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Bloodlines (book 1) [Formato Kindle]

Richelle Mead
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Sinossi

Sydney protects vampire secrets - and human lives.


Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires.



But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector.



The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one . . .

L'autore

Richelle Mead, the New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series, lives in Seattle in the USA.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1604 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 448
  • Editore: Penguin (25 agosto 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005FKGSTM
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2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Degno spin-off 10 gennaio 2012
Formato:Copertina flessibile
E' sicuramente un degno spin off della saga iniziata con "The Vampire Academy".
Trama abbastanza avvincente, il finale ovviamente aperto in quanto è in uscita tra pochi mesi il seguito di nome "The Golden Lily".
Mi è piaciuto, anche se non quanto la saga precedente.
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85 di 93 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Full of suspense, danger, and drama; VA fans will be pleased. 23 agosto 2011
Di A Book Obsession.. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
Sydney has been on thin ice ever since helping Rose with her problems. Working with a dhampire is tantamount to treason to the Alchemists so they don't trust her anymore. She can't afford to screw up her latest assignment for more reasons than she can count. She's to go into hiding with the Dragomir princess Jill, aka jailbait. Jill's life is at risk as she is the key to overthrowing her sister's throne. Eddie and Adrian accompany them, making for one heck of a rag tag team. Sydney will have to keep her wits about her as danger will not only come from assassins but from places they least expect. To make matters worse, her own career is in doubt due to her questionable interactions with them. However, staying detached from the rest of them please her supervisors, will prove to be the least of her worries in the end as much more is at stake then she ever realized.

I'll admit I was a little skeptical at how much I would really enjoy Bloodlines due to the perspective change. I love Rose, and just figured anyone else would pale in comparison. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Sydney's perspective. There is so much more to her than we saw on the surface in the Vampire Academy series. She is incredibly strong, yet unlike Rose she doesn't go charging into problems like a bull to hit them head on. Her methods are a little more underhanded and subtle, yet no less effective in the end. I find her aversion to Abe a little amusing as they are quite similar in the long run. The most intriguing thing about Sydney's character would have to be the constant war she is at with herself. She wants to stick to the strict rules and upbringing her Alchemy beliefs taught her, especially the unnaturalness of magic and that anything vampiric is evil. However, things keep coming along to challenge that perspective, and well, she isn't quite sure what to do about that. She has a very long way to go, but I think the more she throws off the Alchemist's single mindedness, the closer she will come to her true potential.

Ahh, Adrian. He was another character that caught me off guard. I'll be honest that I hadn't seem him as much more than a troubled man who served as a roadblock to Rose and Dmitri's relationship. I knew he cared for her and that she was his crutch, but I never really guessed at how deep his feelings truly went. In Bloodlines, we get a glimpse into just how much he was left reeling at the pain of losing her. He is an absolute train wreck, even more of a mess than he ever was, yet he is still trying to keep it together. It is that holding on that shows his potential, and I think now that his "crutch" has been removed, he may have a chance at healing for good. I do think Sydney will be playing a large role in that recovery, because unless I was imaging things, I have a feeling there was something really growing between the two of them. That will be one heck of a shake up as Moroi and Humans are forbidden from being together. Add in the fact that she is an Alchemist of all things, it takes the forbidden love idea to a whole new level. Only time will tell how all that plays out. It should definitely prove to be interesting.

Full of suspense, danger, drama, and even a little forbidden love thrown in, Bloodlines was everything I have come to expect from a Richelle Mead novel. This book will satisfy even the worst cravings that Vampire Academy fans have had since the final installment. Of course, that satisfaction is only for a short time, as it wouldn't be one of Richelle's books without an ending that leaves you reeling and desperate for more. While Bloodlines had one of the more mild cliffhanger endings compared to others, I still cannot wait until The Golden Lily is released to see what happens next. Several things were placed into play and I can only imagine where those twists will lead. A round of applause to Richelle Mead for pulling off yet another fantastic start to a great new series.
61 di 70 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Not what I hoped for, but I'll be coming back for more 23 agosto 2011
Di Alpha Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
When the Moroi world is in the midst of revolution and political upheaval, measures must be taken to protect the second most crucial member of the royal family.

