Monday, April 16, 2012

Random Rambles: Further Thoughts on Bloodlines

As its name implies, Random Rambles is the place for all of the stuff (book-related, of course!) that doesn't fit in anywhere else. Sometimes there isn't enough room in a review to express everything that's on our minds about a book.  Sometimes we need to vent about what a character has said or done. Sometimes we just want to babble about books in general.

This first installment of RR is about Richelle Mead's Bloodlines.  My original review (posted together with Lee's) ended up being quite long, so I decided to put the rest of my thoughts in a separate post. 

*Spoiler warning if you haven't read Bloodlines yet *

Okay, I’ll get all my comments about things which annoyed me out of the way first. Well, let’s start with some of the first people introduced into the novel: Sydney’s father, mother, and younger sister. The father annoyed the holy crap out of me. I’m sorry, but if I was Sydney, I would have run away years ago. Who does this guy think he is? He barges into Sydney’s room in the middle of the night and demands her to be presentable for a surprise meeting. What the jello?! Sydney is a legal adult, therefore he can no longer boss her around like that. I know there is a thing called tough love, but Sydney’s father was just a plain old gruff man who liked to boss people around. I liked the mother; she seemed pretty cool (even though we didn’t technically get to meet her because she was too busy sleeping while her daughter, Sydney, was getting tattooed and shipped off to God knows where). The younger sister was almost as bad as the father. The little brat is yelling at Sydney for making her “look bad” while the accused was really trying to save the accuser’s life! Talk about ungrateful.

Guess who’s next on my rage-filled ramble? Keith the freak! This creeper gets a whole ranting paragraph to himself. First off, he is a complete dweeb to Sydney. Even Sydney The Calm and Collected wanted to punch his remaining eyeball out. Haha, I laughed so hard when I pieced together the fact that Abe was behind Keith's "accident." It was even funnier that Keith thought he survived a Strigoi attack (I would be surprised if he survived a tricycle attack). It made me happy to see that he got what he deserved. He was such an arse; how can he justify in his head what he did to Sydney’s older sister? And it gets funnier folks! Even though Keith The Creep took advantage of Sydney’s older sister, Sydney’s bossy father loves Keith The Creep like the son he never had! This is where the phrase "bad parenting" comes into play. Arrgh!!  I hated how Keith kept trying to get Sydney in trouble for the littlest things. And then he would take credit for all the things Sydney was doing while he’s performing an illegal activity! You know what really got me mad? When he was all like, “Jill can stand a little sun.” Ummm, she’s a Moroi vampire, you spineless gelatin! And then he blamed Sydney for not getting Jill out of outside activities in physical education! I can go on for ages about Keith, but I would rather spend my time ranting about Adrian and other beloved characters. So let’s get to the good stuff!

WHO just walked in the door?!
I flipped out when Rose, Abe, and Adrian showed up in the beginning of the book! I was just so happy to see Rose again; she is one of the greatest heroines I have ever read about! Speaking of reappearing characters, how many of you guys flipped out when Dimka walked in at the ending of the book?!  I freaking flipped out!! I was reading it like at midnight, and I had to stuff my flipping fist in my mouth to stop me from screaming. I was so happy, and I had no one to tell!  It was killing me until I could finally talk to Lee about it.

So this last little paragraph on thoughts and theories is dedicated to our two favorite lovebirds, Sydney and Adrian. I luv, luv, luved their relationship. There was the perfect amount of drama, hate, embarrassment, tension, and . . . love! I really want those two to get together. But, I’m afraid that Dimitri (God bless his soul) is going to cause a lot of trouble.

So tell me what you think! Whether you agree or disagree, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to express your thoughts and theories!

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