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Richelle Mead
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25 Aug 2011 Bloodlines (Book 1)

The first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling Bloodlines series, set in the world of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series - NOW A MAJOR FILM.


Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector.

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one . . .

'Exciting, empowering and un-put-downable.' MTV's Hollywood Crush

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Also available in the Bloodlines series:

Bloodlines (Book 1)

Bloodlines: The Golden Lily (Book 2)

Bloodlines: The Indigo Spell (Book 3)

Bloodlines: The Fiery Heart (Book 4)

*And don't miss: Bloodlines: Silver Shadows (Book 5)*

Discover where the story began in the bestselling Vampire Academy series:

Vampire Academy (Book 1)

Vampire Academy: Frostbite (Book 2)

Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss (Book 3)

Vampire Academy: Blood Promise (Book 4)

Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound (Book 5)

Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice (Book 6)

About the author:

Richelle Mead is the New York Times and global bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series (now a major film), the Bloodlines series and the Age of X series. Richelle lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141337117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141337111
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richelle Mead has an MA in comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats. Late night musings and updates about her new books can be found at:

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About the Author

Richelle Mead, the New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series, lives in Seattle in the USA.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Academy Spin Off 31 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review will contain spoilers.

I want to start by saying, you simply must read the original Vampire Academy series before reading this one. Many of the major plots and outcomes of the original series are revealed here in this book.

OK I am a major Rose Hathaway fan, of the hundreds upon hundred of books I have read she is by far my favourite character of all time, so needless to say I was a little dubious approaching the VA universe without her.
Our narrator Sydney Sage is the polar opposite of Rose and to be honest I am glad, she see's and reacts to situations differently (as she should) and it's refreshing, I am truly looking forward to see how her character will develop over the course of the series.

I'm not going to rehash the synopsis of the book, that can be found at the top of the page in the book description. I'm just going to go over some of the best points of the book.

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. You can place me firmly in team Belikov so it is a testament to Richelle that I love Adrian so much, fans will be pleased to know that he features heavily in this book with all his witty adorable banter in tow.
Sydney is good for him and I think in turn he will be good for her.

Poor Eddie after everything he has been through, boy does he deserve to get a break.

Although Jill remained a somewhat minor character throughout the book I can see a storm brewing for her.

All in all Richelle did a fantastic job establishing old and new characters in a new setting, the only thing that I couldn't get my head around was Sydney's unrelenting fear of magic, unease and discomfort yeah sure but out and out panic inducing terror just didn't sit right with me when I was reading it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yay for Vampires 25 Aug 2011
I have been waiting for Bloodlines since the moment I finished reading the last Vampire Academy book I am so pleased to say that it totally lived up to all my expectations.

Slipping back into the world of Moroi and Dhampri was fantastic. This book has all of the qualities that I loved about the first series, Well written characters and pacey and intriguing storyline which keeps you on the edge of your seat with all of the twists and turns it makes.

Bloodlines picks up directly after the end of Last sacrifice and follows the story of Sydney the Alchemist we met in the VA series as she is sent on a mission to live under cover with a vampire and help to protect and hide her from the various people who want to kill her to get at the new Queen.

As Sydney and Jill settled into their new lives as a boarding school in Palm Springs passing themselves off as ordinary humans several storylines are established. The first and most pressing is the issue around the brutal deaths of several teenage girls in the vicinity in recent years. One of Sydney's tasks to to uncover more about who is involved and why in her role of ensuring Jill is safe. Another very interesting storyline is one that comes to Sydney's attention almost by accident involving strange tatoos that other students seem to be desperate to get and she only become aware of when one of them assumes hers is from the same place.

My absolute favourite thing about this book is that it had so many of the characters we met and loved in previous series. I loved seeing Adrian again in particular who was his usual gorgeous self throughout.

another thing that I loved about this book was that, in true Richelle Mead style, when the action kicked off it really kicked off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start but I want more! 25 July 2014
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything by Richelle Mead and most of that is my fault, because once I heard she was writing Bloodlines, the spin off to Vampire Academy series; I knew I wanted to read it, however, I also knew I wanted to wait for a few books to be released in the series before making a start on it. So, as you can see, with the release of the fourth book in the Bloodline series, I now felt it was the perfect time for me to start, and I’m so glad I did.

Bloodlines was a great start to this new series. Richelle Mead is a fantastic writer and it was so easy to slip back into her style of writing. I have to admit I was slightly unsure if I was going to enjoy the story being told from Sydney's point of view, however, I was completely taken by surprise by how much I come to enjoy and love her. Sydney was a great narrator! And of course it was great to get to know Eddie, Jill and Adrian more...or course Adrian. I was always a fan of him in the VA series, even though Rose did pick the right guy for her, sadly Adrian suffered because of that. I think it was a wise choice by Richelle to continue Adrian's story through out the Bloodline series. We all love him and we all want that happy ending for him, so hopefully he will get one.

I really enjoyed the whole plot of Bloodlines too. It was something new and different. Not only do we get more from the Moroi and Dhampirs but we get the Alchemists too. It was interesting to unravel Sydney's beliefs and find out more of the gritty stuff to her work. We get more than one bad guy and we get some hope of a relationship between Adrian and Sydney.....eek! I'm super excited for that.

Anyway, Bloodlines was a good start and I look forward to reading more in The Golden Lily.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The narration is so good, that you can imagine being in the room ...
I was hesitant in buying this, because it is a series of books which is a sequel to the legendary Vampire Academy series. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Johannes
4.0 out of 5 stars great start
I enjoyed Bloodlines and think it's an excellent start to a new series by this author returning to the world of the Moroi. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E Halligan
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved all the VA books and couldnt wait to see ...
I Loved all the VA books and couldnt wait to see what bloodlines was like. I was so glad to see adrian and eddie were also staring in these. I loved adrian. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Adena Machin
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I'd like this series as I loved Rose too much
Classic Mead, lovely written novel and so captivating! I didn't think I'd like this series as I loved Rose too much, but she does feature in the series and I love that :)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series
Published 1 month ago by Blue-eyed-girl
4.0 out of 5 stars C:
I have read the vampire academy series and I am a massive fan, but the ending tore me apart. if it wasn't for this series I think I would still be off crying somewhere. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ellette Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodlines
This had me hooked from the very first moment, so full of mysteries and questions I desperately needed answers to. Like, say, what Keith did that was so wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Naomi
4.0 out of 5 stars liking Sydney Sage even more
I started this book with high hopes, particularly as I enjoyed VA so much. I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed getting to know these characters better... And who can't love Adrian! Read more
Published 2 months ago by BookJunkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatstic *
Love these books couldn't put them down ..........
Published 2 months ago by ethan
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing plot
Really enjoyed this spin off to vampire acadamy. The new characters are enrapturing. I miss rose but I'm sure we will see her again :)
Published 3 months ago by Flossy
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