

Maybe I over analyze when I read but, similar to other books I’ve read recently, I get an inkling of what’s going on and can’t let go of that idea. Same thing happened with this book, where I suspected something and just couldn’t drop it from my mind. That being said though, it doesn’t take away anything from Mead’s writing and the actual book itself. It’s very well-paced and keeps the readers living alongside Sydney and her trials & tribulations while trying not to really earn her apparent nickname of “vamp lover”.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)

Bloodlines is now available in stores.

Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon

I received this ARC from the publisher for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Intrigued? Check out the first chapter!

Learn more at the Bloodlines series Official Site (where you can even get your own Alchemist tattoo!)

Other stops on the Bloodlines Penguin Blog Tour!

Aug 23 Tynga’s Reviews
Aug 24 Me On Books
Aug 25 A Cupcake and a Latte
Aug 26 whatchYAreading
Aug 29 Dreaming of Books
Aug 30 Just a Lil Lost
Aug 31 He Followed Me Home
Sept 1 Evie Bookish
Sept 2 Ever Expanding Library
Sept 5 Knit Purl Stitch Read & Cook
Sept 6 Wicked Lil’ Pixie
Sept 7 Hands and Home
Sept 8 Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Sept 9 Just Another Story
Sept 12 Bibliomama
Sept 13 Esther’s Ever After
Sept 14 Simply Stacie
Sept 15 Krystal’s Stellar Book Blog
Sept 16 Today’s Adventure
Sept 19 Lost for Words


  1. I’m not sure if I’m going to read this one or not… I found VA VERY similar to House of Night… maybe I’ll give this a shot if it’s not too similar, but I haven’t decided yet. LOL

  2. Yes, VA is much better than HON!

    Glad you enjoyed Bloodlines, and are reading the rest of the VA series. Good to know this book holds it’s own for readers that haven’t picked up VA yet. Good review!


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