Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Series Review

870952787095238709526983318487095248709528Titles: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows, The Ruby Circle

Author: Richelle Mead

Publication dates: 2011-2015

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: 18-year-old Sydney Sage has lost the trust of her people, a top secret human organization known as the Alchemists dedicated to keeping humans from learning supernatural creatures exist. The only way to gain it back is to succeed at her current assignment: keeping the vampire princess safe by mascaraing as students at a human boarding school to prevent a vampire civil war.

Sydney’s relationship with the vampires is to remain strictly professional . . . Yeah, that’s going to happen. Sydney has been told for as long as she can remember that vampires are evil, heartless creatures, but the more time she spends with them the more Sydney begins to question her teachings and her vampire coworkers become trusted friends. There’s even this one vampire who Sydney thinks she might want to be more than friends with.

Review: This series is highly addictive. On at least two occasions while reading these books I ended up trying to go to bed halfway through but being unable to fall asleep because I wanted to know what happened next so badly. I then had to get up and read the book until I was finished which was usually only a few hours before I had to wake up the next day.

Sydney’s personality is much different from Rose’s and for some people I can see Sydney’s lack of self-confidence as hard to warm up to. Bloodlines is less action oriented than Vampire Academy with more focus on internal struggles. Throughout the story Sydney gradually becomes more sure of herself and confident.

Many of the characters from the original series make an appearance, but main characters remain in the periphery. Characters from Vampire Academy who have a major role in Bloodlines include Eddy, Jillian, and Adrian. Sydney was also featured in the last few books of Vampire Academy.

This series mirrors the first one in many ways. The first few books mostly confine Sydney to the boarding school she attends where high school drama is prominent in the plot after that Sydney and her friends are forced to venture out into the wider world.

There was no true love triangle in this series. There were boys Sydney dated, but the whole time it was fairly clear to the reader these relationships wouldn’t last long. It was fairly clear to the reader who Sydney really wanted to be with even at the time when the two of them wouldn’t admit it to themselves.

The final book was my least favorite of the series. It was still gripping but not in the instantaneous way the other books were. I felt many plot points were rushed as if the author had grown board of these characters and just wants it over with. After twelve books set in the same world I can’t exactly blame her.

What Readers Should Know: There is a reason I classified the last few as new adult. Not only does Sydney eventually turn 19 she also gets physically involved with a certain romantic partner. The series also contains cases in which the main character is tortured because of her interactions with vampires.

Rating: This is a gripping, fast pace series. I recommend it to fans of Vampire Academy, and anyone with enough time to devote to finish an entire book in one or two sittings.I give the series overall four out of five for its gripping nature, but the last book would get a 3.5 if I were rating it individually.

4 blue jays

Reading Wrap-up: March 2015

In March I read five books. One was nonfiction, and three were young adult fantasy, and one was New Adult Fantasy that was arguably also YA Fantasy.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Short synopsis: Assassin nuns must defend the Duchess of Brittany from her enemies. Sequel to Grave Mercy. 

Thoughts: I highly enjoyed this look into Sybella’s mind. Her back story and family complications were clearly well thought out. She is a great character with so much complexity and background. The integrate world building with its historical inspiration sealed the deal. My favorite book in the trilogy so far.


4 blue jays




The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootShort Synopsis: Women’s cells are cultured without her permission, but save millions of lives. The backstory of HeLa  cells.

Thoughts: The moral and ethical issues discussed in this book were extremely enlightening. I had no idea any of this was going on. It also shows the person behind an important medical achievement, something not usually shown in nonfiction.


five blue jays





Ensnared by A.G. HowardShort Synopsis: Third book in the Splintered Trilogy. A series of Alice and Wonderland retellings.

Thoughts: I enjoyed it, but not as much as the previous books in this series. For my full thoughts see my series review.


3.5 blue jays





The Ruby Circle by Richelle MeadShort Synopsis: The final book in the Bloodlines Series, the spin-off of Vampire Academy.

Thoughts: This is the book I’m considering New Adult fantasy. The main character is now 19, and let’s just say her commitment to her relationship goes beyond what is normally seen in YA. What I love about Rachelle Mead’s novels is that they’re so gripping and well paced. I did not find that to be the case with this book as much as I had with the others in the series. Something felt off, and the plot felt a little forced, but it was overall still a fun read.

4 blue jays




Shadow Scale by Rachel HartmanShort Synopsis: The second book in a series about dragons in a fantasy kingdom.

Thoughts: Still a fun read, but I had some trouble getting into it. Something about the pacing in the beginning felt off, but I liked the second half more than the first and am pleased with where the story ended up.


4 blue jays




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The Picture of Dorian Gray