Publication Date: Aug 23, 2011
Short 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.
My Review: I had actually avoided this book for a long time. When I first heard about it I thought it was going to be from Jill's point of view and wasn't that interested. However, once I found out that it was from the Alchemist, Sydney's POV, I was a lot more interested and even ended up purchasing the book.
Part of the issue arose from the fact that when I had read about Sydney, I imagined here something along the lines of a younger Tina Fey with brown hair and glasses (funny how descriptions sometimes have NO bearing on how we imagine characters in our head, that's sometimes why movies just adaptations just dont work for me) and seeing a blond person with a not flattering haircut on the cover threw me off into thinking it was Jill.
Now that you have that kind of unnecessary background, the book was actually pretty good. I started reading it this morning, and since today was a glorious Saturday, was actually able to read it straight through. I will admit that I could guess where things were headed, but it wasn't too exasperating waiting for the characters to figure things out as well. Ms. Mead can write a diverting story, ones that are light, but addicting reads.
PLUS, I'm really happy Adrian is back in the picture, and it's cool seeing things from the Alchemists points of view. I'm glad we get to learn more about Jill as well, though I wouldn't have wanted it to be from her POV. Things are heading in an interesting direction in a lot of ways, so I'm excited to see what happens next. Biggest bummer, though, is that the next book in the series isn't due out until JUNE 2012. Ah well, good thing I have a ridiculously long TBR pile.