Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

This is the first review of a book on my 2012 TBR Challenge list, and I'm super excited to have one of them already read so early in the year.

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #1
Synopsis (goodreads): 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.


I'm so glad that the world Richelle created in the Vampire Academy series is being continued, and in the eyes of Sydney Sage. It's a whole different world in the eyes of the Alchemist. The person she is protecting is one of the people she has been brought up to believe is entirely evil with no humanity in them whatsoever. Yet, as she spent time with Rose, she began to realize that there may be humanity in Moroi and dhampirs after all. Not that she can tell the Alchemists that.

When the book opens, she is woken in the middle of the night to be taken to a meeting with her superiors, all of who believe that all vampires, half-human or not, are evil, unnatural creatures and the only reason they are working with them is to protect humans from their evil ways. Sydney is on bad terms with the Alchemists, including her father, because of helping a vampire criminal (who was actually innocent) in escaping prison. She somehow convinces them to let her work in the assignment in Palm Springs with the Moroi princess rather than her sister, Zoe, with no help from another Alchemist who it's clear from the very beginning she hates with a passion and who her father absolutely adores.

There are a few other vampires who will be on location in Palm Springs to help keep Jill safe, including the gorgeous Adrian Ivashkov. It turns out there's more going on in the city than the Alchemists believed, and Sydney has to work to discover the truth behind all the mystery. Especially the mystery surrounding the attack on the royals and Jill. There are a lot of twists in this book that I actually didn't see coming, although one of them I figured out early on, but it was pretty easy to figure out. 

I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the Alchemists world and Sydney. She's been grown up to believe certain things about the vampires, true or not, and I think she's slowly beginning to realize that they're not all as bad as the Alchemists claim, with the exception of the Strigoi. And I can't wait to see what happens with her and Adrian in the next book. I see a budding romance in their future, which of course I'm all for. 

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