My name is Kate, I am an 18 year old college student majoring in English, I live in the Philippines. I am obsessed with reading books and with music; I play guitar and sing.
Publication: August 23rd 2011 by Razorbill
Blood doesn't lie...
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. 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 last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...
I liked this book but not that much, maybe it’s because it’s still the first of the series.
The story started out slowly. The sideline characters from the VA series finally got the center stage.
The new plot line was pretty incredible. We still get the Moroi, Dhampir, and Strigoi world but this one we get to experience the world of Alchemists. This opened my mind to why Sydney was uncomfortable around vampires and dhampirs, which I thought before was irritating.
Sydney was a very good protagonist. She had a very strict life and she lacks social skills. I hated her father for how he treats her. I kinda felt sad about how she could not stand up for herself some times; she just grinds her teeth and bears it because one word from Keith, an asshole by the way, she’s out of the mission and would immediately be replaced by her younger sister Zoe. What I like about her is that she seems innocent but once provoked, she’d make her revenge without you even knowing it was her doing.
New and old characters were introduced as well. There is Keith, this dick who I really dislike, Jill, who was also in VA , Queen Lissa’s illegitimate sister and is a huge part of Sydney’s mission.
Adrian is my favorite ever since the VA series! He’s an asshole and a pain in the ass but then his cuteness and funniness weighs down his bad side and I LOVE HIM! He was very charming and irresistible as he ever was.
This book is a good introduction to the series and I am definitely going to continue. I am also very excited to see how the events and the characters were going to turn out.