Published by Razorbill Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Rose's story might have wrapped up in the Vampire Academy series, but there's still lots more to tell about the other characters from that world. This spin-off series centers around Sydney the Alchemist, a human teen who's part of a group to keep the existence of vampires secret from the world. Sydney's spent her entire life being taught that vampires and dhampirs are evil and unnatural, but all that's about to change when she's forced into hiding with Jill, Adrian, and Eddie...
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
I thought I’d been pretty obsessed with The Vampire Academy series, but it’s nothing compared to how I feel about Bloodlines. I’ve got it bad for Bloodlines, and the final book isn’t even out yet.
I just love the characters- Sydney and Adrian, Eddie and Malachi Wolfe, everyone! Plus you get guest appearances of Rose and Dimitri, Lissa and Christian. But unlike in the VA books, it didn’t take time to connect with the characters (I really didn’t like Rose all that much until book 3 or so, and as much as I love Dimitri, Strigoi Dimitri was sexier, and of course no one holds a candle to Adrian and Sydney). Every time a VA character shows up, every part of me is thrilled, it’s like getting calls from your favorite friend.
Sydney is one of my all time favorite characters. And I’d fight any Adrian fan girl- yes Steph and Kim, even you. And I fight dirty, wenches.
When I was listening to the Vampire Academy books on audio, I thought I’d gotten through them pretty fast, but Bloodlines completely dominated my August book plans. I had intended to finish Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, which was the audio book I started before getting into Bloodlines, but realized that I just couldn’t wait. Plus, I mostly only listen to audiobooks in my car or when I’m cooking, walking or cleaning. Impatient to get to the Sydney and Adrian epic romance, I downloaded most of the series for my Kindle (except Indigo Spell, which I had a signed copy of- I was lucky enough to meet Richelle Mead a few BEA’s ago, but I’m sad to say that while I really liked her, I hadn’t read a single book by her at that time. The shame of it still burns, but then again I probably would have embarrassed myself in front of her, as I’m wont to do when confronted by my favorite authors). And I pleaded insomnia several nights when I was desperate to find out if Sydney and Adrian were ever going to kiss (seriously, I felt like Sebastion the crab from The Little Mermaid, I wanted them to hook up more than I wanted to sleep- sorry for lying to you, honey, if you’re reading this!).
Huge thanks to my friend, Kim, who was able to convince me to read The Vampire Academy series finally! She may be the only person who ships Sydney and Adrian harder than I do, although that’s mostly because she is such a Sydney in real life. Minus the witch power… although, her brownies are always suspiciously delicious and white magic could definitely account for that.
I was mad at myself for not getting to this series for so long, but it I think waiting for each book to come out may have killed me. Waiting for book 6 is torture- sweet, sweet torture, but still torture. Until then, I’ll have to settle for dream dates with Adrian (seriously, back off ladies, he’s mine!).
The Bloodlines series on a whole gets a Midnight Book Rating of: