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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Vampire story with strong heroine explores prejudice.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

This book sucks the life out of you.

Makes every other vampire book you read feel like a masterpiece. The story follows Sydney Sage, a supposedly talented alchemist, who goes to a boarding school in L.A during a mission to pretend vampire and princess Jill Dragomir. If this plot sounds crazy to you, wait to the rest of the book. And then you meet Adrian Ivaskov, who is so horrible you won't even bother to try to say Ivaskov out loud. One of the best lines was "Going to pick up a stranded vampire party boy." - Sydney Sage. Also, the vampires in this book have no reaction to sunlight, except that Jill gets "tired", they eat normal food, and they are mortal. Oh, yeah. And they play mini-golf in 100 degree heat in Los Angles. Totally believable, right? If you liked the Twilight saga, and want to read this because you like vampire books, save your time and find something - anything - better.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Some firsts in a series are all punchy exposition to get you hooked before the action revs up, while others are spectacular even by stand-alone standards; BLOODLINES is more the former. While there are a few suspenseful central mysteries to follow and be resolved, this is clearly an exercise in getting to know Sydney -- a brilliant introvert who has never felt appreciated or unconditionally loved by her perfectionist father -- and see her adapt to her precarious new mission. Her interactions with flirtatious vampire Adrian and intriguing human classmate Trey are particularly fascinating, because they force the self-conscious Sydney to entertain the idea that she's actually a girl, not just an Alchemist.

Fans hoping for fluttery romance will have to wait for the next installments. Mead has a knack for making it seem like every male could possibly be interested in every female and vice-versa, but there definitely were a couple of bold-faced possibilities for Sydney in the next book. Since Sydney is often portrayed as a Hermione-esque character (incredibly smart, logical and invested in helping others) with no romantic experience, it will be interesting to see how Mead weaves in a first-love plotline for the plucky and mature heroine. You don't have to be familiar with Vampire Academy to enjoy Bloodlines, but those who've read that series will have a deeper sense of the various characters' personalities.

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