Minute Reviews [28]

Posted October 18, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

Who’s ready for more Minute Reviews? Today’s post is all about Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, one of my favorite series and one that I’ve not yet finished. In preparation for finally finishing the series, I’ve been rereading it via audio. Rather than waiting until I finish all of them to do a series review, I decided to knock out the first three now.

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Minute Reviews [28]Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Listening Library
Format: Audiobook, Length: 12 hours and 53 minutes
Narrator: Emily Shaffer
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge
My rating:

Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with vampire Rose Hathaway.

What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now, Sydney must act as her protector. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one...

In Review My Thoughts

It’s been ages since I read Sydney and Adrian, but I’ve thought about them often. Mostly about how I never did finish the series. Because it’s been so damn long since I read them, I’ve forgotten a ton of the finer points of the story. So, what better way to catch up than an audiobook reread binge? I loved being back in this world again.

I will say Bloodlines starts off a little on the slow side, but that was totally ok by me. I mean, I know things pick up and get far, far more interesting. Also, I’d forgotten a lot more about the series than I realized. This is exactly why I didn’t jump right to the final book in the series. I definitely needed the refresher.

But you know what I didn’t forget? Just how much I freaking loved Adrian Ivashkov. He was compelling (haha, pun) to me when I read the Vampire Academy series, but it’s more than that in the Bloodlines series. He’s the star of the show here. Well, him and Sydney. I struggled a little with Sydney’s rigidity in the beginning of this book, just like I did when I first read it. But again, I know what’s to come so it’s all good. Bloodlines was still totally enjoyable and I’m so happy I decided to reread.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“My God, Sage. Your eyes. How have I never noticed them?”

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Minute Reviews [28]The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Listening Library
Format: Audiobook, Length: 12 hours and 14 minutes
Narrator: Emily Shaffer
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge
My rating:

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the number-one New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

In Review My Thoughts

As soon as I finished Bloodlines, I wasted no time jumping into The Golden Lily. I have to be honest, I forgot just how much I enjoy the slow, intense build of a good series. Because I suck at finishing them, I’ve found myself totally reluctant to even start new ones anymore. The good news is, I have A LOT of unfinished series to get to, so I’ll get to experience that feeling without the frustration of waiting for the next chapter in a story. But, I digress.

The Golden Lily wastes no time jumping right into the story where the first book left off. Dimitri and Sonya joined the Bloodlines cast and I was really happy to see them again. There was more action in this book than the first and I feel like I breezed right through the audio. While I loved the overall story, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that Sydney’s character development is my favorite thing about it. Or, well, right behind the relationship slowly building between Sydney and Adrian. But, for real, the way Sydney is questioning her upbringing and opening her mind to the possibility that things aren’t quite so black and white makes me happy. She really grows during this book, and I know that growth continues throughout the rest of the series.

And Adrian, oh Adrian. There aren’t words for just how much I love him. His flirtatious, funny banter is one of my favorite things. I like how he gets under Sydney’s skin, too. Great things are to come in this series and again I have to say I’m thrilled I decided to reread. It’s exactly what I needed in my life.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.” 

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Minute Reviews [28]The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Listening Library
Format: Audiobook, Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
Narrator: Emily Shaffer
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge
My rating:

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.

In Review My Thoughts

I feel like the Bloodlines series really begins to hit its stride with The Indigo Spell. On all fronts, actually. The overall storyline is progressing nicely and so is the romance. *big cheesy grin* I’m hopelessly addicted and, as of the time I’m writing this review, thoroughly entranced by the next book, The Fiery Heart.

But, The Indigo Spell. We learn a lot during this book. Pieces are beginning to click into place. Sydney continues to grow and mature, and maybe most importantly, question everything. Adrian continues to be his ridiculously amazing and charming self. I love when the “bad boy” gets all mushy over a girl. I can’t help it. Granted, she does a pretty good job of pushing back for awhile, but I was ok with it. He needs to work for it anyhow. That’s how you know it’s real and worth it.

Man, I forgot just how much I loved this series. I’m so glad I decided to jump back in. I probably sound like a broken record, but I don’t really care. Once I finish this reread, I might have to go back and reread the Vampire Academy books too. I’m just in that kind of mood.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember—no matter how ordinary things seem between us—I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will.”

“I don’t care if you say we can’t be together. I don’t care if you think I’m the most evil, unnatural creature walking on earth. You can think whatever you want, go whatever you want. I’m going to just go on loving you, even if it’s hopeless.” 

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be "ladies" who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV.

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