Since discovering that Queen Lissa Dragomir has a half-sister called Jill, royal loopholes have thrown the young girl in danger. For her own safety she is being herded to Palm Springs, to live amongst humans and hide in plain sight.

Joining her will be dhampir bodyguard, Eddie, and two alchemist workers - Keith and Sydney. Adrian Ivashkov must also accompany the young woman, for reasons neither of them will reveal.

Though these vampires are fleeing from the turmoil within their own race, they'll be even more surprised to find what lurks amongst them in the human world.

`Bloodlines' is the first book in Richelle Mead's `Vampire Academy' spin-off series.

I was ecstatic for this book. The sting was taken out of `Last Sacrifice's' finality purely because I knew there was a spin-off series in the works. I counted down the days, avoided spoilers and watched YouTube teasers. And in the end . . . I was a little underwhelmed.

Let me start out by saying the good. And because this is Richelle Mead, there is plenty of good.

For starters, this series has a very different feel to `Vampire Academy'. I don't just mean the protagonist change of alchemist Sydney Sage versus dhampir Rose Hathaway. That's obvious. I mean Mead has completely changed the atmosphere for this spin-off. In `Vampire Academy' Rose and Lissa were nothing short of celebrities within the school grounds; Lissa, for being the last of the Dragomirs, and Rose for her attitude and eventually, kill rate. They were superstars and utterly cool. Because both Rose and Lissa were a part of the `inner circle' it meant we read scenes with the queen, in the thick of political subterfuge and major social change.

In `Bloodlines', that's all gone. Jill is the illegitimate half-sister who needs to be kept in hiding. The people accompanying her in exile are likewise cast-offs and no-hopers. Eddie is a reprimanded dhampir, still being scolded for his actions in helping Rose. Adrian Ivashkov is a heartbroken drunk. And Sydney is under no illusions as to why she has been allowed on this mission - the alchemists have little love for vampires, and they wouldn't send their best to guard one of them.

The characters in `Bloodlines' are the bottom-of-the-barrel outcasts, and that makes them brilliant! By simply offering us these outskirt characters, Mead changes the entire focus and trajectory of the series. Suddenly we are able to bear witness to the Moroi societal changes from the bottom-up; we read what the little people really think of those above them, and how royal decree affects the little guys.

The other positive of this series won't come as much of a surprise - Adrian Ivashkov. Ohhhhhh. . . Adrian! Richelle Mead really wrote lightening in a bottle when she came up with this tortured alcoholic royal. He is a fan favourite, even more so when he became the romantic under-dog of `Last Sacrifice'. Many VA fans who are unsure of venturing to a new series terrain should be implored to make the trek purely for Adrian because . . . he's freakin Adrian Ivashkov!

I will say that in `Bloodlines', Mead barely touches on the extent of Adrian's heartbreak in the wake of Rose. He's still at the point of bottling-up and being outwardly bitter. But he's still the same smart-aleck wounded soul that fans fell in love with back in `Frostbite'. Part of Adrian's brilliance simply lies in his truthfulness, however cutting. His utter honesty in all things means he has some brilliantly poignant scenes and is a wonderful interpreter for many other characters. He's not always the snarky alcoholic, he does have occasional flashes of brilliance.

Now, for the not-so-good.

Sydney Sage is not a great narrator. She's not bad, and though it pains me to compare - she's certainly no Rose Hathaway. I know, I know! Richelle Mead wanted a very different protagonist to carry `Bloodlines' - and you can't get anyone more different to Rose than Sydney.

Where Rose was brash and cocky, head-strong and fiercely loyal, Sydney is meek. She has lived a sheltered and bookish life and feels closer to forty than twenty. Sydney does improve over the course of `Bloodlines' - so by the end of the book she is a changed woman on the brink of upheaval, nearly ready to reject all she has ever known in the face of what she has come to learn from living with the vampires. But `Bloodlines' is 421 pages long. . . and it takes a while for Sydney to get to that point of interest.

Though I did like Richelle Mead's head-nod to Australia that came from an in-joke with Sydney's name.

Another problem I had with `Bloodlines' was simply pacing. I was about 114 pages into the book when a character makes an off-hand mention that two days have passed. What!? Two days in 100+ pages? This is a very different time-line and pace from previous VA books, and it was hard for me to assimilate to the drag. Part of the reason for a sluggish pace is simply setting - Mead can no longer rely on fans' touch-stone to the actual Vladimir Academy, instead Mead has to build up this new Palm Springs accommodation and set the scene for the human school. This takes a lot of time, and is one reason I sort of wish the books had gone back to the good old Vladimir Academy . . .

One more small complaint I had was romance. Considering `Vampire Academy' had such an incredible illicit love story at its centre, as a fan you can't help but look for the romance in `Bloodlines'. I won't give anything away, but there are many male secondary characters in the book. Each time one of them trotted across the page I couldn't help but wonder "is he the one? Will Sydney fall for him?" When it became apparent who the romance will be with, I was delighted/half-hearted. On the one hand; YAY! On the other hand . . . it will take a while to get there. That's all I'm saying.

Honestly, `Bloodlines' had me under-whelmed for about 300 pages of this 421-page book. But, of course, in the last sprint Richelle Mead writes her typical saving grace - a thrilling, action-packed ending that will leave your heart thundering. And her signature cliff-hanger is a fifty-foot freefalling doozy! Be warned! `Bloodlines' wasn't exactly what I was hoping for with the VA spin-off, but that ending will definitely have me coming back for more.
11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great new voice for this spinoff 19 gennaio 2015
Di Jamie E. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
**While reading the Vampire Academy series is not necessary to reading Bloodlines, I do recommend reading those books first. Please note that some parts of this review may contain spoilers to the VA series!**

When I first picked up this book, I wondered what I was getting myself into. Was this going to be another "Vampire Academy?" Even though it is a spin-off series, there was still a lot of trepidation about this, especially after reading so many mixed reviews. What I can say it that while there are several characters from VA in this series, the focus is in a very different direction. While I love the VA series, I am pleased to see the different perspectives and also to hopefully see Adrian finally get his happy ending.

To start with it our narration. Sydney is very different from Rose. Rose was confident, strong, passionate and went after what she wanted without preamble. Here, Sydney is being shaken from everything she has been taught. She grew up in a world where everything was very black and white. She is smart, level-headed and hates to break the rules. This series so far seems to challenge the rules she knows and to redefine evil. The alchemist backround she has taught her that magic is bad, vampires are evil. Strigoi being the worse but Moroi are not much better and to never, ever get close to them.

Well her assignment is going to make that difficult. Jill, new-found sister to the Moroi queen, needs protection and Sydney's job is to keep her hidden with the help of her guardian, Eddie. To add to it we get Adrian who "tags along!" She must pose as sister to Eddie and Jill in a new school. So how does she keep her distance from these lovable characters? I love how I can tell this series is really going to test Sydney's beliefs and tolerances!

Adrian, by far, is my favorite character in this. Even while grieving his broken relationship from Rose, he is still witty. Combine that with Sydney's hidden snark and we get some great dialogue in this book. Jill is still the one character I am just not sure about. her character has always been "meh" to me and this book has done little to improve. Not to say I dislike her but I can take her or leave her.

With a new possible forbidden romance on the horizon, two great, solid lead characters and a new plotline that explores new aspects of the world, Richelle Mead has done a great job with this!
7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Meh~ 4 settembre 2011
Di Evie Seo - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
I have been pining for this book ever since I first heard about it. Like many other YA fans out there, I was super excited for it and, although I didn't have a chance to read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series yet, I heard so many awesome things about her previous works that I knew I HAD TO read her newest release and find out what everyone was raving about. I so wanted to love this book! The premise was intriguing and promising, the characters well developed and Richelle's writing style is absolutely fantastic - I fell in love with it right from the get-go. How could you possibly go wrong with that? Well, apparently you can! While I liked the setting, the pace was totally off. It was insanely slow. The narrative voice was superb: realistic, smooth and engaging, but where was the action? Why was the plot so silly? Why-oh-why was the story line focused entirely on dating-related issues, making it look more like some cheap soap opera (Days of our Lives? The Bald and The Beautiful?) rather than a badass vampire novel I expected. I'm really sorry to say that, but honestly, this book was a disappointment.

