Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead [Just Not For Me]

Title:  Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Total Pages: 432
Pages Read: 50

Why I stopped:  Here's the thing.  If you read the Vampire Academy novels, you'll probably like this one.  I just felt so behind the whole time I was reading.  I don't know the setting well enough to just dive right in.  I understand that the author couldn't cram a whole series of knowledge into the first fifty pages of a book, but I needed to be less bombarded with details of the world, and needed to understand the characters better.   Bloodlines is definitely a spin-off of Vampire Academy - on the Alchemist vein.   I just read fifty pages and had no idea what an Alchemist really did.  I had no idea why Sydney Sage wanted to keep her sister away from the life, only that she wanted to desperately.  And I couldn't help but feel that if I had read the Vampire Academy books, I wouldn't feel like I was struggling to keep up.  There was too much history for me to just dive right in.  I kept using Monster as a reference tool, asking him to explain stuff, and that got annoying.

What I did like:  It was an interesting and intriguing concept. The characters and their relationships seemed really complex and well-developed.  I liked the conflict that arose from Sydney not being able to say goodbye to her mother.  I liked that she was so protective of her sister, and eager to redeem herself for past actions (which I didn't read far enough to understand what she did).  I liked the prose, and the concise language.

Would I reccommend?  Only if you've read Vampire Academy.