Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
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 allegiances 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’m not a huge VA fan but I was really looking forward to reading this book the first time around and now I’m re-reading it because the Bloodlines series became one of my “comfort series”.
Things I love:
I love Sydney’s character, she is intelligent, hardworking and a total know-it-all; she may be lacking on social skills but her cluelessness brings us some comical moments within the book. I was able to relate to Sydney way more than I could relate to Rose in VA.
Adrian, the reason I was drawn to the books in the first place… I loved him in VA and even with all his faults, I could relate to him too and really felt for him with the whole Rose incident. He really plays a much bigger role this time, he is allowed to take part in the action and given a chance to prove himself as a caring and perceptive character; his constant bickering with Sydney gives us some good times as well until it evolves into trust towards each other.
This book is not focused on romance but on the struggle of each character to adapt to a new environment, new school and especially new rules which will have to be applied in order to keep all of them alive. Jill and Eddie don’t have a powerful presence in this book, instead they behave like normal teenagers: the one that fits in easily and the one who struggles, both relying on Sydney to keep their boat afloat; but despite all of this they are key to the ending of the story.
- The plot could have been more unpredictable, I liked it, don’t get me wrong, it is easy to read and flows very fast. But, and that is a great BUT, the kind of mystery is too predictable, we already know who the bad guy is from the moment she discovers the ingredients on the tattoos. The other guy I wasn’t expecting but I still think it could’ve been a more action packed story with a better cliffhanger.