Bloodlines is the first in the Bloodlines series which is a spin off of The Vampire Academy. This story happens to be told from the point of view of Sydney the Alchemist. It takes place a little bit after Last Sacrifice ended.
I personally loved The Vampire Academy and my favorite character was Rose who narrated the entire series. I was very unsure of whether I would enjoy the world Richelle created with out her.
But I happened to fall in love with this new series! If you were hesitant like I was you should give a try.
~If you haven't read The Vampire Academy then read that first before this~
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.