Bloodlines is a very well written novel by Richelle Mead, the author of the Vampire Academy series. Bloodlines is a spinoff of the Vampire Academy series. Both of the series share many characters and they both take place in Richelle Mead’s world of vampires, alchemists, and dhampirs. Since I did not read the Vampire Academy series I was worried that I would not understand the novel, but I had no problem grasping the concept and I ended up really enjoying it. Bloodlines is full of action, includes a love story, paranormal elements of vampires and alchemists, and many funny moments. You will find a lot of paranormal romance novels for teens nowadays, but this book is very different from anything else you would find. Even though it has the common vampire human forbidden romance, it is written differently from others. The characters have strong independent voices shown throughout the book; you start to feel as if you know each character personally. The main character, Sydney, is relatable and really evolves in each chapter. At the beginning of the book Sydney is very negative and guarded, but by the end she starts to become more positive and outgoing. You can see Sydney’s outlook on life change page by page. The title of the novel captures a reader’s attention because it stands out from all other teen fiction titles. I could not put this book down. I really enjoyed this novel and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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