Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

bloodlines

Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

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 allegiences 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.

My Review: I remember seeing this series come out a while ago and I usually don’t like to read series with more than 3-4 books and I wasn’t sure if I wanted a spin-off of vampire academy but I liked them so much I eventually decided to give it a try. Let me start out by saying I am so glad I did!

This series was amazing and had me completely captivated. I barely did anything else and I flew through the whole 6 book series in only a few days…

There were so many different elements to these books: the alchemists, the warriors of light, the Moroi and Strigoi, the witches, and the ex-alchemists, and I loved every one of them. There were some really stressful parts of the book that I tried to read as fast as I could because they were so good and I had to know what happened next. I honestly thought the story got better and better the more I read and it never slowed down for a nice relaxing moment.

I think the magic in this story was really unexpected for me and it was honestly my favorite part of the series. For some reason, I love books about magic because it makes me feel like I can do spells and do everything they can do. The romance in this book was also one of my all-time favorites. The sexual tension kills me because the amount of time she waited to make something happen was so long and so painful. I wasn’t even sure if she was going to do something about it because of how long nothing happened but it was brilliant.

Richelle did an amazing job with playing with my emotions because I seriously got so angry at her father throughout the whole series and I was so in love with Sydney’s love interest, I was just all over the place and she is amazing. I also love all of the minor characters like Eddie and Jill, Rose and Dimitri also play a big role in this book so if you haven’t read the vampire academy read those for sure and then I definitely recommend this series! You have got some serious reading ahead of you!

You can get the first bloodlines novel at your library or the kindle edition here.

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Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Goodreads Summary: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review: If you have ever read my blog then you know how much I love JLA! I am on track to reading every book she has ever written and she has not let me down yet. This book did not disappoint!

I was a bit surprised that I felt like I had read this exact book before and it took me a little while to realize that it was scarily similar to Vampire Academy for the first 60%. The plot line was almost the same with a few minor differences but same idea. Even though it was so similar to Vampire Academy, I loved it anyway because JLA just has a style of writing that I adore. After the book hit the point where it was different from anything I had read I was completely sucked in and I couldn’t go to sleep until I finished it! Aiden is totally swoon-worthy, as is Seth and I know who Alex wants right now but I can’t decide who I like more. Both are sexy badasses (JLAs favorite) and I may end up loving them both, and I am actually pretty okay with that.

The one thing that I missed in this book was the lack of JLA phrases, the ones she manages to use in every book she writes. This was the first book she wrote though, I think, so she hadn’t really developed them yet. She also always writes a few chapters in the boy’s POV and I always love them because the way she makes the boys think is hilarious and entertaining. In Aiden’s chapters there were actually a few of her words and phrases that I love so much, my particular favorite being “asshat”, and whenever I came across one I just got so excited.

I cannot wait to read the next book because she has me addicted to another one of her series! You can buy Half-Blood here.

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)

Goodreads Summary: It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all… might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line – and choose between the two people she loves most.

My Review: This book was the best in the series so far! I flew through this book, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was going through withdrawals from it which only happens in fantastic reads. The plot was genious, aspects from the first book came up that I had forgotten about including the antagonist Victor himself! I love when authors connect their books together so it feels like a series and not a bunch of individual books. The plot was intense and the action was as great as ever. The magic took a bigger role in this book than in the past two which I enjoyed because magic is one of my favorite things to read about and I didn’t see it connecting to vampires much but Richelle Mead made it work.

Twisting in the shadow kissed thing into the plot was amazing. I knew the book would have something to do with it but the way she did it was something I didn’t think would make much sense. As the plot grew more complex, though, everything pieced together and vampires, magic, and ghosts mixed in one story which seems insane but it is really entertaining. The romance was awesome because I love Dimitri and I grew to love Christian as well. Dimitri is an attractive badass which is pretty much exactly how he was described by the author and those are the kind of fiction guys I always love. The subplot of the secret teenage society thing was weird and I didn’t understand why it was important to include it until the end. I got frustrated with it at times because I was fed up with it but towards the end, everything pieced together and I saw how smart it really was. The ending was awesome because I always love a good fight and some intense action, and I saw a possibility of the very end happening but I didn’t think the author was mean enough to do it. She was. The ending was insane and I am so mad and infuriated and I cannot believe she did what she did! I am going to read the next one immediately because I just HAVE to see what happens but I am so irritated with the situation it is leaking into my everyday life.

I definitely recommend this series because it just keeps getting better and better as I go along. It appeals to people who like vampires, magic, and the paranormal. I love this series and am so glad I had it on my TBR list. You can buy shadow kiss here.