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.
Sydney Sage is 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.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
I liked this book better than the first one.
I loved the character development on it, especially with Sydney. I found her smarter than she was before, she was very reasonable in thinking things through. I think because she was able to redeem herself from the Alchemists’ judgment, she was finally able to speak her mind. She seems cool and composed but behind that girl is a teenager with insecurities of her own. I really enjoyed seeing her begin to date this guy and I was laughing the entire time when things would get awkward between them.
Adrian Ivashkov. I loved him even moreeeee. There are so many emotions behind that wit. He was so protective of Sydney and I am positive that something romantic is going to happen between them, you just wait and see.
Angeline was super funny, I enjoyed every second of craziness she did. That Lia girl was so annoying by the way, with her insisting Sydney and Jill with that modeling thing.
The ending was quite slow to tell you honestly. I found myself having to skip a few sentences because it was pretty much over by then. The last chapter though, broke my heart but I know that’s going to change. It has to.