Review: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell

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Book Title/Author: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Publication Date/Publisher: August 23, 2011/Razorbill
Series: Yes
Source and Format: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3 stars

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. 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 last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Book Title/Author: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Publication Date/Publisher: June 12, 2012/Razorbill
Series: Yes
Source and Format: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3 stars

The closer Sydney grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Book Title/Author: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Publication Date/Publisher: February 12, 2013/Razorbill
Series: Yes
Source and Format: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3 stars

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

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The problem I have with reviewing series is complicated. It’s mostly the lack of seeing the BIG PICTURE, especially in a 5 or 6 book series. Everything through book 4 is just set up and then the last two books are the climax and wrap up. So this time, I thought I’d review all the available books of the series all at once, since I’ll have a better idea of where the series is going instead of taking each individual book and saying WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS.

The Bloodlines Series is a spin off of the Vampire Academy series, with familiar faces in a new setting. I don’t think I enjoyed VA enough to get into this. I wanted to quit this series so many times already, but as soon as I think I’m out, I get dragged back in.

The best line in the entire 1250-ish pages available so far: “You used nunchucks on a moose?”. If you require anything above and beyond that, this might not be for you. The rest of this post will be in my notes format, and I recommend skipping if you haven’t read all 3 books yet.

  • It only took me 1.5 books to realize I HATE Sydney. As a semi-rogue Alchemist in VA she was tolerable and almost interesting, but as a holier-than-thou goody-goody she’s incredibly annoying. She has a slim figure, but is envious of the Moroi body type…to the point of almost having an eating disorder. Every conversation she has with Brayden has to be “intellectual” (why is she even thinking that?). Her “quirks” are too played up: coffee, cars, vampire hatred (until she’s around her friends WHO ARE ALL VAMPIRES).
  • Bloodlines was okay. The ending drew me back in and I decided to continue the series. The Sydney/Adrian set up is so slooooow and so obvious that’s what the reason these books exist just kiss already.
  • I definitely thought I would be free of Dimitri and then the tiny-ponytailed jerk shows up.
  • Oh, great. Magic. Another supernatural element Sydney can hate and then get involved with. Yep. She’s a magic hating witch. I don’t want to read this anymore.
  • Okay they kissed, I guess I have to read The Indigo Spell now.
  • Adrian is almost a completely different person in this series. He had an aloof kind of coolness and his “craziness” was really played up in VA, but in this series he has a goofiness as well that doesn’t mix with his seriousness.
  • I still want to quit the series. I need to stay strong when the next book comes out.
  • Sydney’s flip-flopping attitude about EVERYTHING is what makes the series so hard for me to read. Magic is so bad/unnatural, but it’s my newest hobby and I’m so good at it! Ew, I hate all vampires, but they’re my friennnnnds and I want to make out with them! I’m such an intellectual and my brain power is so astounding AND I’m so meticulous and observant that I can’t see shit that’s happening literally right in front of my face because I was homeschooled.
  • DLFHSGKJG I WANT TO READ THE FIERY HEART NOW.

The most basic recap of the series so far is this: Sydney and friends are in Palm Springs protecting Jill from would-be assassins who want to dethrone Lissa. On top of that, the Alchemists might not be good guys, a group that has broken off from the Alchemists are probably definitely not good guys, and some Alchemists who have gone rogue want Sydney’s help to expose the Alchemists for what they really are. Sydney also gets mixed up with a witch who wants to help her use her natural gift and become a very power magic user…and there is another witch who would rather kill Sydney and take her power. On top of all that, there is a pet dragon, magic fights, some pretty good kissing, thankfully not that much Dimitri, and really obvious plot twists.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell

  1. I love this review. “Okay they kissed, I guess I have to read The Indigo Spell now.” Classic. I never got into the VA series. I’ve heard good things, but there are so many books and my TBR pile is just already out of control. This series sounds a bit frustrating…even if it keeps dragging you in (or maybe because it keeps dragging you in). Great review!

    • Seriously! I want to shake them and yell “I don’t have time for you! Just let me go!”. They’re entertaining enough, I’m just not invested emotionally.

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