Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead | Review

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that.

“Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.”


You are perfect. I love you, Adrian Ivashkov.

#AdrianDeservesTheWorld
#AdrianIsEverything
#CurseYouRoseForHurtingAdrian
(jk jk I love Rose, but still…)
#IDon’tKnowWhyIKeepDoingHashtags

If you haven’t noticed already, this infuriating lovable goofball has my heart.🥺


I can’t believe there’s barely any fanart of the Adrian Ivashkov?!?! Adrian is worthy of all the fanart in the world.

No, no, no this is unacceptable.

(I shan’t rest until I see more fanart of Adrian)

Anyways, Bloodlines is actually the spin-off series to Vampire Academy and although you don’t have to read that first, I’d go there because the ending of VA is brought up here, so… spoilers and then there’s the references to VA/old characters, which is really just nice seeing them all again.🥰

You’ll also be able to understand Adrian and Sydney A LOT more, especially where they’re coming from. Adrian’s broken heart cries

I can’t imagine how one wouldn’t love him.


Now Sydney Sage is an Alchemist—one of the few who actually know about vampires and make sure that humans know nothing about them… lest there be chaos. why does this word remind me of a certain chaotic group xD


Honestly what I love most about this is that Sydney is actually not the reckless, “kung-fu-pow” kind of heroine. She’s one of the NERDS who knows the most the random facts, doesn’t people well, and does homework/extra work for fun.

And she’s totally not some amazingly strong girl who can beat up anyone. She’s completely normal. (view spoiler)[or was at least, until that revelation… (hide spoiler)]

Not saying I hate the opposite of her traits, but it’s nice seeing relatable characters i used to like doing hw smh…not anymore who aren’t all powerful every once in awhile.


And yet despite being a genius, she’s very clueless when it comes to some stuff xD

“Do you know anything about silent films?”

“Sure,” I said. “The first ones were developed in the late nineteenth century and sometimes had live musical accompaniment, though it wasn’t until the 1920s that sound become truly incorporated into films, eventually making silent ones obsolete in cinema.”

Bryan gaped, as though that was more than he’d been expecting. “Oh. Okay. Well, um, there’s a silent film festival downtown next week. Do you think you’d want to go?”

I shook my head. “No, I don’t think so. I respect it as an art form but really don’t get much out of watching them.”

“Huh. Okay.” He smoothed his hair back again, and I could almost see him groping for thoughts. Why on earth was he asking me about silent films? “What about Starship 30? It opens Friday. Do you want to see that?”

“I don’t really like sci-fi either,” I said. It was true, I found it completely implausible.

Bryan looked ready to rip that shaggy hair out. “Is there any movie out there you want to see?”

I ran through a mental list of current entertainment. “No. Not really.”

Poor Bryan trying to ask her on date smh Sydney.

AND THEN THERE’S MY ONE TRUE LOVE ADRIAN IVASHKOV

(Just replace Aladdin with Adrian and we’re good)

He’s arrogant, cocky, selfless, impulsive, brave, funny, hot . . . I could go on forever. I basically squealed every time he appeared or was mentioned. I want to kill someone every time someone thinks less of him because this guy deserves the world.🥺😭

His scenes were literally golden:

“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.”

He’s such a bully to Keith.😈😆 I love it. Serves him right, that bastard

Then there’s part 1 of Adrian in a job interview😭😂

He shrugged. “I told the truth.”

“Adrian!”

“I’m serious. She asked me what my greatest strength was. I said getting along with people.”

“That’s not bad,” I admitted.

“Then she asked what my greatest weakness was. And I said, ‘Where should I start?'”

“Adrian!”

“Stop saying my name like that. I told her the truth. By the time I was on the fourth one, she told me I could go.”

And part 2:

He shrugged. “”How?” I demanded. “How could you have screwed this one up?”

“When I got in, they said the manager was on the phone and would be a few minutes. So, I sat down and ordered a drink.”

This time, I did lean my forehead against the steering wheel. “What did you order?”

“A martini.”

“A martini.” I lifted my head. “You ordered a martini before a job interview.”

“It’s a bar, Sage. I figured they’d be cool with it.”

Note to Sydney: Never set up job interviews for Adrian.💀

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And so I say this again: How could anyone not love Adrian Ivashkov???

wow why are my reviews always me gushing about how much I love someone😭😂

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕍𝕒𝕞𝕡𝕚𝕣𝕖 𝔸𝕔𝕒𝕕𝕖𝕞𝕪? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕧𝕒𝕞𝕡𝕚𝕣𝕖𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