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Book Club Read
December 7, 2011 posted by Christina

Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

“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.”


When the stunning conclusion to the Vampire Academy series was released late last year fans of the series were then hit with the realization that that. was. it. No more VA! Nooo! How? What about Adrian?

But wait! There was more to come. The spin-off series, Bloodlines was announced and fans let out a collective sigh of relief – even though it wouldn’t be from Rose’s perspective we wouldn’t be completely leaving the world of Moroi and dhampirs behind.

The series centres on the alchemist, Sydney, who was a relatively minor character in the VA series but steps into the forefront in Bloodlines. Along with Adrian, Jill and Eddie they’re faced with a whole new challenge – someone wants Jill dead. With her out of the way, Lissa would lose her crown and be ineligible for the throne. In order to keep her safe the guardians relocate her to Amberwood prep, a boarding school in California, with Sydney posing as her sister and Eddie as guardian. And Adrian? As always he has his own agenda.

Those who may not have read the Vampire Academy series could probably still read the series and find it enjoyable but would miss out on why certain issues are such a problem – such as who is Lissa? And why do we like her so much to want her to stay as Queen? That type of background knowledge can only be found through reading the VA series.

As expected, Richelle Mead’s writing completely sucks you into the story. The storyline in Bloodlines is definitely interesting, detailed and complex with so many twists and turns, it’s obvious how completely well thought out everything is. I was disappointed however to find some plot points a bit predictable, or rather, I figured it out before it all happened. A few things resolved themselves quite quickly but I have a feeling we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to complications for this series.

While reading it it’s obvious that Sydney is definitely not Rose. Though I still liked her, Sydney’s composure and logical thinking is a complete contrast to Rose which makes her a little less….fun to read. There’s definitely a spark in her though and her compassion and cleverness made her incredibly likeable. Finding out more about her back story was also great since you then understood her reasoning for her actions so much better.

Then there’s Jill – she’s young, she’s struggling to adjust to her new lifestyle and still coming to terms with having Lissa as a sister, who hasn’t been completely excited by having a new sibling. I didn’t really like Jill much but she might grow on me…maybe.

Adrian, ah Adrian! He was as always his charming self but it’s obvious he’s still hung up on Rose which at times was frustrating to see, plus he clearly has a bit of growing up to do. As a whole he completely added to the story so well (how could he not, it’s ADRIAN), his snark helped to lift the scenes that might’ve otherwise come across as a bit uneventful.

Eddie remained more in the background in this particular book but I’m really hoping to see more of him in the next one.

For those wondering, yes, Rose, Lissa and Dimitri do make cameo appearances – it was SO good to see them on the page again.

There wasn’t much in the way of a love plot in this book, though there was a lot of talk before it’s release that seemed to be pointing at something romantic for Adrian, but it doesn’t come up in the book.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Richelle Mead book without a completely huge OH EM GEE moment right at the very end which left me completely surprised and dyyyyying for the next installment.

I didn’t love it as much as Vampire Academy, but that doesn’t mean the series won’t improve or that this series isn’t worth starting – it definitely is.

Richelle Mead, make no mistake, I love you like a fat kid loves cake……but I’m giving this one a…a…….4!

Pages: 421
Publication Date: August 2011
Publisher: Penguin
Challenge: n/a
Rating: : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: “They’re waiting for you. Go on in.” Adrian leaned close to Keith’s ear and spoke in an ominous voice. “If.You.Dare.” He poked Keith’s shoulder and gave a “Muhahaha” kind of monster laugh.”

Author Interviews
December 5, 2010 posted by Christina

Interview with Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is hardly a woman that needs an introduction.

As the author of the HUGELY successful Vampire Academy series, one that has taken a firm place in many readers ‘all time favorites’ lists, she is considered a YA celebrity.

When she’s not working on her two other highly popular adult series, Richelle is busy with a Vampire Academy spin-off that is already well under way. With only 48 hours to go till the eagerly anticipated release of Last Sacrifice, Richelle sat with us for a quick chat.

The release date for Last Sacrifice is fast approaching – are you nervous about the fan reaction to the series’ conclusion?

I’m nervous about every book!  I’m kind of a perfectionist because I always think, “Oh, if I could have just gone back one more time, that book could have been even better!”  And yeah, there’s definitely a lot of pressure with the last book in a series.  There’s no way every person will be happy with any series ending, especially when there’s a love triangle involved.  Someone’s going to lose!  That being said, there’s a lot of great things going on in the book, and I’m hoping that even if some people’s guy doesn’t get the girl, they’ll still be happy with the way story wraps up.

Since the success of Vampire Academy, how has your life changed? Do you get recognized on the street?

No, I’m never recognized.  I don’t think authors have as much star power as authors and actors.  Sometimes my name doesn’t even get recognized, though fans of the genre almost always know the series title when they hear it.  But it’s still been a life changer.  It’s heady knowing that what you write reaches and affects so many people, and every day, I get a lot of email from readers talking about the series.  Knowing that so many people are waiting for the next book certainly puts a lot of pressure on me, but I’m really grateful do what I do for a living.  I love my job.

You tweet quite regularly – what is it about twitter that you like?

I like the way Twitter can quickly and easily reach so many readers.  It’s nice to be able to give last-minute updates about a book or signing and know they’re getting to people in time.  I also like that it gives me a chance to be casual and communicate to readers about the daily goings-on in my life.  It’s unfortunate that I’m unable to answer all my email, but with Twitter, I hope I’m still able to share myself with readers and help them know me better.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters from Vampire Academy, which would it be?

Oh, man.  I don’t know if I’d want to hang out with them.  Bad things are always happening!  We’d get attacked by Strigoi or stumble into some wacky mishap.

Do you have a favourite scene or moment  from the series?

I think the ending of Shadow Kiss is my favorite.  It’s terrible and heart-breaking, but it’s probably one of the most powerful pieces I’ve written in any of my books.  People were so devastated by the ending, but I had always envisioned that happening, from the very first day I started the series.  So, it’s really amazing as an author to be able to have written something like that and have it deliver exactly the impact I wanted.

How does it feel to be saying goodbye to characters you’ve spent so long creating?

It’s bittersweet.  In some ways, it’s nice to have the opportunity to move onto something new.  As much as I love these characters, I’m not sure I could write about them for the next fifty years.  But, as an author, it’s also really nice being able to write characters you know so well.  It makes it easy to jump right into a book, so I’ll lose a little of that now.  The great thing about keeping the world alive with a spin-off series, however, is that I can always pull any of these characters back if I miss them too much.

Is there something or someone in particular we should watch out for in Last Sacrifice?

I think by the end of this book, readers should have a pretty good idea of which characters are going to be in the spin-off series.


I’m personally going crazy with excitement, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. A big thank you to Richelle and the always lovely Erin at Penguin.

If you haven’t already, pre order your copy of Last Sacrifice at your nearest bookshop or online store. Last Sacrifice will be released December 7th. (Be on the look out for our review!)