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The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

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bloodlines-120I read Bloodlines when it was first released because I’m a fan of the Vampire Academy books and because I was intrigued by the Alchemists. Bloodlines suffers in contrast to the Vampire Academy books. So much so that I had to make a distinct effort to separate them in my mind while reading. That being said, I liked Sydney well enough to keep reading. Watching her change from the Sydney we first met, the “perfect” Alchemist, to someone who questions the beliefs she’s been taught is fascinating.

TGL-120The Golden Lily is by far the weakest book in the series, in my opinion. I enjoy Sydney questioning her beliefs, but this book is Sydney running in circles and chasing her tail over all the things she doesn’t understand. We get it, she’s socially awkward, but enough’s enough when she constantly misses things that are happening right under her nose. It’s gone from adorable quirk to annoying one-dimensional character trait. I also find Sydney’s independent study with Ms. Terwilliger to be disturbing because from Sydney’s point of view she’s being coerced into doing something that goes against her beliefs. As readers we know these are Alchemist beliefs that have also been forced onto her, but since Sydney doesn’t know that it’s disturbing to read her discomfort. [Also: A HUGE eating disorder trigger warning for this book.]

Indigo120In The Indigo Spell this series finally comes into its own. Funny that it does it by moving its main plot far, far away from Alchemists, Moroi, and Strigoi. The main plot has to do with witches, actually one particular witch who through a convoluted plot hole would be targeting Sydney. Sydney and Ms. Terwilliger go on the offense and this time Sydney participates fully, working out her human magic user issues on her own and therefore feeling much less forced into anything. Sydney also seems to be coming into herself, acknowledging who her friends really are and showing them who she really is. [As usual, trigger warning for eating disorders]

 

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Written by tldegray

April 10, 2013 at 6:30 am

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