Bloodlines – book review


Bloodlines is the first book in its series by Richelle Mead. The Bloodlines series is a spin-off series from Vampire Academy, also written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is different. She’s not a vampire, but not a human. She’s an Alchemist, which makes her blood different. She works to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Although most Moroi and Dhampirs vampires are peaceful by nature, she and the other Alchemists believe vampires are evil, unnatural creatures of the night. Sydney has been around vampires before and has been in alliance with Rose Hathaway (which has caused her to get into deep trouble with the Alchemists), but her views on the way they live still repel her. So when she is forced by the Alchemists to pose as Jill Dragomir’s sister to protect her, things become all the more complicated…

Jill Dragomir is the sister of the Moroi Queen, Lissa Dragomir. She is also the only living person in Lissa’s family. But Jill’s life is in terrible danger. The current Moroi law states that in order to remain a Moroi King or Queen, there must still be one person in one’s family. For the vampires who are against Lissa being Queen, the easiest way to get Lissa off the throne is to kill her only living relative: Jill. Now Jill is in hiding.

The Moroi court believe Sydney and Jill will be safe at Amberwood Prep, a private human school located in Palm Springs. But treats, distractions and forbidden love are all that await them. And that’s only the beginning…

I really loved reading Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spin-off from Vampire Academy, so it has lots of the characters that I already know, which was nice. Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to connect with new characters, but seeing as I knew Sydney and most of the other characters, I found becoming entangled in the storyline really easy. The story grabbed from the very beginning and I was interested for the whole book. All of the characters were different from each other and I liked seeing them try to get along with and relate to one another. Firstly, I liked Sydney when I first met her in Blood Promise, but now I feel really connected with her after experiencing everything from her point of view. I know so much more about her Alchemist life now and I get to see how she feels about vampires. I think Sydney is a great character and she’s so different to every other character. She’s intelligent, logical and responsible. I loved seeing the world from her eyes. Another character that I loved seeing more of was Adrian. I really liked him in the Vampire Academy series, but I have absolutely fallen in love with him now. It was heart breaking for me seeing him trying to get over loving Rose, but I immediately thought that Sydney would be great with him. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next two books! Seriously, if those two don’t get together by the end of the series, I’m actually going to write a letter to the author to complain. Like the Vampire Academy series, Bloodlines was filled with twists and turns. I loved uncovering those unexpected twists and those really made me wonder how everything would end up. I would recommend reading the Vampire Academy series before reading Bloodlines. Some key plot points are mentioned in this book and it would be easier to understand what some character are like by knowing their past. Overall, I loved reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. Wonderful!

Last Sacrifice – book review

Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice is the sixth and last book in Richelle Mead’s amazing series, Vampire Academy.

Last Sacrifice began where Spirit Bound left us, with Rose behind bars for a murder she didn’t commit. She’s bored and feeling claustrophobic, and worse of all, Lissa is blocking Rose from her head. Lissa is hiding something from Rose.

Rose doesn’t know that her friends are planning to break her out of jail, which is really where the fun begins. But Dimitri tells Rose that the only reason he is helping her is because Lissa told him to, and he promised to do anything for Lissa because she brought him back from being Strigoi. Rose is devastated to hear that Dimitri is only doing is for Lissa, and so she tries to move on and settle being with Adrian. Even though Adrian is clearly in love with Rose, she can’t shake off her feelings for Dimitri.

Amongst the unraveling of Rose’s heart, Rose is constantly on the run from the Guardians who believe they need to kill Rose because she murdered the Queen. But Rose and her friends are determined to prove to the world that Rose was framed and someone else killed the Queen. Lissa is also still fighting for her seat on the Royal Council, but in order for her to be granted that wish, she needs another family member. So who killed the Queen and who is this secret family member?

So Rose and Dimitri set out to find Lissa’s sibling and Lissa and her friends back at Court try to gather information on who would have motives to kill the Queen. But they’re running out of time. Something needs to be done to give Lissa and her friends more time to find the Queen’s killer. But just one suggestion of how to gain more time sends Lissa’s world upside down and she begins to realize what her destiny really is.

But will Rose and Lissa find out who killed the Queen and framed Rose? Could it be someone we already know and have grown to trust? Will they ever find out who Lissa’s mysterious family member is? And could it be someone we have already met? Amidst all the pandemonium, will Rose sort out who she really wants to be with once and for all?

I can’t believe this series is over! Although I’m devastated to see the stories of Rose and her friends end, I’m happy to see that everything worked out for Rose and Lissa in the end. Although while I was reading this book, I was always wondering how all of their problems would be sorted out and I was left thinking about possible solutions long after I closed the book. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t even close to guessing who killed the Queen or who Lissa’s sibling was. Richelle Mead kept me interested right until the very last page of the book. But it was a great ending to the series and Vampire Academy is definitely worth reading. If you haven’t read it, you’re really missing out on something special. I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy series.  I can’t wait to read Richelle Mead’s spin-off series called Bloodlines, which follows one of my favourite characters, Sydney the Alchemist. I really enjoyed following Rose on all her adventures throughout the Vampire Academy series and I’d give Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead a score of 9 out of 10.

Spirit Bound – book review

Spirit Bound

Spirit Bound is the fifth attention-grabbing book in the Vampire Academy series written by Richelle Mead.

After Rose’s journey to find Dimitri in Siberia, Rose is now safely back at the St. Vladimir’s academy and planning her and Lissa’s future. Their graduation is so close and everything seems like it’s going to be okay as long as Rose can forget about Dimitri. But Rose’s heart still yearns for Dimitri. She knows he’s out there… somewhere… waiting…

Rose has failed killing Dimitri the first time when she had the opportunity to, and now Dimitri is dead-set on hunting down Rose. Dimitri feels the world isn’t big enough for the two of them, and if Rose won’t turn Strigoi to be with him, then he must kill her.

