Des[s]erted Reads: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead October 31, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized – Tags: , , , , ,

Des[s]erted Reads is a blog feature here at CBAY Books where we highlight an unread book on our bookshelf and pair it with a dessert recipe! Our Des[s]erted Reads feature this month is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead!


Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

April 2011, Pengin Group

Years spent unread on bookshelf: 7.5 years

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

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 unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.


I will readily admit this and have zero shame about it: I love vampire stuff. Books, movies, TV shows (Hello, Buffy the Vampire Slayer!), etc. What I do have shame about is how long it took me to read this book. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is probably my all time favorite vampire related book or series. Adrian was (and still is) a huge fictional crush of mine. However, after the original series ended and Bloodlines (the companion series) came out, I couldn’t bring myself to read them. I loved the VA series so, so much and I didn’t know if anything could compare with that, so I didn’t even want to try. I received an ARC of this book in 2011 and was super pumped to get it, but I promptly put it on my bookshelf and there it sat for 7 years. This book has a bit of a different vibe to it than VA did, but I kind of like it. It’s refreshing to have Sydney as a narrator, Rose could be a bit intense sometimes. And man, Adrian’s humor still does it for me. The only good thing about me waiting so long to read this book? The series is done and now I can gobble them up in one sitting!


I’ve paired one of my favorite desserts to go with this book. My mom always made it around the holidays for us, and even though it’s really simple to make it always felt like a special treat.


Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Candy (no bake!)

2 Cups sugar

3 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 stick butter

1/3 Cup milk

3 Cups one minute oats

1 t. vanilla

1 Cup peanut butter


In a large pot melt together sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Bring to a roaring boil and stir constantly for at least one minute (until sugar is fully dissolved). Remove from heat and add oats, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir until well mixed (hope you didn’t skip arm day!). Pour in a pan and let cool. Cut into squares and cool! Also don’t forget to lick the pan since this recipe doesn’t contain eggs!



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