Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Date of Publication: August 23, 2011
Synopsis: (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.
4. The Fiery Heart
When Last Sacrifice ended I was less than thrilled with the results. I mean, sure I was happy that Rose was not executed or something of the sort. However, the whole Dimitri business did just not sit well with me. I totally admit it: I'm an Adrian Fan through and through. So obviously I had to read Bloodlines, since it promised more of Adrian.
It did give me that. I think Adrian seems a lot more mature than what I was used to (well, considering what happened it's not that surprising) and I have to be honest: He made this book. For me at least. I don't think I would have continued reading it, especially with all the confusion in the beginning. I kept thinking that I had maybe forgotten something from Last Sacrifice because it was so confusing.
I didn't like the concept of Alchemists in Vampire Academy. To me, it felt like they were introduced because Rose needed some help. By now, their purpose and the way they do what they do is refined enough to consider it believable. But it still kind of bugs me they were introduced that late.
On top of that, I didn't like Sydney, neither in Vampire Academy nor in Bloodlines. Jill continously annoyed me with whatever she did, and that showed the fact that she is related to Lissa the most in my opinion. Lissa annoyed me a lot, too.
Still, four stars. Why? Well. I did tear though this one, I wanted to know what would happen, and I did not guess the plot at all I have to say. Especially the later part. It seems to be a definite strength of Mead, her plotting. I think what I missed most was Rose. She was there briefly, but her Ooomph was just missing.