Those of you who have read the Vampire Academy series surely remember Sydney, the alchemist that broke the rules to help Rose Hathaway in her quest to save Dimitri. Sydney is back and so are few other VA characters that you might recognize - Eddie, Jill, Adrian... even Rose makes an appearance at the beginning of the book, although she doesn't really have any major role to play in the story. Jill Dragomir's life is in danger. Her sister - Lisa Dragomir - has been elected the new Moroi Queen but not everyone is happy about it. There's been a lot of protests and dissidence. Not being able to get past Lisa's security, the attackers targeted Jill. Unfortunately Lisa's rule is dependent on there being at least one other person in her royal family. Jill, being her only relative, is an easy target. She needs to be sent away somewhere safe until the new law is passed and the "one-extra-member-in-the-royal-family" rule doesn't apply anymore. Moroi ask the alchemists for help and Sydney gets assigned to protecting Jill. They're sent to Palm Springs, where together with Eddie, they will be posing as high school students, doing their best to remain undiscovered. "But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning."

Sounds really great, right? In truth, the whole story described above takes place on the first 10 and the last 50 pages of this book, and you could easily skip the rest. Since the moment Sydney, Jill and Eddie arrive in California all they do is try to figure out who should date who and why. Jill acts like a spoiled bratWhy does she even HAVE TO have a boyfriend? Is it really so hard to lay low for 3 months and try not to attract attention to herself? Is it a Moroi thing? Can't she really control her hormones for the few weeks it takes to pass the new law? OH-my-gosh, seriously?

Sydney was a little bit better and I actually felt sorry for her having to babysit the Moroi kids. She was doing her best to keep everyone safe and happy, which proved to be harder than she anticipated, especially with Keith watching her every move and waiting for her to make a mistake. Adrian, on the other hand, was just plain annoying. He was constantly going out of his way to cause trouble. He was partying and drinking, even though he knew what it does to Jill. His constant whining really got on my nerves and made it even more painful for me to get through the boring passages.

On the bright side, I really fell in love with Mead's narrative voice. She definitely knows how to write and if only there was more action and less (pointless) drama, this book would go straight to my top-favorite shelf. Perhaps if I've read the VA series before reaching for Bloodlines, I would enjoy this spin-off more. It surely is a character-driven story and I imagine that the Vampire Academy fans will have fun reading about their favorite characters again. I however, didn't feel the magic here. To me these people were strangers and, to be perfectly honest, I didn't like them very much.

While most of the book was rather slow-paced and, well, boring, the ending came as a total surprise. I loved it. It was everything I hoped for when I picked up this book. Intense, emotional, thrilling, the last 50 pages of Bloodlines were very rewarding and satisfying. For this fantastic ending alone I am giving this book 3/5 starts, instead of 2/5, which officially makes it "an ok read, but nothing mind-blowing" according to my rating system.

The bottom line is: If you read and loved the Vampire Academy books, by all means go get yourself a copy of Bloodlines, you will most likely love it. There are plenty of small references to the VA series throughout the book, plus, like I said before, you will probably enjoy meeting all the VA characters again. If you're new to Richelle Mead's vampire world, well, this is not the book to start with. Don't make the same mistake I did, start with the Vampire Academy. This will save you a lot of disappointment.
10 di 12 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Not what I am used to 26 settembre 2011
Di Shane B - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
I have read all of the books that Mead has written up to date and I feel this one was juvienile. The story line has potentional but it doesn't give the reader the same, gotta finish this book in one night feel. I feel the mystery wasn't very creative since I guessed not only the people involved in the plot but the reasons they did what they did. I feel that since she has the rich amount of characters from her last books this series could still be good, but maybe we are asking for too much too soon from this author. Only time will tell.

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