But Rose has a plan. An insanely crazy plan. What if she could bring back the Strigoi from being undead? And she’s focusing on one Strigoi in particular… Dimitri. Rose and her friends must run away in search of answers to healing the Strigoi. Only, the one with all the answers is an enemy. Will Rose and Lissa risk their lives by seeking help from their nemesis? Or will Rose throw away all hope of getting her beloved Dimitri back?

But it seems that bringing back a Strigoi is harder than Rose could ever have imagined. It means putting her friends’ lives at stake. Rose wants Dimitri back, but will it be worth putting her friends in danger? In the end, who will Rose chose?

This was possibly the most heart breaking book I’ve ever read. With Dimitri a Strigoi, and then Rose trying to save him… wow. And then when Dimitri said those nine words at the end of the book to Rose… I just couldn’t believe it! I really loved the journey Rose and her friends went on during this book and I couldn’t take my eyes off the page! Well, sometimes I needed to put the book down and take a break from reading it because it was just so intense! If I kept reading it I’d probably have an emotional breakdown and start crying or screaming depending on what was happening. Dimitri broke my heart in Blood Promise and in this book it wasn’t any easier. I loved how Rose and Lissa worked so well together. They would both do anything for each other and trusted each other with their lives. I cannot believe how amazing Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead is, and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I really hope things work out for Rose in the next book, Last Sacrifice!

Shadow Kiss – book review


The book that changes everything… Shadow Kiss is the amazing third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Life is slowly getting back to normal for everyone at St. Vladimir’s after the Strigoi incident in Spokane. Lissa is learning more and more about using her powers and Rose, while still getting over the loss of her friend, has to prepare for the Field Experience. The Field Experience is the most important part of her guardian training – one part she can’t mess up. She will be paired with a Moroi for the next few weeks. But who Rose is paired with is not who she expects. And she isn’t happy about it. At all.

Rose not only has to cope with the Field Experience, she has to try to fix her and Lissa’s friendship, deal with thinking she is going crazy, and once and for all sort out her relationship with Dimitri. But that’s when everything changes…

When a large group of Strigoi unexpectedly attack St. Vladimir’s, her whole world turns upside down. Torn between saving Dimitri and saving the rest of her school, Rose must choose the undecidable that could leave her and her friends dead. Or worse – Strigoi.

Rose must again join forces with Christian to save the Moroi and help out the other guardians. This time there won’t be a happy ending…

This book… I can’t even describe what I felt like at the end of reading it! Just the last sentence in the book holds so much… power. I was left reading the last few lines over and over again, trying to comprehend what Rose was going to do. This book is just so good that I don’t even know where to begin explaining how I felt about it. I was again entwined into Rose’s life and loved how she dealt with every situation. I again both loved and hated how every chapter ended: I loved it because it kept my attention and made me want to read on, but I also hated it because I wanted to know now what was going to happen, not in the next few chapters. But I guess it’s a good thing that this book practically on the end of my seat right until the last word on the last page. I absolutely loved Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead and would give it a score of 9 out of 10. Wow.

Vampire Academy – book review

Vampire Academy

Witty, suspenseful and dramatic…. Vampire Academy is the remarkable first book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Vampire Academy mainly revolves around the idea of three different kinds of vampires. The Moroi are vampires who feed on blood in order to keep themselves alive and can wield magic from one of the five elements: air, water, fire, earth or spirit. Dhampirs are the offspring of a Moroi vampire and either a human or another Dhampir. Unlike the Moroi, Dhampirs are able to go into sunlight, they don’t feed on blood, and they can’t use magic, but they are stronger and faster than Moroi vampires. The Dhampirs are mostly guardians to the Moroi to protect them from the Strigoi. The Strigoi are undead vampires who are Moroi and have turned Strigoi by choice, or they are human, Moroi or Dhampir who have been bitten and turned against their will. Either way, the Strigoi are bloodthirsty immortals who find Moroi blood irresistible.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess – a mortal vampire who must be protected at all costs from the Strigoi. Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, is a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to the dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are determined to make her one of them.

After tow years of being free illegally, Rose and Lissa are caught and taken back to St Vladimir’s Academy for them both to continue their educations and keep them out of reach of all Strigoi.

But Rose and Lissa have a secret. When Lissa becomes the target of some horrible pranks that involve dying animals, they begin to question whether someone knows Lissa’s darkest secret. Could someone want to take advantage of Lissa’s ability for evil?

Amongst all the danger, Rose and Lissa are still drawn towards the guys at their school. The only problem is, what if one of them is your teacher? And what if one of them is in danger of turning Strigoi? Will love win out, or will both girls be broken hearted?

I absolutely loved Vampire Academy. I love how this is not the typical vampire book, it’s different in so many ways. The story grabbed me from the very first page and pulled me into the magical world of vampires. I became entangled in the characters lives so easily and I followed them throughout the book. Vampire Academy is written from Rose’s point of view, but she has a bond with Lissa so it’s easy to guess how Lissa is feeling from what Rose is interpreting from their bond. I lived for all the sharp and witty comments made from Rose and I absolutely loved her sense of humour. The story line was suspenseful and engaging. At the end of almost every chapter, something changed in the story line, which made me feel different about the situation or about a character, and it made me want to read onto the next chapter. Both their lives were just so grabbing and I enjoyed seeing how they would react differently from each other. Rose and Lissa had completely different personalities, which I liked because alone they were interesting, but they fit together really well too. I found Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead absolutely amazing and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your list, it’s definitely a good book to read!