This is the second book of the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, and if you havn’t read it i suggest you do. But first go and read the vampire academy series, and the first book in the Bloodlines series, otherwise you wont understand anything. Anyway, this book got a 4.42 on goodreads which is AMAZING!!! And honestly it deserves it, because of two things. Numero Uno- Its awesome and the plot is awesome and the characters are awesome and Numero Dos- DIMITRI!!!!!!! So here’s the summary:
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?
Now go! Go and read this marvelous book and come back and READ!
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Finally!!!! A book that indulges my need for DIMITRI!!! So I was expecting there to be a fight to the death between Dimitri and Adrian. I was waiting the whole book for Adrian to just attack Dimitri and start yelling “You took her from me!!!!” (referring to Rose) and the Dimitri would just do some amazing ninja moves and there would be a- wait for it- battle to the death. But the further into the book i went, the more Adrian was in love with Sydney, and this started to bother me. I was not happy, and when the book ended, and Dimitri announced that he was going back… my heart broke. How Am i going to see Dimitri now??? How??? How??? Also there was no fight to the death.
Anyway, to the start of the book. Sydney is walking down this staircase with some guy called… Zeke??? I can’t remember really, but they are going to some alchemist meeting that is going to decide whether Keith is going to go back to the re-education center. And from what it sounds like according to Keith is that they just torture you there. Like, water boarding, driving wood under your nails, chopping off your limbs. And Sydney does the good thing and tells them that Keith is a horrible person but she doesn’t think he has any good opinions about vampires. Aaaand, they still send him back to the re-education center. Damn… thats harsh. And then we meet Liam, who I thought was going to bite our butts later on in the book. But he didn’t. And seeing Liam honestly scared me. Who would want that? to become a Strigoi? Anyway, we get back the school and Eddie and Sydney and Adrian are with us. Also we have two LOVELY newcomers, Sonya, and Dimitri. Now, I was expecting Dimitri to have a much bigger role in this book than he did. He was just a background character. I mean, yes, he did have his occasional moments of bad-assery but then he would just disappear into the distance and fade out. Back to the main story. So Sonya and Dimitri and Adrian (not really) are trying to find out what stopped the Strigoi from being able to eat Lee, who by the way, will always have a place in hell, and they thought that it was because he once was a Strigoi and so they were doing tests on Dimitri and Eddie, because they were both dhampirs and one of them had previously been a Strigoi. So Sonya and Adrian were watching Dimitri’s and Eddie’s auras and blood and looking for something irregular. Then Sonya wanted to take some of Sydney’s blood to send it to the lab to see if there was something different with hers, because the Strigoi found her blood revolting, and she started freaking out and then Adrian started defending her and all hell broke loose. He was all “She doesn’t have to if she doesn’t want to!” and then Sydney was like, that was weird. And Angeline is failing school. She starts punching people and getting suspended. I mean, you would think the alchemists would try and protect Jill with more… experienced people. But no, apparently Angeline is good enough security for them. Don’t EVEN get me started on Brayden and how no one can remember his name. He was, at first, the perfect match for Sydney. He was smart and… and… um… yeah he was just smart, and that was probably why he started getting on my nerves really quickly, also because SYDRIAN!!! Anyway, i loved how Sydney started ditching Brayden for helping Adrian and calling it family stuff. Literally every single date she would either not show, and/or leave early. Which i liked because she spend more time with Adrian but that’s besides the point. And then when some guy randomly stopped Sonya in the street and said he recognized her… that was already a no good sign. They needed to get the hell out there. BUT! As in most books they never see the bad things before they happen. SO these “warriors of light” come into the picture. They are just like the Alchemists, but more violent. And hellbent on eliminating Strigoi, which is not possible, because Strigoi are much stronger than dhampirs let alone humans! AND Trey is one of them. And then they kidnap Sonya, because they believe she is still a Strigoi. If she was still a Strigoi ALL OF YOU WOULD BE DEAD!! And then BOOM BAM!!! Dimitri and Eddie come in and save them all. Obviously. And then we have to talk about Adrian and Sydney and the car. They car that Adrian “can’t” drive. Bull CRAP! YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH SYDENY! Not that I have a problem with that! And then Adrian kisses her and then some other irrelevant stuff happens and then Dimitri leaves us and then BOOM!!! THE END!!!! NEXT BOOK NOW!!!!!