Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: Bloodlines By: Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Looking for engaging read - Not It!

And so unfortuate too, I feel bad that this is a series, but ... (heavy sigh)

Bloodlines starts with a premise of a another story intertwined, prequel of sorts that is often touched upon but not fully divulged, leaving the reader flipping back and forth rolling their eyes wondering when can we stop with the "backdrop" and get to the story at hand or return to it.

Sydney Sage is an alchemist sent on an mission as a watcher/alchemist to help protect Jill, the sister if the Queen of the Moroi Vampires from being attacked again until laws can be put into place. Sydney is sent with Keith, another alchemist, who is creeper and has something out to get on Sydney than any human or non-human written, Eddie, a dhamphir guard, who is at Jill's side and her bodyguard, Lee, a contact in Palm Springs, a vampire with his own agenda, Adrian, another vampire who saved Jill fell for Rose (the previous story) was doing Abe (a vampire from a previous story too) a favor and seems to have a tale all his own that surrounds Sydney.

There appears to be the Moroi a better sort of vampire, the Strigoi the animalistic kind, the rumors of a vampire hunter of the the human kind, and some underground alchemist selling tattoos on teenagers that have powers and drug addiction qualities to them. As Sydney goes undercover with her motley group at a boarding school she must fight to protect them, herself, challenge her own beliefs, and still file a good report with The Alchemists.

The story was somewhat predictable, there was a suprise to it, that extra twist in the end.. and the idea seemed really good, I just don't know where it seemed to go wrong with me. It couldn't keep my attention, it seemed almost lazy at times relying on another storyline (quite often), and some of the hatred between the characters could not fully be understood, especially in their dialogue and some interactions and the interactions within the other characters -- for instance, Sydney confronts a character on such a misdeed so late in the story -- that kind of hate would be throughout the book in every interaction.

Skip this series, just not worth it, unless your going to the library and everythings checked out.

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